Alphacrucis College

Diploma in Chaplaincy (Level 5)

The Diploma in Chaplaincy is a foundational level programme in Christian Studies tailored towards those who are intending to minister as chaplains in the community. This programme enables students to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5) with a strand in Chaplaincy. The Diploma is a combination of delivery through intensives of 3 and 4-day duration and distance education/e-learning or campus studies.

The Chaplaincy intensives are designed to provide you with the specific skills to be an effective community chaplain in work places, care facilities, institutions, and in crisis situations. This involves studying a range of topics from loss and grief, managing conflict, crisis intervention and many other areas. This programme is also valuable for Pastoral care activity within the local church and for shaping a Christian worldview.

Course Structure

Narrative of the First Testament (15 credits)
Writings of the New Testament (15 credits)
Understanding the Faith (15 credits)
Communicating the Gospel (15 credits)
Chaplaincy Foundations (15 credits)
Chaplaincy Leadership (15 credits)
Chaplaincy Practice 1 (15 credits)
Chaplaincy Practice 2 (15 credits)
This programme leads to the New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5) with a strand in Chaplaincy. Alphacrucis is registered and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 to provide education and training based on the National Qualifications Framework. Alphacrucis has approval and accreditation to deliver this programme. Alphacrucis is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral care of International Students.
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Entry Requirements


International students for whom English is not a first language must meet one of the following conditions:
- IELTS academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5, or;
- TOEFL (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE), or;
- TOEFL (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 20), or;
- University of Cambridge English Examination FCE or FEC for schools with a score of 162 and no less than 154 in each skill, or;
- NZCEL Level 4 qualification (with the academic endorsement), or;
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 42, or
- City & Guilds IESOL B2 Communicator with a score of 42, or;
- complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and achieve either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

Academic Entry Requirements

Applicants must have:
- a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and
- fifty credits at Level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; of which 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; and
- the literacy credits were selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at ‘Literacy requirements for University Entrance’
or equivalent to the above
NCEA equivalence can include:
- New Zealand University Entrance
- Overseas equivalent qualifications
- Other NZQA approved Level 3 or 4 certificates

Professional Entry Requirements

Students aged over 20 years old can apply for mature student entry which may require supporting evidence from an employer.

Additional Entry Requirements

Students must be 17 years of age or over.
A satisfactory pastoral reference.


Complete Fee Schedules information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our PDF Documents section, under the Fees Information link.

Papers offered as part of this Award:

BIBM01 - Narrative of the First Testament

Curriculum objective: This paper introduces the First Testament with particular focus on issues of the historical, social and religious background(s) of the books, on the one hand, and more contemporary questions of theological themes and ethics on the other. The paper will include an overview of many of the books of the First Testament and the distinctive elements they contain. Paper detail page >>

BIBM02 - Writings of the New Testament

Curriculum objective: To give a broad introduction to the New Testament literature within its social and historical context. Paper detail page >>

CHPM01 - Chaplaincy Foundations

Curriculum objective: The aim of this paper is to introduce students to the foundational elements of chaplaincy. This includes an understanding of role of the chaplain in contemporary society, and the core skills needed to be an effective chaplain.  Paper detail page >>

CHPM02 - Chaplaincy Practice 1

Curriculum objective: The aim of this paper is to introduce students to the experience of chaplaincy practice in the field. Students will learn how to apply core chaplaincy skills and knowledge in supervised chaplaincy-appropriate settings. Paper detail page >>

CHPM03 - Chaplaincy Leadership

Curriculum objective: The objective of this paper is to develop leadership, organisational and professional skills and knowledge within the field of chaplaincy. Paper detail page >>

CHPM04 - Chaplaincy Practice 2

Curriculum objective: The purpose of this paper is to develop and apply chaplaincy skills in various contexts, to enhance effective communication and to learn how to negotiate complex crisis situations. Paper detail page >>

MINM02 - Communicating the Gospel

Curriculum objective: This introductory paper covers key turning points in Christian history from Christ to the contemporary era, with a view to providing a basis for future historical and theological studies. Paper detail page >>

THEM01 - Understanding the Faith: A Survey of Christian Doctrine

Curriculum objective: This paper looks at how our theology is formed and applies a formative understanding of Christian thoughts on the doctrines of God, creation and redemption. Paper detail page >>