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DSE Way out: Ten things that you should know before enrolling non-local Courses in HK

Many Instituions launch non-local degree programmes in Hong Kong, include first-year bachelor's degree programmes and top-up degree programmes. The number of places offered will be flexible to cater for demand. Below are ten points that you should pay attention to.1. Choose courses which are registered or exempted;2. Verify the registration/exemption status of the courses by checking the lists of registered and exempted courses at this site or making enquiries to the Non-local Courses Registry's hotlines (Tel: 2520 0255, 2520 0559);3. Take notice that an advertisement of a registered course should bear the registration number of the course. For an exempted course, it should be stated clearly that the course is an exempted course. In addition, all advertisements of registered courses or exempted courses should contain the statement which reads "It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead";4. Not to pay any fee or charge before it is sure that the course is registered or exempted under the Ordinance;5. Check the payment arrangements and refund policy before making payment;6. Obtain receipts from the course operator when making payment, and the receipts should contain details such as name of the operator, name of the course and the service(s) paid for, amount of the fees/charges, etc.; 7. Keep all receipts and course information issued by the course operator since some of them may serve as a contract with the operator.8. The registration or exemption of a non-local course under the Ordinance does not carry with it any indication or implication whatsoever that this confers any particular standing to the course or comparability to a local degree programme. The recognition of any qualification for employment purposes is a matter within the discretion of individual employers.9. If the course you are interested in is delivered in distance learning mode which does not require to be registered, you are strongly advised to check with the course provider/operator on the course details, in particular the qualification to be obtained, the payment arrangements and refund policy before making payment.10. Understand that some of the courses on the list of registered/exempted non-local courses are locally accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications under the Qualifications Framework and listed in the Qualifications Register. For more details, please visit Education Bureau website.

"Shall We Talk" x Eason Chan

“Shall We Talk” is a mental health promotion and public education initiative launched by the Advisory Committee on Mental Health since July 2020. Singer Eason Chan has been appointed as the initiative's ambassador, and his classic Canto-pop song “Shall We Talk” (Chinese: 「陪我講」) has been chosen as the theme of the initiative to arouse public attention to mental well-being. The initiative’s theme song “Shall We Talk” is about family love and communication. Its simple and straightforward lyrics touch the hearts of many in Hong Kong, and encourage everyone to talk and share with others. Eason attaches great importance to mental well-being with his personal history of mental distress. As the initiative’s ambassador, he is dedicated to promoting mental health in the community and sending positive message to the public by performing a rearranged version of “Shall We Talk” and engaging in the production of videos as well as other publicity and educational materials. "Shall We Talk" one-stop dedicated website: https://shallwetalk.hk/en/(with abundant information such as mental well-being, common mental health problems, treatment, getting help, community support, activities and story sharing etc. There are also rich mental health related resources concerning schools and workplace) "Shall We Talk" Facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/shallwetalkhk20 "Shall We Talk" Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/shallwetalkhk20

[Study] JUPAS Offer Results Release

2020 DSE candidates, are you ready for the coming JUPAS results release? The following are the admission score requirements of the nine participating universities which include information about the respective offered programmes for your planning: -Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) (Admission Scores / Subject Weights for Score Calculation / Table of Subject Weights) -City University of Hong Kong (CityU) (Admission Scores) -The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)  (Admission Scores Calculation / Admission Grades (2019 Entry)) -The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) (Admission Scores) -The University of Hong Kong (HKU) (Admission Scores) -The Hong Kong University of Science And Technology (HKUST) (Admission Scores / JUPAS Score Calculator) -Lingnan Univesity (LU) (Admission Scores / JUPAS Score Calculator) -The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) (Subject requirements) -The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) (Admission Score Calculation) More information about JUPAS can be found from the “2020 HKDSE Exam Results Release Designated Webpage” prepared by the Education Bureau.   Source: Education Bureau - “2020 HKDSE Exam Results Release Designated Webpage”  

DSE Way out: Government job

Q: Does the Government accept HKDSEqualifications for civil service appointments?A: The government has announced that results in the HKDSE Examination are accepted for civil service appointment purposes with effect from 20 July 2012. For related details, please visit the website of the Civil Service Bureau.Q: Does the results in the HKDSE Examination as equivalent to the results in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE)?A: Level 5 or above in English Language of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) is accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE.  Level 5 or above in Chinese Language of the HKDSEE is accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UC paper of the CRE.  Applicants with the above result(s) will NOT be arranged to take the UE and / or UC paper(s).Level 4 in English Language of the HKDSEE is accepted as equivalent to Level 1 in the UE paper of the CRE.  Level 4 in Chinese Language of the HKDSEE is accepted as equivalent to Level 1 in the UC paper of the CRE.  Applicants with the above result(s) may wish to take this into account in deciding whether they need to take the UE and / or UC paper(s) having regard to the requirements of the civil service post(s) in which they are interested. For related details, please visit the website of the Civil Service Bureau.Q. With the HKDSE in place, what is the acceptance arrangement for civil service posts with entry requirement set at “a pass in five subjects in HKCEE” and "2A3O"?A: Under the NAS, a combination of the following results in five subjects in the HKDSE Examination are accepted as meeting the requirement of “a pass in five subjects in HKCEE”:- Level 2 in Senior Secondary subjects;- “Attained” in Applied Learning (ApL) subjects (subject to a maximum of two ApL subjects); and- Grade E in Other Language subjects. A candidate attaining results in 5 subjects in HKDSE in any combination of the following will be regarded as having met the requirement for “2A3O”:- Level 3 in Senior Secondary subjects;- “Attained with Distinction” in ApL subjects (subject to a maximum of two ApL subjects); and- Grade c in Other Language subjects.For related details, please visit the website of the Civil Service Bureau. >>>Click here to search for a Government jobs now!

DSE Way out: Diploma Yi Jin

The academic qualification is equivalent to five subjects achieving level 2 in the DSE The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications has assessed and confirmed that for students who have successfully completed the Diploma Yi Jin (DYJ) Programme, the qualification thus obtained is deemed comparable to the attainment of Level 2 standard in five subjects including Chinese Language and English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination. For students who have successfully completed the Maths Plus elective course, the qualification acquired under the Programme is comparable to the attainment of Level 2 standard in five subjects including Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics in the HKDSE Examination.Overview of the ProgrammeThe Programme appreciates the importance of proactive and interactive learning. Hence, apart from classroom teaching, other learning activities such as field trips and visits are arranged for some of the elective courses. Except for the English Language course, the medium of instruction is Cantonese and the course materials are mainly in Chinese. For some elective courses, English is used for course materials as well as assessment. Some other elective courses are offered with both Chinese and English streams and students choosing either stream will be taught and assessed in the chosen language.>>>List of Elective Clusters for 2020/21 Academic Year Institutions Offering the programmeThe DYJ programme is run by the following member institutions of the Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education (FSTE): Lingnan Institute of Further Education; Hong Kong College of Technology; School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University; Caritas Institute of Community Education; Hong Kong Institute of Technology; School of Business and Information Systems, Vocational Training Council; The Open University of Hong Kong, Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education.Tuition Fee and Financial Assistance ArrangementBoth full-time and part-time eligible DYJ students will receive reimbursement of 30% of the tuition fees paid for each satisfactorily completed course, subject to their having attained an overall pass in the course and achieved 80% attendance or above for the course as confirmed by the institutions. Students may also apply for other financial assistance and loan schemes. Please click here for further details.Application and Admission ProcedureFull-time ProgrammeFirst Phase of AdmissionDate: From 5 December 2019 until 20 July 2020Application Website: http://www.yj.edu.hkDeadline for Application and paying Application Fee: 4:00 pm on 20 July 2020Second Phase of AdmissionDate: Starting from 9:00am on 21 July 2020Details: Provider institutions will admit students direct. Applicants should submit their applications to institutions providing the Programme direct for processing Part-time ProgrammePart-time students are directly admitted by provider institutions in the 2020/21 academic year. Interested persons may apply directly to the institutions providing part-time Programme. For details, please refer to the announcement to be made by the respective institutions.

DSE Way out: Repeating S6/Private candidates

Before deciding whether to repeat S6, students should think and consider: (i) the reasons for the unsatisfactory results;(ii) the confidence of making improvement in the new attempt;(iii) the advice and suggestions of teachers and family; and(iv) whether there are other study pathways.Repeaters should noteSchool-based Assessment (SBA) is compulsory for S6 school repeaters. They, however, need to submit SBA marks for S6 only, which will be proportionally adjusted to the full weighting of individual subjects and incorporated into their subject mark. Their SBA results obtained in previous examinations will not be counted. The EDB will release the list of “Schools admitting HKDSE S6 repeaters from the other schools (2020/21 school year) at this Website and Life Planning Information in mid-July. Private candidates should notePrivate candidates are not required to complete the SBA component of the subjects entered. Their subject marks will be based entirely on their public examination results. For Visual Arts in which the SBA component carries a weighting of 50%, private candidates will be required to submit a portfolio in lieu of the SBA. Repeating S6 is definitely not the only option. Multiple pathways under the NAS are available to senior secondary graduates. Students can consider applying for subdegree programmes or other programmes/training, including Diploma Yi Jin, Vocational and Professional Education and Training programmes, Youth Employment and Training Programme of the Labour Department or employment. For more information, please visit the “New Academic Structure Web Bulletin – Multiple Pathways for Senior Secondary Graduates”.