Graduate Diploma in Disability Sector Leadership

Open Polytechnic

Subject area

Care for People with Disabilities

Check out Fees Free to see whether you are eligible for a year of fees-free study or two years industry training. Contact your provider to confirm your study options meet the criteria.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have either, an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, or professional experience in the disability sector to the satisfaction of the Programme Leader. Students who have completed The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand's Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing are not eligible for enrolment in this programme.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This Graduate Diploma prepares graduates to work within the rapidly transforming disability sector and beyond as confident, competent, responsive and collaborative leaders who understand the complexity of the environment and possess a range of strategies for engaging with people who use disability services.

What graduates earn

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


Median earnings one year after study


Median earnings two years after study


Median earnings five years after study

Status one year after study

Employment rate two years after study


Employment rate two years after study

Data as at November 2021

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Florence Nightingale Memorial Fund Grants

Provided by:

NZ Nurses Organisation (Inc) National Office - Scholarships & Grants



Up to $800

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Ikawai Community Scholarship

Provided by:

Waimate Accountants - Ikawai Community Scholarship Fund C/-


Varies, could be up to $5000

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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

Main Campus Office

Phone: (04) 913 5300
Fax: (04) 913 5308

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