Higher Diploma in Health and Social Services

Key Features

  • Equipping students with professional knowledge and skills in health care and social services with modern technology

  • Preparing students to become registered health workers in Hong Kong

  • Providing an 80-hour clinical practicum in a residential care home and disabled home with supervision by registered nurses

  • Providing an articulation to the Health and Social Services Management Stream for Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) programme at Lingnan University

Programme Objectives

  • To equip students with knowledge and skills to be qualified as Health Worker or to pursue jobs in health and social services such as welfare worker and program assistant

  • To equip students with essential skills to work with older people, disabled people and other service users such as children, young people, deprived social groups and vulnerable adults

  • To give a solid foundation to students to pursue further studies in social work, nursing, education and other health and social services subjects

Programme Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:​
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of a “Health Worker” and fulfil the required health and social care duties;
  • illustrate an awareness of contemporary approaches, debates and ethical issues on providing health and social care services;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of various social, economic, physical and psychical factors that affect the opportunities and well-being of service users;
  • use assistive technologies and other information technologies to deliver social care and clearly and systematically present health and social care issues;
  • be proficient in Chinese and English and communicate effectively for work or further studies; and
  • identify and integrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills for career development or further studies


General Education (18 Credits)

  • General English

  • English for Academic Purposes I

  • Business Communication

  • Chinese Language for Communication I

  • Chinese Language for Communication II

  • Introduction to Information Literacy


Programme Specific Courses (42 Credits)

  • Introduction to Guidance and Counselling

  • Programme Planning and Management

  • Social Policy

  • Understanding Mental Illness

  • Introduction to Social Services in Hong Kong

  • Introduction to Public Health

  • Integrative Health Care Training I (6 Credits)

  • Integrative Health Care Training II (6 Credits)

  • Clinical Practicum (6 Credits)

  • Healthcare-Technology Innovation [Service-Learning]

  • Introduction to Human-Centred Design & Technology


Apart from Chinese courses and courses which require students to have working knowledge of Chinese, all courses are normally taught in English.

Articulation Prospects

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the local or overseas Bachelor’s Degree programmes, such as:

  • Bachelor of Science in Gerontology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons), Lingnan University

Career Prospects

  • Elderly Services

  • Elderly-related Industry

  • Social Services

Professional Recognitions

  • Graduate who has fulfilled the requirements set by the Social Welfare Department will be awarded “Health Worker Certificate” and be eligible for registration as a Health Worker under Social Welfare Department.

For mature applicants aged 21 or above, a completion of Form 5 or equivalent qualification is required.
To be eligible for registration as a health worker, students are required to complete the programme within 24 months.

Continued Education Fund (CEF)

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
This course/ The mother course (Title of Qualification) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [4]).

For details, please refer to "Continued Education Fund (CEF)" in our website.