Bachelor of Social Services

Working full time while supporting my family and community, I couldn't take 3 years out to study. With Capable NZ I kept working and completed my degree in 12 months using the skills and experience I had.

Angelina Kiore, Bachelor of Social Services

Are you a skilled professional working in New Zealand’s social services?

If you have gained a solid foundation in your field but would like to specialise, or want to have your years of hard-work recognised by a qualification, Capable NZ can help you gain a Bachelor of Social Services. This qualification includes specialities in Counselling, Career Practice and Social Services.

How can CAPABLE NZ help you get a Bachelor of Social Services?

There are two pathways for experienced adults to gain a Bachelor of Social Services. These are Independent Learning Pathways (ILP) and Work-based Learning (WBL). Generally, the more experienced you are in your field, the more likely it is that ILP will be the most direct route to your desired qualification. However, if there are any gaps in your knowledge and skills, then WBL (or a mixture of both pathways) may be the best option. We will identify the right pathway for you during the initial assessment of your background and application.

Independent Learning Pathways (ILP)
Are you already an experienced counsellor in Career Practice or Social Services, but would like your years of hard work measured against a qualification? If so, you could use our ILP process to assess your experience, skills and knowledge for the Bachelor of Social Services.

Work-based Learning (WBL)
Are you working in social services but would like to take your career to another level? If so, you could have your experience, knowledge and skills assessed through APL (please see above) to achieve a Certificate in Health (Level 4) or a Certificate in Human Health (Level 4) (Specialty). Then, you can undertake WBL to complete a Bachelor of Social Services. WBL allows you to complete a qualification, in partnership with your employer. You embark upon a project that gives you the competencies you need in order to obtain a Bachelor of Social Services, while at the same time directly benefitting your workplace.

Want to know more about the Bachelor of Social Services?

Read more details about the Bachelor of Social Services on the Otago Polytechnic website, including information about entry requirements, programme structure and fees.