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Bachelor of Social Work University of Auckland

New Zealand



Course info


Explore solutions to social challenges and improve lives by studying towards a rewarding career in social work.

Programme overview

This programme will equip you with the knowledge and experience to make a difference in the community as a practicing social worker.

Taught by registered social workers and internationally recognised academics, you will learn through an integrated approach that combines a variety of disciplines – including psychology, sociology and law. You will also spend a portion of the programme out on practicum, experiencing firsthand what it’s like to be a social worker.

This is a professional qualification, recognised by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board. This means you will be eligible to apply for registration here and overseas.

Programme structure

This is a four-year degree programme in which you’ll have the opportunity to enter into the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) programme in Year 4. The sample programme structure outlined below is for the Bachelor of Social Work. Please see the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) for its unique programme structure in Year 4.

Where could this programme take you?

There is a high demand for social workers in New Zealand and overseas. With a Bachelor of Social Work you will be qualified as a social worker and able to work in a wide range of fields. This degree is recognised by the Social Workers Registration Board, allowing you to apply for social work registration here and overseas.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Child protection officer; family/whanau worker
  • Community development coordinator
  • Disability support worker; elder abuse and support worker; refugee and migrant case manager
  • Manager or supervisor; researcher
  • Mental health and addiction support worker
  • Social worker, including in a hospital, school or aged care setting
  • Working in the justice system as a probation officer, youth justice worker or prison social worker
  • Youth worker

Further study options

  • Master of Social Work
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Supervision
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory
  • Master of Counselling

Course options

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

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

NZ$32,498.00 (17,32,728) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Epsom Campus

74 Epsom Avenue,



1023, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Secondary school qualifications

You need to have one of the following:

International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.

General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects.

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). For entry based on CIE you must first meet the University Entrance (UE) standard.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7.0

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


Here are some scholarship that are available at University of Auckland.

Faculty of Education and Social Work Postgraduate International Student Scholarship

Value of scholarship

Up to NZ $7,000

Application details:

You do not need to apply for this scholarship or complete an online application form. It is awarded on the recommendation of the relevant faculty or University of Auckland committee.

Eligibility requirements:

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to support international students to enrol into a specified postgraduate programme at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, and successfully establish themselves in Auckland. 

Specified programmes are: Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours), Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), Master of Counselling, Master of Education, Master of Educational Leadership, Master of Education Practice, Master of Social and Community Leadership, Master of Social Work, Master of Social Work (Professional), Master of Teaching (Primary), Master of Teaching (Secondary), Master of Professional Studies in Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Supervision and Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work.

Tenure: Up to 240 points of study

Who can apply:

All international

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