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Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

BSW(Hons)
06 October 2023

Our Bachelor of Social Work with Honours, (BSW(Hons), is Aotearoa | New Zealand’s most established Social Work programme. This highly regarded interdisciplinary degree will engage you in theory and practice and prepare you for a wide range of work. Find out about studying a BSW(Hons) through our Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts.

DURATION

Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

Degree Structure - Duration
4 years full-time

START

Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)

POINTS

480

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $6,846
  • International — $32,313

Overview


Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

Introduction

The BSW(Hons) at UC is Aotearoa New Zealand’s most established Social Work programme. This highly regarded interdisciplinary degree will engage you in both theory and practice, preparing you for a wide range of people-related work.

The BSW(Hons) is ideal for those with a commitment to working with others in overcoming personal and institutional barriers to wellbeing, and promoting the full potential of people.



Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

Why Study - Body

What will my study involve?

  • Follow your interests in topics such as mental health, child welfare, criminal justice, ageing, violence and abuse, and gender and sexuality.
  • In fourth year, 75% of your study is made up of fieldwork placements in social service agencies.
  • Small class sizes allow you to work closely with staff and other students.
  • This degree sets you up to work in the social work field in Aotearoa or overseas, particularly in the UK and Australia where there is a Mutual Recognition Agreement between the NZSWRB and the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Recommended preparation

Entry to the first year of the BSW(Hons) is open to everyone with entry to the University.

While no particular secondary school subjects are required, a background in subjects promoting communication skills such as English, history, geography, or te reo Māori is useful. Volunteer work in the community is also good preparation.

Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

Subjects and Courses - Body

Subjects and courses

The Bachelor of Social Work with Honours follows a closely prescribed structure, with courses on social services in Aotearoa New Zealand, social work internship placements, and a variety of optional courses.

See ‘Planning my degree’ below for an example degree structure diagram.

Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

Career - Body

Career ready

  • Gain practical experience through the two fieldwork placements in the fourth year of your degree.
  • The combination of theory and practice sets you up with the values, knowledge, and skills needed to work in the social work profession.
  • Graduates are working as community development workers, counsellors, social workers, youth workers, policy analysts, educators, and more.

Find out more about what can you do with a degree from UC.

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,846
  • International — $32,313

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,660
  • International — $30,738

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my study


Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.

This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Social Work with Honours.

Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my degree?

The BSW(Hons) requires a total of 480 points:

  • 405 points of compulsory Social Work courses
  • 75 points of elective courses.

It is highly recommended that you begin your BSW(Hons) degree in February. Those wanting to begin in July will need to contact the BSW(Hons) Coordinator to organise their programme schedule.

The degree takes 4 years full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 8 years.

For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Social Work with Honours.

Limited entry into second year and beyond

Entry to Social Work courses at 200-level and above is competitive. To apply for entry into the second year of the BSW(Hons), you will need to meet criteria identified through an application process and satisfactory Police vetting. Students with English as a second language will also need to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For entry into the third year of the BSW(Hons), you must have completed 240 points from the 100 and 200-level requirements of the degree, and have approval from the programme to continue with the degree.

Applications into the fourth year of the BSW(Hons) must be made by 30 September during the third year. You will need to have completed SOWK301 and SOWK308, provide attestations of character and suitability for practice, and agree to observe the Code of Ethics of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (Inc.) and the Code of Conduct of the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board.

See how to apply for each year of the BSW(Hons).

Completed courses can be credited to a Bachelor of Arts if you are unable to, or choose not to, continue with a BSW(Hons).

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