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Bachelor of Social Work

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree

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If you have an interest in social justice and enjoy working with people to improve wellbeing, this qualification will give you the perfect grounding to your future career.

The four-year degree is recognised by the New Zealand Social Workers' Registration Board, and gives you the competency, professional skills and training you need to become a registered social worker.

You learn how to work towards positive health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals and families as you develop your knowledge of social policy, social issues and social justice.

Our course is bicultural in its approach and respects the ‘Ako’ methodology of teaching and learning from each other. Through research projects, critical analysis of issues, case study discussion and collaborative work, you deepen your understanding of te reo Maori, ethical and cultural safety, and matauranga Maori approaches to wellbeing.

Practical work placements in years 3 and 4 give you a chance to apply your knowledge to real social work situations and prepare you for professional social work practice.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of: Bachelor of Social Work

Entry criteria

To gain entry to the Bachelor of Social Work you must be: 17 years of age or over; a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or have the requisite visa for study purposes; able to demonstrate adequate literacy and/or numeracy skills to enable you to meet all academic and health and safety requirements of the course.

IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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