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Social workers support, empower, and advocate for individuals, families, whānau, and communities. Wintec provides both the qualifications and practical skills needed to work successfully as a social worker in New Zealand.

The Bachelor of Social Work combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on learning. Students will gain the knowledge base, skills, and attributes required to practice in a variety of social work fields such as schools, hospitals, community groups, or government organisations.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements to the degree programme can apply to study Te Ara Pūtake My Academic Pathway (Social Service pathway) to help prepare them for enrolment in the programme. 

"I have known for a long time that I wanted to work in a field where I could help youth. I was lucky to have a sports coach who was a social worker – he inspired me to consider it as a career path. Both his influence and the loss of my friend when I was younger were driving influences on my career choice. In the future, I want to help and inspire kids at school with both their academic and sporting pursuits."

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Our programmes


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To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

About the faculty

In the Centre for Health and Social Practice, we provide practical interprofessional education that prepares students for a future in the health and social practice industry.

If you have a passion for people, nursing, social work and counselling, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or midwifery are all challenging but rewarding choices. Our courses and programmes are a great way to start your career, supported by experienced and registered academic staff.

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Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

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