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.
Approximately 10-12 hours study per course per week.
Study type Trimester
Cost$19,572 NZ Domestic
Not including annual administration fees, course materials or external exam fees.
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.
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As part of this qualification you need to attend a number of compulsory workshops, noho marae and practica. These include:
- 3-day noho marae for 77120 – Te Ao Mäori and Social Work Practice
- 3-day workshop and 1 week voluntary work for 77221 – Exploring Professional Practice
- 5-day workshop in 77225 – Becoming Professional: Practicum I
- 3-day noho marae in 77330 – Culturally Relevant Social Work Practice
- Two 3-day workshops in 77335 – Critical Practice: Practicum II Work Experience.
The initial noho marae and all workshops are expected to be held in Wellington. Any workshops held at Open Polytechnic are at our campus in Lower Hutt.
If you need to travel to attend noho marae and workshops, you need to cover your own travel costs. Accommodation is provided for the noho marae, but you need to cover your accommodation costs for workshops.
2019 dates for workshops and noho marae
- 77335 Critical Practice: Practicum II (First Workshop) – 4-6 March, at Open Polytechnic
- 77221 Exploring Professional Practice – 12-14 March, at Open Polytechnic
- 77225 Becoming Professional: Practicum I – 18-22 March, at Open Polytechnic
- 77330 Culturally relevant Social Work Practice – 2-4 April, at a Marae in Wellington (location to be confirmed)
- 77120 Te Ao Māori and Social Practice – 7-9 May, at a Marae in Wellington (location to be confirmed).
- 77221 Exploring Professional Practice – 23-25 July, at Open Polytechnic
- 77120 Te Ao Māori and Social Practice – 10-12 September, at a Marae in Wellington (location to be confirmed).
- 77335 Critical Practice: Practicum II (Second Workshop) – 14-16 October, at Open Polytechnic
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.