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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 Display and Jewellery Design - - 2021
Fashion Image Design 2019 2020 2021
Interior Design 2019 2020 2021
Jewellery and Accessories Design 2019 2020 -
Computer Game and Animation Design 2019 2020 2021
Taking a Chance on Dance 2019 2020 2021
The Essentials of Dramatic Arts 2019 - 2021
Media and Communication Film and Video 2019 2020 -
Film and Transmedia - - 2021
Creative Advertising - 2020 2021
Magazine Editing and Production 2019 2020 2021
New Media Communication Strategies 2019 - -
Public Relations and Communication 2019 2020 2021
Business, Management and Law Accounting in Practice 2019 2020 -
Accounting for e-Business - - 2021
Business Data Analysis 2019 2020 2021
Entrepreneurship for SME 2019 2020 2021
Marketing and Online Promotion 2019 2020 2021
Law Enforcement in Hong Kong 2019 2020 2021
Services Pâtisserie and Café Operations 2019 2020 2021
Western Cuisine 2019 2020 2021
Hospitality Services in Practice 2019 2020 2021
Hotel Operations 2019 2020 2021
Child Care and Development - - 2021
Child Care and Education 2019 2020 2021
Fundamental Cosmetology 2019 2020 2021
Applied Science Animal Care 2019 2020 2021
Foundation in Chinese Medicine 2019 2020 2021
Health Care Practice 2019 2020 2021
Medical Laboratory Science - 2020 2021
Applied Psychology 2019 2020 2021
Practical Psychology 2019 2020 2021
Exercise Science and Health Fitness 2019 2020 2021
Sports and Fitness Coaching 2019 2020 2021
Engineering and Production Automotive Technology 2019 - -
Constructing Smart Cities - - 2021
Electrical and Energy Engineering 2019 2020 2021
Computer Forensic Technology 2019 2020 2021
Internet of Everything Application 2019 2020 2021
Aviation Studies 2019 2020 2021
Railway Studies - 2020 2021
Applied Learning Chinese
(for non-Chinese speaking students)
Chinese for the Service Industry 2019 2020 -
Chinese in Business Service - 2020 2021
Practical Chinese in Hospitality 2019 2020 -
Chinese in Practical Context - - 2021
Practical Chinese - - 2021

General Information

Date

28-2-2018
08-02-2017
17-01-2017
28-12-2015
4-12-2015
9-9-2015
9-9-2015
24-11-2015
30-12-2009

 

 

 

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