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Stay Well to Stay Strong Microcredential (Level 3)

Level 3

Are you passionate about improving the wellness of your community? The UCOL Te Pūkenga Stay Well to Stay Strong Microcredential will prepare you to function as a health literary coach within your community.

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Level: 3

Locations:  UCOL Te Pūkenga Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 20 weeks full-time
(See Course Hours & Duration for details)

13 Feb 2023 - 30 Jun 2023
17 Jul 2023 - 01 Dec 2023

Domestic Fees: *

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International Fees:*
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Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Stay Well to Stay Strong Microcredential will teach you how to raise awareness about the risk of type 2 diabetes and work with members of your community to identify and reduce diabetes risks.

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 20 weeks, including 2 holiday weeks.

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
5 hrs

Lectures, tutorials and/or online recordings.
Timetable set by your lecturer.
Study Time
2 hrs

Study in your own time.

 Career & Study Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Act as a health literacy coach in the area of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
  • Work respectfully with community members to identify and reduce diabetes risks.

This programme also aims to enable students to develop the literacy skills relevant for further study in:

  • Cutting Your Diabetes Risk in Half Microcredential (Level 4)
  • NZ Certificates or Diplomas in Community/Health/Wellbeing (Levels 3-6)
  • Bachelor degrees in Community/Health/Wellbeing (Level 7)

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL Te Pūkenga is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

From 2023, UCOL Te Pūkenga and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga. So, if you join UCOL Te Pūkenga in 2023, you will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification. And, if you are a current learner graduating in 2023, you will be awarded a co-branded certificate.

This programme consists of 15 credits.

Community Engagement: “Stay Well To Stay Strong” with prediabetes and or Type 2 Diabetes (15 Credits)

The learning outcomes:

  • Identify the factors that positively and negatively affect diabetes risk within New Zealand Aotearoa communities.
  • Explain the progression of health complications from diabetes. 
  • Identify the key points of a diabetes consultation with a medical professional.

 Learning Facilities

From 2023 our nursing, medical imaging, social services, and healthcare ākonga will be learning in Te Whaioranga, the purpose-built healthcare education centre for UCOL Te Pūkenga Manawatū. This state-of-the-art learning environment enables our nursing, medical imaging, social services and healthcare ākonga to learn across disciplines and functions, familiarising them with real-world practices and ensuring they become 'workforce ready' graduates.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1 (including Literacy 10 credits and Numeracy 10 Credits at Level 1)
Equivalent academic achievement
On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

All applicants are required to:

  • Declare any previous criminal convictions before admission is confirmed. Convictions of any offence may not necessarily exclude applicants from enrolment; the decision is at the discretion of the Academic Leader; and
  • authorize UCOL Te Pūkenga to obtain a background check from the New Zealand Police Licensing and Vetting Agency; and
    complete a health declaration form; and
  • provide certified copies of all relevant documentation.


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the above, the minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL).  UCOL Te Pūkenga is a iBT testing centre.

IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).  

In addition to this, international applicants under the age of 20 must have NCEA equivalency (refer to guide held by Business Development International).

 Advice & Guidance

All students are encouraged to access support and guidance to improve study, research and academic skills.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning Limited, a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.