Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

1.   The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.
2.   Candidates for the Degree must have qualified for admission to the University of Waikato and met any criteria set out in the Criteria for Admission to Particular Qualifications.
3.   Candidates must have been selected by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as a suitable person to be a social worker.
Requirements for the Degree
4.   The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Degree is four years.
5.   Candidates must enrol in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and follow an approved programme of study.
6.   Candidates must gain 480 points at 100, 200, 300, and 400 levels, including at least 360 points above 100 level and 220 points above 200 level and 100 points above 300 level.
7.   Candidates must complete a specified programme as prescribed in the Social Work entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.
Award of Honours
8.   Candidates who have completed 480 points towards the degree of Bachelor of Social Work, including all compulsory papers at 100, 200, 300 and 400 levels, and including paper SOCW490, are eligible for consideration for the award of honours.
9.   The degree of Bachelor of Social Work may be awarded with
  (a)    First Class Honours, or
  (b)    Second Class Honours (first division), or
  (c)    Second Class Honours (second division)
  or without Honours
10.   If awarded, the level of honours will be determined on the basis of candidates’ grades in 400 level papers.
11.   Candidates who have met the requirements set out by the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) for registered social workers, who have at least five years of relevant social work experience and who hold an SWRB recognised historical social work qualification prior to enrolment for the Degree may apply to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for exemption of up to 360 points towards the Degree.
12.   The Dean or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.

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