Alphacrucis College

Diploma in Theological Studies (Level 5)

At Alphacrucis we believe that theological study is profoundly important to Christian faith, life and ministry. It is not about learning an abstract set of ideas, but it involves consideration of why we believe, how we believe, and how our beliefs shape who we are and what we do in the world. This programme provides a unique opportunity to engage in theological and ministry education within the framework of a Pentecostal-Charismatic expression of the faith.  
The Diploma in Theological Studies is a programme designed to provide students foundational understanding of the biblical texts, use the tools of exegesis, describe the core theological beliefs of the Christian tradition and apply these to spirituality, church life and mission in a variety of contemporary contexts. Graduates will have developed skills in pastoral ministry and leadership, grounded in a theological framework and locating Christian mission in local, bicultural and cross-cultural contexts.
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)
  • History of Christianity  (15 credits)
  • Leadership Principles (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Ministry (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Cross-Cultural Ministry (15 credits)
This programme leads to the New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5) with a strand in Theological Studies. 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

Students must be 17 years of age or over.

Professional Entry Requirements

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


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 >>

LEAM01 - Leadership Principles

Curriculum objective: This paper provides the student with an understanding of the principles of leadership as applicable to a church context. Paper detail page >>

MINM01 - Introduction to Ministry

Curriculum objective: This paper incorporates learning experiences at theological, historical, and practical levels with opportunity to develop a strategic template for contemporary ministry. 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 >>

MISM01 - Introduction to Cross-Cultural Ministry

Curriculum objective: This paper will give you an overview of the foundations of the call to cross cultural ministry as well as helping you understand and appreciate culture in this context. We will explore the practical issues of a lifestyle of cross cultural ministry and look at some of the ways we can sensitively reach out to those who hold differing beliefs 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 >>