Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Social Health and Wellbeing

Qualification code OP7800

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

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

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

After the completion of level 5, you have the opportunity to choose which major you wish to complete; Mental Health and Addictions, or Disability.


Mental Health and Addictions major

The Mental Health and Addictions Major provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to improve the quality of life for people who use mental health and addiction services, and for their family and whānau. Courses in the programme connect theory and practice so students can apply person-centred approaches that maximise independence for the people they are supporting. 

Potential employment roles in the mental health and addictions sector may include- 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

Upon completing the Disability Major, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to support disabled people to have greater choice and control over their lives. This degree offers students the opportunity to link theory with practice to provide better quality of life outcomes for disabled people and their family and whānau. 

Potential employment roles in the disability sector may include- Disability Support Worker, Care Manager, Service Coordinator, Case Manager/Worker, Community Development Worker, Programme Coordinator, Policy Development, Health Educator and Promoter.

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  • Level 7  
    Credits 360 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

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

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

For details of the learning outcomes for each course, click on the links to the course pages under the Choose Courses tab

Working with people

• Apply a people-centred approach which enables people to form relationships and participate in their community in order to have meaningful lives
• Work relationally with people, their whānau, families, and communities to negotiate appropriate community-based support
• Work collaboratively and communicate effectively in teams and across services in a health and wellbeing context

Knowledge and systems

• 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 in order to inform innovative, evidence-based, people centered support
• Understand the changing role of information and communication technologies in the health and wellbeing sector for both individuals, groups and organisations

Safety and Responsibility

• Recognise and 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 own performance and professional development, and use supervision effectively


• Demonstrate leadership within organisations, which includes a commitment to best practice and on-going professional development
• Demonstrate leadership within the community, which includes advocating for social justice and change; supporting inclusion, choice and control; and challenging stigma and discrimination
• Understand organisational budgeting, financial planning, 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. The workshops and noho marae are expected to be held in Wellington. Students will need to cover their own travel costs to attend noho marae and workshops, and accommodation costs to attend workshops. Accommodation is provided when students attend the noho marae.

You will need to attend a 3-day noho marae for 77120 – Te Ao Maori and Social Practice
Practice Skills Workshops will be included in Level 6 and Level 7 courses as part of preparing you for your practicum.

Practical components for the degree

Level 5 – noho marae as part of 77120 – 3 days
Level 6 – Practice Skills Workshop 1 part of BHW601 – 2 days
Level 7 – Practice Skills Workshop 2 part of BHW702 – 3 days

The noho marae for 77120 in Trimester 2 is September 18-20, it will be held in Wellington.

There are no other workshops in the courses available for Trimester 2.


This qualification requires that you complete and are assessed on 300 hours of supervised practice while on practica. The practicum experience is associated with the following courses:

• BHW601 Practicum 1 a Level 6, 20 credit course with a 2-day workshop and 100 hours of practicum experience; and
• BHW702 Practicum 2 a Level 7, 40 credit course with a 3-day workshop and 200 hours of practicum experience.

Decisions about the type of agency where you complete your practicum are made on a case-by-case basis by your Programme Leader, in consultation with you and the agency.

Key dates

Trimester 2, 2018

2 April 2018 - Applications for Admission open (new students)
3 June 2018 - Applications for Admission close (new students)
Mid June 2018 - Shortlisted applicants contacted for interviews
Mid-Late June 2018 - Interviews held
Late June 2018 - Successful applicants contacted
24 June 2018 - Enrolments Close for Trimester 2 (re-enrolling students)
2 July 2018 - Trimester 2 officially begins
29 July 2018 - Last day for withdrawing (with refund)
23 September 2018 - Last day for withdrawing (no refund)
15-19 October 2018 - Trimester 2 Final Exams
21 October 2018 - Trimester 2 officially ends

If this programme is offered in Trimester 3, and subject to completing the admission process and being accepted in to the programme, new students enrolling before 3 June 2018 will start studying in Trimester 2.

If the admission process extends beyond mid June 2018 new students accepted on to the programme will start studying in Trimester 3, 2018.

Trimester 3, 2018

30 September 2018 - Applications for New Admission to the Programme close (new students)
Early October 2018  - Shortlisted applicants contacted for interview
Early-Mid October 2018 - Interviews held
Late October 2018 - Successful applicants contacted
21 October 2018 - Enrolments close for Trimester 3 (re-enrolling students)
29 October 2018 - Trimester 3 officially begins
25 November 2018 - Last day for withdrawing (with refund)
20 January 2019 - Last day for withdrawing (no refund)
13-15 February 2019 - Trimester 3 Final Exams
17 February 2019 - Trimester 3 officially ends

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Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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