Course Overview

Our supportive classes feature a range of exciting group work with practical sessions and a variety of field trips. Students will prepare for the future, learning about personal care, health and safety and so much more. 

Students gain an insight into who they are, how they relate to others and how cultural values help to shape our lives. They learn how friendships develop and focus on everyday interactions.

Students will gain valuable experience in the community. They will be supported to identify their strengths and interests whilst further developing their soft skills. 

Upon successfully completing the requirements students will receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners (Level 1)
Locations Tauranga
Next intake Feb 2025 View more details
Study options

1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Monday - Thursday, 9am - 2.30pm
Total credits 75
Indicative Fees No tuition fees for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

Assists students to develop skills that may help prepare them for supervised employment, voluntary work, or further study.

Topics you'll cover

The course covers four components. Each component is taught over a semester, and these are all interwoven throughout the year.


  • Building self-confidence 
  • Personal safety 
  • Health and well-being 
  • Social confidence

Whānau Whānui

  • Social awareness 
  • Day-to-day problem solving
  • Cultural awareness 
  • Community/shared values 

Whai ake te Ao Huri huri 

  • Practical use of computers
  • The development of a personal portfolio
  • Numeracy and literacy for everyday use 
  • Online Safety
  • Using applications 

Whai ake te Ara Tika 

  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Motivation 
  • Skills for personal independence
  • Set goals and plan for the future

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * No tuition fees for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

There are no academic pre-requisites for this course.

Students are required to be able to independently manage their own personal care such as toileting and feeding. 

All applicants will be interviewed.

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Tauranga Windermere Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • Monday - Thursday, 9am - 2.30pm

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Further Study Options

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

  • New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1)