Diploma Programme in Community Care

Population ageing in Hong Kong is progressing at a rapid pace. Local residential care services have been facing acute shortage of manpower with a high vacancy rate of front-line care workers. To address this workforce demand, CUSCS offers the Diploma Programme in Community Care (DCC) to nurture well-trained and qualified practitioners for joining the industry of community and residential care services.

DCC is designed to provide a broad-based education in aged care services with solid training of generic skills in language, communication and information technology. The programme ensures students ample opportunities to experience real-life operations and gain hands-on clinical experience through engagement in field trips, simulation training and practicum. The extensive learning exposure will empower students to develop their career or pursue study in the field of health care and related disciplines. The DCC Programme is approved by the Social Welfare Department as a ‘Training Course for Health Worker in Residential Care Homes for the Elderly’. Graduates are eligible for registration as Health Worker with the Department upon attaining specific requirements.

Projected proportion of elderly persons in 2039

Projected manpower requirement of related industries in 2027

No. of vacancies in industry of human health and residential care services in 2022

*Source: Census and Statistics Department ‘Hong Kong Population Projections 2020-2069’, ‘Report on Manpower Projection to 2027’, ‘Quarterly Report of Employment and Vacancies Statistics (Third Quarter 2022)’

Admission Requirements

  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination with at least 6 points in the best 5 subjects plus Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language; or
  • Equivalent qualifications



The DCC Programme comprises 11 courses and a block of practicum at care and attention homes with a total of 36 units. Students shall normally complete the programme in one year on a full-time basis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of DCC Programme, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective language skills for employment and further study;
  • Enhance generic skills in interpersonal communication and digital competence;
  • Apply professional knowledge and concepts in community care and nursing fundamentals;
  • Identify their potentials, interests and strengths as well as develop capacity for future career and personal development.


Medium of Instruction

English and Chinese

Professional Qualification

The DCC Programme is approved by the Social Welfare Department as a ‘Training Course for Health Worker in Residential Care Homes for the Elderly’. Graduates upon attaining the following requirements are eligible for registration as Health Worker with the Department.

  • With completion of Form Five of secondary education or equivalent qualifications;
  • Have successfully completed DCC Programme;
  • Have an attendance rate of 90% or above for the specialized courses of community care;
  • Have an attendance rate of 100% for site visit and practicum; and
  • Obtain 60% or above of the total scores in test/ exam/ skill assessment of the specialized courses of community care.


Multiple Pathways

  • Upon successful completion of the DCC Programme, students could pursue a career in the field of health care.
  • Graduates will also be eligible to progress to the Higher Diploma Programmes offered by CUSCS. Articulation Scholarship is awarded to full-time Diploma graduates who commence the Programme in AY2024-25 and successfully complete it in one academic year with outstanding academic performance. They will be eligible for the Scholarship at the amount of HK$5,000 for progressing to the CUSCS Higher Diploma Programmes.

“The comprehensive curriculum covers community care knowledge for training professional health workers to serve the community.
  The programme offers students diverse pathways for their further study or career development.”

Professor TANG Wing Ki, Fiona
Associate Professor (Practice in Nursing), The Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHK

Teaching Venue

Tseung Kwan O Learning Centre
Address: Tsui Lam Estate, Tseung Kwan O (opposite Yan Lam House)
(Take mini-bus route 17M at Po Lam MTR Station Exit C. Get off at Tsui Lam Square and walk for about 8 minutes to the Learning Centre. Alternatively, you may take mini-bus route 17 at Lam Tin MTR Station.)


Assessment and Award

Performance of students is monitored and assessed on a continuous basis through assessment tools such as exercises, assignments, projects, presentations, class participation, tests, and examinations.

To qualify for the award of Diploma in Community Care, students must:

  • have an attendance rate of 70% or above for each course; and
  • pass the assessments of each course; and
  • attain a cumulative GPA of at least 1.50


Tuition Fee



Telephone: 3943 9057 / 3943 9015 / 3943 9138
Fax: 2770 8275
E-mail: scs-ftd@cuhk.edu.hk