Pre-Social Work, Associate of Arts Degree

If you're passionate about social change and social justice two years at Camosun can prepare you for further university studies in social work.

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Program at a glance


Associate Degree

Work experience

Co-op / internship

Study options



Open to International


Area of study

Arts & Humanities


2 years

Co-ops and internships

Alternate between full-time studies and full-time paid work.
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Social workers are interested in social change and passionate about social justice. If you have a desire to help people in times of need or crisis, a career in social work may be the right path for you!

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What you'll learn

Camosun College offers a two-year associate degree designed to help you pursue a career in social work. Your associate degree will include a a range of integrated courses, including sociology, psychology, women's studies, Indigenous studies, social policy and English.

As an associate degree student, you will have access to excellent academic advice; you'll have a definite learning path, but with room to explore along the way.

Work experience option

Associate Degree programs include either a Co-op or Internship option.

Students will gain practical work experience, which may be paid or unpaid, through either a four-month internship or two co-op work terms, available after at least eight courses of academic study.

A great start to your social work degree

This program provides all the courses necessary to meet the academic portion of the admission requirements needed to apply to the Bachelor of Social Work degree program at the University of Victoria. There are other requirements needed to meet admission. Please see UVic’s website. This AD can also lead to a full block transfer to Royal Roads University's Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication program.Other social work degree programs may also accept this course work. Students should connect directly with other institutions for details.

Once you have completed a social work bachelor degree at a university, you'll be eligible for employment in a wide variety of settings including schools, family and child services, community care, correctional services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, general and psychiatric hospitals, and charity and religious organizations, just to name a few.

What's an Associate Degree?

An associate degree is a two-year academic program made up of 20 university-level courses. It is a stand-alone provincial credential you can list on your resume, as well as a good option to consider if you plan to continue your education to complete a university degree.

The Associate Degree program provides some flexibility with course choices and scheduling, you can study full-time or part-time, and potentially year round.

Camosun's academic advisors are available to help you understand how to choose the right courses to meet your educational goals. With this assistance, you will be able to make informed choices to ensure the courses you select will be usable for the specific university program you'd like to pursue.

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

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Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

What to expect

Located at our Lansdowne campus, the Associate of Arts Degree in Pre-Social Work is a 20-course, two-year program that is also offered part-time for those who need flexibility. You'll have a definite learning path, but with room to explore along the way. During your program, you can choose to take an optional internship or co-op work term.

This program contains a blend of arts and science courses to support the concept of a broad education.

Year 1

In your first year, you'll take courses in English, sociology, psychology as well as arts and science electives.

Year 2

In your second year, you'll dig deeper into the study of social work. You'll also take additional arts and science elective courses to support your core studies.

Optional Co-op or Internship

After you have completed at least eight courses, you can choose to complement your associate degree with a work term.


Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

Pre-Social Work, Associate of Arts Degree

$7,613 (domestic)
$32,864 (international)

Pre-Social Work, Associate of Arts Degree, Internship designation 

$8,433 (domestic)
$35,142 (international)

Pre-Social Work, Associate of Arts Degree, Co-op designation

$9,124 (domestic)
$36,833 (international)

Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

For International students visit: International Tuition & Fees.

Student fees

In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Admission requirements

One of:

  • C+ in English 12 
  • C in English 12 Camosun Alternative  

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar: Loading...

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If you have questions about what you can expect to learn in your classes contact or the program chair. 

Faculty/staff profile


Jacqueline Quinless

Instructor, Sociology & Pre-Social Work
Paul Building
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Learn more

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

Contact information

School of Arts & Science

Campus location

Fisher 104

Location link

Lansdowne Campus



International students please contact Camosun International