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Applied Learning Parents' Corner




Applied Learning (ApL) courses are elective subjects in the senior secondary curriculum. Starting from the 2010/11 school year, all senior secondary students studying the senior secondary curriculum can take ApL courses as elective subjects in their S5 and S6 studies according to their interests, aspirations and aptitudes.



Overarching Aim


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.



Target Students


All Secondary 4 students who are following the senior secondary curriculum recommended by the Curriculum Development Council (CDC) may apply for studying ApL courses in Secondary 5 and 6 through their secondary schools.





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



Areas of Studies


There are six areas of studies in the ApL curriculum, namely:


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


In the eighth cohort (2017-19 school years) of Senior Secondary Applied Learning, 35 courses are offered for students to choose as elective(s). Please refer to course information and course providers for more details.



Last revision date: 17 February 2017
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