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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

In view of the development of COVID-19 outbreak, new arrangements of some Applied Learning activities are as follows:

  • The nomination period of 'Applied Learning Scholarship (2019/20 School Year)', co-organised by the Law’s Charitable Foundation and the Education Bureau, is tentatively deferred to October 2020. Details will be announced via this website in due course.
  • The application deadline for “Senior Secondary Applied Learning courses (2020-22 cohort)” is deferred to 5 June. Current Secondary 4 students interested in taking these courses have to submit their applications via schools. Teachers may refer to the CDS message sent to schools on 12 May 2020. 
  • The “Applied Learning Taster Programmes” will be conducted through the online mode to facilitate the current Secondary 4 students to make informed choice about Applied Learning courses (2020-22 cohort). Please click here to access to the relevant online resources provided by the course providers.
  • The "Applied Learning Extension Programme for Workplace Experience", originally scheduled for mid-May to July, is cancelled.

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.