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New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with strand in Social Services - Invercargill

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4
Dates:

Intake1: 13 February 2019 to 27 November 2019

Duration:

One year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Engage and communicate with people, family and/or whanau, accessing social and community services in a manner which respects their socio-cultural identity, experiences and self-knowledge
  • Relate the history of Māori as tangata whenua and knowledge of person-whanau interconnectedness to own role in a health and wellbeing setting
  • Display self-awareness, reflective practice and personal leadership in a health and wellbeing setting
  • Actively contribute to a culture of professionalism, safety and quality in a health and wellbeing organisation
  • Relate the purpose and impact of own role to the aims of the wider health and wellbeing sector
  • Work alongside people, family and/or whanau in a social service setting to support autonomy by using tools and strategies to reduce vulnerability and build resilience

HWB 401 Ethical Practice and Professionalism

HWB 402 Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Bi-Cultural Practice

HWB 403 Professional Practice

HWB 404 Reflective Practice

HWB 405 New Zealand Society

HWB 406 Social Sciences

HWB 407 Abuse and Violence

HWB 408 Social Services Practical

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 direct material costs $670

International Fees can be found here.

To provide organisations within the health and wellbeing sectors with graduates who have the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to work alongside people, family and/or whanau accessing social and community services, under broad guidance. This is an entry level qualification designed for people already working in, or those who intend to develop a career supporting the health and wellbeing of people, family and/or whanau and the wider community.

This qualification is not associated with professional registration or a clinical scope of practice.

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. 

In light of the sensitive nature of Social Services work, applicants will be required to discuss with the Programme Manager any criminal convictions that may impact upon their ability to work in this field. 

In addition, all applicants will be required to undergo a check for criminal convictions. Students are also required to have a criminal convictions check carried out before being placed in a social service agency as part of their fieldwork placement.  This information will be shared with the placement agency as the majority of social service agencies now require this information to assist them in determining whether to accept students on placement.  It is the agency’s right not to accept students   and therefore some criminal convictions may seriously impede the student's ability to complete the Certificate.

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS 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 20
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 for each skill. OET at grade C in all sub-tests.
  • NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic, PToE Academic score of 42
  • City and Guilds IESOL B2 Communicator with a score of 42

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements, or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America, or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA, or
  4. Have achieved the required score in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years.

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 alleight paper descriptors to the value of 120 credits and in accordance with the programme schedule.

Please note: students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours may forfeit zero fees entitlement.

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