The Bachelor of Social Services is awarded to students with recognised knowledge and skills as a counsellor or career practitioner or in the wider field of social services. People with substantial experience in one or more of these fields may be able to obtain all or part of this degree via assessment of prior learning (APL) through Capable NZ, New Zealand’s Centre for the Assessment of Prior Learning.
The document below outlines the graduate profile for the Bachelor of Social Services. If you think you match the description of someone who has the level of competence, knowledge, and skills required for professional social services practice as described above and are interested in gaining this qualification through APL, then contact Capable NZ. You are likely to have extensive practical experience working in the Social Services sector.
In the APL process, you are encouraged to identify, demonstrate, articulate and reflect upon the understandings and skills you have developed in your life (both through your work and any other relevant learning experiences). This provides the opportunity to explore all aspects of your work and shape these into your personal integrated Model of Practice.
This process of reflecting upon experience not only enables you to gain valid qualifications, but it is also personally very valuable. Our APL process provides you with an opportunity to grow. The group workshops that may be part of this process can be particularly useful for you and others belonging to the same profession. They provide a forum for you to share ideas, compare your practice with others, build relationships, and strengthen a sense of shared purpose, ethics and values.academically, in competence and confidence; it is not merely a credentialing process.
Bachelor of Social Services (by Assessment of Prior Learning)
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