Social Services

Provide expert care and support to your community through a qualification in social services. Our suite of courses help you develop the confidence and skills that future employers are looking for.  

Gain the knowledge and skills to excel in social services. 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. 

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

Delivery

Online, On campus

Location

Online, Dunedin

Career potential

Facilitator, Social Support Worker, Wellbeing Advisor, Wellbeing Coach

Community Services

This qualification will prepare you for a career as a Youth Worker within Aotearoa New Zealand. You’ll learn skills and techniques to support young people (12-24 years) and their whānau by helping them to develop quality relationships and providing guidance on education, training and employment. Course work includes a series of work placements, one of which where you will lead and evaluate a youth development project.

Duration

2 Years Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Rangatahi Development Worker, Youth Advocate, Youth Facilitator, Youth Worker

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 three specialties - Career Practice, Counselling or Health and Wellbeing Practice. At the end of your first year, you’ll choose your specialty, then complete placements during your second and third year to build your industry experience and contacts. 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

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Career Practitioner, Counsellor, Disability Support, Mental Health Advisor

Community Services

This programme is designed for those who want to broaden their Bachelor of Social Services degree with a second specialty or add a focused specialty to another degree. This diploma will enable you to gain a vocational specialty by working with clients and studying professional practice and theory.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Career Practitioner, Disability Support, Mental Health Advisor, Youth Worker

Research stories to inspire

Research stories to inspire

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

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