Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc)

Prefer the more people-oriented side of business? The Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) looks at how people and society interact and change. You'll gain knowledge of human behaviour, social science and methodology, as well as critical analysis and communication skills. If you want to work with and are enthusiastic about people, policy, planning or research, this course of study is for you.

Career prospects include psychologist, public relations co-ordinator, recruitment officer, human resource manager, political analyst, social scientist and researcher.

Content Details

To gain a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree you need to complete 20 papers full-time over three years or equivalent part-time study. If you wish to major in Human Resources and Industrial Relations and gain a maximum of 10 papers towards the BSocSc degree you need to include the following papers in your NZDipBus:

520 The Economic Environment
530 Organisation and Management
633 Human Resource Management (530)
635 Employment Relations
ECON200 Macroeconomics and the Global Economy

Students should contact the Group Leader to ensure their paper selections gain maximum credits for the major they wish to complete. For the final papers of the BSocSc you enrol with the University of Waikato.


Start dates for this programme match the NZDipBus.

JanuaryFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)Three years
JanuaryPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)
FebruaryFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)Three years
FebruaryPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)
JulyFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)Three years
JulyPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)
NovemberFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)Three years
NovemberPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $897.00 per Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology NZDipBus paper

2017 international students $19,950.00 per year

PLUS University of Waikato fees - please refer to their website

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of 12 specified Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology papers;

  • You will be awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6)
  • With a B grade average you are guaranteed credit for up to 10 papers toward the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc)

Upon successful completion of the entire programme you will receive from the University of Waikato, your Bachelor of Social Sciences.

Career Opportunities

Psychologist, public relations co-ordinator, recruitment officer, human resource manager, political analyst, social scientist, researcher.

Entry Criteria

  • A minimum of 14 numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the National Qualifications Framework; or equivalent.
  • 50 credits at Level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of eight literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing.

Special Admission

Students who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme will be considered for special admission if, in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator, they are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.

Information Meeting/Interview

We may require you to attend an information meeting prior to offering you a place on the course. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course to see if it fits your career aspirations and for us to ensure you meet our entry requirements.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 7 certificate, diploma, degree, post graduate certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.