Ngā Poutoko Whakarara Oranga

Bachelor of Bicultural Social Work

  • Level 7
  • 4 yrs 36 weeks per year
  • Fees apply

Our programmes for Semester A 2018 are yet to be confirmed. You can complete an expression of interest and we will contact you once applications are open.


Programme overview:

Every day in the news we’re reminded of the need for services that help us maintain a thriving society in Aotearoa. We need qualified practitioners who have what it takes to become fully registered social workers.

Do you want to learn what it takes to make a difference in people’s lives? Social work is challenging, rewarding, and makes a vital contribution to the wellbeing of our society. Get the qualifications you need for a professional career in working with others to make a difference. Get qualified to do your part today.

You’ll be eligible to apply to register with the Social Workers' Registration Board (SWRB).


You’ll learn about:

  • worldviews
  • colonisation and decolonisation
  • takepū (principled positions) and their application
  • biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand society
  • the bicultural social work professional
  • Māori and non-Māori theories, models and practice
  • working with individuals, whānau, hapū, iwi and hapori

You’ll know how to:

  • apply takepū in your practice
  • be a high performer in bicultural, Māori and mainstream work environments
  • apply principle and theory into your practice
  • be ethical and professional
  • be socially and personally responsible to colleagues, people and other cultures

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You can take this further by enrolling in our Postgraduate Diploma in Bicultural Professional Supervision or our master's degree.​

I want to use my qualification​

With skills at this level you could work in health, justice, welfare or any social service provider.​


How you'll study:

In class on weekdays or weekends (dependent on location)


Entry criteria:

To enrol on this programme you’ll need:

  • a Level 4 qualification or two years full-time experience in social services
  • to pass a Police vetting process

All applicants will need to attend an interview.

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