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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 would be 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 Fashion and Image Design 2017 2018 2019
Interior Design 2017 2018 2019
Jewellery Arts and Design 2017 - -
Jewellery and Accessories Design - 2018 2019
Commercial Comic Art 2017 - -
Computer Game and Animation Design 2017 2018 2019
Introduction to Cantonese Opera 2017 2018 -
Taking a Chance on Dance 2017 2018 2019
The Essentials of Dramatic Arts 2017 2018 2019
Media and Communication Film and Video Studies 2017 - -
Film and Video (Applicable to the 2018 Exam and beyond) - 2018 2019
Radio Host and Programme Production 2017 - -
Magazine Editing and Production 2017 2018 2019
New Media Communication Strategies 2017 2018 2019
Public Relations and Communication - - 2019
Business, Management and Law Financial Markets and Operations 2017 - -
Practical Computerised Accounting 2017 - -
Accounting in Practice - 2018 2019
Business Data Analysis - - 2019
Applied Business Research 2017 - -
Entrepreneurship for SME 2017 2018 2019
Marketing and Online Promotion 2017 2018 2019
Law Enforcement in Hong Kong 2017 2018 2019
Services Food and Beverage Operations 2017 2018 -
Pâtisserie and Café Operations - 2018 2019
Western Cuisine 2017 2018 2019
Hospitality Services in Practice 2017 2018 2019
Hotel Operations 2017 2018 2019
Child Care and Education 2017 2018 2019
Fundamental Cosmetology 2017 2018 2019
Applied Science Animal Care - 2018 2019
Foundation in Chinese Medicine 2017 2018 2019
Fundamental Health Care 2017 - -
Health Care Practice 2017 2018 2019
Medical Laboratory Science 2017 2018 -
Applied Psychology 2017 2018 2019
Exploring Psychology 2017 - -
Practical Psychology - 2018 2019
Exercise Science and Health Fitness 2017 2018 2019
Sports and Fitness Coaching 2017 2018 2019
Engineering and Production Automotive Technology 2017 2018 2019
Electrical and Energy Engineering 2017 2018 2019
Computer Forensic Technology 2017 2018 2019
Internet of Everything Application - - 2019
Mobile and Online Apps Development 2017 - -
Aviation Studies 2017 2018 2019
Building Technology 2017 2018 -
Applied Learning Chinese
(for non-Chinese speaking students)
Chinese for the Service Industry 2017 2018 2019
Practical Chinese in Hospitality 2017 2018 2019

General Information

Date

08-02-2017
17-01-2017
28-12-2015
4-12-2015
9-9-2015
9-9-2015
24-11-2015
17-7-2012
30-12-2009

 

 

 

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