Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) Programme
QR Registration No.
5/10/2015 – 31/8/2025
MODE OF STUDY
Placement Preparation or Related Activities (100 hours)
Concurrent Placements (400 hours x 2)
MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION
English unless otherwise required by specific courses
For details, please refer to Programme Handbook 2020/21.
The Programme is designed to train and educate students who will pursue a professional career that serves people in need and contributes to social changes and reform. It aims to prepare students for professional practice in social work and to uphold the basic values, beliefs, principles and practices advocated by the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB).
The Programme objectives are as follows:
- Students are inspired to develop academically and spiritually, discover complementation between knowledge and faith, think critically with clarity, act professionally with integrity, and work in teams effectively with humility.
- They are nurtured to be servant leaders to exemplify the C.H.R.I.S.T. (Commitment, Humility, Resilience, Integrity, Service and Teamwork) values in various social services and NGO sector.
- They are equipped with the most updated theories, knowledge and skills to be competent professionals in their working environment.
- Through integrating the knowledge and skills gained and the servant leadership developed from this programme, graduates are committed to making significant contributions to the social welfare service organisations in Hong Kong.
Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)
The programme intended learning outcomes of the programme are classified into two aspects, “To do” and “To be” in line with the values and practices stipulated by the Social Workers Registration Board. The former focuses on instruction of knowledge and skills while the latter focuses on developing the character of students.
These two aspects of the PILOs are intended to equip students with the abilities and attributes to address social needs, respect individual diversities, facilitate self-realisation, advance social justice, enhance social development, empower people to make positive changes and promote social well-being. More specifically:
Graduates will be able to:
- establish a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge of Social Work and to generate ideas through application of the knowledge and analysis of abstract information and concepts;
- apply a wide range of knowledge and specialised clinical, creative and conceptual skills to solve individual, group or community problems, and perform tasks in the social welfare organisations or service sector;
- communicate effectively through writing, presentation or discussion in English and Chinese tasks in the social welfare organisations or service environments;
- use information technology effectively for acquiring, learning, communicating and handling social welfare related issues;
- critically synthesise, analyse and evaluate data, information, issues, ideas and concepts; and
- be adequately prepared to pursue postgraduate training or chosen careers that require Social Work knowledge.
Graduates of the programme will become:
- knowledgeable persons who integrate the “CHRIST” and professional values in the working environment;
- valuable citizens of society who have a good understanding of the world, of the communities and cultures in which they may live or work, and of current global issues of importance;
- competent professionals who take up careers in social welfare organisations or service sector with good social, communication and interpersonal skills;
- problem-solvers who have a broad base of general knowledge and solve problems with creativity and innovation;
- life-long learners who have the expertise and skills in gaining knowledge related to and beyond their profession; and
- servant leaders who apply the principles of servant leadership to contribute to the well-being of the world with Christian love.
- Attain Level 3 in English Language and Chinese Language and Level 2 in Mathematics and Liberal Studies in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE), i.e. 3322, applicants’ scores in elective subjects will be considered as bonus points in the selection process; OR
- Attain Grade E in AS Use of English, AS Chinese Language and Culture and one AL subject/ two AS subjects in HKALE and 5 passes in HKCEE including English Language and Chinese Language or Chinese Literature; OR
- Hold equivalent qualifications; AND
- Pass an admission interview.
- Completed an Associate Degree or Higher Diploma in a related discipline from a recognised institution in Hong Kong or overseas; AND
- Pass an admission interview.
- completed and been assessed on at least 129 credits;
- obtained an overall GPA of 2.0 or above across all courses in which they were assessed;
- obtained a Grade D or better on at least 120 credits;
- obtained a Grade C or better in both Practicum I and Practicum II;
- completed 20 hours of community service;
- completed 20 hours of In-house service; and
- attended College Assembly with an attendance rate not less than 80%.
Graduates are eligible for registration with the Social Workers Registration Board as Registered Social Workers (RSWs).
The Programme is designed to meet the demands of NGOs and public organisations in the social welfare sector. Graduates are qualified for taking up the frontline posts as a professional social worker at the equivalent rank of Assistant Social Work Officer. They will also seek employment in social welfare organisations in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
In particular, graduates are prepared for taking up posts such as:
a) (Assistant) Programme / Project / Education Officer;
b) (Assistant) Training / Development / Employment Officer;
c) (Assistant) Fund-raising Officer, Public Liaison Officer;
d) Community Organiser / District Officer / Assistant to District Council Members or Legislative Councillors;
e) Teaching Assistant / Instructor; and
f) Administrative Officer / Executive Officer / Executive Assistant.
Further Study Opportunities
The knowledge and professional training in the programme can equip our graduates with the academic background for further studies in postgraduate programmes in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas. They can apply for graduate programmes like:
a) Master in Social Science in Development Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Social Work, Social Welfare, Counselling and others; and
b) Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy Programmes in Development Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Social Work, Social Welfare and others.
– Critical Thinking
– Introduction to Psychology
– Introduction to Sociology
– English for Academic Purposes
– Chinese for Professionals
– Lives of Servant Leaders
– Social Issues, Social Welfare and Social Work
– Introduction to Social Work
– Philosophy and Principles of Social Work
– Human Behaviour and Social Environment
– Social Work Intervention and Processes
– Social Welfare Policy
– Public Speaking and Presentation
– Research Methods for Social Sciences
– Information Literacy
– Servant Leadership
– Introduction to Statistics
– English for Social Work
– Generic Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
– Programme Evaluation and Assessment
– Skills for Social Work Practice
– Generic Social Work Practice with Groups, Organisations and Communities
– Social Work Field Laboratory
– Micro Social Work Theories and Practice
– Pre-placement Preparation I
– 2 Electives
– Skills for Clinical Social Work Practice
– Law for Social Workers
– Generic Social Work Practice Workshop
– 2 Electives
– Practicum I
– Pre-placement Preparation II
– 1 Elective
– Macro Social Work Theories and Practice
– Administration in Human Service Organisations
– 1 Elective
– Practicum II
– Integrative Seminar
– Social Work Honours Project
* The above study plan is subject to change.