Institute of Technology or PolytechnicAra Institute of Canterbury
This course is available
Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
Ara Institute of Canterbury
Gain the skills to support change, growth and wellbeing at a community level.
This programme is designed to equip you to work effectively as a community support worker in the health and wellbeing sector.
You’ll gain the skills required to assist individuals, families and community groups in the areas of disability support, diversional therapy, employment, housing, budget support and general information that can enhance their health, wellbeing and prosperity. You’ll learn how to effectively engage and communicate with people in a way that respects their socio-cultural identity, and demonstrate self-awareness, reflective practice and personal leadership.
As part of your studies, you’ll undertake 200 hours of workplace practice, giving you hands-on experience in community settings that will prepare you well for employment.
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.
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.
English language requirements:
IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
SPEAKING - 5.0
READING - 5.0
WRITING - 5.5
LISTENING - 5.0
TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36