Diploma in Social Services.xml Diploma in Social Services - Under Redevelopment for 2017

Qualifications and courses Study options

DiplomaFull time - 34 weeks, part time also available

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$4620 - $4700







Course related costs

Textbooks and any stationary required



Domestic Applications due

International Applications due




If you enjoy working closely with people to assist them with life challenges then a career in social services could be the right direction for you. Our social services programme provides the necessary knowledge and skills to give you a credible foundation in this sector.

Our smaller class sizes and greater tutor support mean you receive individual attention. You can choose to study full or part-time during school hours ensuring you can balance your study with your personal and professional demands.

This programme covers:

  • Psychology - cognition and behaviour
  • Sociology - New Zealand society
  • Fields of practice - introduction to social work
  • Ko Te Maramatanga - language history and protocol
  • Human development
  • Working with people
  • Mental Health and Addictions (elective)

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • For entry to this diploma it is desirable you have a minimum of 42 NCEA credits at Level 3 (or equivalent) including an 'English language rich' subject (english, history, art history).

Alternative requirements
  • Relevant experience and/or ability to demonstrate commitment to the field of social services.

    Applications from mature students (over 20 years) are welcome.

    If you don't have the stated entry criteria, talk to us about whether you have the equivalent skills and knowledge or to determine if it's the right programme for you.

Additional requirements
    • For this diploma you will be required to complete a police record check and attend an informal interview.
    • For entry into this programme you need to have a first aid certificate or be able to obtain one.
English requirements
  • Students for whom English is their second language, an overall IELTS score of 5.5 (or an equivalent TOEFL score) is required unless otherwise stated.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Career opportunities

Graduates of this diploma can gain employment in community agencies.

Study pathways

You can continue your studies with our Bachelor of Social Work. We also have a strong association with Otago University and Open Polytechnic, which may enable you to pathway into their degree programme.