Social Services

Provide expert care and support to your community through a qualification from Otago Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga. Our suite of courses helps you develop the confidence and skills that future employers are looking for.  

Gain the knowledge and skills to support your community. You'll work with people to develop goals and strategies that support them in their needs. Learn how to access and draw on support and resources to address barriers, build resilience and help make a real difference in people’s lives. You will also discover a lot about yourself and harness your innate abilities.

Benefit from our real-world approach to learning. The experience you’ll gain on work placements as part of your study will give you the skills to transition into employment easily. 

“I chose this particular area of study because like most people I have a past, I have made bad decisions and I have experienced the rougher side of life. I want to use my negative life experiences to help and support others.”

Shaylee Morton

Bachelor of Social Services

Social Services qualifications

Community Services

Aligned with community and industry needs, and national strategies, this qualification will provide you with the practical knowledge and skills you need for a career in social support work. This is a holistic programme, that develops your knowledge and skills to facilitate wellbeing across the four dimensions; hauroa (health) including tinana (physical), hinengaro (mental and emotional), whānau (family and social) and wairua (spiritual and connection).

Duration

1 Year Full-time

2 Years Part-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Facilitator, Social Support Worker, Wellbeing Advisor, Wellbeing Coach

Community Services

This degree will give you the necessary skills to be a capable and confident social services professional working in New Zealand. We offer two specialties - Counselling or Health and Wellbeing Practice. You’ll graduate with a high-level of self-awareness, a thorough understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles, and the communication skills to engage and support a diverse range of people.

Duration

3 Years Full-time

6 Years Part-time

Delivery

On campus, Work-based through Capable NZ

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Counsellor, Disability Support, Mental Health Advisor

Research stories to inspire

Research stories to inspire

We encourage applied research to support teaching and community needs, available to all.

Contact us

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