Human Services Foundation

Human Services Foundation is a one-year certificate program that provides a broad education in understanding human behaviour. Students will learn strong interpersonal skills, theoretical models of behaviour, client service strategies, and written and verbal communication skills. Graduates of this program will be prepared to advance or supplement their education.

Overview

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.

Program Overview

The Human Services Foundation program provides a broad education in understanding human behaviour and serves as a foundation for preparing a student to enter specific people helping with 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.

 

Career Information

Fanshawe’s Human Services Foundation program introduces students to the many career options they can pursue in the human and community services sector. Graduates will be prepared to enter programs such as:

  • Child and Youth Care
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Social Service Worker

 

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Human Services Foundation program:

Community Support Associate
Determines initial and continuing eligibility for individuals in receipt of community support programs, completing all necessary supporting documentation.

Relief Child and Youth Worker
Counsel residents, provide educational support services and participate in resident assessments.

Day Camp Counselors

Supervise activities to ensure the care, safety and security of day camp participants during program hours.

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 Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Open

Program Details

Program Code
HSF1

Program Coordinator:

Robert Owens

Delivery
Day Time
Preparatory Program
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Certificate
Duration
30 weeks

Admission Requirements

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

Note:

  • 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

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

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

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

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

Post-Admission Requirements

See Post-Admission Requirements

Tuition Summary

London

Canadian Costs
$3,369.39
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$15,115.87
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

Courses

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.
PSYC-1113Psychology-Intro3
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.
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