Social Work and Human Servicesufv.ca/swhs
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.
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 BC Transfer Guide (bctransferguide.ca). 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.
Note: Please see the Practicum regulations section below.
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.
If the program is full, qualified students 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.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 62 credits. At least 50% of these must be completed at UFV.
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:
See the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
Students may elect to take this program on either a full- or part-time basis. Students have a maximum of four years to complete the program under the requirements that were in place at the time they were admitted to the program.
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.
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.
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 to 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.
Admission to the program is for the Fall semester. Part-time Social Services diploma students may enrol in any available social services course provided they meet the stated prerequisite 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 prerequisite and there is space.
|CMNS 125||Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences|
|or ENGL 105||Academic Writing||3|
|HSER 120||Introduction to Interpersonal Communications||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|
|HSER 130||Practicum I (2 days/week)||6|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology I||3|
|or PSYC 102||Introduction to Psychology II|
Semester III (Summer)
|HSER 229||Pre-Placement Seminar II (online)||1|
|HSER 200||Counselling Skills||3|
|HSER 230||Practicum II (2 days/week)||6|
|SOWK 283||Introduction to Social Work Practice with Families||3|
|CMNS 251||Professional Report Writing||3|
|SOWK 210||Introduction to Social Welfare||3|
|SOWK 297||Introduction to Mental Health and Substance Use||3|
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.
|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|
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:
|FNST 101||Stó:lõ Nation Development||3|
|FNST 102||Stó:lõ Traditional Ways of Healing and Helping||3|
|FNST 201||Aboriginal Communities: Stó:lõ 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: 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: 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.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.