Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling


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Entry requirements

Candidates are required to have:
University Entrance which is NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects3 ; and
Literacy4 (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
Numeracy5 (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above); or
A relevant qualification at Level 4 on the NZQF; or

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5 across all bands; or equivalent.

In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children's Act, 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all 'specified organisations' providing a 'regulated service', all candidates/students will be subjected to safety checks. The selection interview process will involve a group exercise, a one on one interview and a written exercise.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Paetahi Tumu Korero Bachelor of Counselling programme features both Maori centred and western theory and models of counselling practice. A Maori centred specialisation option will provide a unique opportunity for students to build on this foundation and further develop skills and knowledge in Maori counselling, tikanga and te reo. The Programme draws from a range of theories including indigenous, modernist and postmodernist perspectives and approaches to create a programme where both Maori centered and western theory models of counselling are featured; enabling graduates to be work ready in a bicultural context. All graduates will be work-ready: competent and confident to work within both tangata whenua and tangata tiriti counselling and social service environments

What graduates earn

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


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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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Waitaha-A-Hei / University of Waikato Scholarship

Provided by:

University of Waikato - Scholarships Office




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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

Free phone: 0800 422 733
Phone: (03) 546 9175
Fax: (03) 546 3325

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