Graduate Diploma in Addiction, Alcohol and Drug Studies

Wellington Institute of Technology Limited

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Entry requirements

Academic: A Bachelor degree in health or social services field; or equivalent personal, practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind, and at the appropriate level. This qualification is not open to graduates of WelTec's Bachelor of Addiction Studies.
English Language: IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in reading and writing or achieved the academic entry requirement in New Zealand or achieved the academic entry requirement at an institution where English was the language of instruction and assessment.
Other: Basic computing ability with knowledge of Microsoft Office packages or similar software.
Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

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).

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Human Welfare Studies and Services at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2021

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust

Provided by:

The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust - Secretary



Previous awards have generally been given in the region of $3,000 - $5,000 (per award).

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Quota New Zealand Educational Scholarship

Provided by:

Quota International of Auckland Inc.



Maximum value of $5,000

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

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