BA Social Work (Top-up Non-Government-funded Programme)

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Non-government-funded
Admission Code BP06
Mode of Study Part time
Class Schedule Weekday evenings and Saturday
Minimum No. of Credits Required 60
Normal Duration of Programme 3 years
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Major Leader
Dr Sylvia Kwok Lai Yuk Ching
BSocSc (HKU), MSocSc (HKU), PhD (CUHK), RSW
General Enquiries
Remark: This programme is for local students only.

Our Target

This programme produces graduates with a broad knowledge base, advanced skills and a contemporary set of professional abilities, values and attitudes, which enable them to qualify as competent and effective social workers in Hong Kong.

Start Your Career Here

Upon graduation, you will be eligible to work in Hong Kong as a degree-level social worker or pursue postgraduate education in Hong Kong or abroad.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must have a recognised diploma or an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma in social work with relevant work experience.

Priority will be given to applicants with:

  • Credit or above in a recognised Diploma, Associate Degree or Higher Diploma in social work.
  • Sponsorship from the employer in terms of time or financial support.
  • Work experience in social work.

What You Will Be Studying

Core Courses 

·         Inquiry into Social Work Practice

·         Fieldwork

·         Group Counselling

·         Working with Individuals and Families

·         Social Work Management and Supervision

·         Social Work Research and Evaluation

·         Working with the Communities and People with Special Needs

·         Social Work and the Law 



·        Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies for Social Work Practice

·        Conflict Management and Mediation

·        Counselling Children and Youth

·        Counselling in Society and across Cultures

·        Counselling Theories and Practice

·        Discrimination Studies

·        Domestic Violence: Theories and Practices for Social Workers

·        Emotional Intelligence

·        Family-based Service and Family Practice

·        Gender Perspective in Social Work

·        Information Management and Technology in a Social Work Environment
·        Introduction to Criminology

·        Introduction to Psychopathology

·        Macro Practice in Social Work

·        Mental Health Counselling

·        Positive Psychology for Helping Professionals

·        Project

·        Sexual Diversity in Social Work Practice

·        Skills Laboratory

·        Social Change and Social Policy in China

·        Working with Children and Families

·        Working with People with Disabilities

·        Health and Aging

·        Working with Young People and Offenders


Gateway Education Courses (including English Course)


For details about the curriculum structure of the programme, please visit the ‘Undergraduate Catalogue(Note: The catalogue for the 2016 cohort is for reference only. The 2017 catalogue will be published around July 2017.)

Professional Recognition

On graduation, students will be eligible for employment in Hong Kong as Assistant Social Work Officers (ASWO) and Registered Social Workers (RSW) with the Hong Kong Social Workers Registration Board. They will also be eligible to pursue postgraduate education in Hong Kong and abroad.

Bonus Features

Under the credit unit system, you will be free to adjust the pace of your studies according to your needs and timetable. Fieldwork placement through student workplace service units is encouraged.