Faculty of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Social Work

Programme Code

JS2660


Year of Entry

JUPAS - HKDSE: Year 1

Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

4 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

First Year Intake Number

43

Class Start Date

September 2020

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000 (non-local)

Credits Required for Graduation

128

Programme Requirements

Programme Requirements
HKDSE Core Subject(s) Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGE 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 2 SUBJECTS Notes 3


Notes:
1) The first elective must be any Category A subjects excluding Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2);

2) The second elective can be any of the following subjects:
a) Category A subjects including Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2);
b) Applied Learning subjects with Attained with Distinction (I) or above;
c) Other Language subjects at Grade E or above.

3) High choice banding in JUPAS application is preferred.

4) Candidates may be required to attend an interview. Interview performance will be specially considered.

 

Programme Description

The Department of Social Work is one of the leading providers of social work training and education in Hong Kong. The four-year Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) Programme aims to develop student knowledge and professional values in social work so that graduates can effectively meet the social service needs of the community in a flexible, realistic, creative and professional yet critical manner.

In the four-year curriculum, students will be required to study a total of 128 units, including 4 units for Social Sciences common core, 78 units for Social Work Major courses, 31 units of General Education courses and 15 units of Elective courses*. The Social Work Major courses are structured into four areas, namely (a) Human Behaviour and Social Environment, (b) Social Work Theory and Practice, (c) Social Policy, Research and Administration, and (d) Fieldwork. Graduates of our Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) Programme are recognised by most social work professional bodies at the international level. They can register as Registered Social Workers (RSW) with the Social Workers Registration Board in Hong Kong.


Unique Features

Students are required to attend another 100 hours of non-credit bearing pre-placement activities, a 2-day growth group, and four integrative tutorials over four years. Following the University's internationalisation strategy, there will be more opportunities for student exchange, overseas placements, visits from overseas scholars and other related activities to substantiate experiential and academic learning.

Student Learning Experiences

All social work students are required to undertake two fieldwork placements in their Year 3 and Year 4 study.  Each supervised fieldwork placement is of 400 hours.

All students are given an opportunity to consider applying for pursuing an exchange programme either in Year 2 or Year 3 study. If it lasts for one semester, the eligible students will be able to finish the Programme within four years. If it lasts for two semesters, the eligible ones will need to finish the whole Programme in five years.

Career Opportunities

Graduates holding a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) degree are qualified to apply as Registered Social Workers (RSW) in Hong Kong according to the Social Workers Registration Ordinance 1997. They are eligible to be employed as Assistant Social Work Officers in the Social Welfare Department or non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong.

The Programme will consider Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or 2) as the second unspecified elective subject in meeting the entrance requirements and as a whole subject in score calculation.

The Programme will consider Applied Learning subjects at Attained with Distinction (I) or above as the second elective subject. 

In general, the scores for the Applied Learning subjects (Category B) are converted as follows:

Attained with Distinction II=4, Attained with Distinction I=3, Attained=2

The Programme will consider Other Language subjects at Grade E or above as the second elective subject.

In general, the scores for the Other Language subjects (Category C) are converted as follows:

A=5**, B=5*, C=5, D=4, E=3

  1. Upon score calculation and compilation of interview results (if any), eligible applicants will be given a rank in the Merit Order List to the JUPAS Office. The Merit Order List will be generated according to the priority given to the list of Tie-breakers. During the admissions process, the following are the most commonly used tie-breakers by the programmes offered by the University.
     
    The most commonly used tie-breakers by the programmes offered by the University
    Tie-breakers Remarks
    HKDSE Academic Score (plus interview score, if any) Derived from the score formula of individual programme
    (The programme will consider 4 core subjects plus 2 best electives in Academic Score calculation.)
    Interview Performance Applicable to School Principal's nominees / applicants with a disability / OEA applicants / regular applicants with interview
    Band Band A applicants will be ranked first then Band B, and so on.
    A (Prog. Choice 1 - 3) >
    B (Prog. Choice 4 - 6) >
    C (Prog. Choice 7 - 10) >
    D (Prog. Choice 11 - 15) >
    E (Prog. Choice 16 - 20)
    HKDSE English Score Take the best score of HKDSE English Language Result
     
  2. If a programme ranks the tie-breakers as: '1' to 'HKDSE Academic Score', '2' to 'Band', '3' to 'HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score', applicants with highest HKDSE Academic Score will be ranked first. If there are two applicants having the same HKDSE Academic Score, the one who places the programme in a higher band choice will be ranked higher. If the two applicants are the same on the first 2 tie-breakers, their HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score will be compared, the one with higher HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score will be given a higher rank, and so on.

 

 

Note:

As programmes select students not only on the basis of the HKDSE results, the actual results of the students admitted to each programme may vary from year to year (depending on the overall results achieved by applicants in a particular year, the number of applicants applying to the programme, changes in selection criteria, etc.). Please be reminded that information listed above is for reference ONLY and is subject to change, and should NOT be used to predict the chance of admission to any programme.