Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work

Sept 2019 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)

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 and 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.


  • 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

Recognition and 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.

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

After my four-year study in APSS, I have gained extensive knowledge of the social sciences and the foundations of social work, and learnt to help people to help themselves. I now understand how to work with clients instead of working for them.  The openness of my classmates and the enthusiasm of the teachers in terms of striving for new and true knowledge have led to genuine and inspiring discussions in seminars.

Social work practicum, in addition to classroom learning, is also an important learning experience at PolyU.  I am now able to assess people's needs from social perspectives, and have broadened my focus from individual level to family, community and societal levels. Through regular supervision, my practice competence, my ability to integrate theory and practice, and my understanding of my personal strengths, weaknesses and further educational needs have been greatly enhanced.

Many other valuable learning opportunities are available at PolyU, such as exchanges and study tours. I joined the GuiZhou study tour and an intergenerational Singapore study trip, and these experiences not only inspired me to reflect on the current Hong Kong welfare system, but also showed me how to think globally and work locally.

LEE Tsz Hing

Ken’s Recipe for Four Enjoyable Years in the Social Work Programme

Study hard. The academic staff are passionate about training you to become a competent and reflective social worker. Don’t hesitate to consult them - if you ask questions you are sure to acquire knowledge and wisdom from them. They are willing to offer help anytime and anywhere.

Play hard. Friends are the main ingredient. They share the same passions as you. They will help you prepare your presentation overnight. They will sing you a birthday song in the student canteen. They travel with you in the summer break. They will support you through tough times in your placement or in your love life. How could you survive without them?

Grasp every opportunity. There are plenty of resources available and opportunities for growth. Go for the exchange. Go for the summer internships. Go for the courses that you are interested in. These are the seasonings that will enrich your U-life.

Don’t forget the sports facilities. The gym is my favorite. See you in the gym.

LEE Wan Cheung

Additional Documents Required

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit a self-recommendation report in English of 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 applicants potential for and interest 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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