Bachelor of Applied Social Work Te Tōrino (Level 7)

Programme highlights

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

Become a social worker. You will work with all kinds of people to get them the help they need.

Our Bachelor of Applied Social Work Te Tōrino (Level 7) will give you the skills you need to change peoples' lives for the better.

Our experienced tutors will guide you in how to work with different peoples, including Māori, New Zealand/European, Pasifika peoples and new immigrants.

In your fourth year of study, you will be ready to apply for registration as a social worker in New Zealand.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 7
Domestic fees $6,200 per year (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code MN4552
Duration

Four years (full-time)

Study Method Full-time
Credits 480
International Fees $20,900 per year (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not Available
Qualification MIT Degree

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Entry requirements

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 (see template in Appendices).
  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 Māori 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 Tōrino 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, Māori 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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Career opportunities

Social work in community, statutory agencies and schools.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below 20 courses (480 credits):

Year One

Ko Wai Au? (The Self)

Level 5

750.523 Tangata tūturu - The Self (15 credits)

  • Identify and explain own culture, values, beliefs and worldview in relation to self.
  • Explore and discuss ones’ own cultural values, beliefs and knowledge systems in relation to others in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Identify and apply knowledge of different models of managing interpersonal conflict situations.

750.524 Tangata whānau whānui - Engaging with Others (15 credits)

  • Identify and discuss positioning of self in relation to difference and diversity.
  • Identify the fundamentals of group dynamics, and apply effective collaboration and culturally appropriate communication skills.
  • Apply knowledge of facilitation skills when working with others from diverse and culturally different backgrounds.

750.525 Tangata whenua nō Aotearoa (Tuatahi) - Engagement with tangata whenua, community practice (One) (15 credits)

  • Identify and discuss past and contemporary events in Aotearoa New Zealand that have significance in terms of their impact on tangata whenua.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the changing economic, social and political climate within Aotearoa New Zealand and the implications of change for communities with particular regard to tangata whenua.
  • Identify and explain concepts of community engagement used in Aotearoa New Zealand including those utilised when engaging with tangata whenua.

750.526 Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Tuatahi) – The Treaty of Waitangi (One) (15 credits)

  • Examine and discuss Te Tiriti o Waitangi from an historical and contemporary context.
  • Identify and discuss the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its direct and indirect impact on, self and tauiwi.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the centrality of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to the development of a bicultural social work practitioner.

750.527 Te Ao Māori (Tuatahi) – Māori Worldviews (One) (15 credits)

  • Demonstrate knowledge of whakapapa, inclusive of Māori ancestral and contemporary social structures   and their relevance for becoming a bicultural practitioner.
  • Demonstrate understanding of a range of Māori aria (concepts) and their relevance to becoming a bicultural practitioner.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the rituals of encounter and pepehā during noho marae.

750.528 Te mātauranga hinengaro – Psychology and Wellbeing (15 credits)

  • Identify and discuss indigenous and bicultural understandings of psychology and behaviours of self.
  • Discuss how the application of bicultural knowledge of psychology impacts directly and indirectly on self and others.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of indigenous and bicultural community and social science models of practice, frameworks of self-care and wellbeing and develop a beginning level bicultural framework of self-care and wellbeing.

750.529 Te ira tangata – Human Growth and Development (15 credits)

  • Identify and explain a range of human development theories.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of different worldviews of human growth and development including Te Aō Tangata Whenua, Te Aō Tauiwi, Te Aō Tangata Pasifika.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theory of ‘nature vs. nurture’ and its application to social work practice.

750.530 Te whai mahara ki te ako (Tuatahi) - Academic and Practical Skills (One) (15 credits)

  • Identify and apply effective self- management strategies to support learning.
  • Identify different approaches to study planning and develop a self-study plan for achievement of timeframes for academic assessments in Year One of the BASW.
  • Identify and apply reading, written, oral and digital techniques required to study at degree level.

Year Two

Te Hapori Whānui (The Community)

Level 6

750.616 Te hapori whānau (Tuarua) – Social Work Theory and Skills (One) (30 credits)

  • Discuss historical and contemporary social work practice theories and apply to the self and others.
  • Compare a range of social work perspectives relevant to the self and others.
  • Contrast models that apply to self and others for working within a bicultural framework.

750.617 Te hapori whānau whānui (Tuarua) – Social Work Theory and Skills (Two) Community Practice (Two) (15 credits)

  • Evaluate contemporary social work practice theories in relation to the wider community.
  • Critically review a social work model applied within a community setting.
  • Analyse social work perspectives, models and theories and apply to a community case study.

750.619 Te Ao Māori me Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Tuarua) – Te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti (Two) (30 credits)

  • Demonstrate the integration of te ao Māori into one’s own development and understanding of social work practice in relation to whānau, hapū and iwi.
  • Discuss and generate a personal bicultural practitioner worldview of Te Tiriti o Waitangi framed within the context of social practice.
  • Demonstrate and apply an understanding of moral dilemma resolution within a bicultural framework.

750.620 Kaupapa hapori me te ture – Social Policy and Legislation (15 credits)

  • Analyse and discuss the purpose of social policy and legislation in relation to diverse communities within contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand society.
  • Compare and contrast key research that has influenced contemporary social policy by identifying research approaches including kaupapa Māori.
  • Analyse and discuss key strategies applied to legislation that has had a direct impact on indigenous and bicultural community and social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

750.621 Te whai mahara ki te ako (Tuarua) - Academic and Practical Skills (Two) (15 credits)

  • Compare research approaches and methodologies that will assist in the framing of a literature review.
  • Demonstrate and integrate practical and digitally based study techniques and frameworks and their application to communicating information.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis through a literature review.

Level 7

750.719 Te Ao hurihuri – Politics of Change (15 credits)

  • Identify and compare a range of indigenous and bicultural community and social work concepts relevant to social work practice with individuals, their families and whānau in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
  • Identify and apply indigenous community and social work practitioner code of ethics when engaging with individuals and/or their families, whānau, colleagues.
  • Identify examples of social work skill, theory and practice and analyse their ability to achieve effective behavioural and social change.

Year Three

Te Ngaio (The Professional)

Level 6

750.618 Te mahi pūkenga (Tuatahi) – Social Work Placement (One) (45 credits)

  • Integrate and apply social work theory to develop social work practice skills.
  • Critically reflect the meaning and application of professionalism and the application of knowledge and skills in supervision during social work placement.
  • Evaluate own development of social work practice in accordance with SWRB Code of Conduct and Competencies at a beginning practitioner level.

Level 7

750.717 Te ariā me ngā pūkenga – Social Work Theory and Skills (Three) (30 credits)

  • Evaluate and reflect on ones’ own theoretical frameworks in the context of social work practice
  • Evaluate social work competency practice and skillsets.
  • Demonstrate readiness to engage in social work placement.

750.720 Te ngaio i te ao whānui - The Professional in Diverse Practice (30 credits)

  • Critique and evaluate a range of models in social work practice that support anti oppressive practice.
  • Research and demonstrate knowledge of the impact of organisation structures on personal and professional wellbeing and best practice application in indigenous and bicultural community and social work practice.
  • Recognise effective use of ongoing professional supervision and continuing professional development.

750.751 Tirohanga ki te kaupapa rangahau (Tuatahi) – Active Research (One) (15 credits)

  • Utilise social work theory and self-reflection to critically evaluate social work placement experience.
  • Critically examine research methodologies applied in social work knowledge and practice.
  • Apply a research framework to the design of a personal practice project proposal.

Year Four

Te Mātanga (The Practitioner)

Level 7

750.716 Te mahi whakaharatau (Tuarua) – Social Work Placement (Two) (60 credits)

  • Actively engage within supervision to ensure critical reflective knowledge and skills are established.
  • Integrate and apply own bicultural theory and social work practice skills.
  • Demonstrate principled practice in accordance to the ten SWRB practice competencies and the SWRB Code of Conduct at a professional practice level.

750.718 Te mahere rangahau (Tuarua) – Active Research (Two) (60 credits)

  • Review and critique key references relevant to the social work practice project.
  • Critically reflect on theory in practice and articulate own transition to professional social work practice.
  • Assimilate insights into an agreed area of focus related to professional practice project.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the social work calendar.

Key information for students

Bachelor of Applied Social Work Te Torino

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements [?] Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification. Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme: (a) 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). (b) 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: (i) 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 (ii) Due to reach the minimum 19 age requirement within one month of the commencement date of the programme. (c) 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. (d) Complete all required admission Administration documentation. (e) Provide two satisfactory references (see template in Appendices). (f) Demonstrate suitability to complete vocational social work degree level study at an interview. The following interview criteria will apply: (i) 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. (ii) Interviews may be conducted in person, by Skype, or by electronic means as outlined in the Vulnerable Children Act (2014). (iii) Du
Detailed requirements [?] Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification. More information about entry to this qualification
Duration [?] The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification. 4 Years
Tuition Fees Annual Total Qualification
Student fees [?] Annual:
The annual tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Total Qualification:
The total tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)
$5,969 $23,878
Government tuition subsidy [?] Annual:
The average annual amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total Qualification:
The average total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$6,347 $25,388
Total [?] Annual:
The combined total of the annual amount paid by both the student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total Qualification:
The combined total of the amount paid by both the student and government towards the total tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$12,316 $49,266
Compulsory student services fee
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Student Success
Successful course completions [?] The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year. 86%
National Graduate Outcomes (3 years after completion)
Median earnings [?] The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. $48,169
Earnings range [?] The range shows the upper and lower quartile values representing the one quarter point and three quarters point for all earnings of young graduates who completed qualifications in this subject area. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range. $37,731 - $54,842
In employment [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 75%
In further study [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 19%
On a benefit [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 1%
Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.
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Information is correct as at October 2019. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.