Course Overview

If your goal is to work alongside and guide people as they build up their confidence and capability, this course is for you. It’s especially ideal if you’re aiming to work in a care role, or as a community support worker in the mental health or disability sectors, or as a volunteer.

Whānau ora places whānau/families at the centre of practice in health and social services, including human development, psychology and Māori approaches to wellbeing. Learning introductory Te Reo Māori is also part of the course.

If you’re keen to take your study further, you may be eligible to continue into the second year of our Bachelor of Social Work.

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

  • New Zealand Diploma in Whānau Ora (Level 5)
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Study options

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

Part-time study available

Total credits 120
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $6,584 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Whanau Ora (family health) Advisor/Advocate/Negotiator
  • Kaitoko Hauora (Health Promoter)
  • Whanau (family), hapu, Iwi community worker

Topics you'll cover

  • Te Pū: Foundations of Treaty-based Practice (Te Pū: Tuāpapa Ritenga Tiriti)
  • Introduction to Social Work (Tīmātanga –Toko i te Ora )
  • Effective Communication in Social Work (Pārongo Whaikiko-Toko i te Ora)
  • Te Atapō (Te Reo Māori)
  • Introduction to Psychology (Tīmatanga-Te Ao Hinengaro)
  • Introduction to Sociology (Tīmatanga Mātauranga Pāpori)
  • Introduction to Human Development for Social Work Practice (Tīmatanga Whakawhanake Tangata-Ritenga Toko i te Ora)
  • Te Atatū (Te Reo Māori)

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $6,584 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:

  • 17 years of age or over
  • a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or have the requisite visa for study purposes, and
  • able to demonstrate adequate literacy and/or numeracy skills to enable you to meet all academic and health and safety requirements of this course.

If you are under 20 years old you must also have:

  • University Entrance, or NCEA Level 3 including 14 credits each in three approved Level 3 subjects, 10 literacy credits at Level 2 or above (five in reading and five in writing), and 10 numeracy credits at Level 1 or above made up of specified achievement standards or unit standards 26623, 26626 and 26627, OR
  • evidence of ability to complete the academic requirements for the course.

If you are 20 years old or over you must also have:

  • demonstrated academic ability (at NZQA Level 4 or equivalent) to undertake this course and have the ability to succeed through personal attributes, work and life experience.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

You don’t need to supply evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status to apply for this programme. However, some placement providers may require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated before allowing you to complete a placement at their organisation. Placements are an integral part of this programme and you’ll need to complete these to be able to successfully achieve your qualification.

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.

English language requirements

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

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Study options

  • 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • Part-time study available

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