Academic Calendar Fall 2019

Social Work and Human Services

Social Services diploma

The Social Services diploma is a two-year, 62-credit program that prepares students to work in social service settings and schools. Opportunities include addictions, child welfare, community services, corrections, family and home support services, immigration and refugee services, Indigenous services, mental health, residential care, schools, and social assistance.

The program also provides an opportunity for students preparing for professional degree programs to acquire job-related skills while earning university-level credits.

A First Nations option is available within the Social Services diploma.

Entrance requirements

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent (ABE Provincial, Advanced, or GED), or satisfactory demonstration in terms of undertaking university-level work.
  2. Be physically and emotionally prepared to undertake a program of studies.
  3. Prerequisites for CMNS 125 or ENGL 105.
  4. Complete and include all documentation (see How to apply below).

Note: Please see the Practicum regulations section below.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.


Students who intend to work with children in schools are encouraged to acquire a Standard First Aid certificate. They should also include HSER 196 as a recommended elective. In addition, keyboarding and computer skills are considered useful by most employers and practicum agencies.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at

    Additional documents required for a complete application:

    • Proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent. Students 19 or older who have completed at least three university-level credits that can be applied to the program at the time of application do not require a secondary school transcript.
    • Evidence of having met the prerequisites for CMNS 125 or ENGL 105.
    • Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions showing grade/course achievement. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
    • An additional application information form detailing all past work and volunteer experience and education (include social services related and other; available at
    • A personal statement indicating why applicants want to enter the program and what has brought them to this career choice. Please refer to the kinds of experiences had in this field, either paid or voluntary. This statement must be at least 250 words and no more than 500 words.
    • Two recent satisfactory letters of reference from past employers, teachers, or volunteer supervisors who can comment on suitability to work with people in the social services field. These must be on reference forms available from the School either online or in person at UFV.
  2. Upon admission to the program applicants will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.

Basis for admission decision

  1. All complete applications received by January 31 will be reviewed. Applications received after this date will be reviewed if space permits.
  2. Professional suitability of applicants will be assessed using a point rating system. Points are awarded for past academic performance, all work or volunteer experience (social services or other), demonstrated writing ability, reference letters, and a personal statement. Admission will be granted on a first-qualified, first-served basis to those who score above the required threshold.
  3. Only those who submit complete applications and score above required threshold will be considered.

If the program is full, qualified applicants will be placed on a temporary waitlist. If a space becomes available before September 1, students will be contacted. After September 1, the waitlist is void.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. In addition to tuition and required textbooks, there will be other expenses as well, including criminal record checks and travel to and from practicum sites.

Program duration

Students may elect to take this program on either a full- or part-time basis. Part-time Social Services diploma students may enrol in any available social services course provided they meet the stated prerequisites and there is space. Part-time students may not be able to access all courses in sequence. Qualifying Studies students and students in other programs may be able to enrol in some social service courses if they meet the stated prerequisites and there is space.

Program outline

Semester I

Course Title Credits
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences 3
or ENGL 105 Academic Writing  
HSER 120 Interpersonal Communications for Human Services 3
HSER 129 Pre-Placement Seminar I 1
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology 3
SOWK 110 Introduction to Social Work and Human Services 3
SOWK 225 Human Behaviour and the Social Environment 3

Semester II

Course Title Credits
HSER 130 Practicum I (two days per week) 6
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology I 3
or PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology II  
Plus: Two elective courses (see below) 6

Semester III (Summer)

Course Title Credits
HSER 229 Pre-Placement Seminar II (online) 1

Semester IV

Course Title Credits
HSER 200 Counselling Skills 3
HSER 230 Practicum II (two days per week) 6
SOWK 283 Introduction to Social Work Practice with Families 3
Plus: One lower-level PHIL course from the Philosophy Requirement list below 3

Semester V

Course Title Credits
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing 3
SOWK 210 Introduction to Social Welfare 3
SOWK 297 Introduction to Mental Health and Substance Use 3
Plus: Two elective courses (see below) 6

Note on electives: Students will take one philosophy course and four additional electives in the Social Services diploma program. The electives are divided into three categories: (1) Philosophy requirement; (2) Group A: data manipulation requirement; and (3) Group B: other electives.

Elective courses

Philosophy requirement (choose one):

Course Title Credits
PHIL 100 Reasoning: An Introduction to Critical Thinking 3
PHIL 110 Morality and Politics 3
PHIL 120 Knowledge and Reality 3
PHIL 210 Contemporary Issues in Morality and Politics 3
PHIL 240 Faith and Reason: Philosophy of Religion 3

Group A: Data manipulation requirement (choose one):

Course Title Credits
ASTR 103 Astronomy: The Solar System 4
ASTR 104 Stars, Galaxies, and the Cosmos 4
BIO 105 Human Biology 4
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I 5
BIO 112 Introductory Biology II 5
BUS 160/CIS 110 Computerized Business Applications and MIS 3
CHEM 100 Everyday Chemistry (discontinued) 4
CHEM 105 Introductory Chemistry for the Health and Environmental Sciences (discontinued) 4
CIS 100 Introduction to Computers and Digital Technologies 3
COMP 100 Introduction to Computing (discontinued) 3
COMP 150 Introduction to Programming 4
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 203 Comparative Economic Systems (discontinued) 3
GEOG 101 Weather and Climate (discontinued) 4
GEOG 102 Evolution of the Earth's Surface (discontinued) 4
GEOG 201 Climate and People 4
GEOG 202 Understanding Your Earth: Landforms and Processes 4
GEOG 253 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
KIN 163 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 4
KIN 170 Basic Human Anatomy 4
KIN 270 Human Physiology I 4
MATH 105 Math for the Elementary School Teacher 4
MATH 110 Pre-Calculus Math 4
MATH 111 Calculus I 4
MATH 112 Calculus II 4
MATH 116 Calculus II for Business, Biology, and CIS (discontinued) 4
MATH 125 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics 4
MATH 141 Calculus for Business 3
PHYS 101 Introductory General Physics: Mechanics and Fluids 5
PSYC 110 Applied Statistical Anaylsis in Psychology 3
PSYC 202 Rsearch Methods in Psychology 4
PSYC 210 Foundations of Psychology I (discontinued) 4
PSYC 220 Foundations of Psychology II (discontinued) 4
STAT 104 Introductory Statistics 4
STAT 106 Statistics I 4

Group B: Other electives (choose three):

The remaining electives can be chosen from the following university-level disciplines, but no more than two electives can be from the same discipline (with the exception of FNST courses): adult education, anthropology, art history, biology, chemistry, child and youth care, computing science, criminology, economics, English, geography, history, kinesiology, languages, Latin American studies, media and communications, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, and theatre.

Students may also choose their elective courses from the following:

Course Title Credits
FNST 101 Stó:lõ Nation Development 3
FNST 102 Stó:lõ Traditional Ways of Healing and Helping 3
FNST 201 Stó:lõ Communications and World View 3
FNST 202 Stó:lõ Social Structure 3
HSER 160 Introduction to Aging and Working with Older Adults 3
HSER 190 Introduction to Community and School Support 3
HSER 192 Supporting Students in Schools 3
HSER 195 Relationships and the Community 3
HSER 196 Personal Care for Persons with Disabilities 3
INCS 392 Immigration and Social Integration: the Indo-Canadian Experience 3
SOWK 301 Social Work Practice with Groups 3
SOWK 394 Substance Misuse Issues 3

Note 1: Students intending to apply to the BSW program need to include the following electives: PSYC 110 or STAT 104 (or equivalent introductory statistics), plus three qualifying university-level arts and sciences electives. Please contact the School of Social Work and Human Services regarding appropriate arts and sciences electives.

Note 2: UFV cannot guarantee that all courses will be scheduled as outlined. Students may take courses in any order as long as individual course prerequisites are met; however, students should note that taking courses out of the recommended sequence may result in delay of program completion.

Practicum regulations

Acceptance into the program does not guarantee practicum placement. Students’ readiness for practicum will be individually assessed based on their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviour. Placement into practicum is at the discretion of the instructor. Each practicum requires two full days in the field for 13–15 weeks and students must make themselves available during this time. In addition to the practicum, students must attend a bi-weekly practicum seminar. A GPA of 2.00 is required for practicum placement. A criminal record check completed through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General is required before practicum placement. Students must be 19 years of age or older to undertake a practicum.

Students must register for practicum seminars and practica on their assigned campus because practica will be completed in that region. Students are not guaranteed the practicum of their choice.

Students who currently work in the field, or who have significant related work experience, may apply for Prior Learning Assessment of the first practicum. Regulations concerning Prior Learning Assessment will be discussed in the seminar class.

Transfer credit

With careful planning, up to 54 credits may be transferable to the Bachelor of Social Work program. Students are advised to check transfer credit eligibility on the B.C. Transfer Guide at The number of transfer credits received depends on students’ choice of courses. Consultation with an Advisor is recommended.

Students who would like to apply for Prior Learning Assessment of a Social Services course must have their application approved by the School.

Program continuance

A GPA of 2.00 (C average) is required for practicum placement and graduation. Please note that entrance requirements for the Social Work degree program stipulate a minimum GPA of 2.67.

SOWK 110, SOWK 210, HSER 120, and HSER 200 must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students who are not making satisfactory progress may be required to withdraw from the program. Unsatisfactory progress includes:

  • Having been placed on program warning for inappropriate classroom conduct
  • Failing two or more required courses in one semester
  • Failing a required course twice
  • Failing to make the minimum grade in a required course twice
  • Failing a practicum
  • Failing to maintain a GPA of 2.00

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).


Students must complete at least 50% of the credits required at UFV.

Maximum length of time to complete program

Students are allowed up to four consecutive years to complete the program under the requirements that were in place at the time they were admitted.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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