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Manukau Institute of Technology

Manukau , Auckland ,New Zealand

Bachelor of Applied Social Work Te T?rino (Level 7)

Do you want to make a real difference in your community?

Become a social worker and learn the skills to support and empower people, their family and whanau, to enable positive change. 

You will work with all kinds of people to help them overcome challenges and improve their individual and family wellbeing.

Our experienced lecturers will guide you in how to work with people from different nationalities including M?ori, New Zealand/European, Pasifika and new immigrants. You will also work with people of all ages, abilities and diverse backgrounds.

This social work degree is a recognised programme by the Social Work Registration Board. In your fourth year of study, you will be eligible to register and work as a social worker in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Campus Information


Otara is the main campus for Manukau Institute of Technology. It is set in 12 tree-lined hectares, with large green open spaces and substantial gardens. You'll find us in the heart of South Auckland, with generous parking facilities and close by major public transport links.


  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Social work in community, statutory agencies and schools.

PSW Opportunity

3 years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

General admission requirements
Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme:

  1. A New Zealand Police Check (using the NZ Police and Vetting Consent to Disclosure of Information form) that demonstrates applicant has no criminal record and thus meets the requirements to be registered with the SWRB and to work with at risk and vulnerable people as required by the Vulnerable Children Act (2014).
  2. Be 19 years of age or over at the commencement of the programme; or, applicants below the age of 19 , will be considered for admission (by the Programme Committee) where the applicant is:
    1. Employed, in a paid or voluntary capacity in a social service context and able to provide a current, written recommendation from their employer, or voluntary service provider demonstrating their suitability for the programme; or
    2. Due to reach the minimum 19 age requirement within one month of the commencement date of the programme.
  3. Hold a full New Zealand drivers licence, have agreed Disability exemption or commit to gaining a full New Zealand drivers licence before the commencement of the first practicum. At the time of interview candidates will be told that failure to meet this obligation means they may have to suspend their studies until such time as they have the full licence that most practicum providers require.
  4. Complete all required admission Administration documentation.
  5. Provide two satisfactory references.
  6. Demonstrate suitability to complete vocational social work degree level study at an interview. The following interview criteria will apply:
    1. At the time of interview applicants will be required to undertake a comprehension and written exercise to help determine the level of academic support they would require prior to and during the programme, if they were offered a place;
    2. Interviews may be conducted in person, by Skype, or by electronic means as outlined in the Vulnerable Children Act (2014);
    3. During the interview the panel will gather evidence of the applicants suitability to complete vocational social work degree level study based on criteria that include the following:
      1. The applicant provides appropriate and well considered reasons for making their application to study this social work programme that are deemed to be by the interview panel;
      2. The applicant’s personal experience (including wellness) will enhance rather than inhibit their ability to complete the programme;
      3. The applicant demonstrates readiness and understanding of the demands of vocational social work study at degree level study;
      4. The applicant demonstrates openness and readiness to accept change;
      5. The applicant demonstrates willingness and ability to align with social work ethics and values;
      6. The applicant understands the support, both personal and academic, which may be required to undertake a vocational degree level programme.
  7. Once the applicant has completed an interview, the final decision on whether a place is offered to an applicant is based on achievement demonstrated in:
    1. Evidence gathered during the interview of the applicants suitability to complete vocational social work degree level study;
    2. Evidence contained in the admission administration documentation.

Academic admission requirements
Applicants must successfully meet one of the following criteria to gain admission into the programme:

  1. University Entrance (UE) OR at least 42 NCEA credits at level 3, including a minimum of 14 credits in each of two approved subjects, plus a minimum of 14 credits taken from no more than two additional domains or approved subjects; AND, a minimum of 8 credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo M?ori of which 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits in writing. NOTE: Where standards count for either reading or writing, an individual applicant may not count credits in both places; or
  2. Have successfully completed the Manukau Institute of Technology Certificate in Social Services (Level 4); or
  3. Have successfully completed a 60 credit Certificate qualification (Level 4) in a field of practice relevant to social work; or
  4. Have successfully completed a minimum of 60 NZQA credits or equivalent at Level 5 or higher; or
  5. The BASW Te T?rino Programme Admissions Panel (as determined by the Programme Committee) may consider a candidate for entry onto the programme where the candidate has failed to meet the academic requirements listed above. For such consideration to occur the candidate must have been through the interview and selection process demonstrating a level of maturity or life experience deemed to provide the applicant with reasonable prospects of success at degree level. All such applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and on the applicants own merit.

English language entry requirements
International students must meet NZQA’s current English language entry requirements for degree level study AND the specified requirements for this degree where they exceed NZQA’s requirements. Programme specific rules for this degree also require:

  1. Applicants to the programme who do not have English, M?ori or New Zealand sign as their first language; OR who did not undertake their secondary schooling in English must be able to demonstrate they have achieved an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.5; or TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 85 or higher with a writing score of 22; or equivalent. Students may enter the programme with an IELTS score of 6.5 in all bands but will be required to meet SWRB requirements when applying for registration on completion of the programme.
  2. Applicants who do not meet the IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent requirement are able to re-apply for future intakes to the programme once this English language requirement has been met.

Other requirements
Applicants must be physically capable of completing the programme.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

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  • Course Code: MN4552
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Bachelors/UG Degree
  • Duration: 04 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 83600 NZD
    Annual Cost of Living: 15000 NZD
    Application Fee: N/A
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