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Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Epsom Campus


Seek solutions to social challenges and improve lives by studying at a high level towards a rewarding career in social work.

Programme overview

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) programme provides an opportunity for high-achieving Bachelor of Social Work students to complete their study in social work at postgraduate level while still completing their degree in four years.

Students who have completed the third year of the four-year BSW programme with a high GPA are eligible for possible.

By completing your programme with honours, you will develop an advanced level of critical and analytical ability and gain a particular strength in developing evidence-led approaches and interventions in social work practice.

Note: If a GPA of 5 is not maintained during the year, honours will not be awarded.

Programme structure

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is an alternative pathway students can take in their fourth year of the Bachelor of Social Work programme.

The structure of this programme is identical to Year 1–3 of the standard Bachelor of Social Work programme. The structure only differs in the fourth year, where students in the honours programme take 700 level (postgraduate) courses instead of 400 level. Students will also complete a research project in an area of interest.

Where could this programme take you?

This programme will qualify you to work as a social worker and equip you with range of transferable skills for a variety of careers. By completing your Bachelor of Social Work with honours, you will hold a postgraduate qualification, which will increase your career opportunities and salary potential. It also counts towards the first year of a Master of Social Work, meaning you will only need to complete another year to obtain a masters degree.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Child protection manager
  • Community development coordinator
  • Disability support worker
  • Mental health and addiction support worker
  • Probation officer
  • Refugee and migrant case manager
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker

Further study options

  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Counselling

Entry criteria

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), you will need to:

achieve a minimum GPA of 5.0 in your third year of study in the Bachelor of Social Work,


have completed the following courses: Applied Social Research (SOCWORK 312), Mental Health in Social Practice (SOCHLTH 313), Child Protection Practice (SOCCHFAM 314) and Effective Social Work in Health and Disability Services (SOCHLTH 334) or Working with Children and Families (SOCCHFAM 332) or Working with Challenging Behaviours (SOCYOUTH 333).

This is not a standalone honours programme and you must have completed year three of the Bachelor of Social Work with the University of Auckland before you are eligible to apply. If you have previously completed a Bachelor of Social Work you will not be eligible for this programme.

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