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Entrance requirements for undergraduate programmes

Currently, students taking the HKDSE have to attain a minimum of level 3 for Chinese Language and English Language and level 2 for Mathematics Compulsory Part and Liberal Studies (i.e. '3322'), in order to meet the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the 4-year undergraduate programmes offered by the University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded institutions. Apart from the four core subjects, institutions will also set the requirements for one or two elective subjects, and other admission requirements.

For the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and self-financing institutions, general admission requirements regarding the core subjects are the same as the UGC-funded sector. For elective subjects, the general requirement is level 2 in one subject.

Details of the admission requirements could be found at the JUPAS website and the tertiary institutions websites:

Meanwhile, the optimising proposals for the four senior secondary core subjects (i.e. Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Citizenship and Social Development in lieu of Liberal Studies) have been endorsed jointly by the Curriculum Development Council and the Public Examinations Board of the HKEAA. The proposals have also been accepted by the Education Bureau (EDB). The optimising measures will be implemented at Secondary 4 in the 2021/22 school year and be applicable to the HKDSE starting from 2024. Please click here for details.

In response to the change of Liberal Studies to Citizenship and Social Development in the HKDSE, the results of Citizenship and Social Development will be reported in one level, ‘Attained’. Achievements below ‘Attained’ will be designated as ‘Unattained’. Heads of Universities Committee (HUCOM) has decided that the General Entrance Requirements of the four core subjects for HKDSE applicants will be revised from ‘3322’ to ‘332A’, i.e. ‘332’ and ‘Attained (A)’, beginning from the admission of the 2024/25 intake.

Entrance requirements for Sub-Degree Programmes

The Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education has recommended that the general minimum entrance requirement, as set under the updated Common Descriptors for sub-degree programmes (including associate degree programmes and higher diploma programmes), should be level 2 obtained in five subjects (including Chinese Language and English Language) in the HKDSE or equivalent. The Vocational Training Council also adopts the same minimum entrance requirements for their higher diploma programmes. Details of the admission requirements are as follows: Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education.

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