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.
- Student selection results for Applied Learning courses (2021-23 cohort) have been sent to schools via the Communication and Delivery System (CDS). Teachers may click here to refer to the CDS message sent to schools on 8 June. For the course information and commencement arrangement, please click here for reference (If there is any update on the course information and commencement arrangement, it will be announced to schools via the CDS and our website www.edb.gov.hk/apl/en/repository in late August).
- The Applied Learning Scholarship (2020/21 School Year), co-organised by the Law’s Charitable Foundation (LCF) and the Education Bureau (EDB), is now open for nomination by the Schools / Course Providers, in recognition of Secondary 5 students who demonstrated positive learning attitude and achieved good progress in their study of Applied Learning (ApL) courses. Please click here for further details.
- Applied Learning (ApL) courses (2022-24 Cohort; 2024 HKDSE Examination) to be commenced at Secondary 4 in the 2021/22 School Year is now open for application and the deadline of application will be 1 June 2021. Current Secondary 3 students interested in taking these courses have to submit their applications via schools. Teachers may refer to the CDS message sent to schools on 4 May. Relevant online resources on ApL courses provided by the course providers are available, please click here for reference.
- “Applied Learning Courses Virtual Exhibition 2021” are available from 14 April 2021 to 15 July 2021. For details, please click here.
- The circular letter on the details of implementation of ApL courses (2022-24 Cohort; 2024 HKDSE Examination) for Early Course Commencement at Secondary 4 in 2021/22 school year has been sent the schools via CDS, please click here for reference.
Note: For the latest notices on course arrangement made by the course providers, please click here to access to their websites.
Students can access the following information online to learn more about Applied Learning courses.
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.
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.
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
- 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.