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Bachelor of Social Work with Honours
Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

  • ID:UC640013
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$28,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$28,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
Estimated Total/program:
$182,312.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • Entry to the first year of the BSW(Hons) is open to all students 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.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening 
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
  • NZCEL:  Level 4 - Academic endorsement

Course Information

This highly regarded interdisciplinary degree will engage you in both theory and practice, equipping you for a wide range of people-related work.

The Bachelor of Social Work with Honours (BSW(Hons)) at UC is Aotearoa New Zealand’s most established Social Work programme. The BSW(Hons) is ideal for those with a commitment to working with others in overcoming personal and institutional barriers to well-being, and promoting the full potential of people.

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Year 1

  • HSRV 103 Violence in Society
  • SOWK 101 Introduction to Social Policy
  • SOWK 102 Social Services in Aotearoa
  • SOWK 104 Youth Realities
  • MAOR 108 Aotearoa: Introduction to New Zealand Treaty Society or MAOR 165 He Tīmatanga: Engaging with Māori

Plus a choice of three 100-level courses selected from:

  • Anthropology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Māori and Indigenous Studies
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Te Reo Māori
  • WRIT 101 Writing for Academic Success

Year 2

Students will need to complete first year SOWK courses, and an application, for entry into 200-level SOWK courses.

  • HSRV 204 Culture, Indigeneity and Citizenship: Critical Debates for the Human Services
  • HSRV 212 Family Violence
  • MAOR 212 Māori and Indigenous Development
  • SOWK 202 Human Behaviour and Human Systems
  • SOWK 203 Policy Debates in the Social Services
  • SOWK 205 Social Work and Community Engagement
  • SOWK 206 Communication for Practice

Plus one of:

  • COMS 207 Social Media
  • CULT 202 Cultural Politics/Cultural Activism
  • HIST 243 Kiwi Culture
  • HSRV 208 Gender Sensitivity and the Human Services
  • HSRV 210 Gender, Crime and Social Theory
  • MAOR 270 Te Ao Hauora Tangata: Māori Health Perspectives
  • MAOR 285 Oral Traditions and Modern Histories of Ngāi Tahu
  • POLS 206 Introduction to Public Policy
  • POLS 212 Global and International Political Economy
  • SOCI 218 Crime and Justice

Year 3

An application and approval from the programme is required for entry to the third year of the BSW(Hons).

  • SOWK 301 Theory, Methods and Integration
  • SOWK 303 Mental Health
  • SOWK 304 Indigenous Practice
  • SOWK 308 Social Work Principles and Skills
  • SOWK 340 Practice Research for Social Work

Year 4

Completion of SOWK 301 and SOWK 308, and an application for entry to the fourth year of the BSW(Hons), will need to be made by 30 September in the previous year of study.

  • SOWK 490 Social Work Practice Integration Research Project
  • SOWK 491 Social Work Fieldwork Practicum I
  • SOWK 492 Social Work Fieldwork Practicum II
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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Master of Social Work (Applied)
  • Master of Social Work
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Students develop a strong academic and practice foundation in the social sciences and social work at UC, which prepares them to be social workers, policy analysts, and researchers in both statutory and non-government sectors.
  • Graduates are highly employable overseas, particularly in the UK and Australia.
  • Social Work graduates are employed in a wide variety of fields including family welfare, child protection, justice, education, community development, and all areas of health and well-being.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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