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Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice (Level 8)

This course is available

Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

Wintec

Summary

This programme is designed to extend and deepen an individual’s professional practice and apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of fields of health and social practice which include, but is not limited to: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, midwifery, social work, counselling and human services. It will offer learning opportunities designed to inform your practice and develop valued knowledge in Treaty based practice. You will learn and grow professionally while undertaking interactive and experiential-based education.

This Postgraduate Diploma will extend students' existing qualifications and will allow higher level professional development that is interprofessional. Students will gain the skills to develop, analyse and generate solutions to complex and sometimes unpredictable problems. This qualification is relevant to practitioners from a wide range of practice contexts and the resulting interprofessional interaction of health and social services practitioners will enhance and strengthen service delivery in the region.

An interprofessional context will enable graduates to extend their capacity for critical and professional/clinical reasoning for specialist practice, leadership and management in complex professional environments.

Candidates may take up to three years to complete the Postgraduate Diploma. This programme is delivered by a combination of block courses and online.

This programme will not lead to New Zealand health or social service professional registration.

What you'll learn

Each candidate’s programme of study shall comprise of modules as specified in Section 7 of these regulations, totalling 120 credits, as follows:

a) Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice are required to complete the core module in Group A and three elective modules from Group D for a total of 120 credits.

b) Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice (Professional Supervision) are required to complete the core module in Group A, the two core modules in Group B, and one elective module from Group D (excluding HSIP810 and HSIP811) for a total of 120 credits.

c) Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice (Midwifery) are required to complete the core module in Group A, the two core modules in Group C, and one elective module from Group D (excluding HSHS815 and HSHS816) for a total of 120 credits.

Career/further opportunities

The aim of this programme is to provide you with greater capacity to work in specialised practitioner, practice leader, manager, educator, or researcher roles either in a student's current field or within specialised fields of practice which include: working with children and youth, the elderly, people with disabilities, refugees and migrants and in the area of mental health. Graduates can become skilled in a new field, or further advance their current specialisation.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice will position graduates well to move into Masters level qualifications at other New Zealand universities.

This course is also offered at Tauranga.

Entry criteria

  • a) Candidates are required to have gained:

    i. an undergraduate degree assessed as relevant by the Programme Manager, or
    ii. a qualification approved as equivalent by the Programme Manager.

    b) Candidates who have not gained a relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification may submit a portfolio and, if the application is successful, may be admitted on an ad eundum statem basis.

    c) Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice, (Professional Supervision), and the Postgraduate Certificates in Professional Supervision are required to have a minimum of two years post qualifying experience in their professional field of practice or the equivalent. This is in recognition of the requirement to have consolidated and developed their own practice to a level sufficient to embark in the role of supervisor of others.

English language requirements

Candidates whose first language is neither English nor M?ori are required to have score of 7 or better in all bands of the academic International English Language Test Score (IELTS), or equivalent and will be required to demonstrate the likelihood of being able to successfully achieve programme learning outcomes.

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