Pathway Summary


Pathway ID
Pathway Title
Social Service Worker to Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
Pathway Last Updated

Sending Institution Information

Sending Institution
St. Lawrence College
Education, Community and Social Services
Program Area
Community/Child/Youth Education/Interventions/Services
Program Title
Social Service Worker Diploma Program

Receiving Institution Information

Receiving Institution
Trent University
Arts, Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Program Area
Community, Social Services/Social Work/Interventions
Program Title
Social Work

Contact Procedures

Liaison Office
Trent University

Pathway Details

Terms for renewal or cancellation

The agreement will be reviewed annually, or sooner in the event of major curriculum changes in either partner’s programs. This agreement may be terminated by either party. In this case, notice of one year is required. In the event of termination of the agreement, every effort will be made to ensure that students currently enrolled in the program will not be affected.

Eligibility for Pathway

To qualify for this agreement, students must have:
-Successfully completed St. Lawrence College’s Social Service Worker Diploma program;
-a minimum overall average of 75%.

Graduates of the St. Lawrence College Social Service Worker diploma program at First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) are also eligible for receipt of the terms of the articulation agreement.

NOTE: This agreement accepts students into year two of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. Students are required to apply for entry into year three of the program in order to continue with the professional years of the BSW program. Students, who are not accepted to the professional years of the BSW program, will be able to choose an alternative major to continue with their university studies. The transfer credits awarded to a student through this agreement will remain with the student in their alternate program of study.

Credit transfer

Students will be granted 6.0 credits, including:

  • 0.5 SWRK 1000H - Introduction to Social Work
  • 0.5 SWRK 1001H - Introduction to Social Welfare
  • 1.0 SWRK 3000Y - Social Work Field Placement I
  • 0.5 PSYC 2310H - Introduction to Personality Theory
  • 0.5 unassigned Psychology credit at the 2000 level (B2 Category)
  • 0.5 unassigned Sociology credit at the 2000 level
  • 2.0 unassigned Arts credits at the 1000 level
  • 0.5 unassigned Arts credit at the 2000 level

Refer to the most recent version of the Undergraduate Academic Calendar for course descriptions:


Credits that must be achieved at the receiving institution

Credits to be completed upon admission to Trent to be eligible to apply for the Professional Years of the program:

  • 0.5 SWRK 2001H - Foundation of Social Work Practice
  • 0.5 SWRK 2004H - Risk and Resilience in the Social Environment
  • 1.0 credits at the 1000 level or beyond in Humanities and/or Social Sciences and/or Psychology
  • 1.0 credit at the 2000 level or beyond in Humanities and/or Social Sciences and/or Psychology
  • 2.0 additional credits

Admission requirements for third year or entry into the Professional Years of the BSW program:

  • 70% in SWRK 2004H;
  • all required generalist courses for Years 1 + 2;
  • minimum 70% cumulative average on courses completed at Trent.

NOTE: Students must follow the third year application process as determined by the Social Work department. Students applying to the professional years of the BSW program will be evaluated on their Trent academic performance only as all credits transferred are placed on academic record are granted as pass/fail. More information is available at

It is recommended that students transferring into the BSW program at Trent University consult with a Trent academic advisor prior to beginning their students at Trent as degree planning may require completion of summer courses for on time baccalaureate achievement should students need to declare an alternate major.

Credits to be completed if admitted into the Professional Years of the program:

Should students be accepted into the Professional Years of the program, they will need to complete an additional 9.0 credits to fulfill departmental degree requirements:​

  • 0.5 SWRK 3001H - Social Work Communication Skills
  • 0.5 SWRK 3002H - Social Work Theory and Practice
  • 0.5 SWRK 3003H - Social Work Research
  • 0.5 SWRK 3004H - Social Work and Indigenous Perspectives
  • 0.5 SWRK 3005H - Diversity, Identity, Social Location and Oppression
  • 0.5 SWRK 3006H - Social Work and Social Policy
  • 0.5 SWRK 3007H - Community Social Work
  • 2.0 SWRK 4000D - Social Work Field Education Placement
  • 0.5 SWRK 4001H - Feminist-Informed Trauma Practice
  • 0.5 SWRK 4002H - Social Work Theory and Practice 2
  • 0.5 SWRK 4005H - Social Work with Groups
  • 0.5 SWRK 4006H - Social Work and Families
  • 1.0 SWRK credit from the following:
    • 0.5 SWRK 3101H - Social Work and Aging
    • 0.5 SWRK 3102H - Anti-Oppressive Child Welfare
    • 0.5 SWRK 3104H - Substance Use, Mental Health and Recovery
    • 0.5 SWRK 3105H - Queering Social Work
    • 0.5 SWRK 3106H - Social Work Organizations and Leadership
  • 0.5 elective credit from Social Work or any other Trent program

Degree requirements are subject to change. Refer to the most recent version of the Academic Calendar for course descriptions and degree requirements, which apply to all undergraduate programs.

Anticipated normal schedule of student progression

Three years

Credential(s) to be granted on successful completion of all required components

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

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Don’t forget: You should always review institution transfer information before you finalize your options. Contact a transfer advisor if you have further questions.