Want to work with your community and make a difference to people’s lives? Our under-graduate degree lets you draw on your life and work experiences as the framework for reflective and collaborative learning, and provides you with the generic skills and knowledge to work in the social work and community development sectors.

Programme overview

Are you after a career where you can help individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being? Are you passionate about empowering people around you and working towards creating social change? The Bachelor of Social Practice will prepare you for employment and registration in social work and community development with basic skills in counselling.

You’ll develop the ability to practice social work and community development with culturally diverse groups in appropriate ways and in an inclusive manner. You’ll also develop a sound understanding of and ability to promote human rights, social justice and change, as well as empowerment and liberation of different groups and communities by promoting civil and legal rights.

This programme is a social work qualification, which comprehensively trains students to be social practitioners who are able to apply their skills to the ever-changing demands of employers, clients and the community. Tailor the Bachelor of Social Practice to suit your career path in either social work or community development. This will allow you to develop and practise the skills you need to be work-ready when you graduate.


  • Leads to industry recognition: once you’ve completed this programme you are eligible to apply for registration with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB)
  • A professional qualification which prepares you for a career in a wide range of social, community, mental health and education services
  • A critical focus on inequality and social justice, and development of your abilities to work ethically and professionally supporting the well-being of people and communities
  • Emphasis on the practical application of theory: in years three and four, you will apply what you’ve learnt during work placements in social work or community development organisations
  • Flexibility: elective courses enable you to plan a programme of study which builds on your interests and personal experience, or help you move towards postgraduate study in counselling.


  • Social worker
  • Childcare and protection social worker
  • Social worker in schools
  • Health/mental health social worker
  • Community developer


IELTS Academic score of 6.5  (with no band less than 6.5).

Great Nation NZ offers practical guidance to students on enrolling for the Bachelor of Social Practice course at the Unitec Institute of Technology in New Zealand. To avail of our coaching contact us by filling out the contact form on this website, calling us or walking into one of our centers.