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Subject Information
HKDSE subjects are divided into three categories, including Category A Senior Secondary subjects, Category B Applied Learning subjects and Category C Other Languages subjects.
Core Subjects

Chinese Language English Language Mathematics Citizenship and Social Development

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   Information and Communication Technology
Ethics and Religious Studies   Technology and Living
Geography   Music
History   Visual Arts
Tourism and Hospitality Studies   Physical Education

In 2021, the Curriculum Development Council and the Public Examinations Board of the HKEAA jointly endorsed the proposals for optimising the four Senior Secondary core subjects (i.e. Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics Compulsory Part, and Citizenship and Social Development in lieu of Liberal Studies) and the phasing out of Combined Science and Integrated Science. The proposals were accepted by the Education Bureau (EDB). The optimising measures which are applicable to the 2024 HKDSE and beyond have been implemented from Secondary 4 in the 2021/22 school year. Please click here for details.

Creative Studies

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
Innovation and Entrepreneurship * 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
Gerontech and Services *    

Applied Science

Food Innovation and Science Food Technology and Nutrition * 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 ^ Electrical and Energy Engineering AI and Robotics
Computer Forensic Technology eSports Technology / eSports Technology and Management * 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 from 2025 exam year onwards * Applicable from 2026 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

French German Japanese Korean Spanish

Category C subjects in the 2026 HKDSE and beyond

French German Japanese
Korean Spanish Urdu