Do you want to work with Māori and whānau to support health and wellbeing?
If your goal is to work alongside and guide people as they build up their confidence and capability, this course is for you. It’s especially ideal if you're aiming to work in a care role, or as a social work assistant or volunteer.
Maybe you want to work with iwi, marae, non-governmental organisations, hospitals or churches. Or maybe you’re currently working in the allied care industry and want to formalise your skills.
You learn how to work towards positive health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals and families. The course focuses on social work, human development and mātauranga Māori approaches to wellbeing. Learning introductory Te Reo Māori is also part of the course.
This is the only NZQA-accredited whānau ora qualification currently available in New Zealand and has been warmly welcomed by employers and senior professionals in the industry. It is taught by specialists with international experience.
If you’re keen to take your study further, you may be eligible to continue straight into the second year of Toi Ohomai’s four-year Bachelor of Social Work.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Diploma in Whānau Ora (Level 5)
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1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
Part-time study available
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- Māori research assistant
- junior analyst Māori health
- Māori health advisor/advocate
- workplace relations advisor
- community worker
- Māori health environment assistant
- customs officer
- Māori health programme developer
Topics you'll cover
- Te Pū: Foundations of Treaty-based Practice (Te Pū: Tuāpapa Ritenga Tiriti)
- Introduction to Social Work (Tīmātanga –Toko i te Ora )
- Effective Communication in Social Work (Pārongo Whaikiko-Toko i te Ora)
- Te Atapō
- Introduction to Psychology (Tīmatanga-Te Ao Hinengaro)
- Introduction to Sociology (Tīmatanga Mātauranga Pāpori)
- Introduction to Human Development for Social Work Practice (Tīmatanga Whakawhanake Tangata-Ritenga Toko i te Ora)
- Te Atatū
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Help with fees
Are you Eligible for Free Fees?If you’re starting tertiary study for the first time in 2018 you might be eligible for a year’s worth of free fees. Find out more in our FAQ about free fees
Student Loans and Allowances
This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.
- A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
- A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you’re studying. You don't have to pay the money back.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.
Course Entry Information
You must be:
- 17 years of age or over
- a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or have the requisite visa for study purposes, and
- able to demonstrate adequate literacy and/or numeracy skills to enable you to meet all academic and health and safety requirements of this course.
If you are under 20 years old you must also have:
- University Entrance, or NCEA Level 3 including 14 credits each in three approved Level 3 subjects, 10 literacy credits at Level 2 or above (five in reading and five in writing), and 10 numeracy credits at Level 1 or above made up of specified achievement standards or unit standards 26623, 26626 and 26627, OR
- evidence of ability to complete the academic requirements for the course.
If you are 20 years old or over you must also have:
- demonstrated academic ability (at NZQA Level 4 or equivalent) to undertake this course and have the ability to succeed through personal attributes, work and life experience.
If you have had a criminal conviction at any time in the past you must declare the circumstances in confidence as part of the selection process. All applicants will be required to provide a signed consent form which allows us to check your record of convictions on entry. You will be accepted only after the police check is processed. ALL applicants with ANY convictions will be required to attend an individual interview with relevant department staff.
Two character references are required. These should be from persons in positions of trust such as an employer, teacher, pastor, kaumātua or kuia. References from family, friends or work colleagues will not be accepted.
You’ll be invited to an information meeting prior to Toi Ohomai offering you a place. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.
English language requirements
Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.
Course Locations and Intake Information
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- 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
- Part-time study available