Bachelor of Social Services


Subject area

Social Work



3 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Bachelor of Social Services programme is to develop a range of skills, competencies, knowledge and attributes that will enable graduates to meet the vocational requirements of careers in social services, mental health, addiction or disability support work.

The mental health major will focus on mental health and illness, in Aotearoa historically and contemporary, stigma, recovery, co-existing problems (CEP) and the connection between physical health and mental health. Screening, assessment and treatment including medication and therapeutic approaches. Policy, legislation and the national direction of mental health including Te Pou workforce programme and He Ara Oranga.

The addiction major will include all of the above with a focus on addiction in the widest sense (for example gambling), the harm caused to Aotearoa, including advertising of addictive substances (tobacco, alcohol, gambling) and its links to crime and, at an individual and whanau level withdrawal, harm minimiszation and other treatments.

The disability major will focus on disability in Aotearoa historically and contemporary, the social model of disability, stigma and barriers that prevent full participation in society, this will include intellectual as well as physical disabilities. Policy and legislation including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the national direction including the New Zealand Disability Strategy (2016 - 2026), Enabling Good Lives, accessibility work, carer support and Te Pou workforce programme.

The unendorsed degree in social services will focus on the development of multidisciplinary skills and approaches that enable holistic responses to client needs across a broad range of needs including housing, advocacy, health, workforce engagement, finance, and community development.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

University Entrance or equivalent academic achievement or NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) L4

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$5,967 $17,901
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$6,621 $19,863
Total $12,588 $37,764

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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:

Median earnings N/A
Earnings range N/A
In employment N/A
In further study N/A
On a benefit N/A

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (06) 952 7000
Fax: (06) 952 7023

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

Where does this information come from?

The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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