Social Work and Human Services

Social workers make a difference in people’s lives by providing advocacy, education and support to individuals, families, groups and communities.

At Ara you’ll be taught by a dedicated team of qualified professionals with extensive experience across a broad range of social work environments.

Subjects we teach

We cover a broad range of social work and human services subjects.

Industry and community

Social work and human services support are some of the most important vocations in the health and social services sector, and at Ara Institute of Canterbury, we believe it is vital to support our community with effective and relevant social services programmes.

Employers in the public and private sector respect our qualifications, knowing you have had both professional training on campus and real experience in the workplace. Graduates from these programmes succeed across a range of industry and community-based organisations. An Ara Institute of Canterbury qualification gives employers a clear signal that you have the skills and practical experience to contribute to the workplace from day one.

Workforce restrictions for children's workforce

Workforce restrictions apply for those employed in sectors working with children. See the full workforce restrictions.

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