The Pre-Community Services program provides opportunities for students to develop skills for admission to a number of Community Services programs at George Brown College. Students gain an overview of the helping field, including roles and systemic issues, and a theoretical basis through courses in sociology and psychology. A strong emphasis on learning in groups encourages co-operation, teamwork and mutual support.

A103 Child and Youth Worker student stands in front of group of children in an elementary school classroom setting.


Program name
Pre-Community Services
1 year (2 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

The Pre-Community Services program provides students with an overview of the helping field, including roles and systemic issues, and a theoretical basis through courses in sociology and psychology. Students develop skills necessary for admission to programs in the School of Social and Community Services* at George Brown College and other post-secondary institutions.

Students improve their skills and confidence in a supportive learning environment. A strong emphasis on group learning encourages co-operation, teamwork and mutual support that will be beneficial in the helping professions.

Students are prepared to make effective and informed decisions regarding future education and career choices.

*Applicants to the Social Service Worker program are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline for the following academic year.

Note: Students preparing to apply to the Behavioural Science Technology program are advised to take Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas Program (A109) rather than Pre-Community Services.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Discuss the roles, responsibilities, career opportunities, academic and personal requirements for success in the Community Services and Child Studies field.
  2. Apply culturally sensitive communication and interpersonal skills to support team functioning in academic and professional settings with the ability to engage in self-reflection.
  3. Explain major theoretical models of behaviour associated with the study of psychology.
  4. Apply the appropriate client service strategies according to client behaviour/preference.
  5. Select the Community Services and Child Studies field best suited to personal and career interest.
  6. Explain how academic strengths, needs and personal health factors affect success and wellness in a college environment.
  7. Utilize written and verbal communication skills specific to the Community Services and Child Studies field.

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse name
CARE1083Community Services
PSY1083Foundations of Psychology 1
COUN1007Group Process I A
COMM1003English Skills
COMM 1007College English
PREP1017Personal and Professional Development


semester courses
CodeCourse name
COMM1007College English
PSY1084Foundations of Psychology 2
SWRK1023Introduction to the Field
PREP1009Introduction to Community Research
GHUM1025Speaking with Confidence
GSSC1064Introduction to Sociology
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

The School of Work and College Preparation provides applicants and students access to a Pathway Advisor and a Student Success Specialist.

The Pathway Advisor provides students with information about upgrading options, pre-programs and articulation agreements, and helps facilitate the transition into further post-secondary programs. For more information, visit

The Student Success Specialist assists students to meet their academic and career goals by providing general and personalized success strategies, peer learning groups, and college-wide resources. For more information, please contact Katrina Kieley at 416-415-5000, ext. 6298 or email

Your Career

Graduates of Pre-Community Services who achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and meet other program requirements may be eligible for admission to the Social Service Worker, Community Worker, Child and Youth Care and other diploma programs in Community and Social Services at George Brown College. Successful completion of the certificate program may provide exemptions from certain Community Services courses, depending upon grade level achieved.


$3,688.00 *

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Call the Pathway Advisor at 416-415-5000, ext. 2562 or email

Learn more about our college preparation programs and work preparation programs at

For more information about George Brown College, call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus

The Pre-Community Services program is taught at our St. James Campus at 200 King St. E., Toronto, Ontario. Sign up for an information session, book a campus tour or explore our virtual tour.

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