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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work

Sept 2019 Entry
Programme code: JS3662

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Applied Social Sciences
Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

119 (plus 15 clinical/field credits)

Fund Type Government-Funded
Consider Second Choice Applications No

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Timothy Sim
BA, MSc, PhD


  • This programme does not consider second choice applications.
  • This programme is offered within the BA(Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme aims at equipping students with a solid foundation and discipline-specific knowledge in social sciences and social work, a repertoire of professional competence and skills, a firm commitment to social justice, ethical and social responsibilities and a humanitarian orientation. Our graduates are competent in flexibly and creatively using information, knowledge, theories and resources.


Programme Characteristics

A strong social science foundation strengthens students' analytical ability and familiarizes them with the economic, social and cultural contexts of social problems and social work intervention. Theory is integrated with practice. The programme recognizes the need to develop not just students’ theoretical abilities and skills, but also their ability to feel, empathize and appreciate.


The Department offers placement opportunities both in the Chinese mainland and overseas.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) as Registered Social Workers (RSWs).


Career Prospects

Graduates with this qualification are eligible for employment as Assistant Social Work Officers or the equivalent, and can be promoted to Social Work Officers, Senior Social Work Officers and Chief Social Work Officers in Hong Kong.


They are also qualified for a variety of human service posts in other fields of the social services or in private organizations.


  • Year One – the theme is 'becoming a social worker', which aims to impart the necessary professional attitudes, knowledge and competence to students. Besides the University’s core curriculum, students study the common underpinning subjects to strengthen their knowledge of social science.
  • Years Two and Three – the theme is 'becoming a social worker in context', which aims to equip students with a wide range of social science and discipline-specific knowledge. Students are exposed to various social issues and problems from a multi-dimensional perspective. Students are also able to articulate the core values of social work and commit to ethical and responsible social work practices.
  • Year Four – the theme is ‘becoming a reflective social worker’, which aims to help students integrate theoretical learning, practical applications and metatheoretical reflection on direct practice. By completing a capstone project, students are able to consolidate their undergraduate study in a project to conclude their overall learning of the programme and become a professional.


Information on the programme can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/apss.

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.


Other Information

Applicants need to have certain knowledge in Cantonese for their clinical placements.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 5867; email: ssba@polyu.edu.hk).