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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

Credit Required for Graduation

119 (plus 15 clinical/field credits)

Programme Intake 32
Fund Type Government-Funded

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Timothy Sim
BA, MSc, PhD


This programme is offered within the BA(Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

We prepare our students to develop 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 familiarises them with the economic, social and cultural contexts of social problems and social work action. Theory is integrated with practice. We recognise the need to develop not just theoretical abilities and skills, but also the ability to feel, empathise 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 are eligible for registration with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) as Registered Social Workers (RSWs).


With this qualification, they are employable 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.


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


  • Year One – the theme is ‘becoming a social worker’, which aims to impart the necessary professional attitudes, knowledge and competence. Besides the University’s core curriculum, students will study the common underpinning subjects to strengthen their knowledge in social science discipline.
  • Years Two & 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 will be exposed to various social issues and problems from a multi-dimensional perspective. Students will also be 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 will be 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 and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

All HKDSE subjects carry the same weighting in our admissions selection.

Other Information
Only Band A applicants will be considered for admission. Selected Band A applicants may be invited to interview upon release of HKDSE results.

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects

Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2016-17: 23.4 (4X + 1 Best Elective)

2017-18: 27.0 (4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects)

2018-19: 26.6 (4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects)



For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 2766 5867; email: ssba@polyu.edu.hk).