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Social Services

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

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2018 Burridge Campus • Yarmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Cumberland Campus • Springhill • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Ivany Campus • Dartmouth  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Kingstec Campus • Kentville  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Pictou Campus • Stellarton  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Truro Campus • Truro  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

This program prepares you for a range of rewarding careers where you can make a real difference in the lives of the clients and colleagues you serve. You gain the required entry-level skills to work in most social service agencies. Through your study, you also gain a good understanding of yourself and your values, the social service system, the populations to be served and skills and strategies you can use to help.

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    Why Take It"You want to make a difference in someone’s life every day you go to work."
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    Favourite"It is a program that isn't focused on one group in the population - some of the courses deal with youth, persons with disabilities, persons with addictions, and techniques to talk and listen to people."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Program Requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health & 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.

Choose NSCC

  • You are well prepared to work with diverse populations – You develop foundational knowledge and understanding for a number of different populations, with a primary focus on developing helping skills and strategies, including facilitation, creative problem solving and assessment, that can be used to help individuals of all ages.
  • Learn from instructors who bring a range of academic and professional experiences to the classroom.
  • 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.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates have the entry-level skills to work in a broad range of roles available in most social service agencies. Employment opportunities may include providing services for individuals, family support and resource centres, emergency shelters, community drop-ins, after-school care programs, residential facilities, not-for-profit organizations and various other organizations that provide service to children, youth and adults.

Other Info

  • 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 may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Alternate Intake – This program is not offered each year, at every location. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • Work Placements – you participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice and may be required to complete a placement in communities throughout the province. Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
    • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to work placements are the responsibility of the student.

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 1007   Reflective Practice and Personal Well-Being
SOCS 1008   Interpersonal Insights
SOCS 1009   Related Subjects
SOCS 1010   Professional Practice I
SOCS 1014   Social Service Counselling Skills
SOCS 1017   Foundations of Social Service Practice
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 2011   Behavioural Learning Strategies
SOCS 2020   Introduction to Exceptionalities
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.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

Next Steps

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