Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing FAQs

This page should answer any questions you have about both the Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing (Disability) and the Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing (Mental Health and Addiction)

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BSHW Workshops and practicum

BSHW Cross credits and course completions

BSHW Admissions

  • How long will the application process take?

    Once we have received the completed online application and the supporting documentation we will confirm that you have been shortlisted for an interview within 5 working days.

    Once your application has been approved you will need to complete the enrolment process and pay your fees before your enrolment can be completed. 

  • What does the admission process involve?

    The admission process includes completing an online application for enrolment, a police vet, providing two professional references, and an interview.

    Your acceptance into the degree is subject to final approval by the Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing Programme Leader.

BSHW About this qualification

  • What is the difference between this degree and the Bachelor of Social Work?

    The Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing does not have an associated professional body that regulates the workforce. Social health and wellbeing is a new field that prioritises relationships, people and what is meaningful for them to live well, and working in multi-disciplinary ways.

    In comparison the Bachelor of Social Work is recognised by the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) and is designed to meet their core competence standards. Upon successful completion of the qualification, learners will have met the academic requirements to apply for full registration with the Social Workers Registration Board.

  • What type of jobs will this qualification lead to?

    You might be a support worker, care manager, community development worker, youth worker. You may work in other sectors such as education and housing.

    Whatever the role this degree equips graduates to deliver people-centred models of care that facilitate access to services that people need in order to live the lives they want to lead.  

  • Who is this qualification for?

    This qualification is for people who are currently working in or are interested in beginning a career in the area of social health and wellbeing.

    You will learn about how to work in people-centred ways, as part of inter-disciplinary teams while majoring in mental health, addictions or disability.

    The degree will give you the knowledge and skills to work confidently and collaboratively with individuals, families, whānau and communities and support people to live well.