Bachelor of Social Work

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Entry requirements

Admission into the Bachelor of Social Work is by selected entry. Entry requirements are detailed in the 'Regulations' button.

The closing dates for applications are:
30 November 2019 - Semester One intake 
29 May 2020 - Semester Two intake

As well as meeting the criteria to enter the University, for the BSW Selected Entry application process, you will need to:

  • Meet the requirements set down by the Social Workers Registration Act 2003 for registration as a social worker in New Zealand in terms of being “fit and proper persons to practise social work”
  • Provide a curriculum vitae which includes your academic and work history
  • Provide a personal statement explaining why you wish to enter the social work programme and profession 
  • Provide details of two character referees - these must not be family or friends
  • Provide details of any convictions or charges pending in New Zealand and/or overseas
  • Complete the Vetting Service Request and Consent Form for a New Zealand Police check
  • Provide a current Police Certificate from any overseas countries you have lived in for twelve months or more in the last ten years.
  • Undertake an interview (if required)

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

To support your application, you will need to provide the following documents

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement
  • A completed New Zealand Police Vetting Service Request and Consent Form
  • A current Police Certificate from any overseas countries you have lived in for twelve months or more in the last ten years.

If English, Māori or New Zealand sign language is not your first language, you will need to provide official evidence of your English language competency in the form of an IELTS test with an overall academic score of at least 6.5, with no band score less than 6.5, taken within the preceding two years; or a TOEFL internet-based test (IBT) score of 85 or higher with a writing score of 22; or at least two years of successful study in a new Zealand secondary school, with at least 10 Level 2 NCEA credits in Literacy (five reading and five writing); or equivalent.

If you are applying to begin the Bachelor of Social Work in the second semester (mid-year), please contact an adviser from our Student Advice and Information Unit to help you plan your degree.

Note: If you are returning to the Bachelor of Social Work at Massey after a break of two years or more, you must apply for re-entry to the programme

Entry into Part II, III and IV of the programme

Please see "Programme structure" below for more information about entry into Part II, III and IV.

All students must continue to meet our requirements under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, and under the Social Workers Registration Board ‘Fit and Proper Person policy and Code of Conduct.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

After you have been formally accepted into the Bachelor of Social Work degree, credit and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be considered. If you may be eligible, the School of Social Work will contact you once you are accepted into the programme.

If you have passed courses in other programmes at Massey University or at other tertiary institutions (NZQA Level 5 or above), you may be eligible for cross-credits.

General rules regarding cross credits apply.

If you have voluntary and/or paid experience in the social services, you may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, to credit up to 45 credits in Parts I and II.

Planning your programme

The Bachelor of Social Work degree takes four years of full-time study or up to eight years of part-time study to complete.

The qualification is made up of 480 credits, of which 435 credits are in compulsory courses and 45 credits are in elective courses.

For more information on how to plan your study and to see the courses to complete the programme, please see the 'Regulations' button.

If you are applying to begin the Bachelor of Social Work in the second semester (mid-year) or wish to apply for credit, please contact an adviser from our Student Advice and Information Unit to discuss a study plan.

If you work in paid and/or unpaid employment for more than 12-15 hours a week, we recommend that you enrol on a part-time basis.

If you intend to study on a part-time basis, we recommend you contact an adviser from our Student Advice and Information Unit to discuss a study plan.

If it has been some time since you have studied or you wish to take a course that assists with academic writing, you should consider completing 230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry as one of your elective courses.

Notes:

  • You are required to have a full New Zealand driver’s licence by the time of your 3rd year placement.
  • Distance students are required to attend in-person compulsory contact workshops from year one. Dates for contact workshops are available through the course search function to enable students to plan.

Bachelor of Social Work structure

For information on the Bachelor of Social Work structure and courses, please click on the 'Regulations' button. The Bachelor of Social Work comprises four Parts to a total of 480 credits.

The Bachelor of Social Work comprises four Parts to a total of 480 credits.

Part One provides an understanding of people and society, particularly in New Zealand. Courses can be chosen from a range of social science, humanities and other disciplines.

Part Two brings a deeper understanding of social problems, social work theories, social policy and government, social work and basic interview skills.

Part Three concentrates on developing practical social work skills that are firmly based in social work theory, Māori development, advanced social policy and community work. An exciting feature is attendance at a Noho Marae.

Part Four develops applied skills in specialist areas of social work. These include management, policy evaluation and a variety of fields of practice.

In Parts Three and Four, you will complete supervised placements in social service agencies.

Entry into Parts Two, Three and Four

The BSW is a structured degree with set regulations governing progression between the different parts of the programme.

For entry into Part Two:

  • You must have completed courses to at least 75 credits.

For entry into Part Three:

  • You must have completed all of the compulsory requirements of the previous parts.
  • In special circumstances, you may be admitted to Part Three if there is still one compulsory course outstanding.
  • If you study part-time, consult the BSW academic programme administrators for help in planning your programme.
  • You will be required to provide documentation of a current drivers licence.
  • You will be required to complete a Police check prior to the confirmation of a fieldwork placement.

For entry into Part Four:

  • You must have been admitted by a selection process approved by the Head of School.
  • Consult with the BSW coordinators if you have any questions or scheduling difficulties.
  • If you study part-time, contact the administrator on your campus for assistance with planning your programme.


Note: Withdrawing from a course may impact on your ability to progress to the next part of your BSW. Prior to withdrawing from a course in the BSW we recommend you make contact with one of the Bachelor of Social Work Coordinators located within the School of Social Work.

Field Education

A critical part of the degree is 120 days of field education gained through the courses 179.355 and 179.455.

  • Each course must be passed in order to progress to the next part of the degree.
  • 179.355 and 179.455, Field Education I and II, both consist of an approved field education placement supervised by a registered social worker.
  • Assessment is based on academic and practice requirements.
  • Students must continue to meet our requirements under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, and under the Social Workers Registration Board ‘Fit and Proper Person’ policy and Code of Conduct.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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