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Bachelor of Social Work (Level 7)

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


The Bachelor of Social Work qualification will provide you with the core professional competencies and attributes required to enter the social workforce.

In doing so, you will be awarded a provisional registration at the level of a beginning practitioner. This is the first step to becoming a fully registered social worker after completing two years of supervised practice.

Field placement is a significant element in this programme which will enable you to get first-hand experience through voluntary work and supervised placements in a social service agency.

You will also develop a range of flexible skills and professional attributes which will position you well to be responsive to and to work collaboratively within the increasingly complex and interdisciplinary social service and health communities.

The skills you can during this degree are also applicable across a wide range of roles.

Career opportunities and pathways

This programme is suitable for those who wish to develop a career as professionally qualified and registered social worker.

Graduates will be qualified to work in a range of social work positions in statutory organizations (CYFS, Justice), Health (tertiary, primary and community) and Not for Profit Social Service agencies.

You could have a career in the area of student advocacy, elderly care, at the marae, working with refugee families, at the court, or in the community.

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 3. Entry requirements vary from country to country. OR

A relevant qualification at Level 4 on the NZQF; or equivalent

Alternative requirements: Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry by the Curriculum Manager (or delegate).

English language requirements:

  • IELTS: Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examinations - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Other requirements

Candidates are required to indicate whether they have been convicted of, or are being prosecuted for, a criminal offence. Prior to commencing the programme all successful candidates will be required to complete a police vetting form. The Clean Slate Act does not apply and some types of criminal conviction may limit the ability to secure practicum placements and therefore complete the programme.

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