Social Services & Youth Work
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.”
Bachelor of Social Services
Social Services qualifications
New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4) (Community Facilitation) or (Mental Health and Addiction Support) or (Social Services)
1 Year Full-time
On campus, Online
Facilitator, Social Support Worker, Wellbeing Advisor, Wellbeing Coach
2 Years Full-time
4 Years Part-time
On campus with online learning and in-person block courses
Dunedin and online
Rangatahi Development Worker, Youth Advocate, Youth Facilitator, Youth Worker
3 Years Full-time
6 Years Part-time
On campus, Work-based through Capable NZ
Counsellor, Disability Support, Mental Health Advisor