Ngā Poutoko Whakarara Oranga

Bachelor of Bicultural Social Work

  • Level 7
  • 4 years
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Every day in the news we're reminded of the need for services that help us have 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 how 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.

On successful completion of this degree you'll be eligible to apply to register with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB).


You’ll learn about:

  • world views
  • colonisation and decolonisation
  • takepū (principled positions) and their application
  • biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Māori and non-Māori theories, models and practice
  • working with individuals, whānau, hapū, iwi and hapori (communities).

You’ll know how to:

  • apply takepū in your practice
  • be high performers in bicultural, Māori and mainstream work environments
  • apply principles 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 on our Postgraduate Diploma in Bicultural Professional Supervision or our master's degree, He Waka Hiringa.

I want to use my qualification

With skills at this level you can work in health, justice, welfare, or other social service providers.


How you'll study:

  • in class on weekdays or weekends (dependant on location).

Entry criteria:

You'll need a level 4 qualification or two years full-time experience in social services.

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