Graduate Diploma in Addiction, Alcohol and Drug Studies

Wellington Institute of Technology (Petone)

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1 Year

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Graduate Diploma in Addiction, Alcohol and Drug Studies is a unique graduate programme designed to meet the needs of graduates with related qualifications and work experience, for knowledge and understanding of addictive behaviour, alcohol and drug issues and problems, and approaches to practice in the addiction services field. This is a non-clinical programme and therefore is not practice based. It will however equip graduates with knowledge and skills relating to addiction, alcohol and drugservices. The programme aims to attract students who want to increase their knowledge base, in ways that will enhance their professional practice where addictions, especially alcohol and drug problems are an issue for the people they work with. The programme introduces students to the scope of addiction, alcohol and drug services; assessment and intervention strategies for clients with addiction and co-existing mental health disorders; gambling and other impulse control disorders; and the impact of forms of abuse. It provides knowledge of the ethics, theories and principles that underpin the work of addiction, alcohol and drug practitioners.
The programme is consistent with the principles and core values of the professional body the Addiction Practitioners' Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ).

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

A Bachelor degree in health or social services field or equivalent. This qualification is not open to graduates of WelTec s Bachelor of Addiction Studies and Bachelor of Counselling. English Language IELTS 6

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


1 Year

Tuition Fees

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Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings $48,169
Earnings range $37,731 - $54,842
In employment 75%
In further study 19%
On a benefit 1%

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Scholarship information

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Rural Women New Zealand Education Fund

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Rural Women New Zealand



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Kate Sheppard Memorial Award

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Kate Sheppard Memorial Award Trust




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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 935 832
Phone: (04) 920 2400
Fax: (04) 920 2401

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Where does this information come from?

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The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

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