Bachelor of Social Work
Social work is a profession based on principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversity.
Our Bachelor of Social Work will prepare you to work with people and their environment. You’ll learn about people through their life span, societies and helping traditions from western and indigenous perspectives.
Study type Trimester
Cost$20,183 NZ Domestic
Not including any course materials or external exam fees.
This programme of study has practical components that require access to a workplace covered under the Government’s COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021.
Visit the COVID-19 page of our website for more information on how the Government mandate on COVID-19 vaccinations for some sectors may affect completion of the practical components of your study programme.Learn more
When you study this programme, you’ll learn about people through their life span, societies and helping traditions from both western and indigenous perspectives.
It is designed for people who want to study full-time or part-time by distance learning. It will prepare you to become a confident, analytical and critically reflective practitioner. You will gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to work in social services in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Meet Ali Symmons and Papa Leota, students of our Bachelor of Social Work
A social worker can be employed as a generic social worker or within a specialist area such as:
- drug or alcohol addiction
- child protection
- schools, disability
- crisis response
- community development.
During the programme you will be required to attend 20 days of face-to-face workshops and noho marae. Travel and accommodation will be at your own expense.
There are also two 60-day practicums and a 30-hour volunteer experience.
Both practicums and the volunteer experience may be within your area.
Recognition of prior learning
If you intend to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning or Cross Credits, you will need to download and complete an application.
Once you are enrolled in this qualification you can apply for provisional registration with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB).
Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will have met the academic requirements to apply for full registration. To find out more about registration requirements visit the SWRB's website.
This programme is undergoing development
(updated 13 June 2022)
Open Polytechnic, like all Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics in New Zealand is a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga.
Over the last eighteen months our staff have been working collaboratively with Te Pūkenga and staff from the other polytechnics who offer a social work degree, to prepare to move to one unified programme for this qualification. The unified programme will be delivered across Aotearoa New Zealand and continue to meet NZQA and the Social Workers Registration Board requirements.
The revised unified programme for the qualification is planned to be available in 2023, subject to approval and accreditation.
If you are already enrolled in this programme at Open Polytechnic, we want to assure you that you will not be disadvantaged with the programme changes that are being made in the transition to a unified programme. We will ensure that your learning continues without disruption so you can complete your degree and meet professional body and industry requirements.
We will make contact with you later in 2022 once the new unified programme has been approved and we are able to provide you with information on a study plan so that you can complete your social work degree.