Otago Polytechnic

Bachelor of Social Services

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Prepare to become a skilled professional working in New Zealand’s social services. Gain a solid foundation in various aspects of the field before choosing your area of specialisation and working with real-life clients. A Capable NZ option is available for those with relevant work experience. This progamme includes specialities in Counselling, Career Practice, Social Services, and an exit Diploma in Social Services (Level 6) with specialities in Disability and Mental Health Support. Students who select Disability or Mental Health specialities can choose to progress to degree-level in Social Services.

Te Taketake Diploma in Applied Addictions Counselling (Level 7)

  • Dunedin or Rotorua
  • 2 years; part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts 27 February, 2017
  • Apply now!

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

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

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply until start date

Gain valuable experience during a fieldwork placement and become equipped with the knowledge, skills and values required to work in human services in New Zealand and overseas. Online delivery available by negotiation.This programme includes the following specialty strands in Community Facilitation, Mental Health and Addiction Support, and Social Services.

Certificate in Health (Level 4)

  • Dunedin or online*
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July*
  • Apply by November or June

Don’t have the required academic qualifications to enter a degree or diploma-level healthcare programme? No problem! This Certificate, offered by the School of Social Services, can act as a bridging option to help you meet the minimum academic criteria for application to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Social Services and Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness). Compulsory block courses are required for those studying online.

Certificate in Mata a Ao Māori (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • Up to 3 years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts July, 2017
  • Apply anytime

This recognised tertiary qualification is ideal if your professional demands are such that an increased proficiency in matters Māori would be advantageous.

Introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi – credits towards the Certificate in Mata a Ao Māori (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 2 days
  • Starts 29 March, 5 July, 11 September or 21 November, 2017
  • Apply anytime

This two day workshop provides an environment in which you can explore the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its implications in a non-confrontational, collaborative process.