Langara College

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Social Service Worker

Langara College

Faculty:Humanities & Social Sciences
Degree:Diploma; University Transfer
Field of Study:Human Services, General
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,743

This cost estimate is for Year 1 (2 semesters) of the program.

Careers:Social and Community Service Workers


Langara College’s Social Service Worker Program prepares students for immediate entry into all social service sectors, as well as for further education in Social Work and other helping professions. Students who successfully complete the nine-month program earn a Social Service Worker Certificate. They also have the option of adding 30 Arts and Sciences credits to the Certificate to earn a Coordinated Diploma. The Certificate Program consists of two semesters of full-time studies. There are two practicum placements, including a five-week full-time block placement at the end of the second semester.

Students move through the program together as a cohort. All core Social Service Worker courses are taught by program faculty. This provides a supportive, experiential learning environment and a personal, professional network both during the program and after its completion. In addition to a Social Service Worker Certificate, students can also complete a Coordinated Social Service Worker Diploma. Although Enrollment in the Certificate only occurs each fall term, students can be completing the 10 additional courses (30 credits) towards their Diploma before and/or after completing their Certificate. Students may begin courses in any of Langara's three semesters as a general arts student in order to complete the courses towards their Diploma.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants are required to have completed BC Grade 12 or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Applicants must also satisfy the category 1 English Language Requirement.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Work Experience
    Applicants are required to have previous experience in work related to the social services, a minimum of 60 hours of either paid work or of volunteer work. Applicants are also required to have two letters of reference from employers or supervisors. One letter must be from a human service agency or organization. Furthermore, applicants must have a minimum "C" grade in 3 credits of university-transferable coursework, interview with a program faculty member, and fill out a Social Service Worker supplemental application form. Please visit the website for complete program requirements.

    * 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 August 09, 2022