Level 4

Pre-degree preparation for social work

Learn self-awareness, gain self-insights and develop the necessary interpersonal communication skills needed to work in the social services sector.
Overview

Programme highlights

This certificate course is aimed at those who have an interest in helping others.

You will learn self-awareness, gain self-insights and learn the necessary interpersonal communication skills needed to work in the social services sector. You will explore your own cultural identity and that of others.

This certificate is the ideal place to start if you are considering a career in the ‘helping professions’ including social work, community work, mental health and addiction services, youth work, counselling or iwi social services.

This programme will give you the confidence to study at a tertiary level and go on to pathway into degree-level programmes or occupational options in a career pathway of your choice.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

General

Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

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Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):

105.445 Skills for successful tertiary study (15 credits)

  • Gain personal self-awareness to perform effectively with best practice in a social services setting.
  • Demonstrate the interpersonal skills required to work safely with a diverse range of clients in a social services environment.
  • Apply appropriate and effective strategies to assist clients and whanau to reduce vulnerability and build resilience.
  • Produce written work/artwork/group work/verbal presentations centred around different subjects or occupations by using your imagination, creativity, self-exploration, reflection and feedback, cultural literacy and engagement with and use of appropriate help and support.
  • Access and use information technologies for academic and/or workplace purposes.
  • Evaluate opportunities and develop a plan for study and career pathways relevant to a chosen field. Pathway into employment or degree level programs.

105.446 Pathway project A - society (15 credits)

Progressively apply, consolidate and demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed in this and the Numeracy and Literacy courses through real-world learning experiences in order to meet the varied demands of their personal life, study and intended career destination.

You will learn about:

  • How culture influences communication in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • The role of the individual in society.
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Cultural competency.
  • Society and how it influences work in social services.
  • Human Rights Commission.
  • Diversity in our community.

105.447 Pathway project B - society (15 credits)

Progressively apply, consolidate and demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed in this and the Numeracy and Literacy courses through real-world learning experiences in order to meet the varied demands of their personal life, study and intended career destination.

You will learn about:

  • Discrimination and stigma.
  • Te Ao Maori/Maori world-view.
  • Disabilities.
  • Powhiri process and marae protocols.
  • Roles and responsibilities for marae.

181.435 Building communication competence (15 credits)

  • Demonstrate reflective self-management skills for study.
  • Communicate and collaborate as a speaker and as a listener in a learning group.
  • Use selected communication technologies appropriately within an academic and/or vocational context.
  • Gain personal self-awareness, navigation and facilitation skills to perform effectively in a social services environment.
  • Gain awareness and understanding of the principles and barriers to recovery in the mental health and addiction setting.
Careers and pathways

Further training or study

It is also a pathway towards further professional training including social work, counselling and mental health, and nursing.

Career opportunities

The certificate is a complete qualification for employment in the social services sector.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money but also help you to complete your qualification faster. Learn more.

Information is correct as at 3 November 2022. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.