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Social Sciences

Social Services

Bachelor of Social Services

3.5 years

€0 pa

Programme profile

This programme is for students who want to become courageous and innovative practitioners in the social field. A proactive approach to learning about working with children, young people, adults and client groups who are at the risk of social exclusion characterises the programme. Though the language of instruction is English, the importance of learning Finnish will be emphasised throughout the programme. On graduation, you will be qualified to work in supervisory, counselling and managerial roles in communities or in a residential setting.

The framework of the curriculum is social pedagogical: the approach aims at preventing exclusion and promoting inclusion and social pluralism. It focuses on the empowerment of citizen action, initiative, self-help as well as on social influence.

Programme content

Introduction to Studies: Communication: Basics of information technology; Orientation to social pedagogy; Development of the welfare state; Work within the social service sector; Lifestyle and culture; Working in teams

People in Society: Social participation and exclusion; Individual growth and development; Supporting daily life

Counselling: Individual and community counselling; On-line encounters and web-based counselling; Work placement

Socio-Pedagogical Work: Empowerment and social advocacy; Ethics; Threatening client situations; Basics of professional research and development; Finnish as a Second Language

Service Systems: Producing welfare services; Legislation and the service system; Case management; Basics of research and development methodology

Leading Different Lives: Mental Health; Substances; Disabilities and long-term illnesses; Child protection; Work placement 2

Electives: Diverse social counselling; Community work; Early childhood education; Professional activity in social pedagogy

Work placement 3
Services in the Workplace environment
Work placement 4
Innovation Project
Final Project


The university doesn't currently offer any related Masters programmes, taught through English.

Entry Requirements

3 A-levels + 3 GCSEs

Leaving Certificate showing at least 6 subjects of which at least 2 Higher Level subjects (at least Grade H5)




Copy A Level or Leaving Certificate results usually need to be received before end of July.

10 January

25 January