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Bachelor of Social Work Whitireia New Zealand

New Zealand


Course info


Help people develop their full potential. Become a social work professional whose practice is underpinned by reflective and critical thinking. Understand the context of individuals, families and communities. Work towards Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) registration.

The Bachelor of Social Work is an applied professional programme with a focus on producing social work graduates ready to practice with a beginner competence. Practice skills and field placements are core components of study, with fieldwork placements will be negotiated between the Fieldwork Practice Leader, the Placement Supervisor and the student. This four-year programme is recognised by the Social Work Registration Board of New Zealand. Part time study options are available and should be indicated on application.

Programme Outline

Social Work is a profession which aims to help people, communities and societies to develop their full potential. Social workers work with individuals, families, groups and communities.

The focus of the programme is to develop safe, competent and reflective professional social workers who are committed to ethical practice and accountability.

Year One

In the first year, students learn to be learners and develop an understanding of the Aotearoa New Zealand context.

Year Two

In the second year, students consolidate their learner experiences, and develop their social worker identity.

Year Three

In the third year, students are able to maintain safe practice for themselves, their clients and the organisation they are undertaking field placement in.

Year Four

In the fourth year, students continue to build and consolidate their practice competence, taking responsibility for their actions, informed by the many dimensions of social work knowledge.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Social Work.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

NZ$21,950.00 (11,56,135) per year

NZ $21,950 (first year fee)


15 Feb


Whitireia New Zealand

Porirua Campus,

3 Wi Neera Drive,



5022, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

University entrance or equivalent academic/work experience; evidence of suitability based on safety check, referee reports and interview. Bachelor of Social Work applicants for whom English is an alternative language and who have not undertaken secondary education in English, Maori or New Zealand Sign Language: IELTS 6.5 academic in each band.

Proven equivalence of entry requirements plus IELTS 6.5 in each band.

TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)

Cambridge English: FCE with a pass at Grade B or CAE with a score of 52

Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic) score of 50

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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