About social work
Social workers make a difference in people’s lives by providing advocacy, education and support to individuals, families, groups and communities.
Social workers may do some or all of the following:
- work to advance the wellbeing 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
- 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
Our degree in social work will provide you with a solid understanding of the theory and practicalities of social work in New Zealand. We will guide you through the fundamentals of professionalism, research skills, critical thinking and informed decision making, and provide you with extensive practical placement opportunities.
You’ll gain the knowledge and skills required to understand the specific needs of people seeking help, enabling you to respond appropriately, sensitively and professionally.
Gain the expertise needed to supervise others effectively in professional contexts.
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Gain the skills needed to help and support people facing challenging situations and events.
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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) (Support Work and Social Work Pathway)
This certificate is designed to equip you with the academic skills and entry requirements for a range of certificates and diplomas. It will also give you the confidence you need to take your studies to the next level.
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Programme Code: CH4066 Level: 8 Credits: 60 Starts: March, August
Programme Code: CH4051 Level: 7 Credits: 480 Starts: February
Programme Code: NZ2863 Level: 3 Credits: 60 Starts: February