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Social Services Diploma


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Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Location
    Nanaimo
  • Campuses
    Nanaimo

    Resources

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    City of Nanaimo
  • Length
    Two Years (60 Credits)
  • Tuition Estimate
    $5137 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1100 per year
  • Credential Granted
    • Diploma
    • University Course Transfer

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted for September entry from  the first business day in October to March 15. Early application is recommended.

Application Fee: $39.30

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. One of:

  • high school graduation (or equivalent)
  • a university degree
  • be a visiting student from a college or university
  • be a transfer student from a college or university with at least 24 university transfer credits
  • mature student status (be at least 21 years old in your first semester)

Note: If you don't meet any of the admission categories you may be admitted as an "Unclassified Student". This allows you to register after other students, so course availability will be limited.

2. English

One of:

Non-Academic
  • interview
  • volunteer or paid employment in the human services field
  • resume and two current letters of reference
  • submit a personal profile
  • Criminal Record Check (before participating in practica)

Admission Advice

1. If you have completed a Human Services Certificate (such as VIU's Community Support Worker or Special Education Assistant) or at least one year of university-level courses you may apply for advanced standing on a course-by-course basis. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator.

2. If you have gained knowledge and skills through considerable experience in the field and through non-formal learning it's possible to receive formal credit through a Prior Learning Assessment. For more information, please contact the Advising Centre at 250.740.6410.

English Language Requirements

Summary

If your first language is not English, you must have one of the following (minimum scores):

  • Completion of VIU's English Language Centre's University Preparation Program
  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based) with no score under 19
  • An IELTS score of 6.0 with no score under 5.5
  • A CAEL score of 60
  • A B score on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Verify with the institution directly

 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Requirement - You must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for your desired program.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

View details on Admission.

On the above web page you will have to scroll down to the following sections:

  • General Admission Requirements for University and Career/Technical Programs
  • General Admission Requirements for Trades & Applied Technology Programs

 

 

Out-of-Province

View details on Admission.

On the above web page you will have to scroll down to the following sections:

  • General Admission Requirements for University and Career/Technical Programs
  • General Admission Requirements for Trades & Applied Technology Programs

 

BC Transfer Student

For entry into University Programs - You must have completed at least 24 transferable university credits to be eligible for admission.

Students enrolled in a university program may receive transfer credit for up to 50 percent of their program. Credit is assigned based on an official transcript, and where requested, by course outlines and other supporting documentation.

The Admission Office assesses transfer credit for courses taken in an academic program at other institutions. Credit may be granted for specific VIU courses, or where direct course-by-course equivalencies can not be determined, 'unassigned credit' may be granted.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

For entry into Career/Technical Programs - Students in Career/Technical programs who wish to have transfer credit assessed must submit a form to request advance credit. These forms are available from the Registration Centre.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For entry into University Programs - You must have completed at least 24 transferable university credits to be eligible for admission.

Students enrolled in a university program may receive transfer credit for up to 50 percent of their program. Credit is assigned based on an official transcript, and where requested, by course outlines and other supporting documentation.

The Admission Office assesses transfer credit for courses taken in an academic program at other institutions. Credit may be granted for specific VIU courses, or where direct course-by-course equivalencies can not be determined, 'unassigned credit' may be granted.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

For entry into Career/Technical Programs - Students in Career/Technical programs who wish to have transfer credit assessed must submit a form to request advance credit. These forms are available from the Registration Centre.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

Mature Student

See admission details for Mature Students.

International Student

View admission information for International Students.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For other admission categories check here.

Note: By scrolling down you can access the following categories:

  • General Admission Requirements - Unclassified Students
  • Admission on the Basis of a Previous Degree
  • Special Admission
  • International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Program

 

How to Apply

View details on How to Apply for Admission.

Note: You will have to scroll down to near the bottom of the web page for the above heading.

 


Block Transfer within VIU

Students (with appropriate electives) may ladder into the third year of VIU's Bachelor of Child and Youth Care Degree. For more details contact an academic advisor or program personnel.

Final Note: Minimum grade point average and other requirements may apply. All transfer requirements should be confirmed with advising personnel within the institution.

Inter-Institutional Block Arrangements

Introductory Note: Normally one year of academic study is made up of 15 units or 30 credits.

Graduates of the Social Services Diploma may be eligible for the following block transfer:

  • three units within the Bachelor of Social Work Degree - UVic
  • 15 units within the BA in Child and Youth Care Degree - UVic

Final Notes: Minimum grade point average and other requirements may apply. All transfer requirements should be confirmed with advising personnel at the intended institution.

Students may also wish to refer to the BC Council on Admissions & Transfer's BC Transfer Guide. This website offers details about transfer arrangements between post-secondary institutions in BC. This information includes course-to-course transfer opportunities.

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