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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 2018 2019 2020
Interior Design 2018 2019 2020
Jewellery and Accessories Design 2018 2019 2020
Computer Game and Animation Design 2018 2019 2020
Introduction to Cantonese Opera 2018 - -
Taking a Chance on Dance 2018 2019 2020
The Essentials of Dramatic Arts 2018 2019 -
Media and Communication Film and Video 2018 2019 2020
Creative Advertising - - 2020
Magazine Editing and Production 2018 2019 2020
New Media Communication Strategies 2018 2019 -
Public Relations and Communication - 2019 2020
Business, Management and Law Accounting in Practice 2018 2019 2020
Business Data Analysis - 2019 2020
Entrepreneurship for SME 2018 2019 2020
Marketing and Online Promotion 2018 2019 2020
Law Enforcement in Hong Kong 2018 2019 2020
Services Food and Beverage Operations 2018 - -
Pâtisserie and Café Operations 2018 2019 2020
Western Cuisine 2018 2019 2020
Hospitality Services in Practice 2018 2019 2020
Hotel Operations 2018 2019 2020
Child Care and Education 2018 2019 2020
Fundamental Cosmetology 2018 2019 2020
Applied Science Animal Care 2018 2019 2020
Foundation in Chinese Medicine 2018 2019 2020
Health Care Practice 2018 2019 2020
Medical Laboratory Science 2018 - 2020
Applied Psychology 2018 2019 2020
Practical Psychology 2018 2019 2020
Exercise Science and Health Fitness 2018 2019 2020
Sports and Fitness Coaching 2018 2019 2020
Engineering and Production Automotive Technology 2018 2019 -
Electrical and Energy Engineering 2018 2019 2020
Computer Forensic Technology 2018 2019 2020
Internet of Everything Application - 2019 2020
Aviation Studies 2018 2019 2020
Building Technology 2018 - -
Railway Studies - - 2020
Applied Learning Chinese
(for non-Chinese speaking students)
Chinese for the Service Industry 2018 2019 2020
Chinese in Business Service - - 2020
Practical Chinese in Hospitality 2018 2019 2020

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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