Qualification: Social care worker
Code of the study programme: 41762
Length of studies: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Studies on budget resources provided by the state
Level of Education: short cycle of the professional higher education
Studies take place: Jūrmala (Vidus prospekts 38, Bulduri)
Mode of studies: full time studies
Previous education: secondary education
Head of study programme: Mg.sc.educ. Ina Vīksniņa
Description of speciality
Social care worker plans social care services to persons unable to take care of themselves and provide for their basic needs due to their age or health condition; in accordance with wishes and needs expressed by the client determines the necessity of social care complex or separate services; organizes and provides for performance of social care services; evaluates the change of the client’s ability to take care of him/herself and changes the volume and content of social care service complex accordingly; evaluates the client’s satisfaction with social care services provided.
Social care worker works in social care institutions providing social care services or is self-employed.
To prepare qualified, competitive social work specialists who provide quality social care services in accordance with their professional competencies, understand and observe the basic principles and values of social services, determine and organize the necessary resources, according to client groups and individual needs.
Implementation of the study programme “Social Care” is carried out through various forms of studies and different learning methods, which include lectures, seminars, practical work both individually and in groups, as well as analysis of practical problems and situations.
In learning practices, which are carried out both on college premises as well as healthcare institutions, the lecturer works with groups of students (6-8 students each). In learning practices students reinforce their knowledge and skills while working under the guidance of a teacher.
The study programme offers a chance to acquire general education, vocational training and professional study courses.
General education courses:
General psychology and communication, Basics of business and project management Foreign language, Anatomy and physiology and others.
Vocational and professional study courses include:
Social security and welfare, Global social work and innovation, Social care, Social gerontology and client care, Care of people with disability, Child's health and care, Oncology and palliative care, Communication skills with client groups, Basic principles of ergonomics and client transfer and others.
During acquisition of study programme two practices in social care and rehabilitation institutions are planned.
Collaboration is realised:
Services of social care workers are in high demand in labour market. Graduates can choose a specific field of social services for a definite target group – children, seniors, persons with disability, e.g. - and specialize in it.
Further study opportunities
The graduates of the study program “Social care” have the opportunity to continue education in bachelor study program “Social work”.