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

Course details

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) with strand in Social Services
Domestic tuition $681 per year
NZQF Level 4

About the course

  • 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

Entry requirements

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.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, 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 achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment


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

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

About the provider

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) provides quality tertiary education and training across a wide range of subjects and qualifications. From certificates to postgraduate studies, we offer NZQA programmes for students to learn at a level and pathway that suits them.

We are home to the Zero Fees Scheme and are the only tertiary provider in New Zealand to offer a no tuition cost education to domestic NZ students for every year of study, at all levels.

We offer SIT programmes at campuses in Invercargill, Christchurch, Queenstown, Gore, Auckland and online through SIT2LRN Distance Learning.

We also have specialised faculties in music and rural education - MAINZ – Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (Auckland & Christchurch) and Telford in Balclutha, South Otago.

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