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Associate of Social Sciences


Programme Code: AD 119 Online Application 3416 6338 2305 5315

Application Code 報名編號 : CC 88 - 209


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 the 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.

Ageing Studies Theme
The theme aims at training students’ evaluation of the social, demographic, economic and other aspects of ageing and an ageing population from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
Behavioural Science Theme (with focus on Psychology)
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 analyze factors affecting individual’s psychological well-being.
Politics 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 analyzing the society and social issues with different sociological perspectives.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2018 Overall Progression Rate: 90%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 70%

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
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Anthropology
BA Cultural Management
BA Philosophy
BA Religious Studies
BSc Exercise Science and Health Education
BSc Gerontology
BSc Public Health
BSSc Global Studies
BSSc Government and Public Administration
BSSc Psychology
BSSc Social Work
BSSc Sociology
City University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese & History
BA English Studies
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
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration
BA (Hons) Social Work
BSc (Hons) Investment Science
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)
BSSc (Hons) China Studies - Sociology
BSSc (Hons) Communication - Film & Media Arts
BSSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream
BSSc (Hons) Geography
BSSc (Hons) Government & International Studies
BSSc (Hons) Psychology
BSSc (Hons) Social Policy
BSSc (Hons) Sociology
BSW (Hons)
Lingnan University
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies
BSocSc (Hons)
The Education University of Hong Kong
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) Early Childhood Education
BEd (Hons) Visual Art
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) History
BSSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
BSSc (Hons) Psychology
BScEd (Hons) Sports Science
BSocScEd (Hons) Greater China Studies

Through-train Pre-enrolment Scheme

Swansea University
BA in Politics
University of Huddersfield
BSc(Hons) Psychology
BSc(Hons) Psychology with Criminology
BSc(Hons) Behavioral Sciences
BSc(Hons) Sociology and Criminology
BSc(Hons) Sociology and Psychology
BSc(Hons) Sociology
Macquarie University
Bachelor of Arts (70 majors available)
Bachelor of Social Science (16 majors available)

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 Hull
  • University of Western Australia
  • 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 such as commerce, human resources, education, government and public administration, as well as being helpful 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

  • The Basics of Sociology
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Psychology

Year 2

Common across all Themes

  • Introduction to Research Methods in Social Sciences

Elective for all Themes (choose one course)

  • Human Behaviour and Social Environment
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Social Policy and Administration

Ageing Studies Theme

  • Ageing and Gerontology
  • Sociology of Health
  • Working with Older People

Behavioural Science Theme (with focus on Psychology)

  • Introduction to Counseling

  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Introduction to Positive Psychology

Politics and International Studies Theme

  • Government and Politics of Hong Kong

  • Introduction to Chinese Politics
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

Sociology Theme

  • Class and Inequality
  • Hong Kong Society
  • Introduction to Criminology

Social Welfare and Social Administration Theme

  • Contemporary Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Social Policy and Administration
Core Curriculum Courses


  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • ONE Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Culture, Media and Society


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

Choi Ho Man, Raymond
Choi Ho Man, Raymond
  • 2015-16 Associate of Social Sciences (Sociology)
  • Offer received: CUHK BSocSci in Sociology (Year 3)
  • Offer received: HKU BSoSc (Year 3)
  • Offer received: PolyU BA(Hon) Social Policy and Administration (Year 3)
  • Offer received: CityU BSocSci Public Policy and Politics (Year 3)

I believe that students can gain so much from studying at HKU SPACE CC, not just knowledge from books, but also the enthusiastic support and care from the lecturers. The most valuable thing at CC is the lecturers’ passionate teaching. They really teach from their heart, enabling us to study well, and helping us to achieve our lifelong goals, well-equipped to face a myriad of social challenges. I hope that you too can also discover your future here, and let HKU SPACE CC be the stepping-stone that leads you ever-closer to your dream!

Ho Wing Yung, Emily
Ho Wing Yung, Emily
  • Associate of Social Sciences

When there is a will, there is a way. Don't be discouraged solely by the public examination. Believe in yourself as you are so much stronger than you think. Dreams are no longer far-fetched when I embark on a journey in HKU SPACE CC. The programmes in the college afford me with ample opportunities to conquer my deficiencies and intrigue my interest in studying Psychology. Moreover, lecturers are student-orientated and enthusiastic in offering help. I really appreciate that I have achieved several breakthroughs and gained valuable personal growth in CC. Remember, the struggles you are in today are for developing your strengths for tomorrow.

Yeung Suen Yan, Eunice
Yeung Suen Yan, Eunice
  • Associate of Social Sciences

Studying in HKU SPACE CC helps me broaden my horizon. It is not only a stepping stone to get into university, but also equips me to be an all-rounded student. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes and asking questions. These learning processes can make us grow and gain more knowledge. Failure in public examination does not mean that you are a loser. On the contrary, studying in HKU SPACE CC offers you another opportunity to achieve your goals. “No one can decide your way, only you can.”

Kong Cheuk Yan, Michelle
Kong Cheuk Yan, Michelle
  • Associate of Social Sciences

Due to my failure in public examination, I decided to apply for HKU SPACE CC, not only as a second option to further my study, but also a second opportunity to strive for my future. Despite the enormous amount of academic pressure I encountered during my study in CC, the sense of success and fulfilment was even greater when I realized that my GPA was better than expected. I would like to thank the lecturers in Social Sciences Domain, who were always there to help me with my difficulties. I also found them to be extremely passionate as I as always welcomed to ask questions outside classes and had received a lot of extra knowledge. I truly appreciate their efforts as well as passion towards teaching.

Sze Kwai Fong, Jessica
Sze Kwai Fong, Jessica
  • Associate of Social Sciences

For me, HKU SPACE CC is generally regarded as a stepping stone to get into university. It provides me with profound acknowledgement on studying Social Sciences. Besides that, participating in different service trips and study tours that were held by Social Sciences domain have broadened my horizons and made me be more concerned about social issues in our society. These experiences are memorable; they turned me to become enthusiastic and passionate about studying social affairs. With these experiences, I have become well equipped to prepare for my university education. To be frank, studying in HKU SPACE CC is a journey but not a destiny. Let’s seize every chance and strive for excellence.

Ho Cheuk Lam
Ho Cheuk Lam
  • Associate of Social Sciences
  • Offer accepted: CUHK Bachelor of Social Science
  • Other offer received: HKU Bachelor of Social Sciences
  • Other offer received: CityU BSSc in Applied Sociology
  • Other offer received: PolyU BA in Social Policy and Administration

It is fine for you to be sad for a while after you receive an unsatisfactory result in the public examination, but don’t let the depressed feeling engulf you. It is undeniable that studying in a community college is very stressful as most students are “GPA-oriented”. Although it will be a tough journey for those who embark on it, remember to keep a positive learning attitude and find some buddies with a similar goal. Studying Social Sciences in HKU SPACE CC is a fruitful journey and you will definitely meet many enthusiastic students and lecturers. Work hard and believe in yourself!

Cheng Sum To, Tobi
Cheng Sum To, Tobi
  • 2014-15 Associate of Social Sciences (Sociology)
  • Offer received: HKU Social Sciences (Year 3) - CUHK Sociology (Year 3) - CityU Applied Sociology (Year 3) - HKIEd Global and Environmental Studies (Year 3)
  • Offer received: CUHK Sociology (Year 3)
  • Offer received: CityU Applied Sociology (Year 3)
  • Offer received: HKIEd Global and Environmental Studies (Year 3)

Studying in HKU SPACE CC was a wonderful journey. The knowledge I gain is new and interesting and can provide a foundation for further study. The experience in CC could enlighten my personal attitude no matter I can enter university or not. The social science programme is beneficial for students who are interested in society issues but not knowing which perspectives they can investigate. This is a fortunate for me to find my direction in HKU SPACE CC.

Yuen Baty
Yuen Baty
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Social Sciences, Senior Year

Obstacles are often chances for us to learn and better equip ourselves. Studying in HKU SPACE CC has definitely been a memorable experience. Not only did I gain academic knowledge, but I also learn life skills like time management and problem-solving skills. What is more, in times of despair and fear, I am glad that there were always lecturers and group mates being all ears. However hard it can be, as long as you keep moving on with your unwavering spirit, hope will always be there waiting for you.

Chan Ho Sum Iris
Chan Ho Sum, Iris
  • Offer received: HKBU Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology, Year 3

“I am a loser; all my friends enter universities except me…” I held these beliefs when I entered HKU SPACE CC. I felt frustrated and lost to confront this unfamiliar environment. In fact, the result of public exam should not be the criterion to evaluate you and I. Everyone should have their unique values. Throughout two-year study of Social Sciences here, it would undoubtedly guide you to find out your values and the important things in your life. As long as you always hold the belief that takes everything seriously during the process, you will definitely gain a lot. Therefore, you can participate in different activities and meet new buddies so as to understand yourself deeply and concern about others. Try to perceive and respect everyone you meet as if how you expect others to treat you. Moreover, seeking help from the considerate lecturers of Social Sciences when you are facing difficulties. Linking up the knowledge learnt with your daily lives would seem more interesting and useful. Let’s look for your distinctive life values!

Chan Yuk Yu, Octopus
Chan Yuk Yu, Octopus
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Social Sciences, Year 3
  • Offer received: PolyU Bachelor of Social Sciences in Mental Health Nursing, Year 1
  • Offer received: CityU Bachelor of Social Sciences in Applied Sociology, Year 3

請保持自信和開放的態度,趁著兩年時間好好重新認識自己、建立好屬於自己的價值觀。世界那麼大,除了做大學生,還有很多的路。HKUSPACE CC是一個提供很多升學就業機會的平台,請好好把握這些機會。若自覺是讀書的料子,請用盡全力專注學業,兩年內必定會有應得的回報。若發現自己並非讀書的料子,請盡快尋找自己的夢想和長處,向屬於自己的標竿直跑,不要浪費的時間。這就是我在HKUSPACE CC讀了兩年後的感想。

Li Suet Wing, Zoe
Li Suet Wing, Zoe
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Social Sciences, Year 3
  • Offer received: CUHK Bachelor of Social Science in Sociology, Year 3
  • Offer received: HKIEd Bachelor of Social Sciences in Global and Environmental Studies, Year 3

If there is one word that can precisely describe my two-year journey here, this must be "FRUITFUL". When I first entered this community college, I was in a state of self-denial due to the failure in public examination. Fortunately, HKU SPACE CC has provided a platform for me to self reflect and rethink my life goal. I feel thankful to have met many kind and helpful lecturers from social sciences domain. They helped me to go through a myriad of difficulties such as assignments and university interviews. It is also important to have mutual support from HKU SPACE CC friends in this fruitful journey. Besides, I have changed my own mindset and leant to think critically towards everything. I was acting like a robot at my secondary school years, such as just following everyone without my own critical judgment. Through studying sociology, I am equipped to think bigger. Not only focus on the individual but also to be aware of the outside world. Just because one never experiences it doesn't mean the outside world doesn't exist. I never say studying associate degree is the end of the story. Instead, it is a brand new chapter. Remember to have faith and everything will work out.

Chan Ka Ki Helen
Chan Ka Ki, Helen
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Nursing, Year 1

Studying in HKU SPACE Community College these two years, I become a confident and tough person. It provides me a great learning environment. Passionate lecturers offered consultations and tutoring which encouraged me to embrace challenges. Although it wasn’t an easy time, it is meaningful and fruitful time I have so far.

Cheng Hiu Nam Kasey
Cheng Hiu Nam, Kasey
  • Offer received: CUHK Bachelor of Social Science in Sociology, Year 3
  • Offer received: CityU Bachelor of Social Sciences in Criminology, Year 3
  • Offer received: CityU Bachelor of Social Sciences in Applied Sociology, Year 3
  • Offer received: HKIEd Bachelor of Social Sciences, Year 3

Today’s failure doesn’t mean tomorrow’s failure. Never look down on yourself. I thought it was just a failure for me to enter HKU SPACE CC, especially when most of my friends entered a local university. To be honest, the life in HKU SPACE CC is quite hard and stressful as there are a lot of assignments and projects. However, you can discover your passion and future goal with the help of teachers and fellow classmates. Love what you do is always the first step and the key to success. From the various social sciences courses which you have not exposed before, you will discover that studying is no longer boring or rote memorizing. It can be full of fun as you realize that social sciences can be so close to your daily life. At last, whether you can get back to university depends on how much effort you put and how much you love the thing you are doing. So, just persist with your goal and believe in yourself, and then you will!

Tsang Hin Shun Hinson
Tsang Hin Shun, Hinson
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Social Sciences, Year 3
  • Offer received: CUHK Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology, Year 3
  • Offer received: CityU Bachelor of Social Sciences in Applied Sociology, Year 3
  • Offer received: CityU Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy and Politics, Year 3
  • Offer received: CityU College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Year 1

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”. If you are enthusiastic about your studies in Social Sciences, HKU SPACE CC will be a cornerstone for you to achieve your goal. In my 2-year “SPACE Journey”, I felt thankful that the courses did not merely enrich my knowledge, but more importantly they helped me understand the psychological and social development of myself. Although studying at HKU SPACE CC could be competitive and stressful, it is up to you to cherish this opportunity to achieve a fruitful college life especially while there are many considerate and supportive lecturers by your side.

Tsang Ying
Tsang Ying
  • Offer received: PolyU Social Policy & Administration (Year 3)
  • Offer received: CityU Applied Sociology (Year 3)
  • Offer received: HKBU Sociology (Year 3)

Because of failure in public examination, I had low self-confidence and no hope towards my future. However, I experienced a turning point here. I started to study hard with passion, to become a committee member and speak publicly, and to believe in my ability. Definitely, I experienced moments of sorrow and fear. However, when you work hard, focus on the goals and keep moving on with perseverance, what you receive is far more than what you expect. I cherish memories of studying here. This is a journey of a lifetime. Let’s study hard, work hard and play hard. Believe yourself and you can do it.

Vanessa Mok
Vanessa Mok
  • Offer received: PolyU Social Policy & Administration (Year 3)
  • Offer received: CityU Asian and International Studies (Year 3)

It was a memorable and good experience to study in the College. During these two years of study, I equipped myself with academic knowledge and presentation skills which are useful for further studies. With assistance and encouragement from lecturers and schoolmates, I was able to overcome all the difficulties, and this made studying enjoyable.

Cheng Lai Ling
Cheng Lai Ling
  • Offer received: HKU Social Sciences (Year 3)
  • Offer received: CUHK Sociology (Year 1)
  • Offer received: PolyU Social Policy & Administration (Year 3)
  • Offer received: CityU Applied Sociology (Year 3)
  • Offer received: CityU Public Policy, Management, & Politics (Year 3)

Studying in HKU SPACE CC has definitely been a valuable experience. It has not only equipped me with knowledge, but also prepared me with the mentality to be a university student. Time-management, problem-solving, and presentation skills can be enhanced, and most importantly, I have developed different perspectives when commentating on social issues. I am so thankful to meet the lecturers in the Social Sciences Domain; they are really helpful and considerate.

Serene Chung
Chung Wun Sin, Serene
  • Offer received: CUHK Bachelor of Social Science
  • Offer received: PolyU BA in Social Policy and Administration

There are many inspiring lecturers in this programme. They like to interact with students during the lectures. More importantly, they are willing to answer students’ questions in detail as long as you are willing to take an initiative to communicate with them. Lastly, determination and hard work are definitely the keys to achieve one’s goal.

Lo Lok Man
Lo Lok Man
  • Offer received: CUHK Bachelor of Social Science
  • Offer received: HKBU BSc in Sociology
  • Offer received: CityU BSc in Public Policy, Management and Politics
  • Offer received: PolyU BA in Social Policy and Administration

After the public examination, HKU SPACE CC offered a valuable second opportunity for me to strive for my dream to study at university. In these two years of college life, I benefited a lot and experienced personal growth. Although it was not an easy journey, hard work and effort would definitely be rewarded.

Lam Tan Ha
Lam Tan Ha
  • Offer received: PolyU BS in Investment Science

The mode of study in HKU SPACE CC makes a big difference from that of secondary school. It gives us the skills required for future progression to university education. Compared with the Form 6 students, we are more prepared for the needs of the university. Trust ourselves that we are not the losers!

Lee Ka Yee Patsy
Lee Ka Yee, Patsy
  • Associate of Social Sciences
  • Offer received: CUHK Sociology (Year 1)

After becoming a student of Social Sciences at HKU SPACE Community College, I can honestly say that I am glad that I failed HKALE. If I had been "lucky" enough to become a university student by the traditional route, I would currently be studying engineering and convincing myself that being engineer is well-paid and secure. However, I would never have had the chance to realize that my real passion lay in studying Social Sciences. After two years of study, the most important message I have received is to be curious and constructively critical. In doing so, I will gain academic advantages and bring benefit to my whole life.

Hollace Chai
Chai Hoi Lam, Hollace
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Social Sciences
  • Offer received: CUHK Bachelor of Social Science
  • Offer received: CityU BSc in Public Policy, Management, and Politics
  • Offer received: CityU BSc in Sociology

I still remember what the CUHK professor told me during my admission interview, “We really adore students from your College as your peers showed extensive knowledge in the subject matter and can articulate their academic interest profoundly.”