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Fast track your courses in social work - 2022/2023

Compassion and understanding. Dignity and respect. Work that is rewarding and meaningful, from start to finish.

You already have a social sciences degree or a Human Services diploma, and you’re ready to start serving the community. With the fast-track Social Services Worker program, in just 10 months you’ll complete all academic and field practicum components. You’ll build on a sound knowledge of human behaviour, individual and social problems, and you’ll learn proven helping techniques to prepare you for social service work in social agencies and social welfare programs. You’ll role-play and take part in counselling labs, case studies and learn from professional social workers and clients to take your skills to the next level.

You’ll use those skills in a variety of field placements in London, a community that has extensive social service and health community resources. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to work in community development, crisis intervention, and in anti-violence, corrections, addictions and education settings. You’ll also be eligible for admission into the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Make a difference every day. Allow your compassion to work for you and the community.

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I left the program feeling fully prepared to enter the field and, most importantly, confident that I was ready to best support the most vulnerable people in our community. I carry and constantly refer to the lessons I learned from my time at Fanshawe College in my everyday work.

Phillip Mock
Graduate, Social Service Worker (Fast Track)



Admission Requirements - 2022/2023

Admission Requirements

An Ontario College Diploma from the School of Community Studies with a minimum 2.0 GPA from Fanshawe College
An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
A University Degree in Psychology, Sociology, or a related Social Sciences area 

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

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.  Please refer to for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • 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
  • Placement Agreement

More info about post-admission requirements:

London Campus

Simcoe/Norfolk Regional


Social Service Worker (Fast Track)-2022/2023

Level 2
Gen Ed - Take two 3 credit General Education elective
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
SOCW-1044Community Resources2
This course will provide the student with an introduction to community resources and capacity building and apply that knowledge through a community mapping project. Students will learn about the diversity of resources that make up a community through exploration of; Individual Capacities/Assets, Local Associations & Organizations, and Local Institutions. Through the community mapping experience, students will be able to identify local resources & services, recognizing the strengths/assets, challenges/gaps and the impact on individuals, families, and neighbourhoods which they will present to their class bringing awareness of the resources throughout the London community. Students will also become familiar with the SSW Program & Field Placement expectations & requirements through review of the SSW Program Manual.
BSCI-1248Group Dynamics3
Group Dynamics is designed as an experiential learning opportunity aimed at developing students' knowledge and understanding of human behaviours within groups, with a focus on the role of 'self' in group dynamics and processes. Students will learn and apply Prosocial Theory Core Design Principles to develop skills related to effective individual and group functioning in essential areas such as; communication, decision making, and conflict resolution.
SOCW-1055Community Development & Social Change 13
This course offers an overview of community development principles, processes and practices with an emphasis on experiences of community organizing in North America. Students will become acquainted with the effects of larger social forces on undertaking social justice work at the community level and be introduced to practical models for community empowerment and social change in relation to a variety of issues and contexts. Students will have the opportunity to experience community-based learning about effective participatory action research methods.
SOCW-1036Community Mental Health 13
During this course, service provision approaches to mental health will be explored. Students will become knowledgeable about types of mental health problems, their causal factors, symptoms, and options for assessment and treatment.
SOCW-3033Social Work With Families3
This course has been designed to deepen students' understanding of social service work with families and the impact of society's expectations of families as well as the impact of social structures on families. The content assumes that the student has a basic understanding of diverse family structures, family culture and beliefs, family dynamics, and human development across the lifespan. Students will learn fundamental skills to assess family functioning, intervention planning, and the importance of documentation. This course will focus on using family centered and strengths based approaches to work within a variety of family forms, definitions, and experiences. Learning will be facilitated through the application of foundational concepts to case studies and activities, which are intended to stimulate critical thinking and support the integration of theory and practice.
SOCW-1042Social Welfare Policy3
This course is designed as a critical introduction to current Social Service and Welfare Policy in Canada. It will investigate the social, legal and humanitarian origins of social policy, and the implications for social service work will be examined. Federal, provincial and municipal statutes, regulations, policies and practices will be considered and analyzed. This course will also examine service delivery models, funding issues as well as demographic and legislative trends that have an impact on social policy.
FLDP-1028Field Preparation1
This course will prepare students for the forthcoming field placement process and practice experience. Through examination of the program's SSW Field Placement Manual, students will have a comprehensive overview of the requirements and expectations needed to be "field placement ready" and how to conduct themselves professionally in the field placement setting. Students will learn about SMART goals and how to apply them directly the Ministry's 9 Vocational Learning goals for the SSW program in preparation for the Applied Skills Contracts required in their upcoming field placement.

Group 2
This course will provide the student with basic counselling tools and strategies used in Social Service Work practice. The student will be encouraged to explore and develop his/her own style in conducting a helping interview, appropriate for social service settings. Students will work in small groups, role play scenarios which will illustrate their learning of the skills. The learning is necessary for students to demonstrate as they prepare of field placement.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
SOCW-3009Critical Analysis of Social Intervention3
This course is designed to further acquaint students with critical analyses of social issues and problems through the examination of interventions designed to address them. Students will consider strategies of intervention, the role of stereotypes and ideology in treatment, the unintended consequences of social intervention, and the roles of ethics and evaluation. The impact of social interventions will be investigated through critical analysis of current responses to racism, violence against women, poverty, youth and family issues, crime, welfare and capitalist economics in Canada. The development of social empathy in society will also be explored.
SOCW-3010Social Service Field Practice 16.4
The field practicum offers students the opportunity to implement and practice the skills and theory taught in the classroom. To enhance skills and to facilitate integration of theory and practice, the student is monitored by an agency supervisor who works in consultation with a faculty advisor (college supervisor).
RSCH-1003Ethical Research & Evaluation3
This course will provide students with the opportunity to practice the principles of research and evaluation necessary for the Social Service field. Additionally, they will be introduced to the basic skills necessary to assist in fundraising for small agencies.
SOCW-3013Community Development & Social Change 23
Community Development is a process of building communities for purposeful action directed by the desire for social equality. This course will further expand the learnings students acquired in CD & Social Change SOCW 1014, focusing on principles and practices of community organizing and social change. It will provide students with a greater understanding of theories, methods & models of community work.Students will be provided with the opportunity to further their knowledge of community development principles, processes and practices to ignite community participation in practical community-based interventions.
SOCW-3014Community Mental Health 23
This course is a continuation of Community Mental Health 1 (SOCW-1036). During this course, students will become more knowledgeable about types of mental health problems (not previously covered in Community Mental Health 1). Selected topics from Community Mental Health 1 will be revisited in order to explore assessment and intervention at a deeper level. Assessment approaches will be explored through the DSM classification system and the strengths-based perspective.
SOCW-3034Practice & Intervention2
This course supports students in their field placement experience by assisting them in applying theory to practice, and making connections through their Applied Skills Contracts (ASC). There is an emphasis on ethical practice and professional standards required both in the field and for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Through experiential learning activities, group discussions, and individual reflection, students will explore the realities of the social service workplace.

Group 2
This course is an elaboration of Counselling, SOCW1038, which in conjunction with Field Practice, SOCW3010, is designed to integrate theoretical and practical dimensions of Social Service Work. It will emphasize the applications of learned methods of intervention with populations at risk in the community and encourage the development of the student's own eclectic approach.

Level 4
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take the following Mandatory Course:
SOCW-3016Social Service Field Practice 26.4
Social Work Field Practice II offers students the opportunity to further implement and practice the skills and theory taught in the classroom and developed in the prerequisite course SOCW 3010. The student will be expected to perform their duties equivalent to an 'entry level' position by the completion of this course. To enhance skills and to facilitate integration of theory and practice, the student is monitored by an agency supervisor who works in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 9 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Levels 2 and 4

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 16 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2022/2023

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment in a wide variety of social agencies and departments of government. The search for social work positions is competitive and the graduate must be prepared to search diligently on his/her own behalf. Additional job search assistance is provided by the College's Career Services Department.

More Information - 2022/2023

A Ten-Month Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: SSW2
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September Admission
15 week terms 
Academic Calendars available at
School of Community Studies: 519-452-4224

Program Code: SSW2J
Campus Code: SC (SC - Simcoe)
September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at 
Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus: 519-426-8260

Program Description

The Social Service Worker (Fast Track) program provides an opportunity for university graduates (Psychology, Sociology or Social Work related) and community college Community Studies diploma graduates to complete the requirements for graduation from the Social Service Worker program in three levels (ten months). Graduates from the Social Service Worker program are eligible for admission to The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and must be members of this regulating body to use the professional title "Registered Social Service Worker".

Other Information

  • Social Service Worker is a registered professional title which may only legally be used by members in good standing of The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Graduates of the Social Service Worker program will be required by law to join the College after graduation in order to use this professional title. Further information may be accessed at
  • Students who graduate from this program and wish to transfer to another Community Studies program at Fanshawe College, may qualify for some internal credits that have already been achieved.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop respectful and collaborative professional and interpersonal relationships that adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work;
  2. Record information accurately and communicate effectively in written, digital, verbal and non-verbal ways, in adherence to privacy and freedom of information legislation, in accordance with professional and workplace standards;
  3. Integrate a practice framework within a service delivery continuum, addressing the needs of individuals, families and communities at micro, mezzo, macro and global levels, and work with them in achieving their goals;
  4. Plan and implement accessible and responsive programs and services, recognizing the diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities, and meeting these needs;
  5. Examine current social policy, relevant legislation, and political, social, historical, and/or economic systems and their impacts for individuals and communities when delivering services to the user/client;
  6. Develop strategies and approaches that support individual clients, groups, families and communities in building the capacity for self-advocacy, while affirming their dignity and self-worth;
  7. Work from an anti-oppressive, strengths-based practice, recognizing the capacity for resilience and growth of individuals and communities when responding to the diverse needs of marginalized or vulnerable populations to act as allies and advocates;
  8. Develop strategies and approaches to implement and maintain holistic self-care as a member of a human service profession;
  9. Work with individuals, groups, families and their communities to ensure that service provider strategies promote social and economic justice, and challenge patterns of oppression, discrimination and harassment, and sexual violence with clients, coworkers and communities;
  10. Develop the capacity to work with the Indigenous individual, families, groups and communities while respecting their inherent rights to self-determine, and to identify and address systemic barriers that produce ill-effects, developing appropriate responses using approaches such as trauma informed care practice.

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
2022 September

International Students

Start Dates
2022 September
2022 September
Program Code

Program Coordinators:

London Campus:

Robert Owens

Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus:

Larry Cavan

Day Time
Ontario College Diploma
40 weeks