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Applied Learning


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Applied Learning (ApL) is an integral part of the senior secondary curriculum. Students at all ability levels could take ApL courses as elective subjects. The design principles of ApL courses are the same as those of other school subjects, focusing on the development of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes. ApL offers studies with equal emphasis on practice and theory linked to broad professional and vocational fields. For holistic learning, a flexible combination of ApL with core subjects, elective subjects and Other Learning Experiences helps to provide theoretical and applied learning opportunities to cater for students’ diverse learning needs. ApL aims to enable students to understand fundamental theories and concepts through application and practice and to develop their generic skills and beginners’ skill set for further studies and work. ApL helps students to explore their career aspirations and orientation for lifelong learning.




In addition to the core subjects of Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies, Secondary 5 and 6 students may choose ApL course(s) as elective subject(s) according to their interests, aspirations and aptitudes.


NSS Subjects


Overarching Aims


ApL aims at:


  • offering diverse learning programmes for students with interest and inclination in areas other than those provided by the existing school curriculum;
  • providing students with the opportunities to explore their orientation for lifelong learning and career aspirations in specific areas;
  • preparing students for further studies and/or work as well as lifelong learning through the development of foundation skills, thinking skills, people skills, values and attitudes, and career-related competencies; and
  • offering a substantial outcome for students to obtain recognition for further studies, work, or both at the senior secondary level.




ApL courses are designed according to the principles of balance, coherence, articulation and responsiveness to offer a sound learning platform for students. The courses are provided by various course providers including tertiary institutes and professional bodies.


There are six areas of studies for ApL:


  • Creative Studies
  • Media and Communication
  • Business, Management and Law
  • Services
  • Applied Science
  • Engineering and Production


The duration of each ApL course is 180 contact hours, generally extending over two school years from Secondary 5 to 6.


Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) (ApL(C)) is introduced, starting from the 2014/15 school year, to provide an additional channel exclusively for non-Chinese speaking students to obtain an alternative Chinese language qualification to prepare them for further studies and work.  The duration of ApL(C) course is 270 contact hours, extending over three school years at the senior secondary level.




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Last revision date: 28 November 2017
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