Further Study Corner

The pathways for further studies are diversified nowadays,
therefore students should prepare early

to find the best way for their future.

Local study
Bachelor's degree programmes
Associate degree/Higher diploma
Vocational training council programmes
Diploma Yi Jin programmes
Non-local studies
Career
Repeating secondary 6
Website for further study studies courses

Local study

Secondary 6 graduates can seek further studies or employment through below study pathways
More information

Bachelor's degree programmes

The previous and current HKDSE candidates can apply for University Grants Committee (UGC) funded programmes /Self-financing programmes and Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/ Sectors (SSSDP) programmes through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS). More details can be found in the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) website.

The eight institutions sponsored by UGC provide UGC funded full-time bachelor’s degree programmes as below:
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Lingnan University
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The University of Hong Kong
The institution that offers self-financing full-time bachelor’s degree programmes under JUPAS is as below:
The Open University of Hong Kong
The institutions that offer full-time Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/ Sectors (SSSDP) programmes under JUPAS are as below:
  • Caritas Institute of Higher Education
  • Chu Hai College of Higher Education
  • Hang Seng Management College
  • Tung Wah College
  • Open University of Hong Kong
  • THEi – Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
Student can also apply for the funded or self-financing full-time bachelor’s degree programmes (Non-JUPAS) through Electronic Advance Application System for Post-secondary Programmes (E-App) or make direct applications to the following institutions:
  • Hong Kong Shue Yan University
  • School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Centennial College
  • Chu Hai College of Higher Education
  • THEi – Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
  • Hang Seng Management College
  • Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education
  • Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education
  • Hong Kong College of Technology
  • Gratia Christian College
  • Caritas Institute of Higher Education
  • Tung Wah College
  • SCAD Foundation (Hong Kong) Limited
Enterance Requirements 1:
The minimum entrance requirements for a bachelor’s degree programme are attaining “33222” or above in the HKDSE , including a “3322” score in the four core subjects.

Note 1: The general and specific entrance requirements may vary from different institutions and programmes

Associate degree/Higher diploma

Graduates may choose to apply for sub-degree programmes in post-secondary education institutions including associate degree programmes and higher diploma programmes (which can be divided into government-funded and self-financing programmes). Upon completion of the courses and meeting the specified requirements, graduates can pursue top-up / articulation degree programmes locally or overseas. For locally-accredited self-financing post-secondary programmes, graduates can apply through Electronic Advance Application System for Post-secondary Programmes (E-App) or directly to individual institutions:
  • Caritas Institute of Higher Education
  • Caritas Institute of Community Education
  • Caritas Institute of Higher Education
  • City University of Hong Kong School of Law - Community College of City University
  • Gratia Christian College
  • Hong Kong University School of Professional and Continuing Education Po Leung Kuk Community College
  • Hong Kong Art School - Affiliated Organization of Hong Kong Arts School
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • - College of International Education
    - School of Continuing Education
    - Academy of Film
  • Hong Kong College of Technology
  • Hong Kong Institute of Technology
  • Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education
  • Lingnan University - Lingnan Institute of Further Education
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong - School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Hong Kong Community College
  • The Open University of Hong Kong - Li Ka Shing Institute of Prof
  • The University of Hong Kong - HKU SPACE Community College
  • Tung Wah College
  • Vocational Training Council
  • Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education
  • YMCA College Of Careers
  • Hong Kong College of Technology
Entrance requirements: The minimum entrance requirements for the above associate degree programmes are generally Level 2 or above in five HKDSE subjects (including Chinese Language and English Language) or above

Vocational training council programmes

Graduates may enrol in Hong Kong Vocational Training Council programmes, including Diploma of Foundation Studies, Diploma of Vocational Education, Diploma / Certificate, etc Graduates who have completed the specified modules in the Foundation or Diploma Programmes may pursue the Higher Diploma Programmes.

Vocational Training Council Programmes are offered by the following member institutions as below:
  • Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education – Diploma of Foundation Studies
  • Youth College – Diploma of Vocational Education
  • Vocational Training Council – Hotel and Tourism Institute, Chinese Cuisine Training Institute, International Culinary Institute Certificate / Diploma Programme

Diploma Yi Jin programmes

Graduates have the option to enrol in the Hong Kong Yi Jin Diploma programmes and the completion of such programmes is equivalent to attaining Level 2 in five subjects (including Chinese language and English language) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, where graduates can pursue related associate degree or higher diploma programmes.

The following are member institutions of the Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education which offers Yi Jin Diploma programmes:
  • Hong Kong Institute of Technology
  • VTC School of Business and Information System
  • Hong Kong College of Technology
  • Lingnan Institute of Further Education
  • Caritas Institute of Community Education
  • School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • The Open University of Hong Kong - Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education
  • Non-local studies

    Students can study in the mainland China or overseas after graduation. For details, please refer to the mainland China / overseas studies page.

    Career

    Graduates may work directly or do relevant in-service training or other refresher courses at the same time.

    The following are courses related to vocational training:
    • Earn and Learn Scheme - VTC
    • YETP of Labour Department – Youth Employment and Training Programme
    • Maritime Service Training Institute - Certificate for Junior General Purpose Ratings
    • Construction Industry Council programme
    • Clothing Industry Training authority Programme
    • Employees Retraining Board Programme

    Repeating secondary 6

    Graduates may repeat Secondary 6 in their own schools or other schools in Hong Kong, or apply for the Hong Kong Diploma of of Secondary Education Examination on their own as private candidates. For details, please refer to the website of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA).

    Website for further study studies courses

    For further courses or information, students can obtain details from the following web pages:

    Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS)
    The Joint University Programmes Admissions System is administered by a management committee of eight institutions, including CityU, HKBU, LU, CUHK, HKU, PolyU, HKUST and HKU. Previous or current HKDSEl candidates may apply for admission to University Grants Committee (UGC) -funded programmes, self-financing programmes and designated Professional / Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) programmes through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS).

    Electronic Advance Application System for Post-secondary Programmes (E-APP)
    E-APP is a one-stop online application system developed by the Education Bureau. Candidates for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary School Education Examination can preview through E-APP or apply for locally-accredited sub-degree and undergraduate programmes that are not covered under the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS). E-APP applicants may receive conditional offers from institutions directly before the announcement of HKDSE results.

    The following is a list of Higher Education institutions in which candidates can apply for courses through E-APP (list of participating institutions as at September 2018):
    • Caritas Bianchi College of Careers
    • Caritas Institute of Community Education
    • Caritas Institute of Higher Education
    • Chu Hai College of Higher Education
    • Gratia Christian College
    • Hang Seng Management College
    • HKCT Institute of Higher Education
    • Tung Wah College
    • YMCA College of Career
    • City University of Hong Kong
      • Community College of City University
      • Hong Kong College of Technology
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
      • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
    • University of Hong Kong
      • HKUSPACE
      • Community College
    • Open University of Hong Kong
      • LiPACE
    • Lingnan Institute of Further Education
    • Hong Kong College of Technology
    • Hong Kong Institute of Technology
    • Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education
    • Hong Kong Shue Yan University
    • Savannah College of Art and Design Hong Kon
    • Hong Kong University School of Professional and Continuing Education Po Leung Kuk Community College
    • The Education University of Hong Kong
    • Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education
    • Hong Kong Art School
    • Hong Kong Baptist University
      • College of International Education
      • School of Continuing Education
      • Academy of Film
    • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
      • Hong Kong Community College
    • Vocational Training Council
      • Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education/Hong Kong Design Institute
      • Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
    Information Portal for Accredited Post-secondary Programmes iPASS
    IPASS provides the information of self-financing locally accredited post-secondary programmes including full-time higher diploma, associate degree and bachelor’s degree programmes that are not covered under the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS). This provides a wide range of educational channels and pathways for young people. In addition, the website also provides information on the full-time post-graduate programmes funded by the UGC and the accredited self-financing top-up degree programmes.


    Senior Secondary and Higher Education-New Academic Structure Web Bulletin
    New Academic Structure Bulletin provides a wide range of information on the new academic structure for students, parents, schools and teachers.

    E-Navigation
    E- Navigation is a life planning exploration tool that provides information on programmes at different local institutions and levels such as bachelor's degree, higher diploma and associate degree.

    Qualifications Framework Website
    Through the Government Qualifications Framework website, students can learn about the relevant academic and vocational levels of qualifications which reflect the depth and complexity of their studies. Students can also search the relevant subject courses on the 。Qualifications Register (QR) page of the Qualifications Register. The qualifications in the lists are approved through quality assurance.
    Further Studies in Mainland China
    Oversea further studies
    Other overseas regions

    Further Studies in Mainland China

    Higher education in the mainland China is generally divided into specialist (similar to associate degree in Hong Kong), undergraduate (bachelor's degree) and postgraduate (master's and doctorate) programmes. At present, mainland China institutions mainly open their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to Hong Kong students. Students can enrol in these courses through three major channels which are the Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher education Institutions, National Education Exams Authority, People’s Republic of China Joint Entrance Exam for Universities in PRC (JEE, PRC) and Independent Enrolment of Colleges and Universities.
    Duration of study
    Institution programmes
    Undergraduate education
    General subject: 4-year programme
    Individual specialties: Five to six years
    Master's Degree: Two to three years
    Doctorate: Three years
    Post-graduate education
    It is generally divided into 12 disciplines (Philosophy, Economics, Law, Education, Literature, History, Science of Science, Engineering, Agronomy, Medicine, Management and Arts)
    Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions
    From 2012, some mainland China higher Education institutions have introduced the scheme for admission of Hong Kong students to mainland China higher education Institutions. Participating institutions recruit Hong Kong students based on their results in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary School Education Examination, while Hong Kong students are exempted from taking the National Education Exams Authority, People’s Republic of China Joint Entrance Exam for Universities in PRC (JEE, PRC).

    Entrance requirements:
    The minimum entrance requirements for the Scheme for admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions are generally attaining "3, 3, 2 and 2" in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination. That is, Level 3 or above in Chinese and English, and Level 2 or above in Mathematics and Liberal Studies. For candidates who are under the Principal’s Nomination Scheme, the minimum entrance requirements are generally lower, which is attaining "3, 3, 2, 2" or "3, 2, 3, 2" ; and for candidates majoring in arts and sports, the minimum requirements are attaining "2, 2, 1, 1"

    Registration method: Hong Kong students are required to have a valid Hong Kong permanent identity card or non-permanent identity card, or Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macau Residents and take the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination.
    Candidates can pre-register in the online registration system of the "Guangdong Education Examination Institute" and log in to the registration website regularly to check the latest information. After online registration, candidates are required to bring the required documents and information to the China Education Exchange (Hong Kong) Centre for on-site identification.

    In addition, there are some exhibitions of higher education in the mainland held regularly in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai every year. There are exhibition booths from different institutions providing information for Hong Kong students. In the past, participating institutions came from different cities and provinces in the mainland China including Guangdong, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang, Shanghai and Beijing. The exhibition provides information on exam-free subjects, profiles of mainland institutions of higher education, as well as sharing from various specialties (disciplines) etc.

    The above information and details on the latest "Scheme for admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions" can be found on the website of the Education Bureau of the "Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions"

    National Education Exam Authority, People’s Republic of China Joint Entrance Exam For Universities in PRC (JEE, PRC)
    National Education Exams Authority, People’s Republic of China Joint Entrance Exam for Universities in PRC (JEE, PRC) are held around May in Hong Kong every year. More than 300 universities in the mainland China take part in the joint examinations. Candidates are required to take the examination for five subjects including Chinese, English, Mathematics, Physics / History, Chemistry / Geography. The full mark for each subject is 150 and the full mark for each subject category is 750.
    Hong Kong students are required to pre-register and complete the registration procedures online (The Guangdong Education Examination Institution). Candidates should remember their passwords and go through the registration process at the following locations:
    Registration centre
    Address
    Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority San Po Kong Office
    3 / F, 17 Tue Luk Street, San Po Kong
    Beijing-Hong Kong academic Exchange Center
    Rooms 1404-05, Joint Publishing House, 83 King’s Road, North Point
    China Education and Overseas Education Exchange (Hong Kong) Centre
    2501-03, 25/F, 69 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
    The following branches of China Travel Service, Hong Kong
    Wan Chai / North Point / Mong Kok / Tsim Sha Tsui / Tseung Kwan O / Kwun Tong / Tsuen Wan / Yuen long / Sha Tin / Tai Po / Tuen Mun
    Note: Candidates applying for professional subjects such as arts or physical education are required to take the professional examination. Candidates must check the time and place of the professional examination with the institution concerned in advance.
    Independent Enrolment of Colleges and Universities
    Individual mainland China institutions of higher education (including Peking University, Tsinghua University, Jinan University, overseas Chinese University, Fudan University and Sun Yat-sen University) recruit students on their own in Hong Kong and have their own admission criteria and entrance examinations. Candidates are required to seek relevant information from these mainland institutions of higher education.

    Oversea further studies

    Secondary six graduates may pursue their studies overseas in such countries as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Switzerland and so on. Local and overseas institutions and colleges regularly hold exhibitions in Hong Kong for students to learn more about their studies, including the Education and Careers Expo organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
    Applications for admission to overseas institutions in Hong Kong can be made through admission counsellors, institutions of higher education in various countries or institutions themselves. Students may enquire about the relevant courses, attend seminars or exhibitions for further information.

    Application procedures and requirements
    The requirements for admission procedures are different in every country and region. Please refer to the following information:

    Other overseas regions

    If students study in other overseas countries, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and so on, the requirements of different universities are different. Students may refer to the following basic information:
    Overseas Region Application Method Application Requirements
    United Kingdom
    • There are three main channels through which applicants can enrol in overseas institutions of higher education:
      (1) Submit the application directly to the institutions through the Internet or by post;
      (2) Submit the application through a further education consultant or agency; or.
      (3) Submit the application directly to the institutions at the Education Promotion Exhibition.
    • Students may prepare the application form, submit academic qualifications and other relevant documents to the institution for consideration.
    • The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination has been incorporated into the score matching system of the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) of the United Kingdom. Its performance level is similar to that of the United Kingdom General Certificate of Education Advanced-level Examination (GCE A level). Please refer to the UCAS webpage for details of the UCAS score matching system.
    • Students must have a certain standard of English. For a bachelor's degree, students should generally obtain level 4 or above in English Language in the HKDSE, or a score of 6. 0 or above on the International English Test System (IELTS).
    • Students may also choose to enrol in International Diploma, Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or International Foundation Courses and then pursue top-up local university courses. Students are generally required to apply to individual institutions in advance.
    United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
    • The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination has been recognized by a number of overseas universities.
    • Students must have a certain standard of English. For a bachelor's degree, students should generally obtain level 4 or above in English Language in the HKDSE, or a score of 6. 0 or above in the IELTS, or a score of 5. 5 or above in the TOEFL. Students can also enrol in foundation courses or other courses in university, and then pursue the top-up local university programme.
    • Students can enquire from individual institutions about the admission requirements of the relevant university programmes.
    Switzerland
    • The applications are open to t HKDSE graduates, and different universities and institutions of higher education will have different entrance examination requirements.
    • A score of 5. 0 to 5. 5 or above in the IELTS is required.
    Visa Application

    Applications for student visas can be made either through the following channels or with the assistance of further study counsellors:
    Financial considerations

    Students are advised to search the relevant institutions' courses on the Internet and discuss with their families whether they can afford their courses, including tuition fees and living expenses. Some countries and regions allow overseas students holding student visas to work part-time in their spare time, no more than a certain number of hours per week, then students can reduce part of the financial burden.

    Psychological preparation / living adjustment

    Overseas students can know the local weather, time difference, transportation, accommodation, medical treatment, local environment and culture in advance, make adequate preparation, and learn to integrate themselves into the new living environment.