Human and Community Services

 

 

With a strong emphasis on fieldwork placements and industry-relevant training, our Human and Community Services programmes teach you exactly what to expect when you enter the workforce. Give your career a kick-start by making use of our extensive networks, forging important industry relationships and learning from highly experienced teachers.

 

Health Bridging Certificate (Level 3 and 4)

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • Across one year full-time (17 weeks per level) or two years part-time
  • Level 3 and 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Don’t have the academic requirements you need to enter one of our diploma- or degree-level healthcare programmes? No problem. By studying courses such as Function of the Human Body and an Introduction to Careers in Health, you will be well-prepared to apply for your chosen diploma or degree. This programme is made up of two qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) with a health context and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) with a health context.

Health Bridging Certificate (Level 4 only)

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • 17 weeks full-time or one year part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts July
  • Apply now

This Level 4 programme is the second part of our health bridging pathway for those that don't yet meet the entry requirements for our diploma- or degree-level health programmes. To enter directly into Level 4, you need to hold a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (our Level 3 Health Bridging certificate), or equivalent. If you don't hold that qualification, you'll need to do the Level 3 and Level 4 programme which starts in February.

New Zealand Certificate in Whānau Ora (Level 3)

  • Kokiri Centre (51 Macandrew Road, Dunedin)
  • Twenty weeks full-time (five days a week); part-time not available
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply anytime

Arai Te Uru Kokiri Centre and Otago Polytechnic have developed this programme to train whanau and support workers to understand how to support each other and to uplift, listen to and help each other be successful. Graduates of this qualification will be able to work under supervision to apply knowledge of Māori philosophies and theories of Māori wellbeing. This qualification will prepare you for entry level work caring for or supporting people, from youth to adulthood. Plus, it's free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs).

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) (Community Facilitation) or (Mental Health and Addiction Support) or (Social Services)

  • Dunedin or online (with work placements for both options)
  • One year full-time; two years part-time (only available for Dunedin study option)
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply before 31 January

Are you a compassionate, open minded and optimistic person? Do you value manaaki, whanaungatanga and partnership? Aligned with local and industry needs and national strategies, this programme will provide you with the practical knowledge and skills you need for support work in social service, disability or mental health and addiction settings. You will choose to specialise in Community Facilitation, Mental Health and Addiction, or Social Services. Our graduates have a high employment rate and many are offered work during or after their fieldwork placements in the second semester.

New Zealand Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6)

  • Dunedin Campus
  • 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Youth development is about promoting young peoples' personal and social development and enabling them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities, as well as in society as a whole. Youth Workers support young people (12-24 years) and their whānau by helping them to develop quality relationships and to build healthy connections - often working collaboratively with other human service providers to do so. Through work placements and access to the latest skills and knowledge about the youth development sector - you'll leave this programme prepared to enter the workforce and to make a difference in someone's life.

Te Taketake Diploma in Applied Addictions Counselling (Level 7)

  • Dunedin or Rotorua
  • Two years part-time; full-time not available
  • Level 7
  • Starts March
  • Apply - applications are now closed for 2022. Please email office@moanahouse.org.nz to register your interest for our March 2023 intake.

Offered through the Moana House Training Institute, this qualification will enable you to take up a professional role within the mental health and addictions sector. It is recognised by DAPAANZ (Drug and Alcohol Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa–New Zealand), the relevant professional body for addictions practitioners, and upon successful completion you can apply for professional registration with DAPAANZ.

Bachelor of Social Services (Specialty)

  • Dunedin Campus
  • Three years full-time; up to six years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Want to help people and their whānau improve their quality of life? Our industry-relevant programme will prepare you to enter the social service sector as a counsellor, career practitioner, or to offer holistic services in the health and wellbeing sector such as mental health support.

Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Specialty)

  • Dunedin Campus
  • One year full-time; three years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2022
  • Apply until start date

Want to add a second specialty to your existing social services (or related) degree or further enhance your professional practice?  This one-year programme will enable you to gain a vocational specialty by working with clients and studying professional practice and theory. Upon successful completion, you will graduate with either a Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Career Practice) or Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Health and Wellbeing Practice).

Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution

  • Online classes with some face-to-face teaching
  • One year full-time; up to five years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts 21 February and 18 July 2022
  • Apply by 8 February and 4 July 2022

Do you face disputes in your workplace? Would learning skills and strategies on how to work through conflict help you grow personally and professionally? Conflict and disputes are one of the leading causes of stress in the modern world, and managing conflict can be challenging. It requires an approach that perhaps doesn’t come naturally to most people and is very much a learned skill. Our programme will equip you with the tools and methods to reduce stress related to resolving disputes, improve your relationship management skills, hone your negotiation and mediation skills, and learn how to deal with client or customer issues. Career opportunities include a Mediation Specialist, Corporate Consultant or Peacebuilding Consultant.

OSTC Sport Exercise and Health (Level 3)

  • Dunedin
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Interested in Sport, Exercise and Health? Develop and implement your own personal exercise programme using the Otago Polytechnic Gym, learn about running a Fitness Centre, study nutritional imbalances and how they relate to health and discover how to plan and deliver coaching sessions to local primary school students.

OSTC Police Pathway (Level 3)

  • Dunedin and Cromwell
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Thinking about a career in the Police? Then this course is the perfect taster to see if it's right for you! Gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills, attributes and attitudes associated with the Police and explore the physical and leadership requirements required to become a Police Officer. In addition, you'll complete the content of the 12-week distance learning component of the New Zealand Police application process (so you won't have to do that again if you do choose to apply!)