Diploma in Healthcare Management (Level 6) 2 year Programme

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The Level 6 Programme is a natural progression from Level 5 and enhances and builds on the knowledge students have gained in the preceding study year.

Students will be imparted comprehensive knowledge and skills required for Home/Residential healthcare, and for healthcare delivery to patients and clients in accordance with Tikanga Maori. The course also focuses on the development of management expertise in the activities of welfare and community service agencies and is designed for students intending to progress to specialist healthcare disciplines or seeking qualifications at higher levels.

Diploma in Healthcare Management Level 6 The Diploma in Healthcare Management constitutes an NZQA approved 120 credit Level 6 qualification. This qualification consists of six modules in all. You need to pass in all papers to complete the qualification. The 36-week study of Diploma in Healthcare Management provides a broad and generalist understanding, knowledge and skills in personal and community care, equipping learners with the soft skills and practical skills to meet the requirements of healthcare/social worker roles.

The aim of this programme is to equip learners with a broad understanding of the core concepts in personal and community care. This programme will equip the learners with skills to attain entry level roles in a healthcare or social work setting. Learners may pursue further study in Healthcare studies. Learners will be equipped with the soft skills and practical skills to meet the requirements of healthcare/social worker roles. Graduates will also be able to work independently in familiar situations and also as part of a team.

Skills acquired:

  • Understanding theory, value and practice skills employed in social work field
  • Gain proficiency in traditional and present- day hauora methods of conflict resolution
  • Co-ordinate family meetings and whānau hui
  • Facilitate the planning and implementation of alternative care placement for children, young persons, adults and the elderly
  • Assist in resettlement in the community
  • Assessment of industrial and organisational health and safety systems
  • Promotion of health and safety and analysis of information regarding potential injury or health problems

Education Outcome:

Graduates will be able to meet the needs of patients in aged care, disability and community care settings and will have been introduced to business skills courses in preparation for team leadership roles.

Note: This course does not lead to registration as a nurse in New Zealand

Assessment Methods

A combination of work-based practical demonstrations (clinical placements) and classroom based written and practical activities.

Clinical Placement

A key component of this programme is the completion of 150 hours clinical placement per semester in a healthcare facility.

Delivery Methods:

A series of lectures, workshops, classroom based training and practical work

Course Duration:

One-year full time study


February, June, October

Class Details:

  • Total class time is expected to be minimum of 20 hours per week
  • The classes will be held between 08:30 am and finish not later than 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday.
  • The classes may be held between 09:00 am and finish not later than 3:00 pm on Saturdays.
  • AGI reserves the right, due to insufficient student enrolments, staffing resource or any other matter, to cancel, reschedule, postpone classes or vary this schedule.
  • Course Content

    Semester One:

    In Semester One of Healthcare Management Level-6 students will learn how to facilitate alternative care placements, contribute to care of people in a residential setting, and discharge of residents from residential care. Students will be able to assist people to resettle in the community following residential care; they will demonstrate knowledge for support for people living with dementia when their behavior presents challenges. Students will integrate theory and practice in social work and also develop systems for occupational in Health and Safety Management.

    Semester Two:

    In Semester Two of Healthcare Management Level -6 students will learn how to identify and access sources of information; analyze information; develop programme strategies to reduce the incidence and severity of work- related injury and illness. They will be able to evaluate actions and programme; identify and locate resources adequate for the programme. They will learn about the relationship between leadership, management and followership. They will learn how to create an environment of leadership and organizational effectiveness in a healthcare organization. Students will develop competence in the application of management skills, knowledge and attitudes. They will learn how to manage teams and will undertake research projects in their daily healthcare practice.
    Semester 1

    US19414 - Integrate theory and practice in social work.

    US7979 - Facilitate alternative care placements.

    US7957 - Co-ordinate family meeting and whānau hui.

    US7982 - Contribute to discharge of residents from residential care.

    US18414 - Research and analyse Maori health in Aotearoa from 1919 to the present day.

    US636 - Applied Management.

    Semester 2

    US7981 - Contribute to care of people in a residential setting.

    US5615 - Develop systems for occupational health and safety management practice.

    US7983 - Assist people to resettle in the community following residential care.

    US5621 - Plan and evaluate programmes to promote occupational health and safety practice

    US18564 - Demonstrate knowledge of traditional and contemporary hauora methods of conflict resolution.

    US630 - Leadership

    The timetable is subject to final confirmation by AGI.

    Class timetable will be provided on the Orientation day.

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants may be required to participate in an interview. Final acceptance into the course is subject to the approval of the Principal.
    Domestic Applicants
    • For domestic applicants NCEA (Level 2) or applicants who have achieved a total of 80 credits of which 60 credits are at level 2 or above. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview.

    • International Applicants
      • International Students interested in pursuing the Diploma In Healthcare Management (Level 6) must have completed and passed the Diploma In Healthcare Management (Level 5) at AGI Education.
      • International students will also be required to meet an IELTS Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5; or the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5).
      • Applicants may be required to participate in an interview.
      • Final acceptance into the course is subject to the approval of the Head of Healthcare Department.
      Please note that clinical placement is an integral part of the healthcare programme for the students. Students must complete and achieve the required number of hours at the placement site in order to complete the qualification.

      It is a mandatory requirement of clinical placement sites that all students undergo police vetting before they can be placed at a site. Due to this requirement all students should have an acceptable outcome from the police vetting to the satisfaction of AGI and clinical placement site.