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The Degree of Bachelor of Social Work
These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Graduate Certificates.
1. Admission to the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work requires that the candidate will:
(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified;
(b) meet the requirements for registration as set down by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board in terms of candidates being 'fit and proper persons to practice social work';
(c) provide satisfactory evidence of their proficiency in English, if English is not the applicant's first language, in the form of:
(i) overall academic score of at least 6.5 in an IELTS assessment with no band score less than 6.5 within the preceding two years; or
(ii) A TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) score of 85 or higher with a writing score of 22; or
(iii) at least two years of successful study in a New Zealand secondary school, with at least ten Level 2 NCEA credits in Literacy (five reading and five writing) or equivalent; and
(d) be selected into the programme.
2. Candidates for the Bachelor of Social Work shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 480 credits, comprising:
(a) Parts One, Two, Three, and Four;
(b) at least four years of study;
(c) any compulsory courses listed in the Schedule to the Degree;
(d) attending field trips, workshops, tutorials, and practice laboratories as required.
3. The Degree of Bachelor of Social Work is awarded without specialisation.
4. Every candidate for the Bachelor of Social Work shall complete the required Field Education courses and at least 120 days of approved supervised field education and associated reports, in accordance with the requirements of the following courses:
(a) 179.255 Introduction to Field Education
(b) 179.355 Field Education I
(c) 179.455 Field Education II.
5. Candidates may progress from Parts One to Two, Two to Three, and Three to Four, by passing all courses in the prior part.
6. The Academic Board may, under such conditions as it may determine and taking into account the recommendations of the examiners, admit any candidate to a supplementary privilege (normally an examination) where available in a course in which the candidate failed to gain a pass.
7. Notwithstanding Regulation 5:
(a) Candidates shall not enrol in Part II unless they have passed courses to at least 75 credits. The candidate may on the recommendation of Academic Board, be permitted to enrol in approved courses of Part II in the same year that the candidate is enrolled in the remaining courses of the previous part.
(b) Candidates shall not enrol for Part III unless they:
(i) have passed all the compulsory requirements of the previous parts except that a candidate who has passed all the prerequisites for entry to Part III of the degree, except one of the compulsory courses in Part I or Part II may, with the approval of the Academic Board, be permitted to enrol in Part III;
(ii) have been admitted to Part III by a selection process approved by the Head of School; and
(iii) hold a current full driver's licence valid in New Zealand unless otherwise exempted.
(c) Candidates shall not enrol in Part IV unless they have been admitted to Part IV by a selection process approved by the Head of School.
8. Candidates must continue to meet the requirements for registration as set down by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board in terms of candidates being 'fit and proper persons to practice social work'; Candidates must advise the Programme Coordinator of any change to their circumstances in this regard within 7 days, including any conviction or criminal charges pending. Annual confirmation of eligibility is required.
9. The Degree of Bachelor of Social Work may be awarded with or without a class of Honours.
10. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates will apply.
11. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Diploma in Arts should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress
12. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work, the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:
(a) Failure to meet the requirements for registration as set down by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board in terms of candidates being 'fit and proper persons to practice social work';
(c) Persons excluded under clause 12(b) will only be re-admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work with approval of the Academic Board, which may be declined, or granted under such conditions as it may determine.
Schedule for the Bachelor of Social Work
Part One (120 credits from)
Compulsory courses (90 credits from)
150.103 Nau mai e noho: Engaging with Māori 15 credits
176.101 The Sociological Imagination 15 credits
179.110 Introducing Social and Community Work Practice 15 credits
179.155 An Introduction to Helping Skills in Social and Community Work Practice 15 credits
Electives courses to a total of 30 credits drawn from courses offered for other Bachelor's degrees
Part Two (120 credits from)
150.205 Kura Mai Tawhiti: Māori Knowledge 15 credits
P 15 credits at 100-level from the 150 or 300 course prefix series
179.202 Applied Research for Social Policy and Social Work 15 credits
179.230 The Wellbeing of Pacific Peoples in New Zealand 15 credits
Part Three (105 credits from)
179.320 Community Development 15 credits
179.330 Māori Development and the Social Services 15 credits
Part Four (135 credits from)
179.410 Social Work Fields of Practice 30 credits
179.420 Advanced Social Work Practice 30 credits
179.440 Management in the Social Services 15 credits
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Last updated on Thursday 17 September 2020