New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) .xml New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services)

A-Z study guide
New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 4 (Social and Community Services)

CertificateFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 4 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code





February, July





Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street, Timaru


Gain a foundation of knowledge and skills for the health and wellbeing sector.

This programme provides a strong foundation of knowledge for employment or professional development in health and wellbeing and has been designed to allow you to fully engage with work integrated learning experiences.

In addition to several core courses, you'll choose one of three strands - community facilitation, social services or mental health and addiction support - as the focus of your studies. To integrate your learning into professional practice you'll also undertake a practicum in a setting relevant to the strand you select.

Career opportunities

This qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to assist individuals, family and whānau across the health and wellbeing sectors.

Depending on the study strand you choose, areas of employment include disability support, diversional therapy, mental health and addiction support, community development, family violence support, social justice advocacy and refugee support.

Study pathways

As a certificate graduate you can progress your studies at Ara with the Bachelor of Social Work.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Sociology
  • Human Development

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 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
  • 10 NCEA Level 1 Literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 Numeracy credits.

    New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Ara Support Work and Social Work Pathway or equivalent

    If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
  • In addition you need to:

    • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee reports.
    • Consent to Disclosure of Information: Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on their placement. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of School. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.
    • You may be required to attend an interview if you meet academic entry criteria.
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

The selection process may include an interview to determine your suitability for the programme.

Next steps

Please complete an Admission and Enrolment form

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.