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

Study Options

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 whole communities to create positive change.

Social workers are employed in areas of community development, health and education, child protection, family work, drug and alcohol, domestic violence, probation and reintegration, and more. This inquiry-based degree will prepare you to practice within the bicultural social work context of Aotearoa.

As part of your training you’ll be assigned to social work placements in agencies. You will also gain the skills to reflect on your own perceptions, actions, and processes, as well as the ability to promote social justice. Upon graduating, you will be able to apply for provisional registration as a social worker with the Social Workers Registration Board.

If you receive high grades in your third year of study, you may be invited to enrol on the Honours programme in your fourth year enabling you to graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).


PLEASE NOTE: this programme is currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training. The objective is to provide one programme for Te Pūkenga that is portable, consistent and more closely aligned with the needs of industry. As the review is ongoing, this information is correct at the time of publishing but the courses outlined here may change over time.


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.

Your future career and study opportunities

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, Te Whatu Ora, 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.

The following websites offer further information:



There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry requirements

Entry with credit

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 | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus



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