New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) .xml New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services)

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

CertificateFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$5,900 - $6,400


February, July




Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street, Timaru


Gain a foundation of knowledge and skills for the health and wellbeing sector.

This programme provides a strong foundation of knowledge for employment or professional development in health and wellbeing and has been designed to allow you to fully engage with work integrated learning experiences.

In addition to several core courses, you'll choose one of three strands - community facilitation, social services or mental health and addiction support - as the focus of your studies. To integrate your learning into professional practice you'll also undertake a practicum in a setting relevant to the strand you select.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 10 NCEA Level 1 Literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 Numeracy credits.

    OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Health Pathway) Level 3 or equivalent

    OR If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

    If you do not meet the entry requirements for this programme, pathways are available through New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 3.

Additional requirements
  • Consent to Disclosure of Information: Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on their placement. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of School. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

    Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee reports.

    Interview applicants who meet academic entry criteria may be required to attend an interview.

English requirements
  • For students for whom English is not their first language evidence of English language skills may also be required as listed below. If students have no evidence of their English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, then they can make contact with Ara for an assessment.

    Note: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
    Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

The selection process may include an interview to determine applicants suitability for the programme.

Next steps

Please complete an Admission and Enrolment form

Application documents

Career opportunities

This qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to assist individuals, family and whānau across the health and wellbeing sectors.

Depending on the study strand you choose, areas of employment include disability support, diversional therapy, mental health and addiction support, community development, family violence support, social justice advocacy and refugee support.

Study pathways

As a certificate graduate you can progress your studies at Ara with the Bachelor of Social Work.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Sociology
  • Human Development