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Childcare, Elderly and Community Services Discipline

Higher Diploma in Integrated Social and Health Services

Programme code CE114306

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2023. Application information for AY 2024/25 will be announced in early November 2023.
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Sha Tin)
Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma of Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate; OR Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. This programme is only applicable to VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education graduates who have completed Secondary 6 under New Senior Secondary Academic Structure (students admitted to DVE in AY2017/18 or before are required to complete prescribed further studies modules).
  4. Applicants should note the Social Welfare Department's requirement of academic qualifications for registration as a registered health worker in Hong Kong.
  5. Upon completion of the Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate (DVB) Programmes, students can progress to higher diploma programmes in VTC, subject to their BTEC and IGCSE results. Applications will be assessed individually by the departments concerned.
Programme Aims
This programme aims to provide students with professional knowledge of social care, nursing skills and administrative training concerning the social and health services of the older population through fieldwork placement and service projects so as to enhance the quality of life of the older adults and help them pursue “Successful Aging” in the community.  To uphold students’ integrity, professional ethics is also infused in this programme.
This programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.
Career Prospects
Graduates can work as health care officers, programme workers, rehabilitation assistant and administrative executives in the social welfare and elderly care services industries.
Graduates can apply for admission to full-time / part-time bachelor degree programmes at various local and overseas universities, e.g.
  1. Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Social Care, the University of the West of England, Bristol (Registration No. : 253136)#
  2. Bachelor of Science in Gerontology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  3. Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  4. Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  5. Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Care, the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
# This 1-year full-time / 1.5-year part-time programme is offered in collaboration with VTC SHAPE. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE.
Professional Recognition
Graduates of the programme are eligible for registration as health workers with the Social Welfare Department.
Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.