Higher Diploma in Social Work

The programme is designed to nurture students to be frontline professional social workers and help them lay a good foundation for continuous learning.
Professional Qualification

The Higher Diploma in Social Work awarded by the Hong Kong College of Technology is recognised by the Social Workers Registration Board. Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Social Worker.


Programme Features

  • Combination of formal curriculum, off-campus learning and skills/target-specific workshops to nurture students with social work values and enhance their commitment to the profession
  • Learning activities that facilitate students to understand, analyse and respond to the changing needs and development of the social welfare sector
  • 720-hour fieldwork experience equips students with industry knowledge and skills to enrich competitiveness for employment
  • Graduates are eligible to be recognised as "Registered Social Workers" (RSW) by Social Workers Registration Board
  • Chinese is the medium of instruction, with an emphasis on the training of English as well


Featured Modules

  • Sociology and Society
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Psychology and Human Development
  • Social Welfare in Hong Kong
  • Social Work Practice Subjects (Working with Individuals and Families, Groups, and Communities)
  • Skills Laboratories of Social Work Practice
  • Programme Planning and Administration for Social Work
  • Basic Legal Knowledge for Social Workers
  • Integrated Social Work Practice
Graduation Path

Graduates are qualified for registration as Registered Social Worker and apply for Social Work Assistant or equivalent positions at Social Welfare Department, social welfare agencies or NGOs.


Every student is required to complete two fieldwork placements at two different social welfare organisations. The scope of fieldwork placement covers a broad range of services, including children and youth service, rehabilitation service, elderly service, family and child welfare, community development. Through fieldwork placement, students can put their social work values, knowledge and skills into practice and obtain valuable work experiences.

Programme Details
Mode of Study

Part Time

Teaching Mode

Face to face (Classes may need to conducted via online platform depending on epidemic for the sake of students’ safety)

Commencement of Study

September 2020


3 Years

Entry Requirements
  • Successful completion of Secondary 6 (Level 2 in 5 HKDSE subjects*#); or
  • Successful completion of Secondary 7 (1 pass in HKAL or 2 passes in HKAS Level subjects; and 5 passes in HKCEE*); or
  • Holder of Diploma for Tertiary Studies**; or
  • Holder of Yi Jin Diploma / DiplomaYi Jin; or
  • Holder of Pre-Associate Degree / Diploma**; or
  • Aged 21 or above with 5 years working experience in related industry(s); or
  • Equivalent qualifications; And
  • Pass in admission interview

* Including Chinese Language and English Language
# At most two Applied Learning subjects achieved a level of "Attained" or above would be considered on a case-by-case basis
** With passes in Chinese and English languages in either HKCEE or HKDSE (Level 2) or equivalent public examination

Tuition Fees and Assistance

Year 1: $44,380 Year 2: $46,599 Year 3: $55,475


Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme

For the details of Government Financial Assistance and Subsidy

QF Level
The qualification of this programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework in Hong Kong.
QF level:4
QR Registration No.:12/000316/4
Registration Validity Period:1/9/2012 to 31/8/2021
Tuition fees will be reviewed and adjusted annually on various factors.
Hong Kong College of Technology reserves the right of cancellation of programme and granting offer without prior notice.