Diploma Qualifications

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New Zealand Diploma in Health Sciences

About Health Sciences

Most allied health or science qualifications involve the study of anatomy and physiology and nutrition. This programme of study enable graduates to gain entry into traditional health related qualifications courses, such as nursing, as well as providing a pathway into clinical qualifications in natural healthcare at NCNZ and elsewhere.

The study of health sciences also enables graduates to work in the community as advisors, applying scientific knowledge of the human body to assist people with the prevention of lifestyle based health issues. Graduates, working under supervision, will be able to contribute to well-being by advocating for good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices based on current health science and wellness trends.

Programme Outline

This qualification provides core knowledge and skills in Health Sciences. Subjects studied in the diploma include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Principles of Holistic Health
  • Nutrition
  • Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Consultation Processes

Outcome Statement

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of human nutrition across the lifespan to help prevent nutritional based health problems
  • Apply scientific knowledge of the human body across the lifespan to help prevent lifestyle based health problems
  • Apply current scientific knowledge of New Zealand health trends and risks to health to advocate for good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices
  • Provide culturally safe health advice to help people maintain physical wellbeing and help prevent lifestyle related disease

Duration of Study

This is a 1 year (34 week) programme of study when studied full time. If undertaken on a part-time basis the maximum number of years from first enrolment for completion of this qualification is four years.

Education Pathways

Graduates will be able to undertake higher education in the areas of nutrition, health-related disciplines, health science, as well as complementary and natural medicine.

Graduates will have a pathway to the New Zealand Diploma in Nutrition (Level 6)

Career Pathways

Graduates are able to work as:

  • Retail Workers
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaches
  • Health and Nutrition Advisors.

Programme Delivery

This diploma is offered as a blended programme of study. The majority of your learning will be based from home, using online materials. Assessments will be a combination of online quizzes and written assessments. Written assessments are downloaded as a Microsoft Word document, completed and submitted via the online campus. As well as offering electronic versions of the study notes, the online campus contains a number of learning tools, such as videos, quizzes, flashcards and forums, through which you can explore the subject matter both individually and with your classmates.

Entry Criteria

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study, shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:

  • NCEA Level 3 with at least 14 credits in both science and technology or equivalent


  • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 4 with a science context;


  • Equivalent qualification.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed such test of English language competence as stipulated in Policy and Procedure English Language Proficiency. It is recommended that applicants have an IELTS score of 6.5. Proficiency must be demonstrated prior to being accepted on the programme.

Life skills/work experience

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate:

  • Equivalent knowledge and skills; and/or
  • Previous and relevant life skills or work experience; and/or
  • Other formal or informal study such as to suggest likelihood of successful programme completion.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Where transfer of credit for previous study is being applied for, Recognition of Prior Learning Form (RPL) must be submitted on the same day as the enrolment form, along with supporting documentation. See the Recognition of Prior Learning section for full APL criteria and details on how to undertake an application.


The first intake for this programme is March 2017, with further intakes to be announced soon. The intake will proceed subject to a minimum number of enrolments being recieved.  The closing date for enrolment applications is six weeks prior to each intake start date. However, numbers are limited and once the College has reached the maximum number of enrolled students we are allocated to teach each year enrolments will be closed.


Tuition Fees$4,400
Administration Fee$100
First Aid CoursePrices vary with the provider chosen. Must be NZQA approved

Text Books

The following currently proposed lists compulsory of text books for the qualification. This will be confirmed closer to the start date of the first intake.

Title Author(s)
Human Anatomy and PhysiologyMarieb & Hoehn
Staying Healthy with NutritionHaas & Levin
Understanding PathophysiologyCraft, Gordon & Tiziani
Encyclopedia of Natural MedicineMurray & Pizzorno
Encyclopaedia of Healing FoodsMurray & Pizzorno

Course Curriculum

Course CodeCourse NameCourse Credits
DHS5.1Introduction to Human Biology15
DHS5.2Principles of Holistic Health15
DHS5.3Fundamentals of Nutrition15
DHS5.4Human Nutrition15
DHS5.5Anatomy and Physiology 115
DHS5.6Anatomy and Physiology 215
DHS5.7Professional Practice15
DHS5.8Introduction to Consultation Processes15

All courses are compulsory.

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