Bachelor of Applied Social Science

Manukau Institute of Technology Ltd

Subject area

Society and Culture



3 Years

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Graduates will develop advanced knowledge and skills in an area of specialist practice to work effectively and collaboratively within a social services, education, health or Maori development area. Graduates will develop a critical awareness of their practice and the social context in which it exits. Graduates will be able to specialise in one of the five endorsement areas available for study in the programme. Specialist areas include Te Reo Maori Development, Adult Education, Social Work, Counselling and Maori Counselling. In addition graduates who complete the specified modules within the programme could exit with the award of the Diploma in Te Reo Rangatira or the Diploma in Adult Education or the Diploma in Social Work (incorporating National Diploma in Social Work) or the Diploma in Counselling (incorporating the National Diploma in Counselling) or the Diploma in Te Whiuwhiu o te Hau (Maori Counselling) (incorporating the National Diploma in Counselling). An early childhood education pathway is also available within this degree for Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) graduates.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

7.1.1 Candidates are required to have: a minimum of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 across four subjects (including English), or equivalent or 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 across 3 subjects, or equivalent or NCEA University Entrance or equivalent. OR 7.1.2 As an alternative to the entry requirements candidates for the degree with endorsement in Counselling may be granted entry if they have gained one of the following Level 4 certificates: Certificate in Social Services National Certificate in Mental Health Mental Health Support Work National Certificate in Social Services OR 7.1.3 Have successfully completed a 60 credit, level 4 qualification in the areas of Social Science, Health Sciences or Education e.g. Certificate in Social Services (with specialisations in Youth and Community Development) or equivalent OR 7.1.4 Gained a minimum of 30 credits in the same areas at Level 5 or above. 7.1.5 All applicants must provide two satisfactory referee statements. 7.1.6 All applicants 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. Some types of criminal conviction may limit the ability to secure practicum placements and therefore complete the programme. 7.1.7 Candidates whose first language is not English or Mâori, or who did not undertake their secondary schooling in English, will be required to demonstrate English language competency by having gained an overall International English Language Test Score (IELTS) of 6.5 in all academic bands. 7.1.8 Interview Process Counselling students will have an individual interview and will be assessed on: Personal development and maturity (usually applicants need to be at least 25 years of age) Social services experience Openness to new ideas An ability and/or interest in working with people

Detailed requirements

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3 Years

Tuition Fees

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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 22 62 62
Phone: (0800) 626252
Fax: (09) 968 8701

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