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Mental Health Courses at UCOL Polytechnic

Want to help people? Then UCOL’s mental health courses are for you.


UCOL Polytech offers the National Certificate and Diploma in Mental Health which will give you a comprehensive grounding in mental health and support work. The programme covers support work including recovery principles, mental illness, drug and alcohol issues, working with Pacifica people and understanding Te Tiriti and yourself. The programme is taught by experienced lecturers who have worked for many years in the mental health industry. So if you are after a rewarding career helping people then this programme is a great place to start. For students graduating from the Certificate programme and also for people currently employed in this area who wish to develop a higher level of competence in mental health support work. Get ahead in the workplace, carry a higher level of responsibility and engage in more complex relationships with consumers or tangata whai ora.


So if you are after a rewarding career helping people then a UCOL Polytechnic Mental Health course is a great place to start.


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Semester One 2015 starts in February. Semester Two 2015 starts in July. Apply 6 to 8 weeks before your programme starts to secure your place.


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UCOL has an Admission and Conversation process to make sure you are studying the level right for you. We will provide you with an educational pathway achieve success.

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UCOL programme information guides

Browse our 2015 Prospectus and International Prospectus to find out what you can study at UCOL.


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Financing your study

Various funding options may be available to you. Some links to information and tools are listed below to help you.


Studylink is a source of information for government assisted funding options for Aotearoa New Zealand students.


Breakout provides information and databases on scholarships, awards and grants available in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Sorted gives you information and tools to help you calculate the cost of your study and budget for your study.


Scholarship information is available for study at UCOL campuses in Palmerston North, Whanganui and Wairarapa.



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