Bachelor of Social Work | Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

With a bachelor of social work you will be equipped to provide advocacy and support to empower individuals, families and communities who want or need to change.

Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


4 years


Level 5 - 8

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Make a positive difference in the lives of others

Make a difference in your community. With a degree in social work you will be ready to help empower individuals, families and diverse groups to create positive change.

Through inquiry-based learning, you will develop the skills, knowledge and expertise to be a professional social worker in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.


The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) supports people from the Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay communities in becoming competent social work practitioners within their communities, Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. It enables registration as a social work practitioner in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The objective of this programme is to produce graduates that:

  • Are empathic, non-judgmental, respectful, resilient and self-aware.
  • Demonstrate integrity, authenticity and professionalism.
  • Take a critical, reflective approach to social work practice that includes the use of supervision, continuing professional development, on-going learning and personal wellbeing.
  • Are able to promote social justice and social change and to uphold the principles of human rights in both the Aotearoa New Zealand and global contexts.
  • Are able to work collaboratively and in partnership with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.
  • Understand the significance and implications of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and integrate this understanding into social work practice.
  • Work in accordance with the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) Code of Ethics and the Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) Code of Conduct.
  • Have an extensive knowledge base, skills and professional attributes to work across a range of diverse social work contexts and communities.
    Are proficient in professional literacies, including academic and research literacy, information literacy, numeracy and digital literacy.

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke’s Bay campus, or simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Social workers are an integral part of today’s society and you could find yourself assisting in a range of areas from setting up programmes and giving guidance to people and communities, to working with government agencies at a policy level.

This programme will provide you with the knowledge, skills and attributes required for social work practice in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, community groups or government agencies.

Possible agencies and\or fields of practice where you could find employment as a social worker include: Oranga Tamariki, District Health Boards, DOVE, Birthright, Presbyterian Support Services, Family Works, schools, Community Mental Health Services, Disability Resource Centres, Age Concern, Iwi social services, Directions, prisons and a range of other social service agencies.

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There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus



EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.