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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.
^ Starting from the 2020-21 school year, two Applied Learning English courses are introduced.

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", "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), results are reported as “Attained” and “Attained with Distinction”.
Assessment Profile
Area of Studies Applied Learning Subject Examination Year
Creative Studies Fashion Image Design 2024 2025 2026
Interior Design / Interior and Exhibition Design 2024 2025 2026
Jewellery Design in Digital Age 2024 2025 2026
Computer Game and Animation Design 2024 2025 2026
Digital Comic Design and Production 2024 2025 2026
Popular Music Production 2024 2025 2026
Taking a Chance on Dance 2024 2025 2026
The Essentials of Theatre Arts 2024 2025 2026
Media and Communication Digital Media and Radio Production 2024 2025 2026
Film and Transmedia 2024 2025 2026
Digital Brand Communication 2024 2025 2026
Multimedia Storytelling 2024 2025 2026
PR and Multimedia Communication 2024 2025 2026
Applied Learning (Vocational English) – English Communication 2024 2025 2026
Applied Learning (Vocational English) – English for Business Services 2024 2025 2026
Applied Learning (Vocational English) – English for Service Professionals 2024 2025 2026
Creative English – Biz and Media - 2025 2026
Creative English – PR and Marketing - 2025 2026
Practical Translation (CHI-ENG) 2024 2025 2026
Applied Japanese and Japanese Culture - 2025 2026
Everyday Japanese and Japanese Culture - 2025 2026
Korean Language and Culture 2024 2025 2026
Business, Management and Law Accounting for e-Business 2024 2025 2026
AI in Business 2024 2025 2026
Data Application for Business 2024 2025 2026
Innovation and Entrepreneurship - - 2026
Introduction to Fintech - 2025 2026
Marketing and Online Promotion 2024 2025 2026
Law Enforcement in Hong Kong 2024 2025 2026
Services Modern Southeast Asian Cuisine 2024 2025 2026
Pâtisserie and Café Operations 2024 2025 2026
Western Cuisine 2024 2025 2026
Airport Passenger Terminal Operations 2024 2025 2026
Hospitality Services in Practice 2024 2025 2026
Hotel Operations 2024 2025 2026
Child Care and Development 2024 2025 2026
Child Care and Education 2024 2025 2026
Fundamental Cosmetology 2024 2025 2026
Gerontech and Services - - 2026
Applied Science Food Innovation and Science 2024 2025 -
Food Technology and Nutrition - - 2026
Animal Care 2024 2025 2026
Foundation in Chinese Medicine 2024 2025 2026
Health Care Practice 2024 2025 2026
Medical Laboratory Science 2024 2025 2026
Rehabilitation Care Practice 2024 2025 2026
Applied Psychology 2024 2025 2026
Practical Psychology 2024 2025 2026
Exercise and Fitness Coaching 2024 2025 2026
Exercise Science and Health Fitness 2024 2025 2026
Engineering and Production Digital Construction - 2025 2026
Electrical and Energy Engineering 2024 2025 2026
AI and Robotics 2024 2025 2026
Computer Forensic Technology 2024 2025 2026
eSports Technology / eSports Technology and Management 2024 2025 2026
Tech Basics 2024 2025 2026
Aviation Studies 2024 2025 2026
Railway Studies 2024 2025 2026
Applied Learning Chinese
(for non-Chinese speaking students)
Chinese in Business Service 2024 2025 2026
Chinese in Practical Context 2024 2025 2026
Practical Chinese 2024 2025 2026
General Information
Date
13-12-2023
28-2-2018
11-2017
11-2015
9-9-2015
9-9-2015
30-12-2009