Course details

Bachelor of Social Work
NZQF Level 7

About the course

This programme is for those who want to support, empower and advocate for individuals, families, whānau, and communities; and assist people in their community. Students will gain the skills to provide advice, advocacy and support to individuals or groups to empower and help them realise their full potential, and be able to function independently.

This four-year programme combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on learning. You will gain the knowledge base, skills, and attributes required to practice in a variety of social work fields such as schools, hospitals, community groups or government organisations.

Students will develop the skills to:

Promote the principles of human rights and social justice and promote social change. Work collaboratively with other professionals in multi-disciplinary teams, organisations and communities. Work with individuals, families or whānau, and communities that are from diverse ethnic, cultural and indigenous backgrounds. Undertake practice according to the ethical, legislative and professional boundaries. Work confidently in a bi-cultural context integrating the Treaty of Waitangi into their practice. Work autonomously and make independent judgements from a well–informed social work position, based on knowledge of theories of human behaviour and social systems. Critically reflect on their own social work practice through supervision, peer review and self-evaluation. Establish and maintain working relationships with different user groups. Provide or facilitate the provision of social services, in fields such as healthcare, schools, government and non-government agencies. Undertake their practice according to the ethical and legislative boundaries. Incorporate the Treaty of Waitangi into their practice. Have social and political awareness, and to think critically about the structures, behaviours, and processes that disadvantage and oppress people. The Bachelor of Social Work programme will prepare graduates to enter the social work workforce at a beginning practitioner level with provisional registration with the Social Workers Registration Board. Take advantage of our flexible course delivery. Short on-campus learning blocks in Hamilton are combined with study students can do online at home in their community. We provide a supportive study environment, with qualified professionals who are here to guide students to success.

Entry requirements

Candidates are required to have gained: ​NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher, including: 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects; and Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above made up of specified achievement standards or a package of three specified unit standards); or A relevant qualification at Level 4 on the NZQF; or Equivalent.

Candidates aged 20 or over who do not meet these entry requirements may be considered for special admission. In such cases entry will be dependent on whether candidates can demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success in the programme.

Candidates who have English as an additional language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) academic score of 6.5 across all components; or equivalent.

About the provider

90 years of providing the skills and knowledge to build a stronger community and thousands of careers created, Wintec is one of New Zealand's largest and leading Institutes of Technology/Polytechnics (ITPs).

With six campuses strategically located throughout the region, we are a leading provider of high quality, vocational and professional education in the Waikato region.

At Wintec you'll discover that you have the power to create your world, the way you want it.

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