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Social Work: Bachelor Degree


Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Abbotsford

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  • Length
    120 Credits (4 years, full-time)
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $5650 per year (domestic students); $19,800 per year (international students)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1,000 - $1,500 per year
  • Credential Granted
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • University Course Transfer
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Off-site

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out UFV's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only.

Applications can be submitted after October 1 for entry to the following September. The application deadline is January 31. All academic requirements must be completed by May 1 of the year of application.

Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work program is on a competitive basis.

Program Options

Application Fee: $50.68 (domestic students); $150 (international students)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic

1. Completion of at least 60 credits at the general university-level which may be applied to the BSW graduation requirements, with at least a 2.67 (B-) grade point average. This coursework must include:

  • six credits of SOWK 110 and SOWK 210
  • three credits of English composition (CMNS 125 or ENGL 105);
  • three credits of English literature (ENGL 108 -170);
  • three credits of human development (SOWK 225 or PSYC 250);
  • three credits with Indigenous or First Nations content (FNST, IPK or an quivalent)
  • 30 additional General credits*
  • 12 discretionary elective credits*
Note(*): See current lists of accepted General and Discretionary courses

Non-Academic

  • At least 400 hours of paid or volunteer experience in the human services field supervised by social workers or other professionals. This can include hours in practicum.
  • A personal interview may be required 
  • A personal statement of 800 to 1000 words
  • Two letters of reference from social workers or related work, practicum or volunteer supervisors
  • Submit Bachelor of Social Work's Additional Documents and Information 
  • Criminal Record Check (prior to registering for practicum placement)
Admission Advice

1. Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. The application deadline is January 31. All academic requirements must be completed by May 1 of the year of application.

2. In addition to online application to UFV, you are required to submit additional documents and information for your application to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. 

3. Admission to the BSW is on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Complete applications will be evaluated according to the following areas:

  • Academic GPA
  • Work and/or volunteer experience in the human services field
  • Letters of reference
  • Personal statement
  • Educational Equity

 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy UFV's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

There are two levels of English language proficiency:

(1) Entry-Level (This level of proficiency allows entry into some programs to begin post-secondary studies at UFV, but upgrading in English will be required before you can take first-year English or written communications courses and to enter many UFV programs)

(2) Degree/Diploma Level (This level of proficiency is required for admission to many university-level programs such as bachelor degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, post-baccalaureate programs, and graduate-level programs.)

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To meet Entry-Level English language proficiency standards, you must have one of the following:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12, or equivalent 
  • International Baccalaureate English A (standard level or higher level)
  • Advanced Placement English
  • three consecutive full-time years of secondary school and/or post-secondary education taught in the English language in a country where English is the principal language (see list of countries). Education must include the equivalent of B.C. secondary school graduation or completion of first year post-secondary (minimum 30 post-secondary credits recognized by UFV) with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 (or C average). Full-time study is defined as successful completion of at least three non-ESL courses per semester and six non-ESL courses per academic year.
  • TOEFL iBT = score of 80 with no section below 19
  • TOEFL paper-based = score of 550 with at least 4.0 on TWE
  • IELTS Academic = score of at least 6.0, with no band score less than 5.5
  • UFV CPT (Composition Placement Test) = score of 41
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) = score of at least 80
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) = score of at least 60
  • CanTEST = overall score of 4.0 in Listening, Reading, and Writing
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: (CAE) = grade C or higher
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) = grade A
  • LPI (Language Proficiency Index) = essay score of 24 (level 4)
  • UFV English Language Studies Assessment results equivalent to completion of EAP 074 (formerly ESL WG74)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) academic = score of 56 with a minimum score of 52 in Writing
  • EIKEN (Test in Practical English Proficiency) = grade Pre-1
  • Canadian Language Benchmark placement test (CLBPT) = 8 overall, with no skill less than 7
  • Accuplacer Reading comprehension 80 or better, with Accuplacer WritePlacer 6 or better on the 8-point scale
  • A passing grade in a first-year English course transferable to UFV
  • CMNS 125 or CMNS 145 or CMNS 175 or CMNS 251
  • ENGL 099
  • ENGL 081 or ENGL 091
  • EAP 074 (formerly ESL WG74) with a C+ or better or EAP 084 (formerly ESL 084)


To meet Degree/Diploma Level English language proficiency standards, you must have one of the following (minimum score):

  • English 12 (C) or English Literature 12 (C) or English First Peoples (C) or equivalent IB English A (Standard or Higher Level) or AP English
  • TOEFL iBT = score of 88 with no section below 20
  • TOEFL paper-based = score of 570 with at least 4.5 on TWE (essay) score of 4.5
  • IELTS = overall score of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0
  • UFV CPT (Composition Placement Test) = score of 48 
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) = score of 85
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) = score of 70
  • CanTEST = overall score of 4.5 in Listening and Reading, and 4.0 in Writing
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE) = score of a C or higher
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English = grade A
  • LPI = essay score of score of 30 (Level 5)
  • UFV English Language Studies Assessment results equivalent to completion of UFV EAP 084 (formerly ESL 084)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) academic = overall score of 61 with at least 60 in Writing
  • EIKEN (Test in Practical English Proficiency) = grade 1
  • Canadian Language Benchmark placement test (CLBPT) = 9 overall, with no skill less than 8
  • 'C' in a first-year English course transferable to UFV
  • CMNS 125 (C) or CMNS 145 (C) or CMNS 175 (C) or CMNS 251 (C)
  • ENGL 099 (C)
  • ENGL 081 (C+) or ENGL 091 (C+) or EAP 084 (C+)
  • Duolingo English test (DE) = score of 110
All applicants to post-secondary programs will be checked to ensure the English language proficiency level specified for the program has been met prior to being admitted. Applicants unable to meet the English language entrance requirement will be given the opportunity to meet the English requirement through Adult Basic EducationEnglish Language Studies, and/or the University Foundation certificate.

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

There are three types of requirements that applicants to UFV need to meet:

General requirements require one of the following:
  • BC high school graduation
  • 9 credits of transferable courses at the post-secondary level with at least a 2.0 GPA based on all credits attempted
  • at least 19 years of age by the start of the first class
  • at least 17 years of age and out of high school for at least one year by the start of the semester (for admission into preparatory level programs only)
Verify information directly with UFV. 

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Many programs require students to have BC secondary school graduation or equivalent to meet entrance requirements. Students must meet the academic requirements of their intended program (Program-specific admission requirements for UFV's programs are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UFV)

The following links also offer helpful advice regarding Secondary School grades and transcripts for the admission process:

Verify admission requirements directly. 

 

Out-of-Province

Many programs require students to have BC secondary school graduation or equivalent to meet entrance requirements. Students must meet the academic requirements of their intended program (Program-specific admission requirements for UFV's programs are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UFV)

The following links also offer helpful advice regarding Secondary School grades and transcripts for the admission process:

Verify admission requirements directly. 

 

 

BC Transfer Student

All UFV applicants are required to submit current, official, transcripts for all secondary and post-secondary institutions previously attended.  Photocopies, notarized copies or personal copies of documents are not acceptable and may delay the processing of your application.

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at UFV. Use BC Transfer Guide to check course transferability/equivalency of courses completed in BC.

Please refer to UFV's Transfer Credit web page for details. Transfer credit tutorial video is also available here. 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

All UFV applicants are required to submit current, official, transcripts for all secondary and post-secondary institutions previously attended.  Photocopies, notarized copies or personal copies of documents are not acceptable and may delay the processing of your application.

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward your program at UFV. 

Please refer to UFV's Transfer Credit web page for details. Transfer credit tutorial video is also available here. 

Mature Student

Post-secondary programs at UFV normally require BC secondary school graduation (or equivalent) for admission. However, some programs accept mature students (19 years or older on the first day of class) without secondary school graduation. 

Each program has specific admission requirements in place to ensure students have a reasonable opportunity to succeed. If mature student entry is available for a program, the requirements and minimum age will be stated. Program-specific admission requirements for these programs are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UFV. 

International Student

There are three types of requirements that applicants to UFV need to meet:

For more details on applying to UFV as International applicants, please click here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Special Admission - Any individual who does not qualify for admission through any of the other avenues may petition the UFV Academic Standards Committee for special consideration.

How to Apply

Click here for step-by-step application advice to UFV.

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