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Admission into the Bachelor of Social Work is by selected entry. For entry requirements check the regulations.
The closing dates for applications are:
14 February 2020 - Semester One intake
12 June 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:
To support your application, you will need to provide the following documents
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
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.
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.
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 check the regulations.
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.
For information on the Bachelor of Social Work structure and courses, please check the regulations. 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.
The BSW is a structured degree with set regulations governing progression between the different parts of the programme.
For entry into Part Two:
For entry into Part Three:
For entry into Part Four:
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.
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
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.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
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