including but not limited to teenage, family and elderly sectors
The Department of Social Work was founded in 1971 and used to offer higher diploma programmes. First launched in 2002, the Bachelor of Social Work programme has trained more than 450 students working in the field of social services, which include teenage, family and elderly services.
The department provides three supervised fieldwork placements for students, a unique practice for local social work training. As pre-placement exposure, students are required to volunteer 100 hours of social work at social service organizations during their second year.
The Bachelor Social Work (BSW) (Hons) programme aims at equipping students to become general practitioners in the social service sector. The programme is validated by the Social Workers Registration Board and students upon graduation will be eligible to apply for Registered Social Worker status. We are the only BSW Programme in Hong Kong offering three fieldwork placements in the 3rd and 4th year. To ensure the integration of knowledge and practice, students will undertake an Honours Project in the 4th year to conduct a research on a chosen social theme. This programme covers a wide spectrum of professional knowledge and skills related to supporting children, families, youth, elderly and the disabled. We also cover new emerging social issues like working with hidden youth, families changing roles and landscapes, children with special educational needs and new approaches in the rehabilitation and elderly service fields in our curriculum design.
Counselling Skills for Social Workers；
Working with at Risk and Hidden Youth；
Family-based Service and Practice；
Working with the Older Adults；
Medical Social Work；
Social Work in Pre-school, Primary and Secondary School Settings；
Social Work Practice in Mental Health；
Social Service Management.
Please refer to the Admission Page for details of the admission requirements and application procedures.
Fieldwork Placement is a compulsory course in this programme. It is offered in their Year 3 and Year 4 of study. Students need to participate in 1st placement (Concurrent) in Year 3 (2 days per week), 2nd placement (Summer block) in Year 3 summer (5 days per week) and 3rd placement (Concurrent) in Year 4 (2 days per week). The total number of working hours is 1,032 hours. Students will be supervised by a Fieldwork Supervisor (Registered Social Worker).
Our graduates can apply for registration as Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Social Workers Registration Board. Our graduates can also apply for social work posts in the Social Welfare Department of the HKSAR, Non-Governmental Organisations and related social service organisations. Over 90% of our graduates are employed in the social work field upon graduation. As a Registered Social Worker and general practitioner, our graduates can gain employment in children and youth, family and community, elderly and rehabilitation settings. Their dedication, commitment and positive attitude to learn and contribute are highly acclaimed by employers.
Graduates can pursue postgraduate studies in Master's Degree programmes, including gerontology, social work and social welfare.
Dr Raymond Chui and students visited a village in Yunnan and took photo with a villager.
Congratulations to our 8 social work students being awarded the Outstanding Internship Performance Award.