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, job-related competencies and generic skills. ApL helps students explore their career aspirations and orientation for lifelong learning.



Latest Information

Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) (ApL(C)) courses (2020-22 cohort), provided only for non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students, are now open for application. The deadline of application is 20 November 2019. To enhance students’ understanding of ApL(C), course providers will organise Taster Programmes on 2 November. Relevant students with interest in applying for ApL(C) and Taster Programmes please submit applications via schools.


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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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