Laurea University of Applied Sciences and the Training Institute for Prison and Probation Services run a Bachelor of Social Services programme in prison and probation services. The programme consists of 210 credits and takes approximately three and a half years to complete. Admissions are through the national application system every spring.
Applicants with a vocational qualification in prison and probation services (basic qualification, qualification in prison and probation services) can be admitted as mature students, in which case the course consists of 90–150 credits depending on the applicant’s previous degree. Applicants need to have at least two years of work experience. The degree programme for mature students takes between one and a half years and two and a half years to complete, depending on the applicant’s previous qualifications. The aim is to enable mature students to continue working while they study. Students need to attend approximately five days of lessons in Tikkurila, Vantaa each month. Graduates typically work in different kinds of managerial and consultancy positions in prison and probation services. The qualification also opens doors to various positions in related fields and in different kinds of organisations.
In the future, prison and probation services will also employ individuals with other university-level degrees, such as Bachelors of Business Administration, Bachelors of Social Services and nurses. Completing a degree programme in prison and probation services is therefore not the only way to get into the prison and probation services industry. One option is to complete one of the aforementioned university degrees and then a basic qualification in prison and probation services to increase the chances of finding employment.