Certificate in Health and Care Assistance (Level 3) (Aged Care)

Programme Description

This full-time level 3 certificate highlights the benefits of employment in the Health care industry. It comprises six closely-connected modules which are delivered over 25 teaching weeks, which will gradually increase the student’s knowledge and skills that will be required to demonstrate when seeking employment. The course content aims to the programme of study are to provide students with:

  • An education and training pathway to become entry-level healthcare assistants and develop career options in the healthcare sector.
  • The skills and knowledge required to contribute to aged care safely and effectively.
  • Entry-level skills and applied knowledge required in healthcare operations.

Graduate Outcome

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, regulations and codes in a healthcare setting to provide aged care and related services in an ethical and professional manner.
  • Recognise and respond to signs of vulnerability and abuse in a healthcare setting.
  • Communicate effectively in a culturally appropriate manner to support an elderly person’s health and wellbeing.
  • Provide culturally appropriate person-centred aged care under the direction and delegation of a health professional in   a healthcare setting.
  • Recognise and respond to signs of functional, behavioural, environmental or other health or wellbeing change in an elderly person, in a healthcare setting.

Structure

The programme runs overs 25 weeks in 2 semesters of 12.5 weeks each. You must achieve 70 credits from 6 modules. You must successfully complete all 6 modules to graduate.

Entry Criteria:

In order to be accepted as a student for this programme:

Domestic students must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident
  • be 18 years of age or older at the start of the programme
  • achieved literacy and numeracy competence at Level 2 or higher
  • have an acceptable New Zealand Police vetting outcome
  • attend an interview to appraise appropriateness of personal attributes (attitudes, values and beliefs) and willingness to provide care and support to the elderly in aged healthcare settings. International students must:
  • be 18 years of age or older at the start of the programme
  • have a secondary or high school certification or recognised equivalent
  • achieved literacy and numeracy competence at Level 2 or higher
  • achieved an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band lower than 5, or any other recognised international proficiency outcomes as per NZQA Rule 18
  • have an acceptable New Zealand Police vetting outcome
  • attend an interview to appraise appropriateness of personal attributes (attitudes, values and beliefs) and willingness to provide care and support to the elderly in aged healthcare settings.

Student career pathway:

  • Education pathway: This qualification leads to the Certificate in Health and Care Assistance (Level 3) (Aged Care)
  • Employment pathway: Work in the health and Aged care as a care assistant.

Intakes for 2023:
23 January 2023, 06 March 2023, 22 May 2023, 06 August 2023, 23 October 2023

Module Descriptions

  • Fundamentals of Healthcare Assistance
    Explain the role, responsibilities and tasks of a healthcare assistant in a healthcare setting.
  • Health and Safety Practices
    Describe a care recipient’s rights and the healthcare assistant’s duty of care under the Code of Rights
  • Risks and Safeguarding Adults
    Compile a personal and vocational skills audit and produce a work experience plan, including statement of learning goals, for work experience placement in a healthcare setting.
  • Safe Care and Cultural Awareness
    Describe the characteristics of an effective team, the need for different team roles and methods of team interactions, and barriers to team effectiveness in a healthcare setting.
  • Aged Care and Support in Practice
    Perform care and support tasks and clerical duties and work collaboratively in a care team in a healthcare setting.
  • Pressure Care and Specific Health Conditions
    Demonstrate effective communication skills and ability to work and communicate with people in a healthcare setting, and identify opportunities for further personal development and associated action plans.