Bachelor of Social Work (Level 7)


Subject area

Support for the Older Person



4 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This programme is suitable for those who wish to develop a career as a professionally qualified and registered social worker. Social work registration is dependent upon obtaining a Level 7 social work qualification which meets the standards of, and is recognised by, the SWRB. The Bachelor of Social Work is a 4-year, 480-credit bachelor level qualification. There are 16 compulsory modules comprising 450 credits and two 15-credit electives. Graduates will be able to enter the social work workforce at a beginning practitioner level. Field placement is a significant element in the programme. In Year 1 students will be introduced to service users in the classroom. In Year 2 they will undertake 40 hours of voluntary work/observation in a social service agency. In each of years 3 and 4 they will undertake a 60-day supervised placement.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Academic Requirements: University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits Level 3 and 20 credits Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits Level 3 in each of three approved subjects as well as Literacy - 10 credits Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing, and - Numeracy 10 credits Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627) OR Qualification or examination recognised as equivalent to achievement of NCEA Level 3 (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination) OR Relevant qualification at Level 4 on the NZQF; or equivalent Alternative Requirements: Applicants unable to evidence that they meet Academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry by the Curriculum Manager (or delegate) English Language Requirements: Students with primary language not English, Maori, or NZ sign language: IELTS academic score of 6.5 academic no band score lower than 6.5, OR TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 85 or higher with writing score of 22. These tests must have been completed in one sitting within the last 2years. Other Requirements - Candidates must meet the SWRB Fit and Proper criteria. - Candidates are required to indicate whether they have been convicted of, or are being prosecuted for, a criminal offence. Prior to commencing the programme all successful candidates will be required to complete a police vetting form. - Safety checks to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children s Act, 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all specified organisations providing a regulated service . These will include but are not limited to Formal Interview, Referee Checks, Police Vet Check, Risk Assessment - Declaration of pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout entire enrolment period. - Attending a selection interview

Detailed requirements

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4 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$6,971 $27,883
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$7,565 $30,260
Total $14,536 $58,143

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 422 733
Phone: (03) 546 9175
Fax: (03) 546 3325

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