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Category B: Applied Learning Subjects

Applied Learning (ApL) is an integral part of the senior secondary curriculum. Subjects in this category consist of practical elements linked to broad professional and vocational fields. ApL courses are developed and delivered by the respective course providers (CPs) and are approved by the Education Bureau (EDB).

The duration of each ApL course is 180 contact hours, extending over two school years, normally in Secondary 5 (Y1) and Secondary 6 (Y2).

There are six areas of studies:

  • Creative Studies
  • Media and Communication
  • Business, Management and Law
  • Services
  • Applied Science
  • Engineering and Production
  • *Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students)

* Starting from the 2014-15 school year, two Applied Learning Chinese courses are introduced to non-Chinese speaking students.

Assessment for ApL Subjects

ApL subjects aim at assessing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills related to a particular profession or trade, and application of generic skills in authentic contexts. There is no public examination for ApL subjects. ApL assessments are conducted by the respective CPs while the HKEAA is responsible for the moderation and quality assurance of the assessments.

All assessments in the ApL subjects comprise six to ten tasks undertaken over the two years of studies. These are stipulated in the form of an Assessment Scheme which includes a brief description of each task, the assessment method, approximate dates for assessments and its contribution to the subject score.

Reporting of Results
The assessment of Category B (Applied Learning) subjects is undertaken by course providers. After moderation by the HKEAA, the final results are recorded on the HKDSE certificate. The results are reported as “Attained” and “Attained with Distinction”. Performance below “Attained” is designated as “Unattained”. This will not be reported on the certificate. Candidates awarded "Attained with Distinction" are deemed to have performed at a level comparable to level 3 or above for Category A subjects.

Starting from the 2018 HKDSE, the reporting of students' performance in ApL subjects is further refined from the existing two levels of "Attained" and "Attained with Distinction" to "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)". Performance of "Attained with Distinction (I)" is comparable to level 3 while "Attained with Distinction (II)" is comparable to level 4 or above of the Category A subjects of the HKDSE. For ApL Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students), the existing levels of results, i.e. “Attained” and “Attained with Distinction”, will continue to be used. Refinement of these levels would be considered when more data is collected.

Assessment Profile
Area of Studies Applied Learning Subject Examination Year
Creative Studies Display and Jewellery Design - 2021 2022
Fashion Image Design 2020 2021 2022
Interior Design 2020 2021 2022
Jewellery and Accessories Design 2020 - -
Computer Game and Animation Design 2020 2021 2022
Digital Comic Design and Production - - 2022
Taking a Chance on Dance 2020 2021 2022
The Essentials of Dramatic Arts - 2021 2022
Media and Communication Film and Transmedia - 2021 2022
Film and Video 2020 - -
Creative Advertising 2020 2021 2022
Magazine Editing and Production 2020 2021 2022
Public Relations and Communication 2020 2021 -
PR and Multimedia Communication - - 2022
Business, Management and Law Accounting in Practice 2020 - -
Accounting for e-Business - 2021 2022
Business Data Analysis 2020 2021 -
Data Application for Business - - 2022
Entrepreneurship for SME 2020 2021 2022
Marketing and Online Promotion 2020 2021 2022
Law Enforcement in Hong Kong 2020 2021 2022
Services Pâtisserie and Café Operations 2020 2021 2022
Western Cuisine 2020 2021 2022
Airport Passenger Terminal Operations - - 2022
Hospitality Services in Practice 2020 2021 2022
Hotel Operations 2020 2021 2022
Child Care and Development - 2021 2022
Child Care and Education 2020 2021 2022
Fundamental Cosmetology 2020 2021 2022
Applied Science Animal Care 2020 2021 2022
Foundation in Chinese Medicine 2020 2021 2022
Health Care Practice 2020 2021 2022
Medical Laboratory Science 2020 2021 2022
Applied Psychology 2020 2021 2022
Practical Psychology 2020 2021 2022
Sports and Fitness Coaching 2020 2021 -
Exercise and Fitness Coaching - - 2022
Exercise Science and Health Fitness 2020 2021 2022
Engineering and Production Constructing Smart Cities - 2021 2022
Electrical and Energy Engineering 2020 2021 2022
Computer Forensic Technology 2020 2021 2022
Tech Basics - - 2022
Internet of Everything Application 2020 2021 -
Aviation Studies 2020 2021 2022
Railway Studies 2020 2021 2022
Applied Learning Chinese
(for non-Chinese speaking students)
Chinese for the Service Industry 2020 - -
Chinese in Business Service 2020 2021 2022
Practical Chinese in Hospitality 2020 - -
Chinese in Practical Context - 2021 2022
Practical Chinese - 2021 2022

General Information

Date

28-2-2018
17-01-2017
28-12-2015
4-12-2015
9-9-2015
9-9-2015
30-12-2009

 

 

 

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