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Diploma in Social Services

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Enhance your abilities to provide social support services with the Diploma in Social Services (Dip. SOSS). This programme is designed to provide an academic foundation and specialised training for persons in social work or community work fields who need to upgrade their academic qualifications for further tertiary level studies and formalize functional skills for the effective development and practice of the social work role. Students build competencies in English Language and Mathematics and are introduced to the theory and practice of social work to enable them to support organizational goals.


Who is this programme for?

This Diploma programme is designed for persons wishing to develop social service skills in order to facilitate support services and social engagement in their local communities and persons interested in formalizing their qualifications in social service.


Programme Structure

The diploma programme is delivered using a mixed-mode format. Courses are delivered using online or blended approaches. Students must have access to a computer and Internet access. Online orientation is conducted before the start of the programme.

Students complete a total of 30 credits normally equivalent to 10 courses. Students explore general education and core courses in a number of areas including:

  • Fundamentals of English
  • Principles & Practice of Social Work
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Human Behaviour & the Social Environment
  • Administrative Principles & Practices


When will the programme start?

The programme starts in August of the academic year.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should meet one of the following matriculation requirements:

  1. Persons over the age of 21 on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments.
  2. Holders of the approved certificates from the School of Continuing Studies, UWI with an acceptable pass in English Language
  3. Holders of three (3) CSEC or GCE ‘O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting, as follows:
    (i) English (A), and
    (ii) Two (2) other approved subjects.


Academic Preparation

Prior to the start of the programme all new participants must take part in an orientation programme held in August of an academic year.  This orientation introduces learners to online study and prepares them for the demands of a UWI Open Campus Associate Degree programme.

OOL1001 Orientation to Online Learning  
IYSS1001 Improving Your Study Skills


Course of Study
Level 1 
Fundamentals of English
Introduction to Computers
Level 2 
Social Services Practicum Experience
Understanding Human Behaviour and the Social Environment
Human Growth & Development
Principles and Practices of Social Work II
Principles & Practices of Social Work 1
Introduction to Social Research
Introduction to Sociology