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Full time studies, daytime teaching on Tikkurila campus. All applicants for the degree programme in Social Services are required to have basic Finnish skills (level B1) and English skills (level B2). Next application period is from January 5th to January 19th 2022. The studies begin in autumn 2022.

Basic information

  • Degree programme: Bachelor's Degree Programme in Social Services
  • Degree title: Bachelor of Social Services
  • Duration of studies: 210 cr, 3,5 years

Graduates are employed by the public, private and third sector in various counselling, service, rehabilitation and prevention related tasks.

The social services programme is for you if you are interested in promoting welfare and helping people with different backgrounds in different situations in life. Practically oriented studying prepares you for  a future work-life and provides methods and systems to work in the field of social services. As your studies progress you will be able to  choose complementary studies that interest you. Cooperation with significant organizations in the social services sector plays a large role during the studies. 

Programme content

Studies consist of core competence and complementary competence studies totalling 210 ECTS. You can target your interest and develop competences you see as important by means of selecting complementary competence studies, participating in various projects, and choosing your work placements and planning your thesis subject. You can gain credits by completing study units and projects. Credits can also be gained through recognition of prior learning or competence demonstrations. 

Core Competence

The scope of core competences is 150 ECTS. Core competence studies will give you an understanding of the fundamentals of different areas of social services, and are obligatory for all students.

They include the following modules:

Working with Clients in Social Services (30 ECTS)
This module gives you the needed skills for interaction and supporting a customer in various life situations. You will learn to analyze the needs of a customer depending on their age, life situation and cultural background. This module also improves your language skills and professional communication skills, and you will learn to prevent exclusion, build relationships, and guide a customer.

Service Systems, Inclusion and Developing a Better Society (30 ECTS)
During this module you will learn the service systems to support welfare and social security. You will also become familiar with the relevant legislation. After completing the module, you can forward the cooperation between customers and other actors. Furthermore, you will learn to identify the elements which affect social exclusion and poverty and recognize the needs for change.

Approaches and Methods of Work in Social Services (30 ECTS)
This module will offer you the capability to apply and assess theoretical and methodological approaches of working with customers. You will learn to adapt the methods to support the inclusion of a customer. Also, you will be able to act in varying working groups and enhance a customer’s safety network.

Developing Client-oriented Social Services (30 ECTS)
While studying in this module you will learn to develop social service business cost-effectively while also paying attention to ethical principles. You will understand the importance of individuality in providing services and working with clients. This module also gives you the necessary knowhow on client-oriented working and entrepreneurship.

Expert in Development and Workplace Innovation (30 ECTS)
This module offers you various capabilities to work individually and in groups. Preparing and carrying out research and supporting career development are main competences of the module. You will learn to participate in different projects in work life and to offer solutions for challenges at workplace. Moreover, reporting the research and development results are in a significant role.

Complementary competences

The remaining 60 ECTS  consists of elective complementary competence studies. Complementary studies give you the possibility to focus your specialization on specific fields with social services that you find interesting and useful. At least 30 ECTS of the complementary competence studies need to be related to social services.

Health and wellbeing from global perspective (30 ECTS)
You will gain expertise on different innovative solutions and best practices aimed to promote health and wellbeing globally, on individual, community, and society level. You will be able to recognize the impact of globalization on health and wellbeing and to increase your awareness of ethical knowledge, values, principles, legislation and recommendations in global health and wellbeing policies.

Empowering multicultural clients (30 ECTS)
After the studies, you will have the competence of working with multicultural social services and the best practices aimed at promoting multicultural clients' overall wellbeing and empowerment. You will have a professional toolbox of creative methods and client empowering communication. Studies also include multicultural family work, mental health promotion and developing innovative and future-oriented solutions for sustainable service design.

Early childhood education competence (30 ECTS)
This module deepens your knowledge in working with children. You will be able to plan, guide and assess the pedagogic action and environment to answer children’s needs. You will also learn to discover the individual needs of a child or a family concerning their growth and learning and to apply different methods into education and parenting.

Other Complimentary Competences
It is also possible to choose study units from Laurea’s whole  study offering or from the available study offering of other universities (3AMK studies or CampusOnline).

See the curriculum

Studying in the Social Services Programme

Laurea offers the Social Services programme in English at the Tikkurila campus. The studies are conducted through daytime teaching. In daytime studies, the courses include face-to-face instruction on campus, different group works and a chance to work closely with working life partners during the practice periods. Courses also include workplace projects carried out in co-operation with Laurea’s working life partners. Combining theory with practice, research, recognizing issues and finding solutions, development, individuality, and multiculturalism are essential to the studies.

We would like to remind you that even though this programme is conducted by daytime learning, it is also possible to include online courses to your studies. You will also be able to select studies flexibly from our Laurea’s other five campuses and it is possible to include also studies from other degree programmes to your complimentary competences.

Employment and work placements

The special feature in this programme is that practical training is a significant part of studies: 45ECTS. This includes three work placements each with at least  10 weeks of full-time work . The first work placement focuses on working with clients, the second on methods and the third on research and development of work.

Employment opportunities for a Bachelor of Social Services graduating from Laurea are very good. The graduates may become employed among different areas social work, child welfare, elderly care, youth, or family work or in international organizations. A client- oriented approach, preventive work, initial support and promotion of health and welfare are emphasized in work life. Career guidance by Laurea experts will be provided to support your study path. Career guidance includes, for example, CV and application letter workshops, career counselling and a career center for finding employment.

Possible job titles for Bachelor of Social Services are for example:

  • Social counselor
  • Manager of family welfare work
  • Youth leader
  • School social worker
  • Organizational worker

Internationality in studies

In the Social Services programme, you will study together with international students from different backgrounds. In addition, students from Laurea’s other degree programmes can participate in the same complementary courses. Laurea also has about a hundred exchange students yearly from around the world, who also take part in the same courses and groups. Also, some of your partners in work life projects may be conducted with international organizations. It is also possible to conduct studies or practice abroad, and to facilitate this  Laurea has an extensive network of international partners.

Depending on your background and need, social services studies also include Finnish language courses, and practice of  Finnish language during projects and studies. Language courses are working life oriented, and you will learn language through everyday activities.

Tuition fees and grants

This programme has no tuition fees for EU students selected through the Finnish joint application admission system.

Non-EU/EEA area students who have been selected through the Finnish joint application for admission to degree programmes taught in English are charged tuition fees.

Tuition fee: €8000/ academic year for non-EU/EEA students.

Read more about the tuition fees and grants

Further studies

After completing your bachelor’s degree, you can apply for a master’s programme either at Laurea or other universities or higher education institutions to continue your studies. It is possible to continue your study path all the way to a doctoral  degree.  Laurea offers one master’s degree programme in English suitable for graduates of the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Social Services. For more information about the Master’s Degree Programme in Global Health and Crisis Management, visit the programme website >>

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Frequently asked questions - social services

  • Can I study early childhood education studies at Laurea Tikkurila? 

    These studies are offered in both Finnish and English.


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