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Associate of Social Sciences

Social Welfare and Social Administration

Programme Code: AD 119 3416 6338 2305 5315
QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 08/001726/4
Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2008 to ongoing

Application Code 報名編號 : AD119

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It is believed that change and volatility are essential elements of life in the globalised world. To thrive in this fast-changing, unpredictable environment, it is essential to develop one’s ability to cope with, and even foresee, the challenges. Knowing oneself and others, mastering the logic underlying change, and understanding its consequences are how we could find our niche and prosper in society. It is to this end that the programme of Associate of Social Sciences (ASocSci) has been developed to build a gateway to the academic and professional world.

Programme Aims & Features

The broad-based curriculum covers major social sciences disciplines, such as political science, psychology and sociology. The programme focuses on enhancing students’ understanding of human social interaction, social groups and the logic underlying social change. Students will be trained to evaluate social phenomena objectively, scientifically and critically as social scientists. The programme aims at developing students’ social consciousness, international awareness, critical and logical reasoning ability, and self-learning ability.

Psychology and Wellness Theme
This theme provides knowledge and skills of maintaining psychological and behavioural well-being. Major perspectives on psychological and behavioural health will be introduced. After studying courses within this theme, students are expected to be able to analyse factors affecting individual’s psychological well-being.
Government and International Studies Theme
Social Sciences students who choose to study this theme will be introduced to basic concepts and theories of politics. Students are trained to explain and analyse political issues with different political concepts and theories.
Social Welfare and Social Administration Theme
The theme aims at helping students to examine the roles of social welfare services and social policies in promoting human well-being. Students are trained to critically analyse social problems, social service and social policy with various psychological, sociological and political theories.
Sociology Theme
Students of this theme are trained in sociology traditions. This theme aims to develop students’ critical, analytical thinking in analysing the society and social issues with different sociological perspectives.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2023 Overall Progression Rate: 88%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 83%

Some of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of recent years have articulated to*:

The University of Hong Kong
BASc Social Data Science
BEd Early Childhood Education & Special Education
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Anthropology
BA Cultural Management
BA Cultural Studies
BA History
BA Linguistics
BA Philosophy
BA Religious Studies
BSc Community Health Practice
BSc Exercise Science and Health Education
BSc Gerontology
BSc Public Health
BSocSc Gender Studies
BSocSc Geography and Resource Management
BSocSc Global Studies
BSocSc Government and Public Administration
BSocSc Psychology
BSocSc Social Work
BSocSc Sociology
City University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese & History
BA Creative Media
BA Media & Communication
BA English
BA Linguistics & Language Applications
BA Translation & Interpretation
BBA Management
BSc Biomedical Sciences
BSc Environmental Science & Management
BSocSc Applied Sociology
BSocSc Asian & International Studies
BSocSc Criminology & Sociology
BSocSc Environmental Policy
BSocSc Psychology
BSocSc Public Policy & Politics (Housing & Urban Studies)
BSocSc Public Policy & Politics (Political Science)
BSocSc Public Policy, Management, & Politics
BSocSc Social Work
BSocSc Sociology
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Broad Discipline of Computing
BA (Hons) Applied Ageing Studies and Senior Management
BA (Hons) Scheme in Applied Social Sciences
BA (Hons) Social Design
BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration
BA (Hons) Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship
BA (Hons) Social Work
BASocSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Investment Science & Finance Analytics
BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
BSc (Hons) Nursing
Hong Kong Baptist University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature and BEd English Language Teaching (Double Degree)
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Religion, Philosophy & Ethics
BComm Journalism Major (International Journalism)
BSocSc (Hons) China Studies - Sociology
BSocSc (Hons) Communication - Film & Media Arts
BSocSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream
BSocSc (Hons) Geography
BSocSc (Hons) Global & China Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Government & International Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Psychology
BSocSc (Hons) Social Policy
BSocSc (Hons) Sociology
BSW (Hons)
Lingnan University
BA (Hons) Chinese
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies
BSocSc (Hons) International Economy & Politics
BSocSc (Hons) Social & Public Policy Studies
BSocSc (Hons)
BSocSc (Hons) Health and Social Services Management
BSocSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling Psychology Concentration
The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Creative Arts & Culture - Music / Visual Arts
BA (Hons) Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
BA (Hons) Language Studies - English Major
BA (Hons) Liberal Studies Education
BA (Hons) Special Education
BEd (Hons) Chinese Language
BEd (Hons) English Language - Primary
BEd (Hons) Early Childhood Education
BEd (Hons) Geography
BEd (Hons) (Primary) - General Studies
BEd (Hons) Visual Art
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) History
BSc (Hons) Sport Sciences and Coaching
BSocSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Global & Hong Kong Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Greater China Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Policy Science & Management
BSocSc (Hons) Psychology

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to the full-time top-up degree programmes offered locally by HKU SPACE International College in collaboration with the following university:

University of the Arts London

Edinburgh Napier University

University of the West of England, Bristol


Career Prospects

The intellectual and analytical training provided by this programme equips students with competence in academic work and gives them a practical foundation in a range of skills which will be useful in careers in different sectors such as commerce, human resources, education,  government and public administration, as well as in professions like social work and social administration. 


*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Advanced Chinese Language
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • English for Arts and Humanities
  • Applied Statistics

Experiential Learning

  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies


Year 1

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • The Basics of Sociology
  • Experiential Learning: Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies

Year 2

Common across all Themes

  • Introduction to Research Methods in Social Sciences

Psychology and Wellness Theme

  • Abnormal Psychology

  • Social Psychology

  • Life Span Development Psychology 

  • Introduction to Personality 

Government and International Studies Theme

  • Global Governance and International Organizations 

  • Introduction to Public Policy and Administration 

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Introduction to International Relations

Social Welfare and Social Administration Theme

  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Social Policy and Administration
  • Contemporary Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Ageing and Gerontology

Sociology Theme

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Hong Kong Society: A Sociological Perspective 
  • Class and Inequality
  • Sociology of the Family


Core Curriculum Courses


  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • Choose THREE courses from the Core Curriculum

Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available.

WONG Lu Hang Vincent
  • 2015-16 Associate of Social Sciences (Social Work and Social Administration)
  • Offer received: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Social Work

I know that not every freshman can handle social science subjects in a short period. Actually, I have spent a year to find a more suitable method for me to study. Please remember enjoy the college life and make friends. Good luck!

LAI Yuen Tung Cherry
  • 2017-18 Associate of Social Sciences (year-one student)ar-one student)
  • Offer received: The University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Social Work

Studying in HKU SPACE CC was definitely one of the best learning experiences. The life here was not easy,  yet I received much help and support from the kind-hearted lecturers and friends. Moreover, the resources on non-JUPAS application had helped me a lot in preparing for university admission interview. I was grateful that CC had given me a second chance to achieve my goal and I never regret studying here!

TANG Pui Sim Mandy
  • 2017-18 Associate of Social Sciences (Social Work and Social Administration)
  • Advancement to City University of Hong Kong, BSocSc Social Work, Year 2
  • Other offer received: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, BSc Gerontology, senior entry
  • Other offer received: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration, Year 3
  • Other offer received: City University of Hong Kong, BSocSc Politics and Public Policy (Public Management), Year 3

The end of a journey is the beginning of another. It is important to reach the destination, but the journey itself is what help us grow. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destination. Hang in there!

CHENG Chun Fai Brian
  • 2017-18 Associate of Social Sciences (Social Work and Social Administration)
  • Advancement to The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Social Work
  • Other offer received: The University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Social Work

DSE is neither the end of your learning/ career nor your destiny. Just do your best!

WONG Oi Kuen Sandy
  • 2017-18 Associate of Social Sciences (Gerontology)
  • Advancement to The Chinese University ofOffer received: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, BSc Geronotology, Year 3
  • Other offer received: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, BA (Hons) in Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management, Year 3

Studying in HKU SPACE CC is a great experience to me. I learnt a lot from the lecturers and classmates. Be hardworking and stay positive!

Chan Siu Fan
Chan Siu Fan
  • 2016-18 Associate of Social Science
  • Advancement to BA in Cultural Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Other offer received: BA in Cultural Studies (Year 3), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Other offer received: BSSc in Gender Studies (Year 1 of 2-year programme), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Other offer received: BSSc (Hons) (Year 3), The University of Hong Kong
  • Other offer received: BSSc Criminology & Sociology (Year 3), City University of Hong Kong
  • Other offer received: BSSc Public Policy & Politics (Year 3), City University of Hong Kong
  • Other offer received: BSSc (Sociology) (Year 3), Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Other offer received: BA (Hons) in Social Policy & Administration (Year 3), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Other offer received: BSSc (Hons) in Global & Hong Kong Studies (Year 3), The Education University of Hong Kong

Studying in HKU SPACE Community College was a fruitful learning experience for me to acquire knowledge and enhance my social skills. The lecturers here were professional and nice. They were willing to help and support the students when they were in need. Thanks to their help, I received offers from different universities.

Cheung Chung Man, Mon
Cheung Chung Man, Mon
  • 2015-16 Associate of Social Sciences (Social Welfare and Social Administration)
  • Offer received: HKU Social Work (Year 1)

It has been tough studying in HKU SPACE CC - but thanks to the lecturers here, it has been made a whole lot easier. They are so helpful and eager to answer my questions whether those are academic or personal. Their passion shows in every class and this has motivated me to learn better and think more. I am grateful for such cherished experiences. Spending two years at college may sometimes seem wearying but as long as your goal is clear and you plan ahead, you CAN achieve it. It does come true. Remember to reach out to friends and classmates when the going gets difficult. There is such welcome mutual support on offer for tired brains. Working as a team may enable you to reach new heights. There is still so much to be happy and positive about!

Yam Chi Hong, Hugo
Yam Chi Hong, Hugo
  • Associate of Social Sciences

Is failing in public examination the end of the world? Definitely, NOT. Studying in HKU SPACE CC is a cornerstone for my future study. CC does not only equip me with knowledge, but also time-management, communication and critical thinking skills. It is a place to fulfill our dreams. Getting a university degree is not the only way to succeed. Therefore, do not let GPA be your sole pursuit in the college. Try to enjoy these two years of college life. I am grateful to have known so many Social Sciences domain lecturers; they will show you the way to solve various problems. You just have to be pro-active and ask for help, they will be there for you anytime.

Choi Ching Man, Asa
Choi Ching Man, Asa
  • Associate of Social Sciences

It is a tremendous, yet challenging time to study at HKU SPACE CC. On one occasion, various academic issues stressed me a lot, non-JUPAS interviews, meeting deadlines – the list goes on. Not only is the life here all about competition, but it also marks your first milestone in your pathway of intellectuality. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Staying at this new environment in entirety, lecturers and all other people I met here gave me an impression of friendliness, and we had each other’s back. This is undeniably a place where we can forge enduring friendship.

Ivy Lam Tsz Win
Ivy Lam Tsz Win
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Social Sciences
  • Offer received: CUHK Bachelar of Science in Global Studies
  • Offer received: PolyU BA in Social Policy and Administration
  • Offer received: CityU BSc in Public Policy, Management, and Politics

Guided by the passionate and experienced lecturers, the various inspirational courses I attended allowed me to deepen my understanding of social sciences. It definitely laid a solid foundation for my undergraduate study and solidified my desire to advance in this field.

Lo Ka Kui Jimmy
Lo Ka Kui Jimmy
  • Associate of Social Sciences
  • Currently HKU student Offers received in 2011: HKU BSocSc (Year 2);
  • Other offer received: HKBU BSocSc (Hons) in Government and International Studies (Year 2);
  • Other offer received: CityU BSocSc (Hons) in Policy Studies and Administration (Year 2)

Studying at HKU SPACE Community College is a certainly a memorable experience; you will definitely get what you deserve once you have devoted your efforts and made some sacrifices. I really appreciate the way in which HKU SPACE CC provided me with an opportunity to prove I was capable of being admitted to tertiary education in spite of my great setback at HKAL. I would also like to thank all my lecturers and classmates as they a taught and helped me in so many different aspects. This made the whole experience so unique and worthwhile.