Degree level and field of study

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6), Health and Welfare

Starting group code


Forms of study

Full-time and part-time studies. Please, see the further information below.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses (full-time studies)

Individual courses (part-time studies)

Contact information

Lundahl Raija

Lundahl Raija

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
HYVI Kuntoutus- ja sosiaaliala, Rehabilitation and Social Studies
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies
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The strength of the Degree Programme in Social Services offered by JAMK University of Applied Sciences is practically oriented, broad-scale competence in the field of social services, based on multidisciplinary research. The professional core competences of a Bachelor of Social Services include knowledge of the social welfare and health care service system; promotion of social justice and functional capacity; supporting of social rehabilitation, participation and growth; and developing of working life in the field. The principal fields in the work of a Bachelor of Social Services include social counselling, social rehabilitation, early childhood education, family work and child welfare. Starting from the second year of their studies, students specialise in social counselling in adult social work or education work in early childhood education.

Key learning outcomes

Graduates from the Degree Programme in Social Services are familiar with the service system, which promotes wellbeing, fairness and social security; the processes and working methods of social rehabilitation and education; and the ways and methods of producing social services. In addition, they can develop social services and service structures and anticipate changes in society and future service needs.

Bachelors of Social Services can support and guide their customers in their different stages of growth, development and learning and support and encourage the participation of families and other communities in their everyday life and changing life situations. They act as experts in networking and multi-professional social, health and rehabilitation services as well as in development and first-line management positions. They follow professional and ethical principles in their work. The students' special competence is formed by the competence areas of social counselling or education chosen based on their Personal Learning Plan and career plan.

Professional growth and know-how

In the first year of studies, the students acquire basic skills in client work and services, operating environments as well as promoting well-being and health in the field of health care and social services. They adopt a dialogic, reflective, entrepreneurial and investigative approach to work as well as the principles of professional ethics.

In the second year of study, students develop their professional core competence in client work, customer services, counselling tasks and methods of social counselling or early childhood education. Key contents of the studies include, in accordance with student specialisation: social counselling and social rehabilitation, child welfare services and family work or early childhood education and pedagogy.

During the third and fourth years, the students supplement participatory social competence, development competence with a research approach and management competence. Later in their studies and in their bachelor's theses, students expand, deepen and apply their competence in their chosen expertise area in social services by working with authentic working life projects and commissions in a transdisciplinary way. The students' competence can also be constructed based on a personal focus on entrepreneurship in the field of social services or in international work.

Forms of study

In full-time studies, the student will be a member of a multi-professional team during their first semester. Students from all degree programmes in health care and social services will study in your team. Team study includes dialogue practice, lectures, learning tasks both together with the team and individually, exams, online studies and practical training that promotes vocational skills, as well as participation in working life projects. In learning situations and projects, the teams will operate in a self-directed and responsible manner. Full-time studies require willingness to take responsibility for your own learning and active participation in the studies. During the second semester, teamwork will continue with students in one’s own field, and from the second academic year onwards, full-time students in the Degree Programme in Social Services will specialise in education.

Part-time studies combine online learning, independent studies, group work and classroom learning. Working methods include learning tasks, lectures, small group work and tutoring. In the first academic year, the students will meet on two to three days or theme weeks per month to study in transdisciplinary teams. Part-time studies require an active approach to studying, motivation and willingness to take responsibility for your own learning, theoretically 40 hours a week on average.

Part-time studies will suit students who, due to their life situation, want more flexibility regarding the time or place they complete their studies. In the Degree Programme in Social Services, part-time students will specialise in social counselling.

Both forms of study utilise digital learning opportunities, e-materials, online interaction, production of video materials and remote participation. In project and development assignments, the students will have an opportunity to participate in the development, modelling and testing of service products, working methods and innovations that stem from working life needs.

Working life cooperation and learning

During the course of studies, one of the most important forms of working life cooperation and learning is practical training to promote professional skills. It is carried out in accordance with the student’s personal career and learning plan under guidance in a variety of workplaces in the field, such as service centres, residential facilities, day-care centres, social service offices, companies, special schools, and projects and development initiatives.

Working life cooperation is also an integral part of other studies, developing expertise and the bachelor’s thesis. At the beginning of their studies, students will also participate in the Innovation Week organised by JAMK, with assignments from various working life organisations and projects. Students may complete part of their studies by participating in Future Factory activities dealing with authentic working life projects in a transdisciplinary way.


Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them at partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in free-access online portals (CampusOnline).


To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Degree-related qualifications

The occupational title of sosionomi, a Bachelor of Social Services who is a social services professional, can only be used and the profession practised by a graduated licensed Bachelor of Social Services. The professional qualifications for a Bachelor of Social Services are regulated by law in the Act on Social Welfare Professionals (Laki sosiaalihuollon ammattihenkilöistä, 817/2015) and monitored by Regional State Administrative Agencies and Valvira (National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health).

For the role of a teacher in early childhood education, a Bachelor of Social Services must have completed studies on early childhood education and care and social pedagogy consisting of 60 credits at a minimum. Those Bachelor of Social Services students who are admitted to study before 31 July 2019 and who complete the aforementioned studies and graduate by 31 July 2023 will still receive the qualification of teacher in early childhood education.

Professional profiles of graduates

Bachelors of Social Services are mainly employed in specialist positions in municipalities, the private sector in the field of social services as well as organisations, most often in various counselling and educational positions as well as managerial and supervisory positions in service units. Students who have graduated with a Bachelor of Social Services degree are employed as teacher in early childhood education, social counsellors and responsible counsellors, services counsellors, school social workers, managers of organisations and kindergarten principals, and so on.

Further studies

Students may, after graduation and a working career of at least three years, continue their studies on a master’s degree programme. A master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university master’s degree programme or similar programmes. After a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad on master’s degree-level programmes. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.

A student who completes a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37).


The planning of education is based on an extensive literature review and an analysis of the future of the operating environment in health care and social services as well as interviews with experts on future competence. In addition to the teachers, the planning work has involved representatives of the students as well as representatives of the field of health care and social services from public, private and non-governmental organisations. The common and profession-specific future competence in health care and social services have been mapped in the planning meetings.

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