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Programme unification for Social Work

Te Ata Māhina Bachelor of Social Work  

Te Pūkenga has been working collaboratively with reference groups to co-design and develop one unified programme of study that works for all. Right now, Aotearoa needs more qualified and skilled Social Workers than ever before. If we are to achieve successful outcomes for our ākonga (learners), the needs of our Māori and Pacific hapori (communities) must be included and considered in any programme redesign that we undertake.

Unified programmes mean that there will be one programme of study aligned with each qualification, that works for learners in all regions. The unified programmes are high-level, broad and flexible programmes that allows each region the ability to tailor the programme delivery to meet their community needs.

Reference groups came together to co-design the philosophies and ngā mātāpono (guiding concepts) for Te Ata Māhina Bachelor of Social Work programme. This work has been used to inform the philosophies and principles from which the programme has grown and developed.

Programme documentation

The detail below provides information on the Te Ata Māhina Bachelor of Social Work programme, which will be available from 1 January 2023 through Te Pūkenga subsidiary organisations that currently offer Social Work programmes. These subsidiaries will commence delivery of Year 1 of the unified programmes in 2023, subject to approval and accreditation.

We are also hoping that some subsidiaries that do not currently offer a Social Work programme (Western Institute of Technology – WITT; Southern Institute of Technology – SIT) will be able to commence delivery of Year 1 of the unified programme in 2023, subject to approval and accreditation.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during the recent consultation process - we have now closed consultation. All feedback will be reviewed and programme documents will be updated in response to the feedback. The programme is now working through the final stages of internal approval and accreditation and once finalised the programme documentation will be submitted to NZQA and the regulatory bodies.

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