School of Social Work and Human Services

Social Services — diploma

QUICK FACTS

Credential:
Diploma

Duration:
2 years

Options:
First Nations option

How to apply

Start date:
September 

Location:
Abbotsford campus

Cost:
(Details)

FEATURES:

  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • Participate in two supervised practica with local community agencies.
  • Program eligible for financial aid

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

UFV's two-year Social Services diploma prepares you to work at the para-professional level in the human services field.

You establish a strong foundation of professional practice in areas of addiction, child welfare, community services, corrections, family and home support services, immigration and refugee services, Indigenous services, mental health, residential care, schools, and social assistance.  Two 13- to 15-week practica allow you to develop job-ready skills and connect to social service agencies and community groups in your local area. 

You may pursue the Social Services diploma full- or part-time. After you graduate, you are ready to enter the workforce. You can also continue your studies and ladder into the UFV Bachelor of Social Work degree program after you have taken the required pre-requisites.

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

First Nations Option

UFV's Social Service diploma — First Nations option is a 62-credit program designed for Indigenous students or those with strong ties to Indigenous communities. This option is ideal if you want to work with First Nations people in the area of child welfare, healthcare, and education services and learn Stó:lō perspectives that work to enhance self-determination among Indigenous peoples and communities.

To integrate and apply classroom learning in practice, you also get to participate in two supervised practica with local Indigenous agencies, which provide you with work experience and connections in Indigenous communities.

As part of the program, you develop the skills necessary to help Aboriginal youth succeed. You get to:

  • Learn Halq'eméylem, the language of the Stó:lō people
  • Explore the culture and history the Stó:lō people
  • Gain counseling skills
  • Examine contemporary issues and policies in Indigenous education
  • Learn to support learner development

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

Upon graduation you have earned direct employment-related skills and are well-positioned to carry on your studies towards a Bachelor of Social Work at UFV. Or you may opt to seek employment as an Indigenous social service worker before or while you complete your professional degree. 

CAREER EXPECTATIONS

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.

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 a Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your 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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