Students attend the polytechnic three days per course, with the remaining hours completed in the work place. Workplace hours are a minimum of six hours per week and independent study is approximately nine hours per week.
This programme uses blended learning methods for delivery that combines face to face, online delivery and work-integrated learning.
Teaching and Learning
The programme offers the following four courses:
HWB4001: Whānaungatanga Building Relationships (30 credits)
This course develops skills and knowledge to enable students to build effective professional relationships with people, families and whānau, and community networks in a health or social service setting. Students demonstrate an understanding of socio-cultural and historical factors that impact on health and/or social outcomes. Students reflect on their use of appropriate communication strategies that are respectful of diversity and that demonstrate working in partnership with others.
HWB4061: Safety and Practice in Disability Support (30 credits)
This course develops skills and knowledge that enable students to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of disabled people, their whānau and families. Students will demonstrate an understanding of advocacy relevant to working with people, whānau and/or family accessing community services. Students will reflect on ethical and legal implications related to their role.
HWB4002: Leadership and Cultural Responsiveness (30 credits)
This course develops skills and knowledge to enable students to provide culturally responsive care and advocate appropriately. Students demonstrate an understanding of their role in quality improvement and its impact on improving health and wellbeing. Students reflect on their own personal leadership and their ability to influence effective teamwork to work alongside and promote self-management and health literacy of people, families and whānau.
HWB4062: Disability Support in Aotearoa New Zealand Context
This course develops the skills and knowledge to enable the student to demonstrate the ability to work effectively as a support person. Students will demonstrate an understanding of disability relevant to working alongside disabled people, their whānau and family in a community facilitation setting. Students will reflect on the tools and strategies used to identify goals, address barriers and achieve aspirations for disabled people.
NCEA Level 1 or equivalent; evidence of suitability based on referees and safety check, to meet relevant legislation.
Proven equivalence for Domestic Entry Requirements plus IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no band score lower than 5.5.
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*International fee displayed is for 1 year of study (equivalent to 120 credits) and does not include insurance and administration (approximately $924 per year of study).
Students may be placed at a work placement that is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021. These students will be required to be fully vaccinated, including a booster dose, as they will have frequent contact/engagement with those providing health services and are considered tied to a role within a healthcare setting. This requirement would be discussed with students attending one of these work placements.
How to apply
We recommend you apply online from the Whitireia website. Before you start your online application, you will need to have the following documentation available to upload when requested:
- Completed 'Supplementary application form'
- Referee report
- Verified ID
- Verified official transcripts
Give the referee report to a person who is willing to be your referee. Ask them to complete the forms and either return to yourself (so you can upload with your application), or scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org within 10 days.
Alternatively, completed applications can be emailed to email@example.com or dropped into:
Enrolments, Whitireia, 3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua
This qualification is offered by Whitireia.
On 1 September 2022, the operations of Whitireia transferred to the Whitireia and WelTec business division of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (Te Pūkenga). As part of this, all existing Whitireia programmes transferred to Te Pūkenga.