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

HS1801

Course details

  • Feb 2020
    Jul 2020
  • 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

The one-year New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing provides students with the foundation knowledge, skills, and practical experience required to work alongside individuals, families and whānau accessing social and community services.

Students select from one of four strands as the focus of their studies:

  • Mental health and addiction support,
  • Community facilitation,
  • Community health work, or
  • Social services.

A key benefit of this programme is the flexibility in how it is delivered. All students attend a two-day induction on the Wintec City Campus in Hamilton at the start of the programme, and a one-day marae experience at the Wintec Marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa in Hamilton. Students then have the option to study face-to-face with tutors and their peers one-day-a-week (in Hamilton), with the remainder of tutorials conducted online. Some students can complete the entire programme of study online.  This latter option is available to those currently employed in a relevant role within the sector.

All students must have access to a device suitable to access course material and complete assignments online.

To enhance their learning and develop professional practice, students also undertake 200 practicum hours in a work setting relevant to their selected strand.

​View programme modules

Group A: Core compulsory modules

 

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COMC409​Introduction to the Health and Wellbeing Sector410  
COMC410​Preparing for Practice415COMC409 
COMC411​Te Ao Hauora Māori415COMC409 
COMC412​Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing415COMC409 
COMC413Working with People415COMC409 
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Group B: Mental Health and Addiction Support strand compulsory modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COMC414Mental Health and Addiction Support Practicum 1420COMC409 
COMC415Mental Health and Addiction Support Practicum 2430COMC409 
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Group C: Social Services strand compulsory modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COMC416Social Services Practicum 1420COMC409 
COMC417Social Services Practicum 2430COMC409 
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Group D: Community Facilitation strand compulsory modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COMC418Community Facilitation Practicum 1420COMC409 
COMC419Community Facilitation Practicum 2430COMC409 
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Group E: Community Health Work strand compulsory modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COMC420Community Health Work Practicum 1420COMC409 
COMC421Community Health Work Practicum 2430COMC409 
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Career/further opportunities

This qualification meets the requirements for the 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. 

Depending on the strand you choose, graduate opportunities may include:

  • Mental health and addiction support work 
  • Family violence support 
  • Social justice advocacy 
  • Community development work 
  • Refugee support 
  • Disability support  
  • Employment, housing and budget support advisor 
  • Tamariki ora support 
  • Field officer work 
  • Health and wellbeing coaching

Further study opportunities

Graduates of this programme may go on to degree-level study including:

Frequently asked questions

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

In addition to class time and online tutor directed learning, students are also need to complete independent learning – in total the mix of study time will add up to about 40 hours per week

Who is this certificate best suited to?

It is suitable for people who currently work in, or who wish to work in support worker positions in the areas of disability, aged-care, mental health, and community work.

What is the benefit of having this certificate?

Those who hold this certificate can attain higher wages through the Care and Support Workers Pay Equity Settlement.  You can find out more about that here.

What is the difference between this certificate and the Te Are Pūtake pathway?

The difference between the Certificate in Health and Wellbeing and Te Ara Pūtake, is that the certificate has two distinct purposes. Those who successfully complete it can either transition to further study in Social Practice (using it as a pathway qualification), or improve their employment and pay outcomes in the role of a Support Workers. The core role of Te Ara Pūtake is as a bridging qualification that students generally complete with the intent to continue studying further. 

Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one or more of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary study)​

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 1; including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits; ​
  • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • A relevant course at NZQF Level 2; ​
  • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

Based on your work experience (on the job)​

If you can demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience that you have gained through work experience, that will help you to be successful in the programme.​

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

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.

Students starting February 2020

Wintec Pōwhiri

Date: Monday 10 February 2020
Time: 9am
Venue: Meet at the Gallagher Hub, City Campus

Programme inductions

Date: Thursday 13 February 2020
Time: 9am
Venue: D1.36, D Block, City Campus

Date: Friday 14 February 2020
Time: 9am
Venue: D1.19, D Block, City Campus

Students starting July 2020

Wintec Pōwhiri

Date: Monday 20 July 2020
Time: To be confirmed
Venue: To be confirmed

Programme inductions

Date: Monday 27 July 2020
Time: 9am
Venue: Events Room 1, Gallagher Hub, City Campus

Date: Tuesday 28 July 2020
Time: 9am 
Venue: Events Room 1, Gallagher Hub, City Campus

  

What you will need

Semester 1

Thursday 13 February 2020

Pen and paper to make notes.
Smartphones, laptops, and or, any other portable devices that you may be going to use to complete your studies.

Friday 14 February 2020

Pen and paper to make notes.
Smartphones, laptops, and or, any other portable devices that you may be going to use to complete your studies.​

Week beginning Monday 18 February 2020

Classes as per scheduled timetable.

Semester 2

Monday 27 July 2020

Pen and paper to make notes.
Smartphones, laptops, and or, any other portable devices that you may be going to use to complete your studies.

Tuesday 28 July 2020

Pen and paper to make notes.
Smartphones, laptops, and or, any other portable devices that you may be going to use to complete your studies.​

Vulnerable Children Act (VCA) Safety Check

Wintec is required by law, under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, to safety check students enrolled in programmes that include placements where they could be working with children or young people under 18 years old.
The safety check will be completed at your induction and will require you to complete an NZ police vetting form, a questionnaire and provide the contact details of a referee we can email, as well as additional forms of ID (one of which must be a photo ID).
If you would like more information about the Vulnerable Children Act or the safety checking process you can visit here.

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

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

PRACTICUM PLACEMENT – TRAVEL AND PARKING

You will be required to pay for your own travel and parking when undertaking practicum placements.

Please note, that while you are on placement you will need access to a computer and the internet so you can undertake assessment and communicate with your tutor etc.

Additional information

Booklist

Students on HS1801 NZ Certificate in Health & Wellbeing programme are not required to purchase any text books.

All required texts for this programme will be provided to the students by teaching staff.

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

VULNERABLE CHILDREN ACT (VCA) SAFETY CHECK –

Wintec is required by law, under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, to safety check students enrolled in programmes that include placements where they could be working with children or young people under 18 years old.
The safety check will be completed at your induction and will require you to complete an NZ police vetting form, a questionnaire and provide the contact details of a referee we can email, as well as additional forms of ID (one of which must be a photo ID).
If you would like more information about the Vulnerable Children Act or the safety checking process you can visit https://wintec.ac.nz/VCA

Uniform

Equipment

Clinical placement

PRACTICUM PLACEMENT – TRAVEL AND PARKING

You will be required to pay for your own travel and parking when undertaking practicum placements.

Please note, that while you are on placement you will need access to a computer and the internet so you can undertake assessment and communicate with your tutor etc.

 

Prospectus (course guide)

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