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Subjects under the Eight Key Learning Areas

 

(2021/22 School Year)

 


1
The General Studies curriculum for Primary Schools (GS) provides diversified learning experiences for students to lay foundations for the Key Learning Areas of Science Education, Technology Education and Personal, Social and Humanities Education and to progressively develop their positive values, attitudes and generic skills. GS consists of six learning strands, namely “Health and Living”, “People and Environment”, “Science and Technology in Everyday Life”, “Community and Citizenship”, “National Identity and Chinese Culture”, and “Global Understanding and the Information Era”. Extended learning activities are organised on the basis of the six learning strands.

 

2 Technology Education Key Learning Area Curriculum is fully implemented at the junior secondary level in the 2016/17 school year. It covers six knowledge contexts, namely "Information and Communication Technology", "Materials and Structures", "Operations and Manufacturing", "Strategies and Management", "Systems and Control", and "Technology and Living". Modular approach is proposed in the implementation of the curriculum.

 

3 Schools should offer Chinese History as an independent compulsory subject at the junior secondary level from the 2018/19 school year. All secondary schools should allocate 25% of the total lesson time for the PSHE KLA curriculum, or about 5% of the total lesson time for the JS level, or about two lessons per week, to the study of Chinese History under the PSHE KLA at the JS level.

 

4 Life and Society (2010) has integrated and updated the learning contents of Economic and Public Affairs (EPA) (1997) and Social Studies (1997) as well as those of civic education. It replaces EPA, Social Studies and Civic Education (1998) to provide updated learning contents on Strands 1, 5 and 6 for junior secondary students.

 

5 The Senior Secondary Curriculum implemented in September 2009 is made up of 3 components, namely, Core Subjects, Elective Subjects (including SS subjects, Applied Learning courses and Other Languages) and Other Learning Experiences (i.e. Moral and Civic Education, Community Service, Aesthetic Development, Physical Development and Career-related Experiences).


  • Students may choose 1 to 2 Applied Learning (ApL) course(s) as elective subject(s) starting from Secondary 4 or Secondary 5 according to their interests, aspirations and aptitudes. There are six areas of studies in the ApL curriculum, namely: Creative Studies, Media and Communication, Business, Management and Law, Services, Applied Science, and Engineering and Production. In addition, there are courses under ApL (Vocational English) and ApL Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students). Currently, there are more than 40 ApL courses for students to choose from.
  • Other Languages There are six Other Languages namely, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish and Urdu. Students can take other languages as their elective subjects. The programmes of these languages must follow the curriculum and examinations pitched at AS-level offered by the Cambridge Assessment International Education and administered by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority.

6Science (Integrated Science; Combined Science) has been phased out starting from Secondary 4 in the 2021/22 school year.


7 Citizenship and Social Development / Liberal Studies should only be offered at the senior secondary level. Citizenship and Social Development in lieu of Liberal Studies is implemented at S4 starting from the 2021/22 school year. In the 2021/22 school year, Liberal Studies is offered at S5 and S6 whereas in the 2022/23 school year, Liberal Studies will be offered at S6 only.