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BA (Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences (Social Work / Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship) 應用社會科學(榮譽)文學士組合課程 (社會工作 / 社會政策及社會創業)

APPLIED SOC SCI

Short Description

We prepare our students to be professionally competent, versatile, adaptive and reflective, enabling them to meet society's fast-changing needs. The programme curriculum is designed to cultivate students’ humanistic values and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competent human service professionals in their chosen fields. Through wide exposure to various domains of knowledge and interdisciplinary issues, students develop the ability to think from different perspectives and solve complex problems in real-life situations. Our graduates are competent in the flexible and creative use of information, resources, knowledge and practical skills in professional practice.

Remarks:

  • Students are initially admitted to the BA (Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences programme, with their target awards (one of the following awards) declared at the end of their first year of study:
    • BA (Hons) in Social Work
    • BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Students are subject to further assessment criteria - students’ own choice, overall GPA and interview performance in the selection of awards at the end of their Year One study.
  • The option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to the students of BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship. Admission to the Secondary Majors is on a competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation.

RequirementsUpdated

  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Same as General Entrance Requirements
All HKDSE subjects carry the same weighting in our admissions selection.
Only Band A applicants will be considered for admission. Selected Band A applicants may be invited to attend a group interview upon release of HKDSE results.

Please click here for the subject weightings.
Core Subjects Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGE 3
CITIZENSHIP AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT Attained
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 2 SUBJECTS 3
Or
ANY 1 SUBJECT 3
MATHEMATICS EXTENDED MODULE 1 OR 2 3

Handling of "Citizenship and Social Development":

  1. An attainment at "Attained" in "Citizenship and Social Development" is required for meeting the entrance requirement but NOT included in the admission score calculation.
  2. For HKDSE repeaters who took “Liberal Studies” in 2023/24 or before and have not taken "Citizenship and Social Development" in 2024/25 and thereafter, "Level 2" or above in "Liberal Studies" would be regarded as "Attained" in "Citizenship and Social Development" for fulfilling the general entrance requirement. However, "Liberal Studies" would not be recognized for meeting the elective requirement of the general entrance requirement in 2024/25 and thereafter. The level attainment of the subject would not be included in the admission score calculation.

Flexibilities on admission selection are available as follows:
  1. Individual schemes / programmes will accept one relevant Applied Learning (ApL) subject for meeting the entrance requirements. An attainment at Attained with Distinction (I) level or above / Attained with Distinction (obtained in 2017 or before) is required.
  2. Other Language subjects (i.e. Category C) offered in the HKDSE Examination will be accepted as elective subjects. Grade E or above is required.
  3. If students have taken both M1 and M2, they will only be considered as one subject and the best grade will be taken into consideration during admission selection.
  4. Students endorsed by schools for meeting EDB’s specified circumstances and having achieved the required grade in Chinese in one of the following examinations will be regarded as obtaining a Level 3 in HKDSE Chinese for meeting our entrance requirements:
    Exam                      Level                      Min. Grade            
    GCE O-Level C
    GCSE N/A C / 4
    IGCSE N/A C / 4
    HKDSE ApL(C) N/A Attained
    GCE A-Level E
    GCE AS-Level E
  5. No penalty is applied to applicants with multiple attempts in HKDSE Examination. Similar subjects are considered once and the best grade will be taken into consideration during admission selection.
  6. There is no compulsory subject requirement for our schemes / programmes. Preferred subjects, if applicable, are listed in the 'Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings' section of individual scheme / programme entries. Satisfactory performance in preferred subjects will have a positive influence on admission selection. However, applicants who have not taken the preferred subjects will still be considered for admission but they may need to take relevant underpinning subjects after admission to PolyU.
  7. For admission to Scheme in Nursing, the BSc (Hons) in Nursing and BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing, students must have Level 3 or above in at least two HKDSE elective subjects from Category A. Please click here for details of the HKDSE subject categories.
  8. The study places offered by PolyU through JUPAS are intended primarily for admission of local school leavers. Applicants who are studying a scheme / programme or have attained qualifications at the same or above level as the schemes / programmes for which they are applying will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  9. Please note that local and non-local applicants are considered under different admission routes with different intake quotas. Non-local applicants seeking admission on the basis of HKDSE results should submit their applications directly to PolyU. Please click here for details on the admission requirements for non-local applicants.
  10. Applicants who fall short slightly on the general entrance requirements of our schemes / programmes but meet the following criteria may be specially considered for admission:-
    • with one HKDSE subject result falling one level below the required level but attained with a threshold flexible admission score*; and
    • have selected PolyU’s degree programmes as their Band A choices, i.e. first 3 priorities, in JUPAS
  11. The flexibility for special consideration for admission is extended to sports talents under the Outstanding Sportsmen Recommendation Schemes (OSRS), applicants being nominated under Multi-faceted Excellence Scholarship (MES) / School Principal’s Nominations (SPN), as well as applicants with outstanding achievements in Other Experiences and Achievements in Competitions / Activities (OEA). Conditional offers with more favorable conditions will be issued to the applicants concerned.
* The threshold flexible admission score for 2024/25 is under review.

Calculation of scores for applicants with more than 1 sitting in HKDSE Examination

No penalty is applied to applicants with multiple attempts in HKDSE Examination. Similar subjects are considered once and the best grade will be taken into consideration during admission selection.

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100

Contacts

General Office of the Department of Applied Social Sciences

Email: ssba@polyu.edu.hk

Tel: (852) 2766 5867 / 2766 5746

Statistics

Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2023 327 274 473 734 620 2428
2022 406 314 532 757 700 2709

Offer Statistics (as at the Announcement of the Main Round Offer Results)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2023 38 0 0 0 0 38
2022 50 0 0 0 0 50
Footnote(s)
* For JUPAS & non-JUPAS admissions