Bachelor's degree, full-time studies

Degree Programme in Social Services
Bachelor of Health Care, 210 ECTS

sosionomi (AMK), Bachelor of Social Services

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Bachelors of Social Services support, counsel and take care people in different situations in their life. They promote growth and wellbeing and support people’s life management.

You learn to encounter people who have challenging situations in their life and support them in different turning points. You learn to create equal relationships with your clients and their close relatives. You are able to use different methods in your work. You are able to advise your clients to search for services and you know social legislation.

After graduation you apply the competences gained in your practical work in the field of social work and develop the work and practices of this field.

Degree programme description

The Degree Programme in Social Services covers 210 ECTS credits and completing the bachelor’s degree takes 3.5 years. The curriculum of the degree programme bases on the following national level of competences for the bachelor’s degree in social services:

• Ethical competence
• Client work
• Service systems
• Critical and participatory social competence
• Research, development and innovation competence
• Work community, management and entrepreneurship competence

In addition, the generic learning outcomes at Xamk comprise the following competences: learning competence, ethical competence, working community competence, innovation competence and international competence.

Practical training comprises 45 ECTS credits. You can strengthen and complement your core competence by studying, for example, nature-based rehabilitation, media skills in social services or child and family based work. There is also a wide range of optional studies and studies that reflect the Xamk strategy and are offered to all students. These include, for example, Russia studies, entrepreneurship studies and digital competence studies.

Implementation of studies and flexible learning tracks

The Degree Programme in Social Services makes use of various teaching and learning methods, including lectures, independent studies, exams, group work, online studies as well as projects and assignments which are carried out in cooperation with the working life. The Moodle online learning environment and Adobe Connect web conferencing platform are used to support studying. You also have the possibility to gain international experience through a student exchange period or practical training abroad.

There are both full-time and blended studies available in the Degree Programme in Social Services. Blended studies enable combining your work and studies. Online teaching and eLearning environments are in use on many courses when studying part-time. Practical training covers 45 ECTS credits (31 weeks) both in full-time and blended studies. The practical training comprises four separate training periods.

Career opportunities

The job title after graduation can be, for example, social advisor, counsellor in charge, service supervisor, family worker, kindergarten teacher, project worker and service home manager. The number of job titles for social service professionals with a bachelor’s degree has decreased in recent years, and most typically, in compliance with the current legislation, the title will be social service supervisor.

The employment situation of the graduates of social services is good, and over 80% of the graduated students find a job right after graduation. Many students find a job even before their graduation. Even though the employment prospects are relatively good, fixed-term contracts of employment and short periods of unemployment between the working periods are typical among social service workers.

RDI and cooperation with world of work

A part of your studies is completed outside the classroom, in practical training and in different kinds of projects. Simulated environments and online environments (Ecampus) are also used.