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Becoming a mature student
Go deep: Study theology
Skills deliver opportunities
What are the main reasons behind making the decision to become a
There are different grounds depending upon the individual, but most people choose to
re-enter the education system as a mature student for one of the following:
To complete education and get a degree
To develop an interest or hobby in a certain subject
With a view to improving job
For retraining purposes - either
for upskilling or to assist a career
To nurture and advance personal
and social skills
For assistance in re-entering the
What are the benefits in being
a mature student?
Students entering or re-entering the
education system as mature students
bring with them the considerable
advantage of having valuable life
experience which will be of great help
in academic studies. The high level
of sacrifice and commitment made by
these students usually means they also
possess a greater force of motivation
than their peers.
BTC, in partnership with Laidlaw College
Bishopdale Theological College was founded in 1868 and re-established in 2008 offering
quality theological education to the Top of the South, in partnership with Laidlaw College.
What does "theological" mean? Theology means talking about God in relation to life ...
wrestling with questions such as: Who is God? How does God communicate with us? What
is God doing? Can God be trusted? What does it mean to follow God?
Also learn to read the Bible in Hebrew and in Greek.
These are the big questions of life, and now you can engage with others in a community
context to explore these and other questions right here in Nelson. Bishopdale Theological
College offers Laidlaw College (NZQA approved) papers at diploma, graduate diploma,
and degree level, all of which can also be taken as stand-alone papers.
In conjunction with the Anglican Diocese of Nelson, Bishopdale Theological College is
also offering "Equip" ministry training for those interested in various aspects of Christian
ministry. Again, courses can be taken individually or people can work towards a ministry
certificate (non-NZQA) over three years.
If you want to think more about the big questions of life and how to live out your faith,
then Bishopdale Theological College has attractive study options for you. It has access to
the best resources possible and highly qualified staff, all within a friendly and engaging
To learn more, visit www.bishopdale.ac.nz.
The civil construction and infrastructure sectors are
key drivers of the New Zealand economy. Big-ticket
works include the Christchurch rebuild, but projects
right across the country need people with the right
attitude and skills.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) is at the forefront of
vocational education and training.
Its certificates in Civil Plant Operation and Civil
Construction, Quarrying and Mining teach the range
of practical skills needed to succeed in these essential
industries. "There are always roads, motorways
and bridges being built, infrastructure building
projects and residential subdivisions underway,
and opportunities in mining, quarry and extractive
industries," says TPP tutor Nigel Tawhai.
These programmes are delivered at dedicated TPP
Trades work sites in various locations from Auckland
to Invercargill. Our tutors are all industry experts who
believe in the value of honest labour and hands-on
"They teach a really good skill set. You learn how to use
a lot of different machinery like bulldozers, diggers,
trucks, rollers and compactors. The hardest thing is
to get your foot in the door in this industry and this
course helps you ... there are huge opportunities,"
says CQM graduate Daniel Nesbit.
Check out www.tpp.ac.nz or free phone 0800 800
411 for more information.
0800 800 411
FULL & PART TIME OPTIONS AVAILABLE
Jade & Hard Stone Carving
Drilling - Non-Hydrocarbon
Civil Plant Operation
Auckland, Waikato &
Palmerston North Campuses
Quarrying & Mining
Greymouth & Invercargill Campuses
ANY MANY MORE!
Deeper into God's Word.
Get to know God more, discover his purposes;
get on track and get into action.
First founded in 1868 and re-established
in 2008, Bishopdale Theological College is
both evangelical and Anglican. Open to all
denominations, we provide academic depth
and biblical training in the context of Christian
community and well-grounded discipleship.
Based in sunny Nelson, BTC offers courses in
association with Laidlaw College.
For further information contact
Sue Patterson ph. 548 8785
The advantages gained
by mature aged students are in two
very important areas: to the student
and to society. You need to keep
using your brain or your mental
capacities will degenerate faster
as you slide into oblivion blissfully
unaware of the possibilities you
could have been. Society needs your
experience being put to good use -
often problems are solved by people
with new perspectives. Old dogs do
learn new tricks especially when they
-- Gordon Cochaud
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