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School of Social Work and Human Services

Social Service Worker — diploma

QUICK FACTS

Credential:
Diploma

Duration:
2 years

Options:
Indigenous focus

How to apply

Start date:
September 

Location:
Abbotsford campus

Cost:
(Details)

FEATURES:

  • Participate in two supervised practica with community-based agencies and schools.
  • Program eligible for financial aid

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Social Service Worker diploma is a two-year, 62-credit program that prepares students to work in social service agencies and schools. Graduates work in a variety of settings, including corrections, family support, Indigenous services, mental health, residential care, settlement services, substance use, and women’s services.

View the program outline for the Social Service Worker diploma

Indigenous Focus

The Social Service Worker diploma – Indigenous focus prepares students to work in culturally safe ways with Indigenous Peoples in social service agencies and schools. Graduates practice from a place of cultural humilty and develop an understanding of the impact of colonization on Indigenous communities. 

View the program outline for the Social Service Worker diploma – Indigenous focus

 

Both streams of the Social Service Worker diploma provide students with employment-related skills while earning university-level credits towards a Bachelor of Social Work or other degree. Graduates interested in becoming social workers may seek employment as a social service worker before going on to complete a degree.

The number of transfer credits in each stream depends on students’ choice of courses. Consultation with an Academic Advisor is recommended.

Students may pursue the Social Service Worker diploma on a full- or part-time basis.

Assessment of prior learning is available for qualified students.

CAREER EXPECTATIONS

The British Columbia 2025 Labour Market Outlook identifies social work as a high opportunity occupation with excellent projected employment rates.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

OTHER ADMISSION CATEGORIES

This program is open for international students

UPGRADING OPTIONS

Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

Make an appointment with an Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss upgrading needs.

QUESTIONS?

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4279
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441 ext. 4279
Email: hserinfo@ufv.ca

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