Bachelor of Social Services - Dunedin Campus

Otago Polytechnic
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Bachelor's Degree
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
3 years
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 12,420
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 41,977

Entry Requirements

  • NCEA Level 3 including:  
    • 14 credits at Level 3 or above in three NZQA approved university entrance subjects, and
    • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
    • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects OR package of three numeracy unit standards.
  • A suitable alternative would be a Level 4 certificate, worth 60 credits, that includes English language-rich subjects.
  • You must demonstrate relevant life/work experience.
  • You must submit references and a health declaration.
  • You must declare any criminal convictions and give permission for a police check.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet degree-level entry requirements.

English Language Requirement

  • IELTS: overall band score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.5).


Year 1:

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Personal and professional development
  • Researching skills
  • Human development
  • Social psychology
  • New Zealand law and policy for social services
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Application and practice
  • Introduction to specialty practice

Year 2:

  • Working with groups
  • Research methods
  • Working with people with addictions
  • Contemporary issues in career practice
  • Social issues and social policy in New Zealand
  • Wanaka
  • Sustainable practice
  • Theory for practice
  • Integrated practice 1

Year 3:

  • Working with families
  • Practitioner inquiry
  • Supporting safe practice
  • Sustainable practitioner
  • Theory for practice 2 (Counselling)
  • Integrated practice 2 (Career Practice)
  • Theory for practice 2 (Social Services)
  • Integrated practice 2 (Counselling)
  • Integrated practice 2 (Career Practice)
  • Integrated practice 2 (Social Services)

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