Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including the following required courses:
  • English - any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent

Additional requirements for admission:

Visit for information about additional pre-admission requirements for this program.

Recommended courses or skills: What's this?

These courses are not required for admission.

  • Challenge and Change in Society–Grade 12 (M)
  • Healthy Active Living Education–Grade 12 (O)
  • Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society–Grade 12 (M)
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology–Grade 11 (M)
  • Issues in Human Growth and Development–Grade 12 (M)
  • Managing Personal and Family Resources–Grade 11 (C)
  • Related volunteer or cooperative work experience
  • World Religions–Grade 11 (M)
Selection and Ranking Process

For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the highest senior level final grade available at the time of ranking. Mid-term grades are not used for ranking purposes. Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.

Program Requirements What's this?
Criminal Reference Check (CRC):

All employers have instituted a CRC with vulnerable sector screening as a requirement for appropriate field placements. The CRC will be required at the beginning of Term 2. All costs associated with the CRC are the responsibility of the student.

Note: Students with criminal charges or convictions will be severely limited in placement and/or employment opportunities. Those with criminal charges pending or an uncleared criminal record (criminal convictions must be pardoned, sealed or expunged) are not eligible for a field placement experience.


Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete field placement requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Also, many of our placements require students to visit clients at home or in various locations to carry out their placement work. Therefore, provision of transportation for work placement will require access to a private vehicle. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.

Health Requirement:
  • The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) form must be completed and submitted to Studcnt Health Services prior to the start of the program. Please view the current CDS form and checklist for requirements (vaccination documentation/proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and 2 step TB testing) at
  • Influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria pertussis vaccinations are recommended.
  • All health requirements must be met or a placement will be denied.
Professional Responsibility:

A significant number of field placements in the social services field require students to be at least 19 years of age in order to assume a beginning level of professional responsibility. The professional responsibility applies to matters identified in the Code of Ethics of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. The code describes a social service worker’s responsibilities related to confidentiality, conflict of interest, personal boundaries and other areas. The code is available at . Those who are below 19 years of age could have their field placement options limited, which in turn could delay graduation.