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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 (Vocational English)
  • *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” 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 is 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 2022 2023 -
Fashion Image Design 2022 2023 2024
Interior Design 2022 2023 2024
Jewellery Design in Digital Age - - 2024
Computer Game and Animation Design 2022 2023 2024
Digital Comic Design and Production 2022 2023 2024
Popular Music Production - 2023 2024
Taking a Chance on Dance 2022 2023 2024
The Essentials of Theatre Arts 2022 2023 2024
Media and Communication Digital Media and Radio Production - 2023 2024
Film and Transmedia 2022 2023 2024
Digital Brand Communication - - 2024
Multimedia Storytelling - - 2024
Creative Advertising 2022 - -
Magazine Editing and Production 2022 - -
PR and Multimedia Communication 2022 2023 2024
Business, Management and Law Accounting for e-Business 2022 2023 2024
AI in Business - - 2024
Data Application for Business 2022 2023 2024
Entrepreneurship for SME 2022 - -
Marketing and Online Promotion 2022 2023 2024
Law Enforcement in Hong Kong 2022 2023 2024
Services Modern Southeast Asian Cuisine - - 2024
Pâtisserie and Café Operations 2022 2023 2024
Western Cuisine 2022 2023 2024
Airport Passenger Terminal Operations 2022 2023 2024
Hospitality Services in Practice 2022 2023 2024
Hotel Operations 2022 2023 2024
Child Care and Development 2022 2023 2024
Child Care and Education 2022 2023 2024
Fundamental Cosmetology 2022 2023 2024
Applied Science Food Innovation and Science - 2023 2024
Animal Care 2022 2023 2024
Foundation in Chinese Medicine 2022 2023 2024
Health Care Practice 2022 2023 2024
Medical Laboratory Science 2022 2023 2024
Rehabilitation Care Practice - 2023 2024
Applied Psychology 2022 2023 2024
Practical Psychology 2022 2023 2024
Exercise and Fitness Coaching 2022 2023 2024
Exercise Science and Health Fitness 2022 2023 2024
Engineering and Production Constructing Smart Cities 2022 2023 -
Electrical and Energy Engineering 2022 2023 2024
AI and Robotics - - 2024
Computer Forensic Technology 2022 2023 2024
eSports Technology - 2023 2024
Tech Basics 2022 2023 2024
Aviation Studies 2022 2023 2024
Railway Studies 2022 2023 2024
Applied Learning
(Vocational English)
English Communication - 2023 2024
English for Business Services - - 2024
English for Service Professionals - 2023 2024
Applied Learning Chinese
(for non-Chinese speaking students)
Chinese in Business Service 2022 2023 2024
Chinese in Practical Context 2022 2023 2024
Practical Chinese 2022 2023 2024
Korean Language and Culture - - 2024
Practical Translation (CHI-ENG) - - 2024

General Information

Date

30-4-2021
28-2-2018
17-01-2017
4-12-2015
9-9-2015
9-9-2015
30-12-2009