Associate of Arts Degree - pre-Social Work

Start your journey toward a degree in social work at NIC. The Associate of Arts degree with a pre-Social Work focus will enable you to take two years of fully transferable university-level courses at North Island College before applying for 3rd year entry into an accredited BSW program in BC.

Social workers are committed to social justice, equity, respect for diversity and critical thinking. They work to advocate for individuals, families, groups and communities to create a more equitable social structure where all people can develop to their full potential. At NIC we are dedicated to these values, and as such, want to support learners seeking a career in the social services sector.

What's an Associate Degree

An associate degree is a two-year academic program made up of 60 credits of university courses. An associate degree is a stand-alone provincial credential you can list on your resume and is made up of courses that are transferable to university if you want to ladder into a degree.

What you’ll study

An Associate of Arts degree with a pre-Social Work focus is made up of 60 credits of 100-level and 200-level courses. You’ll choose from a range of university transfer courses in English, social sciences and humanities as part of the Associate of Arts degree, along with specific courses toward your pre-social work speciality, including SSW 120: Social Welfare in Canada and SSW 122: Foundation of Social Service Practice. See Program Details and Tuition for the full pre-Social Work study plan.


With the completion of your Associate of Arts degree with a pre-Social Work focus, you’ll be in a position to apply for third-year entry into a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program in British Columbia. Please note, you’ll need to meet specific BSW admission requirements. As a result, all students are encouraged to review the admission requirements at the university they are intending to undertake their BSW studies before beginning the Associate of Arts degree. Students interested in pursuing a BSW after program completion should make an appointment with an NIC educational advisor to develop a full study plan. NIC advisors are here to help you plan your educational future.

Students interested in applying to this program should select 'Associate of Arts' on their application.

Where: Campbell River, Comox Valley, Online
Starts: Fall (September), Winter (January), Spring (May)
Length: 2 years
Delivery: On-campus & Blended options; Digital Scheduled & Unscheduled

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