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Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services)
Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services)

Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services)

  • ID:CPIT640166
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • 10 NCEA Level 1 Literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 Numeracy credits.
  • Or New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Ara Support Work and Social Work Pathway or equivalent
  • Or If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.
  • If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
  • Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

English requirements

  • If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.
  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the AraExamination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 5.5 academic: speaking 5.0, reading 5.0, writing 5.0, listening 5.0.

Course Information

Gain a foundation of knowledge and skills for the health and wellbeing sector.

This programme provides a strong foundation of knowledge for employment or professional development in health and wellbeing and has been designed to allow you to fully engage with work integrated learning experiences.

In addition to several core courses, you'll choose one of three strands - community facilitation, social services or mental health and addiction support - as the focus of your studies. To integrate your learning into professional practice you'll also undertake a practicum in a setting relevant to the strand you select.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

  • As a certificate graduate you can progress your studies at Ara with the Bachelor of Social Work.
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

This qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to assist individuals, family and whānau across the health and wellbeing sectors.

Depending on the study strand you choose, areas of employment include disability support, diversional therapy, mental health and addiction support, community development, family violence support, social justice advocacy and refugee support.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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