Course Overview

Positive role models can make a huge difference to our New Zealand youth as they develop their identity and gain crucial life skills.

If you're passionate about working with youth in our communities, mentoring and guiding them to achieve positive goals, this course will give you the skills you need to make a difference in the lives of others.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 4)
Locations Rotorua, Tauranga
Next intake Feb 2024 View more details
Study options

26 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Study face-to-face on campus at set times plus online learning
Total credits 80
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $4,392 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

Graduates will be qualified to work in intermediate roles in the youth work sector: such as, programmes, projects and events delivered by peer support groups, youth service agencies and community or marae or faith-based groups.

Topics you'll cover

  • Professional parameters for Youth Work
  • Youth Health
  • Youth culture and transformative practice
  • Applied practice for Youth Development

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $4,392 for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

  • You must be able to meet the standard entry criteria (refer below).

Other Requirements

If you have had a criminal conviction at any time in the past you must declare the circumstances in confidence as part of the selection process;

All applicants accepted will be required to provide a signed consent form which allows Toi Ohomai to check your record of convictions upon entry, during and prior to completing the degree;

You will be accepted only after the police check is processed. All applicants with any convictions will be required to attend an individual interview with a relevant department staff member; and

Two character references are required. These should be from persons in positions of trust such as an employer, teacher, pastor, kaumātua or kuia. References from family, friends or work colleagues will not be accepted.

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For courses at Level 4, domestic students will normally be required to have:

NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2; OR

Evidence of ability to complete academic and any other programme requirements.

English language requirements

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 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
Rotorua Mokoia Campus 26 Feb 2024 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 26 Feb 2024 Apply now
Rotorua Mokoia Campus 4 Jun 2024 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 4 Jun 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 26 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • Study face-to-face on campus at set times plus online learning

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