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Certificate

Waitakere
Want to improve the lives of vulnerable people within your community? This programme is the perfect starting point for a career in social services, where you'll learn the fundamental skills needed to improve the lives of people who are dealing with violence and/or abuse.
Entry Requirements

Academic requirements

You will need to provide the following, at different points of your application process.

  1. Be at least 16 years old on the programme's start date;
  2. At least 4 years of secondary school education;
  3. At least one of the following academic requirements:
    • 12 Level 1 NCEA credits in at least two subjects, or;
    • A pass in at least 2 School Certificate subjects, or;
    • A New Zealand Certificate in a relevant discipline at either Level 2 or Level 3, or equivalent
  4. Consent to a Safety Check which meets the requirements of the Children Act 2014 (formerly known as the Vulnerable Children's Act) including:
    • Provide two forms of verified ID and evidence of any name changes;
    • Consent to a police vet check;
    • Provide the names of two referees who Unitec can contact;
    • Pass a mandatory interview process;
    • Provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV) detailing a chronological summary of your work history for the past 5 years and the name of any professional organisations, licensing authorities and registration authorities that you have been, or are, a member of;
  5. Complete a self-declaration of criminal convictions and medical conditions form.

If you don't meet the academic criteria above, we have a range of Foundation and Bridging Education programmes which will help you prepare for further academic study.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need at least 12 credits in English at NCEA level 1.

If you don't meet the English criteria above, we have a range of English Language programmes available, depending on your current level of ability. If you don't meet these requirements, you may still apply under special or discretionary entrance.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Intake Months
Feb, Jul
Domestic Tuition Fees
$6,200 per year

Masters (Coursework)

Waitakere
Our Applied Practice suite is designed to help social workers, counsellors, and community development practitioners advance their skills in a variety of social practice situations. Further your ability to work with individuals, whanau, and communities, and transform your practice in ways that enhance social justice and reduce inequalities for communities.
Entry Requirements

Academic requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

  1. A Bachelor's degree or Level 7 Graduate Diploma in the same or similar discipline;
  2. Demonstrate an ability to succeed in the programme by providing evidence of successful outcomes you've achieved in a work environment;
  3. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).

Please note: A phone or face-to-face interview may be required as part of the application process.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance;
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency;
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years.

If you don't meet the English criteria above, we have a range of English Language programmes available, depending on your current level of ability.

If you don't meet these requirements, you may still apply under special or discretionary entrance.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Intake Months
Feb, Jul
Domestic Tuition Fees
$7,900 per year

Bachelor

Waitakere
Want to work with your community and make a difference in people's lives? Our undergraduate social work qualification lets you draw on your life and work experiences, and provides you with the skills and knowledge to work in the social work and community development sectors.
Entry Requirements

Academic requirements

For this programme you will need the following:

  1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:
    • 14 credits in two different approved subjects, and;
    • 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved);
  2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing);
  3. 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau;
  4. Consent to a Safety Check which meets the requirements of the Children Act 2014 (formerly known as the Vulnerable Children's Act) including:

If you don't meet the academic criteria above, we have a range of Foundation and Bridging Education programmes which will help you prepare for further academic study.

Once you've applied online, you'll be invited to attend a Selection Day where we'll take you through the rest of the application process.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need one or more of the following:

  • NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance;
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency;
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years.

If you don't meet the English criteria above, we have a range of English Language programmes available, depending on your current level of ability.

If you don't meet these requirements, you may still apply under special or discretionary entrance.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Intake Months
Feb, Jul
Domestic Tuition Fees
$6,100 per year
International Tuition Fees
$23,000 per year