Kā Mahi Hāpai Iwi Social work

About social work

Social workers provide advocacy, education and support, and work with individuals, families, groups and communities.

Social workers may do some or all of the following:

  • work to advance the well-being of children, young people, their families and communities;
  • link people with community resources such as benefits and accommodation;
  • talk with clients about their problems, and help them make decisions about these problems;
  • advise people on their rights and opportunities;
  • write reports and case notes;
  • support people in crisis situations; and
  • give advice on social problems.

Usually social workers will specialise in a specific area, for example working with certain age groups or communities, or in certain problem areas like mental health, drugs or disability.

Studying social work

Gain the skills and understanding needed to help people at some of the most crucial times of their lives as you study the theory and practicalities of social work in New Zealand. Our degree and certificate level courses in social work will provide you with the skills to understand the specific needs of people seeking help and to respond appropriately, sensitively and professionally.

We will guide you through the fundamentals of professionalism, research skills, critical thinking and informed decision making.

Programmes

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Bachelor of Social Work

Programme code:
CH4051
Level:
7
Credits:
480
Starts:
February

Gain the skills and understanding needed to help people during crucial times in their lives. You will develop the attributes for professional social work practice in New Zealand as you engage in study integrating practice and community within the classroom. This programme is underpinned by a philosophy of bi-culturalism and anti-oppressive practice.

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Graduate diploma in Health

Graduate Diploma in Health

Programme code:
CH4053
Level:
7
Credits:
120
Starts:
Throughout the year

Broaden your career opportunities and meet the needs of an expanding health sector.

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New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 4 (Social and Community Services)

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) - Pending Approval

Programme code:
NZ2992
Level:
4
Credits:
120
Starts:
February, July

Gain a foundation of knowledge and skills for the health and wellbeing sector.

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nursing short course

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) with Health Assistance Strand or Support Work Strand

Programme code:
NZ2470
Level:
3
Credits:
70
Starts:
February, April, July

Help meet the growing demand for qualified care professionals.

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aged assessment care short course

Social and Community Services Vocational Pathway (Community Health and Support CTC)

Programme code:
NCEP5N
Level:
2
Credits:
41
Starts:
February

Canterbury Tertiary College (CTC) is a partnership between secondary schools and tertiary education providers. It's a different way of learning where you complete your NCEA studies at secondary school and start working towards a tertiary qualification.

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Certificate in Foundation Studies Level 2 (Health & Social Services)

Programme code:
OT5062
Level:
2
Credits:
60
Starts:
February, July

Youth Guarantee programmes are a great way to learn practial skills and gain a qualification. You can apply for these options if you're 16 to 19 years of age and no longer at school, or if you're planning on leaving school. This programme prepares you for employment in the health and disability and human services sector.

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