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Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Practice


Course details

  • 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

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 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 
HSIP813Palliative Care830  
HSIP815Supervised Critical Enquiry 830Two modules at level 8 
HSIP816Mental Health and Addiction Practice830  
HSHS807Care of the Older Person830  
HSHS811Transformative Praxis in Postcolonial Aotearoa New Zealand830  
HSHS815Midwifery Praxis I 830  
HSHS816Midwifery Praxis II 830HSHS815 
NURS807Advanced Diabetes Nursing Practice830  
 An approved level 8 module from another Wintec postgraduate programme    


Note: Not all modules may be offered every year. Some modules will also be offered in Tauranga.

Career/further 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 or for Master’s qualifications at other New Zealand universities and ITPs.


Entry criteria

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.

Selection criteria

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

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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.

Programme information will be emailed to you approximately 2–4 weeks before your first workshop or at the start of your module.

What you will need

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All course information, workshop timetables, and relevant content will be available online through Moodle.

Computer requirements 
We require students to have access to to a device, such as a laptop or a smartphone, that has access to a video player, PDF reader and Microsoft software. Find more about device specifications here. For the Pharmacology Module: Scopia is required.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

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.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

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

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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