Bachelor of Social Work

Recognised by the New Zealand Social Workers' Registration Board, this course gives you the competency, skills and training you need to become a successful social worker.

It focuses on social policy and social issues, family, decision making, social science research and community development, social justice and bicultural and multicultural social work practices.

The Bachelor of Social Work is taught by University of Waikato and is offered in Tauranga only, at the Windermere Campus.

Content Details

Please refer to the Bachelor of Social Work webpage on the University of Waikato's website for course content.

You enrol on a year-by-year basis and will normally complete each year’s programme before moving ahead to the next year. Students intending to study part-time should discuss their programme of study with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences before enrolling.

Practical Experience

Placement in a work environment is an essential component of the BSW. In the third and fourth year of study students develop practical experience through work placements in a social service agency.


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: Four years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

Please enquire direct with the University of Waikato: email

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 the programme you will receive:
  • Bachelor of Social Work

Career Opportunities

Social worker in a range of different social service fields including District Health Boards, Child, Youth and Family, family services, correction services, iwi social services, government agencies and other non-governmental organisations.

Entry Criteria