Algonquin College

Social Service Worker

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Program Information

School:Algonquin College
Faculty:School of Health and Community Studies (Ottawa)
Field of Study:Social Work
Description:The Social Service Worker program at Algonquin College prepares students to work effectively with disadvantaged individuals, groups and communities in a variety of social service settings.

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program prepares students to work effectively with disadvantaged individuals, groups and communities. The program consists of four levels where learning occurs in both the classroom and practical settings. The curriculum includes courses in social service worker methods, social welfare systems, addictions, community development and the humanities. In order to gain exposure to working with a wide range of client groups, students are required to complete field placements in Levels 02, 03 and 04.
URL:Social Service Worker at Algonquin College
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,258

Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees.

The program is an etext program. Textbook costs are included in your fees. Supplies cost approximately $1,000 in the first year and $400 in the second year.
Careers:Social WorkersCommunity and Social Service Workers

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher.

Additional Admission Requirements:
    Provide a completed reference form, found on our webpage from an agency supervisor based on relevant volunteer, paid work or educational/co-op placement, working directly with vulnerable clients, in a human service agency within the last two years. A minimum of 60 recent hours is required. The agency setting could include: shelters, long-term care facilities, schools, or other front-line agencies dealing with vulnerable people.(See Frequently Asked Questions on our webpage for more information.)

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on July 23, 2016