Bachelor of Social Practice (Community Development)
Full-time for three years or part-time options available
Starts February (full-time) or July (part-time)
80 full-time and 50 part-time places across all majors
By 22 November (late applications will be accepted)
Waitakere campus Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February
- 27 June;
Semester 2: 21 July
- 21 November Indicative fee NZ$5267 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)
Interested in a career in community development? Develop your understanding of community change and management, and further your knowledge of Pakeha, Maori and Pacific Island cultural practices.
Develop the skills for a career in community development. The Bachelor of Social Practice (Community Development) helps you gain a critical awareness of social and cultural contexts, social justice, class, gender and other issues. Explore community and organisational change, community empowerment, social policy and legislation, sociological analysis, and narrative ideas in counselling and social practice. Further your knowledge of Pakeha, Maori and Pacific Island cultural practices, psychology, mental health and risk assessment.
The only programme of its kind in Australasia.
Industry recognition: the Bachelor of Social Practice (Community Development) is recognised by the Social Workers Registration Board for registration.
Relevant to a wide range of social, counselling, disability, mental health and education services.
Emphasis on the practical application of theory.
A critical focus on social justice.
Work placement in a community organisation.
Two years to decide if you want to specialise in community development or social work.
Community social service co-ordinator
Community worker or community advocate
Local government adviser
Maori community kaiawhina
NGO community development worker
Courses and timetables
The following courses are valid for 2014. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.
The extra elective courses are only available to Unitec students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programmes. Entry requirements may apply. Please check with the relevant department.
To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements.
Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.
Generic Admission Requirements
Applicants must have:
A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, with 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from an approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects plus a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework, plus a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; a minimum of 4 credits must be in Reading and a minimum of 4 credits must be in Writing; OR
At least 3 ‘C’ passes in the New Zealand University Bursaries Examinations; OR
Successful completion of the Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga Level 3 with a relevant pathway, where appropriate;OR
Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4); OR
Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4); OR
Applicants must have:
Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence; AND
Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a potential successful outcome in the qualification.
In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.
In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for study at the required level.
English Language Entry
Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by one of the following:
A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing)
Completion of NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 4
An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper based Test) score of 550 (plus essay TWE of 5) or an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet based Test ) score of 80 (plus writing score of 21)
Level B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
First Certificate in English (FCE) or Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 52 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language
Evidence of achievement in English at a level equivalent to above
Programme Specific Admission Requirements
To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule
Be at least 20 years of age by the first day of the semester in which study is to commence; and
An applicant meeting English Language Requirements with IELTS or TOEFL certification must have an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of at least 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.5 or a TOEFL score of no less than 575 or equivalent; and
have completed Bachelor of Social Practice self-declaration form; and
provide names of two independent persons who will provide confidential references for the applicant; and
provide a curriculum vitae and a personal statement by the applicant indicating their motives for applying for admission to the degree; and
provide evidence of computer literacy through the achievement of a level 3 computer course or equivalent; and
Hold a current, full and unrestricted New Zealand driver licence (subject to any disability exemption) at the commencement of their first fieldwork placement.