Diploma in Community Health Care and Support (Level 7)

New Zealand Skills and Education College

Subject area

Health not elsewhere classified


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Entry requirements

Domestic Students

Academic Criteria
University Entrance as specified on the NZQA website (http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/); or
Successful completion of a qualification at level 5 or above.
For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.

Criminal Record Check
New Zealand School of Education will carry out a criminal record check on prospective students. Student entry will be provisional until these checks have been completed. The outcome of the police check will be kept on record.

All domestic applicants are required to attend an interview.

Referee Check and Statutory Declaration
As part of the application process, students will be required to provide two referees that New Zealand School of Education can contact to determine the suitability for work in the community health sector. Students will also be required to complete a statutory declaration around soundness of character.

International Students

English Language requirements
International students for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, from one test, before being eligible to enrol. The level of competency required is IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5 or a completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) with the academic endorsement, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013 (http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/assets/About-us/Our-role/Rules/Prog-App-Accred-Rules-2015.pdf

Academic Criteria
Minimum of a level 5 Diploma in Health or associated field and one year of work experience, or a level 6 diploma or above from any discipline.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The qualification is designed for domestic students, particularly those from or with interest in working in health care roles with Maori and Pasifika and other ethnic groups represented in Auckland's increasingly diverse communities. It will also appeal to international students with overseas qualifications and experience in health or associated fields who seek employment in the health care industry.

The qualification will provide graduates who are able to work with a holistic perspective to enhance the well-being of culturally diverse individuals, families, organisations, and communities in an increasingly complex and changing primary health care sector.

Health promotion and public health are growing areas of employment and include a focus on healthy living, preventative care programmes and rehabilitation, and the use of community-focused health strategies. A specific emphasis on palliative and aged care is useful and relevant in Aotearoa/New Zealand with its demographically aging population.

Graduates will be capable of adapting in an evolving health sector and will be committed to improving the quality standards of health care by engaging in independent learning and reflection of practice. With a significant work placement at the end of the programme, graduates will be work ready for employment in the industry as non-clinical health professionals.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (09) 827 6100
Fax: (09) 827 2660
Email: nzqa@nzse.ac.nz
Web: http://www.nzse.ac.nz

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