Bachelor of Social Services

Otago Polytechnic Ltd

Subject area

Social Work



3 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Services will demonstrate the integration of competent and ethical practice using models of practice which are recognised by the appropriate professional organisation, such as Career Development Association of New Zealand or the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, for their chosen major, and applicable to the context of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Graduates will have a high level of self awareness and communication skills to engage in interactions with people, which are intentional and appropriate. Graduates will provide professional and competent practice within the community through meeting professional standards and demonstrating social responsibility. They will be able to work in a global community with cultural awareness and appropriate cultural communication so as to adapt their practice according to the needs of the people with whom they are working.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Achieve NCEA Level 3, credit requirement criteria apply. Referee report, health declaration, Police Check - specific criteria required please inquire.

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)
$6,981 $20,943
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$9,231 $27,693
Total $16,212 $48,636

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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 $48,169
Earnings range $37,731 - $54,842
In employment 75%
In further study 19%
On a benefit 1%

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 762 786
Phone: (03) 477 3014
Fax: (03) 471 6870
Web: http://

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Where does this information come from?

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