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Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) (ApL(C)) - Recognition and Articulation


Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Qualification - ApL(C) results will be reported as "Attained" and "Attained with Distinction" in the HKDSE.


Qualifications Framework (QF) - In addition to the HKDSE qualification, ApL(C) is also pegged at the QF Levels 1-3.  Students will obtain QF certificate(s) issued by course providers upon meeting the assessment and attendance requirements of different levels of ApL(C).


By design, ApL(C) is a language course using the vocational field as the context.  It differs from other Applied Learning (ApL) courses which focus on the knowledge and beginners’ skill set related to a specific professional/vocational field.  Against this background, University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded institutions and most post-secondary institutions accept ApL(C) as an alternative qualification in Chinese Language (ACL) for the admission of NCS students with “Attained” as the minimum grade required.  In view of this, ApL(C) cannot be treated as an elective subject.  Details are as follows:

  • For UGC-funded institutions, ApL(C) is not accepted as an elective subject.
  • For self-financing institutions, ApL(C) cannot be treated as an elective subject for admission.  Apart from ApL(C) as ACL, each applicant is allowed to use a maximum of TWO ApL subjects as elective subjects for admission.  Institutions may give special consideration to NCS students with ApL(C) when it is not counted as ACL, according to their individual policy. Nonetheless, ApL(C) cannot be regarded as an elective subject for admission.


For work – CSB accepts “Attained” and “Attained with Distinction” in ApL(C) as meeting the Chinese language proficiency requirements of relevant civil service ranks.

Last revision date: 14 February 2017
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