Bachelor of Social Work

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

Full-time, Part-time

Length

4 years

Level

Level 5 - 8

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Intro

A social work degree will allow you to be there to encourage and assist your community to get ahead and forge new futures for themselves and their families. You will also acquire the skills to reflect on your own perceptions, actions, and processes, as well as the knowledge and skills to work professionally as a social worker.

Outline

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 who:

  • Are empathic, non-judgmental, respectful, resilient and self-aware; and 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 & 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.

EIT’s social work courses 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 where you could find employment as a social worker include:

  • Oranga Tamariki
  • Hospitals
  • 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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Dates

There is one entry date per year:

  • Mid February

Entry

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