What will I learn?

Develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to work alongside people, family and/or whanau with the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with a strand in Social Services.

This entry-level qualification was designed for people already working in, or those who intend to develop a career supporting the health and wellbeing of people, family and the wider community.

The Social Services stand will allow you to work in a social services or community setting to support autonomy by using tools and strategies to reduce vulnerability and build resilience.

You will learn:

  • Social Services
  • Abuse and Violence
  • Ethical practice and professionalism
  • Te Tiriti O Waitangi and bi-cultural practice
  • Professional and reflective practice

This qualification is not associated with professional registration or a clinical scope of practice, but will allow you to work for an organisation in within the health and wellbeing sectors.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Social Services strand will be employed in roles supporting people to reduce vulnerability and build resilience including family violence support, social justice advocacy, community development work and refugee support.

Satisfactory Completion

To be eligible for award of the qualification the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with strands in Community Facilitation, Community Health Work, Mental Health and Addiction Support, and Social Services, they must have:

  • Attended for not less than 80% of timetabled class hours and other scheduled learning activities relating to the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with strand in Social Services programme of study;
  • Completed all theory and practical exercises as required and successfully completed all eight paper descriptors to the value of 120 credits and in accordance with the programme schedule.

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$14,000.00 (US$ 9,924) per year
Resource fee: NZ $2,000. This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year
Start date

16 February 2022

Venue

Southern Institute of Technology

Invercargill Campus,

133 Tay Street,

INVERCARGILL,

Invercargill Central,

9840, New Zealand

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$14,000.00 (US$ 9,924) per year
Resource fee: NZ $2,000. This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year
Start date

14 February 2022

Venue

SIT Queenstown Campus

Level 2, Dart House,

Hawthorne Drive, Remarkables Park Town Centre,

QUEENSTOWN,

Frankton,

9349, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

Open to mature aged applicants (20 years of age and above) due to the complex psychosocial nature of this work. Candidates for this qualification should be aware that employees and volunteers working in the health and wellbeing sectors are required to undergo initial and ongoing checks to ensure they are a fit and proper person to provide support.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 3 (Academic) b) Level 3 (Applied)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than pass in any band

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

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