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Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Practice (Level 8)


This programme is designed to extend and deepen professional knowledge and skills in the fields of health and social practice which include: occupational therapy, nursing, midwifery, social work, counselling and human services. It will offer learning opportunities designed to inform your practice and develop valued knowledge in Treaty based practice. You will learn and grow professionally while undertaking interactive and experiential-based education.

This Postgraduate Certificate will extend your existing qualifications and allow higher level professional development that is inter-disciplinary. It is relevant to practitioners from a wide range of practice contexts and the resulting inter-disciplinary interaction of health and social services practitioners will enhance and strengthen service delivery in the region.

An interdisciplinary context will enable graduates to extend their capacity for critical and professional/clinical reasoning for specialist practice, leadership, management and supervision in complex professional environments.

This programme will not lead to New Zealand Health or Social Service Professional Registration.

Programme Content

Candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Practice are required to complete the core module in Group A and one elective module from Group D for a total of 60 credits.

Group A: Core Modules – Health and Social Practice

Module CodeModule NameLevelCreditsPre-Requisites Co-Requisites
HSIP807Professional Practice in Context830

Group B: Core Modules – Professional Supervision

Module CodeModule NameLevelCreditsPre-Requisites Co-Requisites
HSIP810Professional Supervision 1830
HSIP811Professional Supervision 2830HSIP810

Group C: Core Modules – Midwifery

Module CodeModule NameLevelCreditsPre-Requisites Co-Requisites
HSHS815Midwifery Praxis I830
HSHS816Midwifery Praxis II830HSHS815

Group D: Elective Modules

Module CodeModule NameLevelCreditsPre-Requisites Co-Requisites
HSIP801Leadership and Management in Professional Practice I830
HSIP802Leadership and Management in Professional Practice II830HSIP801
HSIP803Facilitating Learning in Professional Practice 830
HSIP804Coaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision 830
HSIP805Evidence and Inquiry in Practice 830
HSIP808Research for Practice830
HSIP810Professional Supervision 1830
HSIP811Professional Supervision 2830HSIP810
HSIP812Care and Protection830
HSIP813Palliative Care830
HSIP814Health and Wellbeing in the Primary Health Care and Community Context830
HSHS807Care of the Older Person830
HSHS811Transformative Praxis in Postcolonial Aotearoa New Zealand830
HSHS815Midwifery Praxis I 830
HSHS816Midwifery Praxis II 830HSHS815
NURS807Advanced Diabetes Nursing Practice830
Note: Not all modules may be offered every year. Some modules will also be offered in Tauranga.

Graduate Opportunities

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice recognises, promotes and supports the need for accessible higher education. It provides a pathway for professional development that offers flexible delivery modes and is accessible to students throughout the region. Technology will be used to provide students with alternative modes of study.

Graduates will have developed a range of flexible skills and expertise which will position them well to be responsive to changing social service and health communities. They will have gained advanced knowledge and skills for practice and career progression within their field of practice and for leadership and management roles within the health and social service sectors.

Learning and participating within an interprofessional teaching/learning context will enable graduates to transfer their experience to workplace relationships and networks.

Depending on the selection of modules, graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice may be eligible to apply for the Wintec 180-point Master of Professional Practice (under development and subject to NZQA approval) or for Master’s qualifications at other New Zealand universities and ITPs.

Entry Criteria

Candidates are required to have gained an undergraduate degree in Health, Social Practice or related discipline. Candidates without a relevant undergraduate degree may be able to submit a portfolio to apply for entry on an ad eundum statem basis.

Candidates for the PGDipHlthSocPrac and Professional Supervision endorsement are required to have a minimum of two years post-qualifying experience in their professional field of practice.

Candidates whose first language is neither English nor Māori are required to have a score of 7.0 or better in all bands of the International English Language Test Score (IELTS), or equivalent, and will be required to demonstrate the likelihood of being able to successfully achieve programme learning outcomes.

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice (Midwifery) and the Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery are required to:

  • be registered with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand; and
  • hold a current Annual Practising Certificate; and 
  • have a minimum of one-year post-qualifying experience in midwifery practice (or the equivalent as approved by the selection committee).   
  • and be in practice for an average minimum of 16 hours per week over a year. 

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