What will I learn?

Do you want to see young people reach their potential and thrive?

Education Support workers work alongside teachers and other education professionals and are in high demand in New Zealand.

Roles include a Teacher Aide for students ranging from early childhood students up to, and including, tertiary students. Support work can span health or the social services sectors assisting disadvantaged young people or those with disabilities. This programme is for those currently working in an education support role (who would like to upskill and gain a formal qualification recognising skills and experience) or those that would like to be. It has been designed to ensure you graduate with the full range of skills that these support roles demand.

Please note: You need to either be currently employed as an education support or be willing to work on placement (in a volunteer capacity) where you will be supervised as you assist young learners in their education setting.

Career opportunities: Graduates will have the skills and knowledge for roles such as: Teacher Aide; ICT Assistant; Library Assistant Administrator in a school or early childhood settings; Community Support Worker in the community disability sector.

Your workload: Full-time learners would be expected to spend about 30 hours a week studying and part-time learners about 15 hours. The programme will be delivered flexibly and a proportion of your learning will be work-based.

Further study options: You could move into our New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) or the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5) if you want to continue your learning.

Study options

Full Time (13 weeks)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

21 February 2022, 18 July 2022


Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin Campus,

Forth Street,


North Dunedin,

9054, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

Academic requirements: For those under 20: NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo M?ori, or equivalent. For those 20 and over: No minimum academic requirements.

IELTS test: Overall Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR; TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Language Certificate: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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