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Social Work

Social workers advocate for social justice and work with people to resolve problems in their day-to-day lives. They work one on one with vulnerable children and adults, families in need of assistance, seniors, people with disabilities, people who struggle with addictions or mental health problems, refugees and other clients to identify and achieve goals for better quality of life.

If this sounds like you, the Douglas College Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program will give you the social-work skills and knowledge to take on roles at non-profit community organizations, child welfare agencies, residential and health-care programs and more, where you will work with children, individuals, families and community groups.

Bachelor of social work grads are in high demand throughout the province. B.C.’s 2025 Labour Market Outlook lists social work as one of the province’s top occupations in terms of job opportunities.

Program at a Glance

Our BSW program takes three years to complete; all you need is 30 university-transferable credits to be admitted. With our degree, the prerequisites are built into the first year of the program, so even if you have taken general university-transferable courses, you’ll still be eligible to apply.

Douglas College BSW graduates are eligible to write the licensure exam, administered by the BC College of Social Workers, to become registered social workers in BC.


Accreditation: The Douglas College Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program was approved by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education in Spring 2016, and has been developed to meet all the accreditation standards of the Canadian Association of Social Work Educators (CASWE). Please note, however, that the BSW program is not currently accredited by CASWE.  

For more information about admission requirements, courses, intake dates and more, visit the Program and Course Catalogue.

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Social Work FAQs

Has the Social Work program been formally reviewed and approved by the Provincial Government of BC?

The Douglas College Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) was approved in Spring 2016 by the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB). DQAB ensures that all new degree programs in BC meet consistent and high quality criteria.

Can I become a registered social worker once I graduate?

Yes. At this time the Douglas College BSW has received provisional approval from the BC College of Social Workers for our students to sit the licensing exam to apply to become a Registered Social Worker in BC. For more information please visit

If I sit the College exam in BC, it is transferable to other parts of Canada?

Being a licensed social worker in BC does not transfer automatically to other jurisdictions in Canada. All registered social workers, regardless of where they completed their education, may be required to completed additional requirements to become registered in another province.

Where can I work with a non-accredited BSW?

Potential employers will vary in terms of job requirements. The ability to find work depends on many factors such as geography, retirements, desirability, etc. The more flexible the graduate in terms of their employment needs increases the likelihood of getting a social work position.