Social services is an ideal path if you seek a career where you can help people overcome challenges and enhance their lives.
UFV's two-year full-time Social Services diploma establishes a strong foundation for a career that has meaning. Rooted in principles of social justice, equality, and respect for diversity, the program provides you with a critical understanding of social work theory, social perspectives, policy initiatives, and intervention models.
Aboriginal students or those with strong ties to aboriginal communities may select the program's First Nations option if they wish to gain an in-depth understanding of specific social issues pertaining to indigenous people.
To integrate and apply classroom learning in practice, you participate in two supervised practica with local community agencies, which provide you with work experience and professional connections.
When you graduate, you are prepared to enter the social services field and work in schools, community centres, residential programs, government agencies, correctional programs, human services agencies, and more to support both aboriginal and non-aboriginal populations.
Your studies can act as a stepping stone to a Bachelor of Social Work degree or prepare you for entry in the human services field at the para-professional level.
The British Columbia 2025 Labour Market Outlook identifies social work as a high opportunity occupation with excellent projected employment rate.
Upon completion of your Social Services diploma, you can choose from a wide range of careers at the para-professional level, including 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.