Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work

Sept 2017 Entry

Programme code: JS3662

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

119 (plus 15 clinical/field credits)

Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Chan Yuk Chung
BSocSc(Hons), MSocSc, PhD

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

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme aims at developing in students 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 intervention. Theory is integrated with practice. The programme recognises the need to develop in students not just theoretical abilities and skills, but also their ability to feel, empathise and appreciate.


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


  • 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 will study the common underpinning subjects to strengthen their knowledge in social science discipline.
  • 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 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, student 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

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

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


Career Prospects

With this qualification, they are eligible for being employed 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.

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:

Student Message

My freshman year was full of new challenges, but I was fortunate to have a group of caring and friendly companions to help me master the changes of university life. Friends and classmates exchanged ideas and information to improve our studies and share our joys and hardships. We communicated like a family and when there are difficulties among us, we were surrounded by help and support.


The teachers are noted professionals who take their work seriously. They provide assistance not only in our academic work but also in daily matters. They seek advice on their teaching through questionnaires and lunch gatherings with students, which shows that they care about our progress. They are kind and talkative and I am confident that I will become an educated and sincere professional thanks to their training.


While the learning opportunities and challenges in my future studies may make my head spin, with the help and companionship of my friends and teachers I look forward to tasting the sweetness of my new journey over the remainder of my time at PolyU.

Lau Ching Ki

I still remember how excited I was when I received the Notice of Offer from APSS, because it meant that I would have a good chance of achieving my dream. My life goal is to help others in society by finding ways to make their lives more meaningful. However, as a first-year student, especially under the new academic structure, the transition from high school to university has been very difficult.


Thanks to the many opportunities provided by PolyU and APSS, I have become more confident and positive. The knowledge I have acquired in the past year has not only enabled me to have a clearer mindset for analysing problems, but also given me the chance to grasp the basic knowledge, values and beliefs of a social worker.


The enthusiasm of the teaching staff and the kindness of my schoolmates have made my first-year university life very satisfying, and I am grateful to have the chance to study at PolyU.

Siu Wing Yu, Ivy

Additional Documents Required

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit a self recommendation report in English for not more than 3,000 words together with the application. Download

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Date: Around March
Mode:Telephone Interview (Skype Teleconference)

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme and the profession, and to test their language competence and skills in interpersonal communication.

Medium:English and Cantonese

20 minutes

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