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Childcare, Elderly and Community Services Discipline
Self-financed Programmes

Higher Diploma in Social Work

Programme code CE124303

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2020. Information of programmes to be offered in academic year 2021/22 will be announced in late November 2020.
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 Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR Yi Jin Diploma / 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 NOT applicable to VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education graduates.
  4. Applicants are required to pass an interview.
Programme Aims
The programme enables students to develop an in-depth understanding of essential social work theories, local social welfare systems and related policies as well as practical competences to provide support to individuals, families and communities. From learning to fieldwork placements, such comprehensive learning aims to facilitate students to become professional, competent and accountable social workers who will be able to promote the well-being of Hong Kong citizens and the development of social welfare in Hong Kong.
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 of the programme can serve as social work assistants or related position.
Graduates can apply for admission to full-time / part-time bachelor degree programmes at various local and overseas universities, e.g.
  1. Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Social Work, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  2. Bachelor of Social Sciences in Social Work, City University of Hong Kong
  3. Bachelor of Social Work (Hons), Hong Kong Baptist University
  4. Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) Programme, Hong Kong Shue Yan University
  5. Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Social Work, Caritas Institute of Higher Education
Professional Recognition
Graduates of the programme are eligible for registration as Registered Social Workers (RSW) with the Social Workers Registration Board.
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.