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Bachelors of Social Services are ready to work with different people and they have good interaction skills.

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.

Programme content

The Bachelor of Social Services degree provides you with the skills required for helping and guiding clients in different life situations. During your social services studies, you learn various methods of working with clients and means for providing concrete help and support. You will also learn the skills required to start a business of your own and produce well-being services.

Social services studies include social service design and multi-professional co-operation. You will gain skills for extensive management of social services, service systems and legislation.

Core Competence (Select 150 ECTS)

The compulsory core competencies contain modules that will give you fundamental skills and competencies on the following areas:

  • Working with clients in social services
  • Service systems, inclusion and developing a better society
  • Approaches and methods of work in social services
  • Developing client-oriented social services
  • Expert in development and workplace innovation

Complementary competence (Select 60 ECTS)

Complementary competencies give you the possibility to focus your specialisation in specific fields of Social Services that you find interesting and useful. The complementary competencies consist of the following study modules:

Health and wellbeing from global perspective

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

After the studies you have the knowledge of multicultural social services and the best practices aimed at promoting multicultural clients' overall wellbeing and empowerment. You will become acquainted with 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.

Other Complimentary Competences (Select 30 ECTS)

The remaining 30 credits are elective. You can choose studies from Laurea study offering or from the available study offering of other universities (3AMK studies, CampusOnline).

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Studying in the Social Services programme

Laurea offers the Bachelor of Social Services programme in English at Tikkurila campus. You can choose courses very flexibly also from our five other campuses and switch between study methods. For instance, you can add online courses to daytime studies. 

In social services, the range of studies offered is wide and diverse. In addition, for your specialization studies, you may choose courses from any other degree programme or from the study offer of other UASs or Universities. 

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. Study units also include workplace projects carried out in co-operation with Laurea’s working life partners.

All applicants for the degree programme in Social Services are required to have basic Finnish skills (level B1) and English skills (level B2). Link to the Common European Framework of reference for languages. The entrance examination includes a Finnish language proficiency test.

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities for Bachelors of Social Services graduating from Laurea are very good. Your clients may include people of all ages. You may be employed in early childhood education. Bachelors of Social Services may also work as service counsellors, social counsellors, organizational workers, managers of family welfare work or youth leaders.  As a social services professional, you may also find work in international organizations around the world.

The work of a Bachelor of Social Services involves interacting with clients and supporting their life management. In early childhood education, it means working in a day care center with children, while in municipal social services it means guiding the client to use different services.

You will develop networks with workplaces already during your studies. The programme includes three work placements, worth 15 credits each. The first work placement focuses on working with clients, the second on methods and the third on research and development of work. Recognition of prior learning is possible for the first work placement. Also, your other previous studies that are of required level can be included as part of your degree.

In­ter­na­tion­al­ity in studies

You can choose study units that are carried out together with international degree students and international exchange students.

The degree programmes also include language studies, and in the English Social Services degree you will also practice your Finnish skills. Language courses are working life oriented, and you will learn language through everyday activities. If you wish to conduct studies or practice abroad, Laurea has an extensive network of international partners.

Tuition fees and grants

The education 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.

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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 doctor’s degree.

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Frequently asked questions - social services

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

    These studies are currently offered only in Finnish but also in English from spring 2021 onwards.


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