Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work

Make a difference with a career in Social Work. Studying a bachelor’s will help you to develop a practice model that integrates non-indigenous and indigenous theories, models, thinking and skills, which can help to enhance working with family and whānau and more in the community.

Programme outline


This programme is designed to meet the professional and educational requirements of the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) and New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and in doing so provides those who choose to study at Whitireia with a sound social work education, a recognised qualification, and a pathway to higher qualifications.

More detail about this qualification

Course related costs

The following costs are approximate. Confirmed costs for next year and first day information will be available here from 01 October. 

Health screening*: $250

*Health Screening: In years three and four, health screening/vaccinations may be a prerequisite for attendance at some of the fieldwork placements. Students will be advised whether this is a requirement when their placement is confirmed. Please note students are responsible for any costs involved.

Entry requirements

Whitireia degree entry requirements: or equivalent academic/work experience; evidence of suitability based on interview, health screening, safety check and referee reports. 

Applicants for whom English is an alternate language and who have not undertaken secondary education in English Māori or New Zealand Sign Language.



International: IELTS 6.5 academic in each band.

Find your country's equivalent academic entry requirements here

*For fee exclusions, please see our terms and conditions.

How to apply

Before you start your online application, you will need to have the following documentation available to upload when requested:

Give the referee report to someone who is willing to be your referee. Ask them to complete the forms and either return to yourself (so you can upload with your application), or scan and email to within 10 days.

Alternatively completed applications can be emailed to or dropped into: 

Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand, 3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua

For international applicants - please email your completed application to


Give yourself credit →

Use the knowledge you already have to fast-track your qualification. Workplace-learning, volunteering, professional development, other provider qualifications and online courses can be recognised as prior learning and put towards your qualification. Start by getting in touch with us, or find out more here.

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Last updated: 10/4/2024

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