Social Services

Profile of the Programme

Bachelor of Social Services, 210 ECTS

The majority of the services provided by the social welfare and health care sector involve customer service, and therefore employees in this field are required to have excellent interactive skills, high-grade professional skills and ethics, as well as the ability to carry responsibility. The continuous development of the field and challenges within it call for constant self-improvement and cultivation of skills even after graduating. An employee also has to be able to work in multi-professional communities and networks, and to interact with customers of all ages.

The strong expertise of the teachers in social welfare and health care at the Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, also recognised by the students, guarantees students a high-quality education. VAMK has over 500 students in the social welfare and health care fields.

The specialisation options include Child, Youth and Family Work, Social Service Work and International Aspects of Welfare and Health. Specialisation studies begin in the spring of the 3rd year of study.

Students who choose Child, Youth and Family Work as their specialisation have the option of becoming qualified as a kindergarten teacher. For this, they need to complete 60 ECTS credits worth of studies that are required for a kindergarten teacher qualification.

More and more young graduates find themselves working in a multicultural environment, but fortunately you can already prepare for this while studying, for example, by completing your practical training abroad and/or choosing courses given in English.

Key Learning Outcomes

The Degree Programme in Social Services aims to educate experts whose duties include recognising the clients' situation in life; supporting their life skills; promoting and maintaining individuals’, families’ and communities’ social safety and functional ability; preventative work and social educational work. In addition to individual and group guidance, the work characteristically involves community work and the guidance and organisation of project, organisation and voluntary work.

Occupational Profiles

Graduates from this programme have the skill set to work in guidance, counselling, planning, expert and managerial duties within the social welfare field in multi-professional network and team environments. According to their specialisation, they can work in child welfare; early childhood education; youth work; home care services; welfare for drug abusers; with immigrants, the aged or disabled and within the criminal sector for municipalities, public corporations, organisations and companies.

The outlook for employment for graduates in the social welfare field is excellent, because the need for social workers is growing. This is due, for example, to the large number of employees retiring in the near future, especially in the municipal sector.

The population’s growing need for services will also increase the demand for workers in this field. As the large age groups (born between 1945-49) grow older and the general lifespan gets longer, the need for home care services will increase further. Especially the demand for work with the aged will increase significantly. Also the shortened length of treatment at hospitals will raise the need for home care services. Currently the fastest growing field in Finland is the private social welfare and health care sector.

Basic and Professional Studies

Studying to Be a Bachelor of Social Services, Bachelor of Social Services in Society, Bachelor of Social Services in the World, Humans at Different Stages of the Life Cycle, Working with Clients at the Individual Level, Working with Clients at the Community Level, Challenges of Professional Growth in Client Work, Client-oriented Service Systems and Variable Operational Environments.

Professional Specialisation Studies

Child, Youth and Family Work

Social Service Work

International Aspects of Welfare and Health

The objective of specialised professional studies is to give students the necessary skills for duties, which require expertise in the social welfare field, and the ability to develop the field in a multi-professional community.

Free-choice Studies 10 ECTS
Training: 45 ECTS credits worth of structured practical training, part of which can be performed abroad.
sThesis 15 ECTS

Study places 40

For further information please contact: Head of Degree Programme RikuNiemistö