Applied Learning (ApL) is an integral part of the senior secondary curriculum. It is introduced to Secondary 5 and 6 to cater for the diverse learning needs of students. ApL complements senior secondary subjects by offering studies with stronger elements of practical learning linked to broad professional and vocational fields. With equal emphasis on the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes, ApL aims at enabling students to understand fundamental theories and concepts through application and practice, and to develop their generic skills in authentic context.
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.
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 life-long learning and career aspirations in specific areas;
- preparing students for further studies and/or work as well as life-long 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
- Applied Science
- Engineering and Production
Schools are encouraged to adopt different modes of implementation by allowing students to enrol in a wide spectrum of ApL courses according to their own interests and learning needs.