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Health and Social Care

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN Health and Social Care

Programme Code

  • HP800 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)

HD Application Code: HP 83-800

This programme is launched in response to the growing demand on the caring profession and a call for a big entry level support workforce. Currently the Social Welfare Department and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) provide a variety of services for the youth and the elderly including preventive, supportive and remedial services. The uniqueness of this programme rests upon on its coverage of the health, social and sport components as well as community placement at the youth and elderly services in its syllabus. Students are able to apply their knowledge in the work settings or for further studies.


Programme Aims and Features

The programme aims to provide theoretical and practical training to students to enable them to apply their knowledge in the work settings, or for future studies. Upon completion of the programme, graduates should be able to assess, identify and plan health promotion and health activities for different age groups, in particular the youth and the elderly based on different approaches to programme evaluation they learn in class. Through community placements, students should have a more precise career-building experience to facilitate their future career choices.


Opportunities for Further Studies

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • Bachelor’s degree programmes in Social Work, Nursing, Community Care, Sport and Recreation Management or other relevant disciplines offered by local (including HKU) or overseas universities;
  • Full-time (18-month) or part-time (36-month), BSc (Hons) Sport Management offered locally by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE.


Community Placement

A community placement is essential. In Year 1, students will be assigned to 2 different community care placement settings for the youth and elderly services respectively. Placement venues include youth services centres and community care and support, and residential care service centres for the elderly operated by Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). In Year 2, students can opt for one community care placement setting.


Career Prospects

Graduates may find career opportunities at entry level in community care services including but not limited to youth and elderly care.

2-year Higher Diploma Programme


  • Level 2 or above in 5 subjects^ (including Chinese Language and English Language);



  • Pass in one AL subject or 2 AS subjects in the HKALE; AND 3 passes in the HKCEE* PLUS Level 2 / Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent;


  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme, Certificate in General Studies Programme, Pre-Associate Degree Programme or Foundation Programme qualification; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.


^ Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: “Attained with distinction” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 of the HKDSE Examination.

* Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. Successful completion of an ApL subject will be recognised as comparable to a HKCEE subject pass.

Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and have relevant work experience will be considered by the College.

Effective from 2017-18 Academic Year:

Higher Diploma Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Daily Life Applications
  • Introduction to Multimedia
  • Introduction to Social Welfare in Hong Kong
  • Counseling and Communication Skills in Community Care I
  • Introduction to Social Gerontology
  • Understanding Child and Adolescent Development
  • Health and Illness
  • Community Health Needs Assessment I
  • Community Placement I


Higher Diploma Year 2

  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Business
  • Practical Chinese*
  • Counseling and Communication Skills in Community Care II
  • Health Promotion
  • Community Health Needs Assessment II
  • Programming and Promotion in Sport and Recreation
  • Outdoor Adventure Recreation
  • Approaches to Programme Evaluation
  • Community Placement II


* Non-Chinese speaking students or students who have not received sufficient training in the Chinese language may apply for exemption from the Chinese course(s), and alternative courses may be assigned.