Bachelor of Social Work
When studying for a Bachelor of Social Work at Waikato, you'll be learning how to make a positive difference in the lives of others. If you're a person who wants to contribute to society – this is a professional qualification that helps you to do just that.
Throughout your Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) studies, you'll be learning a range of skills from many different disciplines. The skills you develop and the knowledge you'll gain will give you the level of competence you'll need to thrive as a social worker.
Successful social workers are vital in our increasingly complex society, and you'll be part of a valued and important profession. The Waikato BSW is recognised by the Social Workers Registration Board, and qualified social workers are sought after both within New Zealand and overseas.
You'll study for your BSW at our Tauranga campus. During your studies, you'll learn about a wide range of topics: social policy and social issues, social science research and social work approaches and decision making. You'll learn about family and children at risk. You'll also develop your knowledge and skills in the areas of community development and bicultural and multicultural social work practices. The BSW may be awarded with Honours.
When you've finished your studies, there are a range of different organisations you might like to work for including district health boards, family services, government agencies, non-profit organisations or iwi social services.
|Start Dates:||Trimester A (March)|
$6,120-$7,130 (approx) per year
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|Fees (International):||$25,160 per year|
|Entry Requirements:||Undergraduate International|
|*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.|
Choose a major
- Case Manager
- Community Development Worker
- Policy Analyst
- Social Researcher
- Social Worker
- Youth Worker
Applications for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Programme shall be made in the previous year by 30 September.
Applications for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Programme shall be made in the previous year by 30 September. Applicants will go through a selection process in November/December for an A trimester start. Late applications may be considered.
All applicants are subject to an interview and selection process, including a criminal record check, provision of a personal statement and referee check. Selection of applicants is based on academic background, suitability for social work and meeting the requirements of the University and the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board in terms of being a fit and proper person to practice social work. Applicants will be interviewed by the Bachelor of Social Work selection panel. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Some first-year papers may have specific prerequisites, so please check the catalogue of papers carefully. If you do not meet the prerequisites, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field.
Scholarships and prizes
New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.
Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships
Bachelor of Social Work with Honours
Students wishing to be considered for the award of Honours must include the paper: Social Work Decision Making: Research Project (SOCWK490) in their programme of study.
Placement in a work environment is an essential component of the BSW. In the third and fourth year of study, you will develop practical experience through fieldwork placements in social service agencies.