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

with strand in Mental Health and Addiction Support

Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangarei
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About this programme

This programme provides you with the skills and knowledge to work in a range of roles working alongside people, family and whānau across health and wellbeing sectors, including mental health and addiction support work.

What you will learn

Graduates of this programme are able to:

  • engage and communicate with people, family and/or whānau 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-whānau 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.

Graduates of the Mental Health and Addiction Support strand will be able to:

  • work alongside people, family and/or whānau in a mental health addiction setting to support autonomy by using tools and strategies to foster hope, support recovery and build resilience.

Courses in this programme

To complete this programme, students must achieve a minimum of 120 credits. Students must attend at least 80% of weekly study days.

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
0001 - Culture, Identity and Engagement 4 15
0002 - Context, Community and Safety 4 15
0003 - Issues and Interventions: Mental Health and Addictions 4 15
0004 - Reflecting on Practicum Experience 4 15
0005 - Ngā Putake mo te Hauora 4 15
0006 - Extending Knowledge and Resources 4 15
0007 - Ethics and Professional Practice 4 15
0008 - Integrating Practicum Learning 4 15

Education and Employment Pathways

For graduates who intend to pursue further study related to health and wellbeing, this qualification may lead on to the New Zealand Certificate in Public Health and Health Promotion (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Addiction Studies (Applied) (Level 6) or bachelor’s degrees in related health and wellbeing subject areas.

For graduates who intend to pursue further study related to leadership and management, this qualification may lead on to the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4), the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) or bachelor’s degrees in related leadership and management subject areas.

Admission information 

Applicants under 20 years

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 1; or

  • Any approved qualification at Level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework

Applicants 20 years or over

  • Must be able to demonstrate skills for tertiary study that have been acquired through study, work and/or life experience

Other Requirements
All applicants must be prepared to authorise a current police check to ensure suitability. The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 will prohibit students with “specified offences” from working with children in some roles and this may hinder their ability to complete the qualification/s. Students should check whether their convictions apply. A full list of the specified offences can be found here (search for “specified offences”).

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have and IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence. 

Qualification gained

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

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Full time


1 year

Start Dates

Kaitaia: February

Kerikeri: February

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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