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Gain the skills needed for a rewarding career with our human services courses - 2022/2023

If you’re passionate about helping people, Fanshawe’s Human Services Foundation program can introduce you to the many career options in human and community services. It has never been more important to have a balanced education that helps give you the right skills and experience to succeed in a competitive job market.

As a student in our human services courses, you’ll enjoy a combination of classwork, volunteer community field experience, and guest presentations from human services workers so that you can have an up-close view into this diverse and rewarding field. With your human services certificate and all of this exposure, you can be sure that you’ll be able to find the career that is right for you.

This human services program gives you excellent preparation – and extra consideration – if you are planning on entering any of Fanshawe’s Human Services career programs like Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Education, or Recreation and Leisure Services, among others. If you plan on moving on to university, a 3.0 or better GPA in this program will put you in great position for acceptance. Help others. Make a difference. Sign up with Fanshawe's human services programs today.




Admission Requirements - 2022/2023

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) 
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation


  • Admission to the Human Services Foundation program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to any College program. Successful completion of the Human Services Foundation program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying for one of the following programs:
    - Child and Youth Care
    - Developmental Services Worker
    - Developmental Services Worker (Accelerated)
    - Early Childhood Education
    - Early Childhood Education (Accelerated)
    - Police Foundations
    - Police Foundations (Accelerated)
    - Recreation and Leisure Services 
    - Social Service Worker
  • Students who register in the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program in September 2020 and wish to apply to the Child and Youth Care or the Social Service Worker programs, must successfully complete their Human Services Foundation Ontario College Certificate with a minimum 2.0 GPA by April 30, 2021 in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the following academic year.
  •  The Human Services Foundation program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to career programs in the School of Community Studies. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Family Studies (C), (M), or (O) OR  General Social Science (M) AND any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Health and Physical Education courses (C) or (O)

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should develop personal responsibility and leadership traits by participating in school and social organizations which are concerned with helping people
  • Work or volunteer experience in a human service field is important
  • Ability to communicate and work in groups is essential

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive. 

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database


Human Services Foundation-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BSCI-1252Leadership in Community Studies3
This course will assist students gain a greater awareness and understanding of their own personal attributes and fit for the community studies field. There will be a focus on personal development and the understanding of leadership styles. Students will become more aware of their behaviours, attitudes, and values as they learn to improve their leadership and communications skills.
SKLS-1024College Orientation Skills3
This course will help the student to become successful in a post-secondary environment. Students will develop skills and strategies associated with academic preparation (including essay writing and presentation skills). The focus on critical thought is an essential component for this course. The exploration of college services will also be addressed.
Psychology is the study of who we are and why we do what we do. This course is an introduction to understanding ourselves and others. The student will learn to view the human experience from a variety of perspectives.
SKLS-1027Digital Literacy-Intro3
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop their professional presentation skills through a variety of activities. Students will develop professional digital literacy skills through computerized application. Students will produce professional multimedia presentations, spreadsheets and word processed documents using Microsoft technologies. These skills will be demonstrated through oral and written presentations.
DEVL-1050Discovery of Community Studies Careers3
Students will be introduced to specific information on a variety of community studies careers. The student will be provided with opportunities to investigate career options within the field to determine suitability in those professions. The student will investigate a range of agencies within their community to explore services. Further, they will develop an understanding as to how agencies work together and separately within the larger community.
BSCI-1254Developing the Professional Persona3
Students will have an opportunity to explore their personal values and belief systems as they learn about professionalism in the community studies field. They will start to define themselves as professionals in the helping field as they are introduced to ethics and standards for employment. The student will become aware of expectations related to the professional practice component (volunteer requirements) of the Human Services Foundation program that occurs in the second semester.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BSCI-1255Cultivating Self-Care3
Stress is an inevitable part of life. This course will focus on understanding stress and how to manage it to build individual resilience. Students will learn personal wellness skills in preparation for the demanding, yet rewarding field of community studies. Students will learn techniques and tools to change the way in which they respond to their stressful experiences developing effective self-care strategies through actively engaging in experiential practices and creating individual self-care plans.
BSCI-1256Human Growth & Development3
This course offers an introduction to the study of human development across the lifespan. Students will examine developmental stages from early child development through to late adulthood and beyond. They will have an opportunity to develop a better understanding of their own developmental process.
BSCI-1258Components of Identity3
This course will help the student raise their awareness as it relates to human diversity. The student will explore topics connected to culture, gender, and privilege. Students will develop an understanding of inclusive communities while developing skills to work effectively within the community studies field.
BSCI-1246Interpersonal Communication3
This course will help students develop essential skills as it relates to interpersonal communication. Some of the key skills to be focused on include listening and conflict resolution. As communication is the foundation for developing relationships, this course is essential in developing interpersonal competence.
The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with the sociological perspective and how it explains various forms of societal behaviour. In addition, the course is designed to enable the student to objectively critique and analyze various social structures and social processes from a sociological point of view.
BSCI-3048Ethics & Professionalism3
This course will focus on the understanding of ethical issues and the ability to utilize essential skills within the educational and professional field. The student will learn how to implement an ethical decision making model when faced with challenging situations. Through volunteer experiences and practical scenarios the student will examine components of moral decisions, ethical concerns and respect for different views.
BSCI-1257Family Trends in Canada3
This course will examine the changing family trends within a Canadian context. The student will begin with the conceptualization of family. They will further their understanding of themselves through the exploration of the family life cycle and the ever changing challenges connected to the family.

Addt'l Reqmt
(Students who place out of the WRIT Assessment must take 3
additional elective English credits at the Post-Secondary

Group 1
WRIT-1094Reason & Writing 1 for Community Studies3
This course will introduce Community Studies students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.

Group 2
COMM-3082Communications for Community Studies3
This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of Community Studies, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the Community Studies workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.

Group 3

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 12 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

More Information - 2022/2023

A One-Year Ontario College Certificate Program
Program Code: HSF1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Community Studies: 519-452-4224

Program Description

The Human Services Foundation program provides a broad education in understanding human behaviour and serves as a foundation for preparing the student to enter specific people helping career programs. Basic academic coursework relevant to human services and volunteer experience in a human services setting combine to provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of helping.

Program Offered: Full-time, part-time day

Other Information

  • Adult students who have developed emotional maturity and stability through a few years involvement in the working world are encouraged to apply.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Discuss the roles, responsibilities, career opportunities, academic and personal requirements for success in the Community Services and Child Studies field.

2. Apply culturally sensitive communication and interpersonal skills to support team functioning in academic and professional settings with the ability to engage in self-reflection.

3. Explain major theoretical models of behaviour associated with the study of psychology.

4. Apply the appropriate Client service strategies according to client behaviour/preference.

5. Select the Community Services and Child Studies field best suited to personal and career interest.

6. Explain how academic strengths, needs and personal health factors affect success and wellness in a college environment.

7. Utilize written and verbal communication skills specific to the Community Services and Child Studies field.

Program Pathways

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Program Details

More details

2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September

International Students

Start Dates
2022 September
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Robert Owens

Day Time
Preparatory Program
Ontario College Certificate
30 weeks