Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Specialty)

Otago Polytechnic

Subject area

Social Work

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Entry requirements

To be admitted to the Graduate Diploma, applicants must have been awarded the Bachelor of Social Services or the Bachelor of Social Services (endorsed in Counselling or Career Practice) or an equivalent qualification or demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or
educational experience of an appropriate kind.

International ākonga applicants must meet the same entry criteria as those listed above and those for whom English is not their first language must also meet the language requirements listed below.
New Zealand University Entrance OR
Overall Academic IELTS 6.5 with no individual band score lower than 6.5 (achieved in one
test completed in the last two years), OR
Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Graduate Diploma in Social Services is designed to prepare graduates who can work across a range of social service settings, by applying models of practice that are informed by theory and research, in accordance with professional standards and expectations in an area of specialty practice. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities across the social services sector both nationally and internationally.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Society and Culture at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

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Phone: (03) 477 3014
Fax: (03) 471 6870

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