health and wellbeing

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with strands in Mental Health and Addiction Support, Social Services, Community Facilitation, Community Health Work

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Course Details

  • Feb 2019
    Jul 2019
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $2500 per year
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 4
  • Hamilton City Campus or Online delivery

Summary

 

If you’re currently working in support work in the Health and Social Services sector, or you’re interested in a career in the industry, this is the programme you’ll want to study. 

We’ll give you a strong foundation of knowledge and help you develop the skills and behaviours required to work alongside individuals, family and whānau accessing social and community services. As well as several core courses, you’ll choose one of four strands as the focus of your studies: community facilitation, social services, mental health, and addiction support or community health work. 

To help you put theoretical knowledge into practice, you’ll also undertake a practicum of 200 hours in a healthcare or social services setting relevant to your chosen strand.

One of the benefits of this programme is the different delivery methods to suit your needs. If you’re after a new career and face to face classes on campus is your style of learning, we’ll welcome you to our City campus and get you started right away. But if you’re currently working in the industry and want a qualification to support that, without coming in to classes every day, you’ve got the option of studying online around your work hours. We just ask that you have access to a computer, or notebook/tablet in order to access the course material and complete the assignments.

Whichever delivery option you choose, you’ll just need to attend a compulsory two-day induction at the beginning of the programme. This is vital for your success, especially if you haven’t studied for a while. These two days will help you to get familiar with the systems and processes at Wintec; get connected with our support services; meet tutors; and get to know students in the same programme as you. 

 

​VIEW PROGRAMME MODULES

Group A: Core compulsory modules

 

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
COMC409​Introduction to the Health and Wellbeing Sector410  N/A
COMC410​Preparing for Practice415COMC409 N/A
COMC411​Te Ao Hauora Māori415COMC409 N/A
COMC412​Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing415COMC409 N/A
COMC413Working with People415COMC409 N/A
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Group B: Mental Health and Addiction Support strand compulsory modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
COMC414Mental Health and Addiction Support Practicum 1420COMC409 N/A
COMC415Mental Health and Addiction Support Practicum 2430COMC409 N/A
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Group C: Social Services strand compulsory modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
COMC416Social Services Practicum 1420COMC409 N/A
COMC417Social Services Practicum 2430COMC409 N/A
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Group D: Community Facilitation strand compulsory modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
COMC418Community Facilitation Practicum 1420COMC409 N/A
COMC419Community Facilitation Practicum 2430COMC409 N/A
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Group E: Community Health Work strand compulsory modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
COMC420Community Health Work Practicum 1420COMC409 N/A
COMC421Community Health Work Practicum 2430COMC409 N/A
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Career/Further Opportunities

This qualification meets the requirements for the recent Care and Support Workers Pay Equity Settlement. 

Completion will allow employees and those seeking to enter the industry to follow a career path with qualification attainment linked to wage increases.

Career Opportunities

Depending on the strand you choose, your career opportunities could include:
  • mental health and addiction support work
  • family violence support
  • social justice advocacy
  • community development work
  • refugee support
  • disability support
  • diversional therapy
  • employment, housing and budget support advisor
  • Tamariki ora support
  • field officers
  • health and wellbeing coaches
  • population health work
Further Study Opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time outside of class will I need to spend on study?

You’re expected to do another 14 hours of independent learning on top of classes - in total the mix of class time and independent study should add up to about 40 hours per week.

Undergraduate, semester, pathway, module and cross-disciplinary - what do these words mean?

Undergraduate means any study up to the level of completing a bachelor degree. Our academic year is made up of two main semesters, one from February to June and the other from July to November. We also have a summer semester for some classes. A degree is made up of a mix of compulsory and elective modules, modules are worth between 15 and 60 credits. A year’s worth of full time study is 120 credits. 

Entry Criteria

Candidates are required to have:

  • 24 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher including 10 Literacy credits at NCEA Level 1 or above (5 credits each in reading and writing), and 10 Numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1 or above; or
  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2 or above; or
  • Equivalent.

Special Admission

Domestic candidates aged 20 years and over who do not meet the entry requirements but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for special admission at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Provisional Entry

Domestic candidates aged under 20 years who do not meet the entry requirements but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the Centre Director or designated nominee.

English Language Requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an academic International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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Pathways

Health and social practice pathway diagram

Your First Day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

What you will need

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Wintec Pōwhiri/Nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information

Booklist

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status

Uniform

Equipment

Clinical placement

Course Guide

Our course guides (prospectuses) will tell you everything you need to know about Wintec. They contain information about the Wintec campus, student life and the programmes we offer.

We offer the course guides (prospectuses) in both digital and physical form.

Undergraduate Course Guide (Prospectus)

Postgraduate Health and Social Practice Course Guide (Prospectus)

Undergraduate Course Guide (Prospectus)

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Postgraduate Health Course Guide (Prospectus)

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