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Applied Learning

Applied Learning (ApL) courses are elective subjects within the senior secondary curriculum. ApL offers studies with equal emphasis on practice and theory linked to broad professional and vocational fields. A flexible combination of ApL with core subjects, elective subjects and Other Learning Experiences helps provide students with holistic learning. ApL aims to enable students to understand fundamental theories and concepts, develop their beginners’ skill set, career-related competencies and generic skills. ApL helps students explore their career aspirations and orientation for lifelong learning.

Latest Information
  • Since the situation of COVID-19 is still severe and to avoid mass gathering of people, the following two events will be cancelled:

    (1) The “Applied Learning Course Consultation cum Exhibition”, originally scheduled for 28 – 30 Jan 2021; and

    (2) The “Applied Learning Course Information Display”, originally scheduled for 2 – 6 Feb 2021.

  • In order to enhance senior secondary students’ understanding of ApL courses in the 2021-23 cohort, the Education Bureau, in collaboration with course providers, will arrange “Online Virtual Applied Learning Course Exhibition”. Details will be announced via this website in due course.
  • Senior Secondary Applied Learning (2021-23 Cohort) Taster Programmes will be conducted via online mode on 13 and 20 March (Saturdays), schools have to return the Survey on Application (Please click here to download) on or before 6 February via email (aplinfo@edb.gov.hk) and to submit online applications direct to respective course providers between 8 February and 6 March. For details, please click here (teachers may refer to our CDS message sent to schools on 15 January).

Note: For the latest notices on course arrangement made by the course providers, please click here to access to their websites.

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Students can access the following information online to learn more about Applied Learning courses.

  

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Position

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 abilities.

 

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.

 

Direction

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.

Areas of Studies

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 each ApL(C) course is 270 contact hours, extending over three school years at the senior secondary level.