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 latest situation of novel coronavirus infection, the following activities will be cancelled:

(1) The professional development programme “Understanding and Interpreting the Applied Learning Curriculum”, originally scheduled on 8 February at Caritas Jockey Club Institute of Community Education - Tsuen Wan; and

(2) The “Applied Learning Course Consultation cum Exhibition”, originally scheduled from 13 to 15 February at InnoCentre.

Note: We will post further updates on other announced activities if needed.



Application for the Senior Secondary Applied Learning courses (2020-22 cohort) starts from 25 February to 9 April. Interested senior secondary students may submit applications through their schools. Students can access the following information online to learn more about Applied Learning courses.




* Course Information
* Invitation to Expression of Interest (Closed on 6 November 2019)





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: 



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:



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.


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