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Subject Information
HKDSE subjects are divided into three categories, including 24 senior secondary subjects (4 core subjects and 20 elective subjects), Applied learning subjects and other language subjects.
Core Subjects

Chinese Language English Language Mathematics Liberal Studies 1 Citizenship and Social Development 2

Elective Subjects

Chinese Literature Biology Business, Accounting and Financial Studies
Literature in English Chemistry Design and Applied Technology
Chinese History Physics Health Management and Social Care
Economics Science: Combined Science 1 Information and Communication Technology
Ethics and Religious Studies Science: Integrated Science 1 Technology and Living
Geography   Music
History   Visual Arts
Tourism and Hospitality Studies   Physical Education
1 Applicable until 2023 exam year 2 Applicable from 2024 exam year onwards

Creative Studies

Display and Jewellery Design # Fashion Image Design Interior Design / Interior and Exhibition Design ^
Jewellery Design in Digital Age * Computer Game and Animation Design Digital Comic Design and Production
Popular Music Production Taking a Chance on Dance The Essentials of Theatre Arts

Media and Communication

Digital Media and Radio Production Film and Transmedia Digital Brand Communication *
Multimedia Storytelling * PR and Multimedia Communication Applied Learning (Vocational English) – English Communication
Applied Learning (Vocational English) – English for Business Services * Applied Learning (Vocational English) – English for Service Professionals Creative English – Biz and Media ^
Creative English – PR and Marketing ^ Practical Translation (CHI-ENG) * Applied Japanese and Japanese Culture ^
Everyday Japanese and Japanese Culture ^ Korean Language and Culture *  

Business, Management and Law

Accounting for e-Business AI in Business * Data Application for Business
Introduction to Fintech ^ Marketing and Online Promotion Law Enforcement in Hong Kong


Modern Southeast Asian Cuisine * Pâtisserie and Café Operations Western Cuisine
Airport Passenger Terminal Operations Hospitality Services in Practice Hotel Operations
Child Care and Development Child Care and Education Fundamental Cosmetology

Applied Science

Food Innovation and Science Animal Care Foundation in Chinese Medicine
Health Care Practice Medical Laboratory Science Rehabilitation Care Practice
Applied Psychology Practical Psychology Exercise and Fitness Coaching
Exercise Science and Health Fitness    

Engineering and Production

Digital Construction ^ Constructing Smart Cities # Electrical and Energy Engineering
AI and Robotics * Computer Forensic Technology eSports Technology
Tech Basics Aviation Studies Railway Studies

Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students)

Chinese in Business Service Chinese in Practical Context Practical Chinese

# Applicable until 2023 exam year * Applicable from 2024 exam year onwards
^ Applicable from 2025 exam year onwards  

Category C subjects in the 2024 HKDSE and before

French German Hindi
Japanese Spanish Urdu

Category C subjects in the 2025 HKDSE and beyond

French German Japanese Korean Spanish