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Social Work, B.S.W.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #266 (QS) Hamilton, New Zealand
Social Work at the University of Waikato is both an academic discipline and a practice-based profession that advocates for social change, social development and social cohesion, in order to empower and liberate people and communities.
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Social Work at the University of Waikato is a valuable and necessary profession in our society, particularly as society grows increasingly complex. Social justice and human rights principles are fundamental to social work practice in assisting the improvement of social functioning and social well-being.

Social workers work with individuals, families, wh?nau, groups, schools and communities, especially with disadvantaged members of society, for whom they may provide advocacy and other skills and services. It is also important that as a profession, social workers have a capacity to carry out research and build a foundation of knowledge to further work in the field, as well as the capacity to analyse, influence and, when necessary, challenge social policies.

Social Work is available as a specified programme for the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) only. Graduates of the BSW will be equipped with these skills and abilities and more. The BSW can be awarded with Honours. The degree programme for the BSW is delivered at the Windermere Campus in Tauranga. This campus is shared in partnership between the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato.

Career opportunities

  • Child and Family Services Worker
  • Child Protection Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Policy Analyst
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Therapist/Counsellor
  • Youth Worker

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    480 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Lifespan Development
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Psychology, Health and Well-being
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Policy and Social Issues
  • Social Work Issues
  • Social Work Approaches and Fields of Practice
  • Community Development
  • Social Work Placement

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Birth certificate, passport and permits
  • Evidence of citizenship
  • Evidence of any change of name (if your name is different from that on your birth certificate)
  • A written statement in support of your application, if applicable
  • Evidence of any previous tertiary study
  • Proof that you meet the academic entry requirements (Completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16320 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16320 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    4088 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4088 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • Fees (Domestic): NZD 6,120 per year
  • Fees (International): NZD 24,430 per year

Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1470 - 2020 NZD/month
    Living Costs

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