Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences (Social Work / Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship)
應用社會科學(榮譽)文學士組合課程 (社會工作 / 社會政策及社會創業)

Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: JS3250

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

BA (Hons) in Social Work - 116 (plus 15 clinical/field credits) (Subject to change)

BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship - 112 (plus 9 clinical/field credits)

Scheme/Programme Intake
Fund Type
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Co-Programme Leaders

Dr Yam Kong


Dr Tam Kin Yuen, Raymond

  • Students are initially admitted to the BA (Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences programme, with their target awards declared at the end of their first year of study, subject to further assessment for admission to one of the following awards:
    • BA (Hons) in Social Work; or
    • BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Students are subject to further assessment criteria i.e. students’ own choice, overall GPA and interview performance in selection of awards at the end of their Year One study.
  • The option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to the students of BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship. Admission to the Secondary Majors is on competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation.  Please see “Secondary Major Details” section.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

We prepare our students to be professionally competent, versatile, adaptive and reflective, helping them to meet the fast-changing needs of society. The programme curriculum is designed to cultivate students’ humanistic values and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent human service professionals in their chosen fields. Through wide exposure to different domains of knowledge and interdisciplinary issues, students are able to think from different perspectives and solve complex problems in real-life situations. Our graduates show a strong commitment to the betterment of society and humankind and are competent in the flexible and creative use of information, resources, knowledge, and practical skills in professional practice.


Programme Characteristics

Students are provided with opportunities to pursue professional study plus a significant component of study in other areas to cater to their different learning needs, interests and abilities.  In addition to providing subjects that build basic interpersonal and communication skills and enhance students’ ability to work with uncertainty, this programme has a strong social science foundation, designed to develop students’ critical and analytical thinking and broaden their knowledge.  The Department offers overseas study opportunities in the forms of placements, exchange programmes, study tours, etc.


Students admitted to the Scheme complete a common curriculum in Year 1 and start to pursue the professional study from Year 2.  The Scheme programme offers the following Awards/Majors:

  • BA (Hons) in Social Work; or
  • BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship


The top 55% of students with outstanding HKDSE results will be guaranteed of a free choice of Awards/Majors when they receive the Notice of Offer from PolyU.  The remaining 45% of students will be admitted to the Awards/Majors subject to their choice, overall GPA of year one study and interview performance.  Students will be invited to rank their choices of Awards/Majors (from the most preferred one to the least) during the semester 2 (probably before final examination) of their Year One study for the department’s consideration and approval.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Social Work award are eligible for registration with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) as Registered Social Workers (RSWs).


Career Prospects

Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Social Work award 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.


Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship award can take up mid-level administrative and managerial posts in various public, quasi-public and non-government organisations, including think-tanks, NGOs, government departments, social enterprises, and other human service organisations.  They can also take up posts in human resources management, marketing, and decision support.



The BA (Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences programme adopts a common curriculum structure in the first year of study. Beyond this common foundation and in subsequent study years, different Awards/Majors that educate different human service professionals focus on different areas of professional study.


In Year 1, students are exposed to a broad knowledge base in social sciences as a foundation to inform their professional practice.


From Year 2 onwards, students are equipped with a wide range of knowledge relating to their chosen professional fields.


In Years 3 and 4, students are guided to integrate theoretical learning, practical applications and metatheoretical reflection on their respective professional fields.


More information on the Awards/Majors can be obtained here.

Secondary Major Details

Secondary Major Details

The option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to the students of BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship.


Students admitted to the BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship Award/Major are given the option to study a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 36 credits which will strengthen their discipline-specific knowledge to become successful innovators and entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and beyond.  In addition to a wide range of foundation subjects to be chosen by students, the Secondary Major is featured by a GBA Immersion Programme, Field Study for Innovation Ecosystems and at least 9 months of Company Attachment.



The minimum credits required for graduation with Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is 139 credits.  Students are eligible to count up to 6 credits of their discipline-specific subjects towards the Secondary Major.  

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

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 attend a group interview upon release of HKDSE results.

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2022/23 Average Score: 4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects (with Subject Weighting) = 198.2


2023/24 Flexible Admission Threshold Score: Any Best 5 Subjects (without subject weighting) = 26.0

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For further programme information, please contact
the General Office (tel.: 2766 5867 / 2766 5746; email:

Student Message

Student Message

My name is Cafy and I am graduating from the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Social Work. I am glad that I joined PolyU’s Social Work family, as this was a great bridge from studying to working, enabling me to gain more experience before entering the workplace. Social work is a profession that involves many interactions with different stakeholders and requires knowledge in many areas. It is also a career that involves people’s well-being. Therefore, it is important to ensure that even freshly graduated social workers are well prepared. The two compulsory placements provided by the University were great opportunities for me to gain a basic understanding of and prepare for a career in social work. I had the chance to actually provide services for users, as I will do in my future workplace. These placements prepare students to pick up actual work tasks quickly in the future and provide high-quality services. Apart from placements, students learn generalist social work theory and skills through classroom practice. For all of these reasons, studying at PolyU has been a valuable experience for me.

LEE Cheuk Ting

就讀理大社會政策及行政學系 (現命名為社會政策及社會創業) 的四年間,我不僅遇到一群關心學生的良師益友,更通過學習提升了對社會時事的敏感度及分析能力。學系提供了豐富而實用的課程,如社會研究方法、政治學、各類政策及行政範疇研究等。老師們的悉心教導也令我對這一專業領域的知識抱有濃厚的興趣,並在其引領下對相關問題進行孜孜不倦地探索與研究。這些難能可貴的經歷對我日後的事業發展大有幫助,充足的理論與實踐訓練令我具備了強有力的市場競爭力,也令我能夠在就業道路上多元發展。


Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: After the announcement of HKDSE results
Mode:Group interview (face-to-face or online depending on the pandemic situation)

To assess applicants’ potential and interest in the programme and to gauge their understanding of public issues and interpersonal communication skills.

Medium:English and Cantonese

About 1 hour


Only Band A applicants will be considered for admission. Selected applicants may be invited to attend a group interview upon the release of HKDSE results.