Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Social Work

The aim of this programme is to educate degree students to qualify for registered social workers with attributes of being practical and open-minded.  This degree also cultivates generalist practicioner in the field of social work providing services to people with different needs, and promoting social development.

The course has been approved by the Social Workers Registration Board and graduates can apply to become registered social workers.


Programme Contents

This course facilitates students to master the knowledge base of social work and incorporate relevant social science knowledge for developing a critical understanding of social phenomena and social work intervention; equip students with the ability to analyze and practice social work, apply social development concepts and have a good judgement when serving in different organizational and service contexts. The course also enhances the personal and professional growth of students in becoming a competent and reflective professional social worker and in possessing the professional values ​​and qualities that a social worker should have.


Programme Features

Rich social worker training experience

  • The Hong Kong Technology College has over 15 years of experience in running higher diploma courses in social work and has trained up thousands of social workers over the years.

Courses and graduates with professional recognition

  • The course has been approved by the Social Workers Registration Board and graduates can apply to become registered social workers.

Employment advantages and decent income

  • Graduates can serve as Assistant Social Work Officer (ASWO) or equivalent. The starting salary for the government is at point 16 on the MPS (starting salary at point 16 in 2018/19 is $ 31,685).

Bilingual teaching is conducive to learning

  • The course is taught in either Chinese or English as specified with reference books and materials written in Chinese and English. Lecturers will teach in the language most conducive to students’ learning while giving chances to further develop their competence in both languages.

Generalist social work training that values ​​down-to-earth practice and values

  • The course aims to train students to become a practical and open-minded generalist social worker, who can continue to grow at the individual and professional level, while embracing the ideal of social work, affirming the value of people, tolerating differences, and exercising independent judgment with self-reflection ability and sense of responsibility when providing services for people with different needs and promoting social development.

Fieldwork placement opportunities to enhance theoretical and practical integration

  • The 800-hour internship allows each student to experience the integration of theory and practice in different fields such as services for young people, people with disabilities, the elderly and families under the guidance of a supervisor. This will help students to gain experience and deepen their learning experience.


Key Training Features

This course will develop students’ internal capital through many social work practice subjects and two fieldwork placements. It aims to cultivate students' ability and quality in all aspects:

Accumulated personal capital

  • Internal capital, such as personal health, values, life skills, and good interpersonal relationships, are indispensable for the personal and professional growth of students.

Passion and compassion

  • Passion is the basic condition for achieving success but social workers need to have compassion at the same time, coupled with compassionate actions which help reduce or eliminate the suffering of the client, and prevent professional workers from the pitfalls of becoming aloft and arrogant.

Innovation and creativity

  • Social workers must also think outside the box and practice their profession creatively. With the strength of the college in social innovation education, this course also trains students to be open-minded and accept changes so that they can solve social problems with innovative ideas.

Social development perspective

  • The focus of social development is to accumulate capital on social networks and relationships through the collaboration of different stakeholders, and to respond more effectively to social needs and complex social issues. Through multi-party cooperation, sustainable social development can be achieved.
Graduation Path

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Social Work is accredited by the Social Workers Registration Board. Graduates can work as assistant social work officers in the Social Welfare Department or at the same level in non-governmental organizations, serving as school social workers, outreach social workers or medical social workers.

After completing the course, students will have the analytical skills, problem-solving skills, and the ability to collaborate or cooperate with others as expected of a university graduate. Thus, they are also capable of taking up other jobs which only require a general degree qualification. Such jobs include government posts such as disciplinary services (especially the Assistant officer II / officer of the Correctional Services Department), the Administrative Officer / Executive Officer II. For non-civil servant posts, our graduates are also qualified for jobs such as program officer, project manager and assistant to LegCo and District Council members.

According to the government's master salary scale, the entry salary for Assistant Social Work Officers is $ 31,685 (effective from 1/4/2018). NGOs have their own staff establishment.

The course focuses on the integration of classroom learning and social work practices. Students will experience social work practice in a real social work environment through 800 hours of fieldwork practice (400 hours for each placement) under the guidance and supervision of an experienced fieldwork supervisor. The placement also provides an opportunity for students to develop their abilities, practice what they have learned and improve their abilities at the practice level in different social service contexts. Graduates will have sufficient professional preparation for future employment in social work or related positions.

Programme Details
Mode of Study

Full Time

Teaching Mode

Face to face

Commencement of Study

September 2020

Entry Year

Year 1


4 Years

Entry Requirements
  • Level 3 or above in Chinese Language and English Language, and Level 2 or above in 3 subjects (including Mathematics and Liberal Studies) in HKDSE [performance in Applied Learning subjects would be considered]; or
  • Pass in Chinese Language and Culture, Use of English, and 1 AL or 2 AS Level subjects in HKALE; plus 5 passes in HKCEE (including Chinese Language and English Language); or
  • 28 or above out of 42 points in International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme; and
    • Grade 5 or above in Standard-Level English Language Syllabus B; or
    • Grade 4 or above in Higher-Level English Language Syllabus B; or
    • Grade 4 or above in Standard-Level / Higher-Level English Language Syllabus A; or
  • Aged 21 or above with relevant working experience and qualifications in the field of social services; or
  • Equivalent qualifications; and
  • Pass in admission interview.

Non-local Entry
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If there is any inconsistency between the English and Chinese versions, the English version shall prevail.

Prof. Chan Yuk Chung
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Nottingham University)
  • Registered Social Worker, Social Worker Registration Board, H.K.
  • Supervisor of Doctoral students, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Visiting Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University
  • Instructor, PKU-HK PolyU China Social Work Research Centre
  • Assessment Panel Member, Social Worker Registration Board
  • Programme Accreditation Member, Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association
  • Consultant, various NGO social services agencies in Hong Kong

Prof. CHUI Yat Hung
Head, Department of Applied Social Sciences

  • Doctor of Education (Counselling Psychology) (CUHK)
  • Master of Social Sciences (HKU)
  • Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society, U.K.
  • Approved Counselling Supervisor, Fellow, Hong Kong Professional Counselling   Association
  • Global Career Development Facilitator Accredited Trainer, National Board for   Certified Counselors, U.S.
  • Registered Social Worker, Social Worker Registration Board, H.K.
  • Past President of the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association

Dr. CHUN Ping Kit, Roxco
Program Leader, Department of Applied Social Sciences

  • Doctor of Philosophy (HKU)
  • Master of Social Sciences (HKU)
  • Bachelor in Social Sciences in Social Work (HKU)
  • Registered Social Worker, Social Worker Registration Board, H.K.
  • Chairperson, the Marriage Enrichment Network
  • Chairperson, the Kornhill Alliance Church Family Service Centre
  • Committee Member, Christian Fellowship of Pastoral Care for Youth
  • Committee Member, Fullness Christian Vocational Training Centre

Year 1: $82,250 Year 2: $82,250 Year 3: $86,016 Year 4: $88,436


Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) (Including Student Travel Subsidy(STS)) The Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) Student Travel Subsidy Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong

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Scholarships and Grants

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The qualification of this programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework in Hong Kong.
QF level:5
QR Registration No.:19/000651/L5
Registration Validity Period:1/9/2019 to 31/8/2024
Tuition fees and government subsidies will be reviewed and adjusted annually on various factors. All tuition fees are subject to the final approval from the Education Bureau.
Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Full-time Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong ($32,100 subsidy annually)
HKCT Institute of Higher Education reserves the right of cancellation of programme and granting offer without prior notice.