New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) (Health and Social Services).xml Health and Social Services

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ProgrammeFull time - 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Qualification name

New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) (Health and Social Services) This programme is fees free for Youth Guarantee students

Programme code



February, July

Ara credits




Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street

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Programme Content

Youth Guarantee programmes are a great way to learn practial skills and gain a qualification. You can apply for these options if you're 16 to 19 years of age and no longer at school, or if you're planning on leaving school

This programme prepares you for employment in the health and disability and human services sector.

You'll learn about the structure and role of health and disability, social services and the police in New Zealand.

You'll also gain a basic understanding of law making processes and some practical skills and knowledge about caring for others and improving their wellbeing.

Programme Credits

NZQF credits in the table below are awarded to you on completion of this programme. These credits contribute to achieving your NCEA qualification. In some instances you may also receive Ara credits. Ara credits are tertiary study credits that can be used to enter further study at tertiary level in New Zealand. Please note the number of Ara and NZQF credits are unrelated and may be different.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident are between 16 to 19 years old, you can apply to study regardless of the qualifications you've achieved at school.

    Pending approval by NZQA

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English isn't your first language, you may be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. Refer to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart or contact us for an assessment.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • A Youth Guarantee application form

Application Documents

Career opportunities

The health sector is enormously diverse. Careers stemming from this course include caregiver, enrolled nurse, mental health support worker or social worker.

Study pathways

On completion of this programme you'll have the opportunity to pursue further training with the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing, National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support, the Certificate in Human Services, or the Certificate in Pre Health and Science.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits