Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing

OP7800

Our Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing will prepare you to work in the rapidly transforming mental health, addictions, and disability sectors.

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    Level
    7
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    Credits
    360
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    Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per course per week.

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    Study type Trimester
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    Cost
    $14,600 NZ Domestic

    Not including annual administration fees, course materials or external exam fees.

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    Student loan

The degree focuses on innovative and future orientated health and wellbeing practices. These practices aim to improve the quality of life for the people who use these services and for their family/whanau.

This qualification is ideal if you are working in, or interested in beginning a career in, the mental health, addictions, and disability sectors.

Please note this programme can only be studied part-time for now. We will update full-time study options in December 2019.

 

Choosing your major

When you complete the Level 5 courses, you can choose which major you wish to focus on:

  • mental health and addictions, or
  • disability.

Mental health and addictions major

This major will give you the skills and knowledge to help improve the quality of life for people who use mental health and addiction services, and their family and whānau.

Courses in the programme connect theory and practice. This will help you to apply person-centred approaches, which maximise independence for the people your are supporting. 

When you complete this degree with the mental health and addictions sector you will be able to work in roles such as:

  • addictions counsellor
  • support worker
  • care manager
  • health educator and promoter
  • community development worker
  • social work assistant
  • service coordinator
  • public health manager or administrator
  • hospital/NGO service administrator
  • case manager/worker
  • programme coordinator
  • policy development.

Disability major

This major will give you the skills and knowledge to support people with disabilities to have greater choice and control over their lives. You will be able to link theory with practice to provide better quality of life outcomes for them, their family and whānau.

When you complete this degree with a disability major you will be able to work in roles such as:

  • disability support worker
  • care manager
  • service coordinator
  • case manager/worker
  • community development worker
  • programme coordinator
  • policy development
  • health educator and promoter.

What you will learn

This degree will give you skills and knowledge in a range of areas.

Working with people

You will be able to:

  • apply a people-centred approach to help people to form relationships and participate in their community and have meaningful lives
  • work with people, their whānau, families, and communities to negotiate appropriate community-based support
  • work collaboratively
  • communicate effectively in teams and across services in a health and wellbeing context.

Knowledge and systems

You will be able to:

  • critically evaluate and apply theories and appropriate models of health and wellbeing (including indigenous models) to understand the lives and circumstances of people
  • critically evaluate information to inform innovative, evidence-based, people centered support
  • understand the changing role of information and communication technologies in the health and wellbeing sector for individuals, groups and organisations.

Safety and Responsibility

You will be able to:

  • apply Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a health and wellbeing context 
  • engage in culturally responsive, safe, and ethical practice while effectively managing risk
  • critically reflect on practice to support, improve and manage your own performance and professional development, and use supervision effectively.

Leadership

  • demonstrate leadership within organisations. This includes a commitment to best practice and on-going professional development 
  • demonstrate leadership within the community. This includes advocating for social justice and change; supporting inclusion, choice and control; and challenging stigma and discrimination 
  • understand organisational budgeting, financial planning, in the context of competing political, social and organisational demands.
  • understand organisational service design and evaluation for the health and wellbeing sector, in the context of competing political, social and organisational demands.

Contact Time

This degree includes a number of compulsory workshops, noho marae and practica. These include:

  • a three-day noho marae for 77120 – Te Ao Maori and Social Practice
  • practice skills workshops for Level 6 and Level 7 courses as part of preparing you for your practicum.

We plan to hold the workshops and noho marae in Wellington. You need to cover your own travel costs to attend them, and your accommodation costs for the workshops. Accommodation is provided when students attend the noho marae.

2019 dates for noho marae

Trimester one
77120 Te Ao Māori and Social Practice – 7-9 May, at a marae in Wellington (location to be confirmed)

Trimester two
77120 Te Ao Maori and Social Practice – 10-12 September, at a marae in Wellington (location to be confirmed)

Practical components for the degree

  • Level 5 – noho marae as part of 77120 – three days
  • Level 6 – Practice Skills Workshop 1 part of BHW601 – two days
  • Level 7 – Practice Skills Workshop 2 part of BHW702 – three days

Practica

As part of this qualification you need to complete and are assessed on 300 hours of supervised practice while on practica. You will do this as part of the following courses:

  • BHW601 Practicum 1 a Level 6, 20 credit course with a two-day workshop and 100 hours of practicum experience
  • BHW702 Practicum 2 a Level 7, 40 credit course with a three-day workshop and 200 hours of practicum experience.

Where you will complete your practicum is decided on a case-by-case basis. Your programme leader will do this in consultation with you and the agency.

  •  
    Level
    7
  •  
    Credits
    360
  •  
    Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per course per week.

  •  
    Study type Trimester
  •  
    Cost
    $14,600 NZ Domestic

    Not including annual administration fees, course materials or external exam fees.

  •  
    Student loan