Study and Career Preparation (Social Services)

Considering a career in Addictions, Counselling or Youth Development? Gain the learning skills and confidence you need to succeed in the future. Prepare for higher-level study. Learn in a supportive environment.

What you will learn

  • Develop research and communication skills
  • Work collaboratively on projects
  • Understand key concepts of Professional Practice for Social Services, including the Health and Disability Act
  • Examine the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for Professional Practice in Aotearoa
  • Identify critical social issues and their impact on a chosen population
  • Develop the self-awareness necessary to work in the Social Services Industry
  • Use theory to understand key stages of human development
  • Learn the skills to work with different groups and individuals
  • Communicate information in culturally-inclusive ways
  • Use ethical frameworks to guide Professional Practice in areas such as Addictions, Counselling or Youth Development
  • Consider workplace roles, supervision and accountability
  • Plan your career and develop a CV
  • Prepare for interviews

What your week will look like

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Timetable is indicative only, a full timetable will be available prior to course start. 

Entry criteria

Under 20

  • NCEA Level 2, or above
  • Or relevant study/ work experience


If you’re 20 years or over, contact us to see if you qualify for special admissions on our programmes.


  • NCEA Level 2, or above
  • Or relevant study/ work experience

International students: IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5), or equivalent

What it will cost


  • Fee: $2,891
  • Student services fee: $220

    Your student fee is included in your course fees. It is not billed separately. Amount shown is based on full year study. More details.

This programme qualifies for student loans and allowances. More details


  • Fee to be confirmed

Where will my course be?

The Petone campus is at 21 Kensington Avenue, Petone.

Read more about our Petone campus.

Ready to enrol?


Applying online is easy and takes only about 10 minutes.

You will need a few details:

  1. An email address you check regularly.

  2. The phone number of someone willing to be your emergency contact.

  3. Your date of residency if you are a permanent resident in NZ.

If you have your NZQA National Student Number and/or a WelTec Student ID it will help us process your application faster.


To enrol as a international student you will need to download and complete our international enrolment form.

Once completed, you may submit the form and accompanying documentation directly to WelTec International, or go through one of our registered recruitment agents.

Documents and other details

Offered by:
School of Health and Social Services
Offered by:
Te Hau Tapu me te Puna Oranga
Formal programme title:
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Social Services)
Programme code: