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Social Services

Create change in your community and enhance the quality of life of the individuals you serve.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Cumberland Campus • Springhill Full time • In-class Seats available
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Waitlist
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Waitlist
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Seats available
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Waitlist


This program gives you the entry-level skills required to work in most social service agencies. Through your study, you gain a good understanding of yourself and your values, the social services system, the populations served by social services organizations and the skills and strategies needed to help people in your community.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction may impact your ability to obtain a work placement. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • You participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
  • You're not guaranteed placements of our choice.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Graduates have the skills to work in a range of roles available in most social service agencies.
  • Grads work in family support and resource centres, emergency shelters, community drop-ins, after-school care programs, residential facilities, and various other organizations that provide services to children, youth and adults.

Choose NSCC

  • You develop helping strategies, including facilitation, creative problem solving and assessment skills.
  • You learn from instructors who bring a range of academic and professional experiences to the classroom.
  • You experience hands-on, practical learning, where you apply your skills and knowledge to real projects and work experiences.
  • Small class sizes enable you to be very involved in your learning and make the most of your class time.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • This program is not always offered at the same location each year. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • Many employers in this sector require one – or all – of the following as part of the hiring process: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search.
  • A conviction or finding in Family Court may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
GDEV 1025   Developmental Psychology
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOCS 1000   Introduction to Sociology
SOCS 1001   Introduction to Psychology
SOCS 1005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice I
SOCS 1009   Related Subjects
SOCS 1010   Professional Practice I
SOCS 1014   Social Service Counselling Skills
SOCS 1017   Foundations of Social Service Practice
SOCS 1018   Reflective Practice and Interpersonal Insights
SOCS 1020   Professional Practice II: Cultural Competency and Anti-Oppressive Practice
SOCS 1024   Applied Social Service Counselling Skills
SOCS 1050   Applied Service Learning Project
SOCS 2000   Understanding Families
SOCS 2001   Behavioural Learning Principles
SOCS 2002   Mental Health Issues
SOCS 2005   Writing Skills for Social Service Practice II
SOCS 2008   Grief and Loss
SOCS 2009   Community Development
SOCS 2010   Introduction to Disability Studies
SOCS 2011   Behavioural Learning Strategies
SOCS 2024   Group Facilitation
SOCS 2025   Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing
SOCS 2030   Professional Practice III: Professional Development
SOCS 2035   Introduction to Addictions
SOCS 2040   Professional Practice IV: Advocacy and Social Justice
SOCS 2050   Practicum I
SOCS 2055   Practicum II
SOCS 3022   Crisis Intervention
SVLN 1000   Introduction to Service Learning
    Open elective course requirement. One unit/credit. NOTE: No two courses can be used to satisfy program requirements that are at the same level, subject area and topical area or that are otherwise deemed to be equivalent.

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