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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3662

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

119 (plus 15 clinical/field credits)

Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Yam Kong


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

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

We prepare our students to develop a solid foundation of discipline-specific knowledge of social sciences and social work, a repertoire of professional competence and skills, a firm commitment to social justice, a sense of ethical and social responsibility and a humanitarian orientation. Our graduates are well equipped to flexibly and creatively use 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

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 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 and in private organisations.



  • Year One focuses on the theme of "becoming a social worker". It aims to impart the necessary professional attitudes, knowledge and competence. Besides the University’s core curriculum, students study common underpinning subjects to strengthen their knowledge of the social science discipline.
  • Years Two and Three focus on the theme of "becoming a social worker in context". They aim 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. They learn to articulate the core values of social work and commit to ethical and responsible social work practices.
  • Year Four focuses on the theme of "becoming a reflective social worker". It 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 learning and prepare to become professionals.


Information on the programme can be obtained at

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 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

2020-21: 29.5 (4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects)

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For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 2766 5867; email:

Student Message

Student Message

Studying Social Work at PolyU for 4 years was a fruitful and memorable experience. I met supportive teachers and professors with profound practical experience, who inspired me to explore the profession more broadly and deeply. I enjoyed lectures and tutorials filled with interaction and discussion. We sought to fulfil our dreams with passion and compassion, striving always to improve ourselves. 


The opportunity to take up an overseas placement broadened my understanding of different countries’ political and welfare systems, which developed my macro view of the social work profession. I was also lucky enough to learn about the philosophical concepts underpinning the study of social work. My Philosophy lessons equipped me with both the ability to reflect and meta-theoretical knowledge, which consolidated the foundation of my human-centred professional life. I believe that my 4-year study in PolyU's dynamic community provided me with practical skills, theoretical knowledge and internalised professional values that will strongly support my career and life in social work.

Chan Wing Yee

In these 4 years, I have acquired a sound knowledge base in social sciences and social work. Throughout the lectures and seminars, my professors and tutors guided me to articulate the core values of social work, to discuss social issues and problems using theoretical and methodological perspectives, and to reflect on my personal self and professional self.


Apart from classroom learning, fieldwork practice is a great opportunity for students to apply what they have learned at PolyU in real settings. Active and helpful supervisors led me to integrate social work theories and practice, enabling me to learn effectively and evaluate my strengths and weaknesses flexibly. With the support of enthusiastic and caring teaching staff, I enjoyed my 4 years of study.


The department also offers considerable support in the form of overseas study trips. I participated in an international summer school programme in Vancouver. This expanded my understanding of diversity within the Canadian multicultural policy context through a series of inquiry-based experiential learning activities.

Ng Wing Yan

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: 30 July or 2 August, after the announcement of HKDSE results
Mode:Group interview via Zoom

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 and teamwork.

Medium:Cantonese and English

About 1 hour


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