New Open Polytechnic degree will benefit disability sector

New Open Polytechnic degree will benefit disability sector

Help make New Zealand a non-disabling society. Get a Degree in Social Health and Wellbeing (Disability Major) with flexible study that fits around your life. Apply now. Enrollments for Trimester 2 close 31 May!

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New Open Polytechnic degree will benefit disabled people and the disability sector
Enrollments are now open for Open Polytechnic’s new Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing (Disability Major).  Offered through a mix of online learning and face-to-face workshops, the degree prepares graduates to work in the disability sector and help remove the barriers that are preventing disabled people from participating in New Zealand’s communities on an equal basis as non-disabled people.

Open Polytechnic, New Zealand’s specialist provider of online and distance education at tertiary level, has developed the degree after substantial engagement with stakeholders who are seeking to upskill their workforce to make the best decisions on things that are important to disabled people.

“The disability sector in New Zealand is undergoing significant change”, says Dr Raymond Young, Head of School of Health and Social Sciences at Open Polytechnic.  “Key to this transformation is a growing demand from disabled people and their families and whanau for greater choice and control over their lives. This can be achieved best when disabled people themselves are leading the planning and ongoing coordination of supports to meet their individual needs and lifestyle and cultural preferences. The Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing has been co-designed with stakeholders in the sector to ensure graduates have the skills and knowledge to increase the choice and control that disabled people and families have in their lives...”

The degree focuses on innovative and future orientated practices that provide better quality of life outcomes for disabled people and their families and whanau.

NZQA accredited, the Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing can be studied by distance part-time or full-time, allowing students to fit their studies around their existing work commitments. The qualification is suitable for those already working in the disability sector who want to up skill, or for those who wish to enter the field. The degree has two majors, one in disability and the other in mental health and addictions. For the introductory level courses (level 5) students study together looking at generic knowledge and skills (such as cultural competency and working effectively with people). Courses specific to the disability major start at level 6 of the degree. Students can enroll to start the programme in either March, July or November. The application process includes an interview and providing references.

Applications for Trimester 2 (July) in the Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing are open until 31 May. Applications after this date will be considered for a July start date subject to satisfactory completion of the enrollment process.