Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Practice
Start date dependent on modules selected
- Six months
- Full-time or Part-time
- Fees dependent on modules selected
- Level 8
- Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
- Hamilton City Campus or Tauranga
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 students' practice and develop valued knowledge in Treaty based practice. Students will learn and grow professionally while undertaking interactive and experiential-based education.
This programme will extend students' existing qualifications and allow higher level professional development that is inter-professional. It is relevant to practitioners from a wide range of practice contexts and the resulting interprofessional interaction of health and social services practitioners will enhance and strengthen service delivery in the region.
An interprofessional 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.
Candidates may take up to two years to complete the Postgraduate Certificate.
This programme will not lead to New Zealand Health or Social Service Professional Registration.
View programme modules
Group A: Core modules – Health and Social Practice
|Module code||Module name||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites|
|HSIP807||Professional Practice in Context||8||30|
Group D: Elective modules
|Module code||Module name||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites|
|HSIP801||Leadership and Management in Professional Practice I||8||30|
|HSIP802||Leadership and Management in Professional Practice II||8||30||HSIP801|
|HSIP803||Facilitating Learning in Professional Practice||8||30|
|HSIP804||Coaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision||8||30|
|HSIP805||Evidence and Inquiry in Practice||8||30|
|HSIP808||Research for Practice||8||30|
|HSIP810||Professional Supervision 1||8||30|
|HSIP811||Professional Supervision 2||8||30||HSIP810|
|HSIP815||Supervised Critical Enquiry||8||30||Two modules at level 8|
|HSIP816||Mental Health and Addiction Practice||8||30|
|HSHS807||Care of the Older Person||8||30|
|HSHS811||Transformative Praxis in Postcolonial Aotearoa New Zealand||8||30|
|HSHS815||Midwifery Praxis I||8||30|
|HSHS816||Midwifery Praxis II||8||30||HSHS815|
|NURS807||Advanced Diabetes Nursing Practice||8||30|
|An approved level 8 module from another Wintec postgraduate programme|
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 or for Master’s qualifications at other New Zealand universities and ITPs.
- Apply online or download and complete an Application to Enrol Form.
- Complete the online Self-Disclosure Form. If you have applied in hard copy, you will also need to complete a Self-Disclosure Form, if you have applied online this form is included as part of the online application process.
- As a part of the self-disclosure form, please select the module(s) you wish to enrol into. Details of the modules can be found in our Postgraduate Guide. If you are not sure which modules best compliment your area of work, please tick “unsure” and we will contact you. (Students studying part-time usually take one module per semester.)
- If you would like to discuss pathway options or modules, you can also email the postgraduate team at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will enable us to assess your application further.
Once you have submitted your application
- You will receive confirmation that your application has been received and will let you know if there is anything additional that we need from you.
- Your application will be assessed, and you will be informed of the outcome.
- If you are accepted to study, you will be sent an enrolment offer letter – you will need to accept this to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer.
After you have accepted your offer
- During your induction, you will be required to complete several safety checks to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. You can find out more about the safety check process and the Children's Act here.
a) Candidates are required to have gained:
i. an undergraduate degree assessed as relevant by the Team Manager, or
ii. a qualification approved as equivalent by the Team Manager.
b) Candidates who have not gained a relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification may submit a portfolio and, if the application is successful, may be admitted on an ad eundum statem basis.
c) Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice, (Professional Supervision), and the Postgraduate Certificates in Professional Supervision are required to have a minimum of two years post qualifying experience in their professional field of practice or the equivalent. This is in recognition of the requirement to have consolidated and developed their own practice to a level sufficient to embark in the role of supervisor of others.
a) In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children’s Act, 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all ‘specified organisations’ providing a ‘regulated service’, all candidates/students may be subjected to safety checks. These may include but are not limited to;
i. A Formal Interview
ii. Referee Checks
iii. A Police Vet Check
iv. A Risk Assessment
Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study. Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme. Persons who are convicted of ‘specified offences’ will not be accepted onto any programme that requires that Person to work in an organisation providing a regulated service.
b) All candidates are required to supply the names and contact details of two professional referees.
c) All candidates are required to complete a professional disclosure form.
d) Candidates may be required to attend an individual interview.
English language requirements
Candidates whose first language is neither English nor Māori are required to have score of 7 or better in all bands of the academic 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
Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at email@example.com.
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.
Welcome information will be emailed to you approximately 2–4 weeks before the first workshop day or the start of your online course.
Please also read the information below for details about your first day.
What you will need
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Your course outline, workshop timetables, and relevant content will be available online through Moodle.
We require students to have access to use Microsoft Office 365, Windows Media Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, an antivirus program, and have access to the internet. For the Pharmacology Module: Scopia is required.
We invite you to view the information at the following link to introduce you to the Postgraduate Health and Social Practice Moodle site: learning.wintec.ac.nz
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He reo pōwhiri - Your official welcome to Wintec
Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.
You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.
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