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DSE Hub 2021

To help you prepare for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (DSE) Results Release Day, the Youth.gov.hk's editorial team consolidated useful DSE information into this "DSE Hub" so as to assist you to plan for your multiple pathways and to step forward for your academic and career aspirations.    This “DSE Hub” is comprised of four sections, namely 1. Preparation before DSE Results Release 2. Study Series 3. Career Series 4. Subsidy Series - [Preparation] Helpful Tips for the Big Day - [Preparation] We Support You!   - [Study] JUPAS Participating-institutions' Admission Requirements - [Study] Information on Non-JUPAS Applications - [Study] Study in the Mainland and Overseas - [Study] Instructions to Repeaters & Private Candidates - [Study] How to Prepare for Your Interview? - [Career] Ways to Get Employed - [Career] Advice on Finding and Adapting to a Job - [Career] On-the-job Training  - [Subsidy] Subsidy Schemes for Local Studies - [Subsidy] Any subsidy for Studying in the Mainland?  

[Study] Study in the Mainland and Overseas

In recent years, more and more Hong Kong students are interested in having their further studies in the Mainland or overseas. Here are some methods which students commonly used for studying abroad. 1. Study in the Mainland A handbook (Chinese version only) jointly published by the Education Bureau, the China Education Exchange (HK) Centre and Hok Yau Club provides comprehensive information on the Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions and pursuing studies in the Mainland. The information includes all participating institutions in the academic year 2021/22, the programmes offered, strategy on programme choices, entry requirements and experiences shared by graduates of the Mainland universities. It also includes the latest development of the higher education in the Mainland and questions frequently asked by Hong Kong students regarding pursuing studies in the Mainland to provide students with further guidance. There are three major channels to apply for the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes provided by the higher education institutions in the Mainland: 1. Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions2. National Education Exam Authority, People’s Republic of China Joint Entrance Exam For Universities in PRC (JEE, PRC) 3. Independent Enrolment of Colleges and Universities If you wish to receive more details about the regarded application methods, please refer to "Further Studies in Mainland China" of the Life Planning Information Website of the Education Bureau and Student.hk of Hok Yau Club (Chinese version only). 2. Study Abroad There is a large number of overseas institutions and programmes, yet it is important for students to make choices for their future studies and plans. In order to help students to make right decisions, here are five suggestions extracted from the article published by Hok Yau Club. 1 Check the academic and professional accreditation recognised by the local governments2 Refer to the official information on further studies3 Consider not alone the international ranking but also other factors4 Prepare for academic evaluation after returning to Hong Kong5 Evaluate the learning outcomes and articulation opportunities for further studies  For details, please refer to the article "5 suggestions from experts for choosing post-secondary courses wisely" (Chinese version only) on Student.hk. If you wish to receive more details about the application method, visa application, general information about places of study, recognition of non-local qualifications of applying for non-local studies etc., please refer to "Non-Local Further Studies" of the Life Planning Information Website of the Education Bureau.   Sources:Education Bureau - Life Planning Information Website Hok Yau Club (Chinese version only)

[Study] Instructions to Repeaters & Private Candidates

If you are one of the students considering retaking the HKDSE, be reminded not only it is important to find the ways to boost your academic results, but also to evaluate your decision strategically. Candidates should also pay attention to crucial information such as entry qualifications and application timeline in order to plan ahead for your repeating year. 01 | Three Variables With reference to Hok Yau Club’s article, "3 Major Considerations for Retaking DSE" (Chinese version only), three key variables are extracted below which would help the repeaters to make informed decisions. For details, please refer to the relevant website: -    Evaluate your past experience of preparing for the DSE-    Align your interests and/or aspirations with your decision of repeating DSE-    Choose a suitable method to retake (e.g. repeating DSE at the same or at another school, or being a private candidate) 02 | Entry Qualifications for Private Candidates A person may enter for the 2022 DSE as a private candidate provided he/she has satisfied the requirements set out at (a) or (b) or (c) below: (a)    The person has sat the previous HKDSE or an equivalent examination, or(b)    The person has reached the age of 19 by 1 January of the year of the Examination, or(c)    The person has completed or is currently pursuing a non-HKDSE curriculum equivalent to Secondary 6 as determined by the HKEAA in the year preceding the Examination. The Authority may consider applications from persons possessing other qualifications or pleading special circumstances.  Persons who have sat other public examinations are expected to demonstrate a suitable level of competence in the same subject(s) entered for the Examination and may be required to provide supporting documents from their schools (if applicable).  Persons who are currently pursuing an HKDSE curriculum will not normally be considered for special entry to the Examination. Exceptional cases may be considered on a case-by-case basis (please refer to the website for any updates).  03 | Instructions to Applicants Students can submit their applications through the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) Online Services. For the registration details, please refer to Registration for Category C (Other Languages) Subjects Instructions to Applicants (Private Candidates). 04 | Repeat Secondary 6 If you would like to repeat Secondary 6 at other schools, you may refer to Hok Yau Club’s website for the list of “Schools admitting HKDSE Secondary 6 repeaters from other schools” (Chinese only). Also,repeaters and private candidates attending designated evening secondary courses are eligible to apply for a variety of subsidy schemes provided by the Government, such as “Extended Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme” and “Financial Assistance Scheme for Designated Evening Adult Education Courses”. Please refer to another story of the DSE Hub, “Subsidy Schemes for Local Studies” for details. Sources: Hok Yau Club (Chinese version only) Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority

[Study] How to Prepare for Your Interview?

The key to success in getting in most tertiary education institution programmes is not academic performances only, but also your interview performances. An interview is a process that aims to foster communication and mutual understanding. Graduates may also prepare a Students Learning Profile (SLP) to summarise their learning experiences in senior secondary school. Some of you may be doubtful while preparing for the interviews, here are some common questions from the students during the preparation of interview. - What can I prepare before the interview?- What are the common interview questions for different faculties?- What are the purposes and common formats of the interviews?- How to make a good impression at an interview?- How to write the Students Learning Profile (SLP) strategically? Answers of the above questions can be searched from the “Careers Guidance Handbook for Secondary School Graduates 2021” which is jointly published by the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters. Moreover, there are some suggestions from the University Admission Officers on the ways of writing your Students Learning Profile. Recommended chapters of the “Careers Guidance Handbook for Secondary School Graduates 2021”:•    Preparing for interview P.16•    Preparing Yourself for the HKDSE Results P.22 Most students will have the chance to go through admission interviews and have a better understanding of oneself throughout the preparation process.  We believe that if you work hard and try your best, your efforts will pay off!   Source: Education Bureau - Life Planning Information Website

[Study] Information on Non-JUPAS Applications

Apart from getting a place into universities through JUPAS, students may consider applying post-secondary programmes not covered by JUPAS. Here are some information about non-JUPAS applications, including programme duration, tuition fees, academic accreditation, professional recognition of a programme and career pathways. Students are advised to access: 1.  The Concourse for Self-financing Post-secondary Education (CSPE)2.  The Information Portal for Accredited Post-secondary Programmes (IPASS) For application details for full-time accredited sub-degree and bachelor degree courses outside of JUPAS, please refer to “2021 Application Information and Admission Arrangement for Full-time Locally-accredited Sub-degree and Undergraduate Programmes NOT Covered under JUPAS”. For more information, please contact the corresponding institutions directly. The corresponding institutions are listed (in alphabetical order) below:  Caritas Bianchi College of Careers Caritas Institute of Community Education Caritas Institute of Higher Education Centennial College Chu Hai College of Higher Education City University of Hong Kong – School of Continuing and Professional Education Gratia Christian College HKCT Institute of Higher Education HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College Hong Kong Art School (a division of Hong Kong Arts Centre) Hong Kong Baptist University - Academy of Film Hong Kong Baptist University – College of International Education Hong Kong Baptist University – School of Continuing Education Hong Kong College of Technology Hong Kong Institute of Technology Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education Hong Kong Shue Yan University Lingnan Institute of Further Education The Chinese University of Hong Kong - School of Continuing and Professional Studies The Education University of Hong Kong The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Hong Kong Community College The Hong Kong Polytechnic University –School of Professional Education and Executive Development The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology The Open University of Hong Kong The Open University of Hong Kong – Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) HKU SPACE Community College Tung Wah College UOW College Hong Kong Vocational Training Council Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education YMCA College of Careers Note: The information above is for general reference purpose.  For details, please contact individual institutions direct.  There is a lot of information regarding non-JUPAS admissions. Gather your information in advance and plan ahead.   Sources: Education Bureau - Life Planning Information Website Education Bureau - The Concourse for Self-financing Post-secondary Education

[Preparation] We Support You!

Everyone experiences stress differently over exam results on the DSE result release day. Unrelieved stress may trigger various physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural responses. Beware of these stress signals in order to manage your stress as early as possible. The more stress signals you have, the greater your need for professional help and counselling is. If you find yourself in need of career guidance and emotional counselling, you may wish to talk to someone you trust. The counsellors from many social welfare organizations are ready to listen to your needs and they will provide you with useful information, supports and guidance. The Shall We Talk initiative, which is jointly organised by the Advisory Committee on Mental Health and the Department of Health, delivers a series of information for students including HKDSE mental health information, mental well-being and mental distress. Some organisations that provide emergency helplines and local mental health online support services are also listed on the dedicated website. In addition to the above information, the Education Bureau has also collated the counselling services organisations into a “Community Resources and Helplines” list, in which counselling services that are suitable for DSE candidates are selected below. The counselling services are offered through various channels, you can simply click on the links to contact the organisations directly.  1. Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support - Open Up (Chinese and English) Website: https://www.openup.hk/index.htm?lang=en Facebook / Instagram / WeChat: hkopenup SMS: 9101 2012 Service Hours: 24-hour online counselling service 2. The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong (Chinese and English) Website: https://www.sbhk.org.hk/index.php?lang=en Phone Number: 2389 2222 (Chinese) Service Hours: 24-hour Phone Number: 2389 2223 (English) Service Hours: Monday to Friday (6:30 pm to 10 pm, except public holidays)  “Chatpoint” Web Engagement Service  (Chinese only) Website: https://chatpoint.org.hk/#/home Service Hours: Monday to Friday (4 pm to 1 am next day) Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays (8 pm to 1 am next day) 3. Jockey Club Cyber Youth Outreach Service - Caritas Infinity Teens (Cantonese, Putonghua, English) Website : http://it.caritas.org.hk/  (Chinese only) Phone Number: 2339 3759 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/caritas.infinityteens WhatsApp: 9377 3666 Telegram: https://t.me/Caritasinfinityteens Email: ycsteens@caritassws.org.hk Service hours of the online counselling services: Monday and Tuesday (10 am to 6 pm); Wednesday and Thursday (2 pm to 10 pm); Friday and Saturday (6 pm to 2 am next day); Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays The above information is for reference only. Updated information will be subjected to the announcement of individual organisations. If information from other organisations is needed, please contact the school social workers, counsellors, etc.   Sources:Education Bureau - Life Planning Information WebsiteThe Shall We Talk initiative The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support - Open UpJockey Club Cyber Youth Outreach Service - Caritas Infinity Teens (Chinese version only)

[Preparation] Helpful Tips for the Big Day

As the DSE results will soon be released, you might feel excited for turning a new page in life, but it is also natural for you to feel nervous about the road ahead.  Therefore, the editorial team has gathered some information regarding future planning for your better preparation. You may learn about the strategies for modifying your programme choices on JUPAS as well as planning your future with reference from the below resources. 1. Reprioritising of Programme Choices under JUPAS2. 出路指南2021 (Chinese version only) If you would like to search for a future pathway that matches your personal attributes, you can participate in psychological tests such as《型格人》*(Chinese version only). This test help to better understand yourself and to learn about your suitable academic programmes or career paths. Like other psychological tests, the assessment results are for your reference only, and the final decision remains in your hands. *The test is provided by Hang Seng – St. James’ Settlement "I am..." Youth Portal     Sources:Hang Seng – St. James’ Settlement "I am..." Youth Portal (Chinese version only)Hok Yau Club (Chinese version only)

Reprioritising of Programme Choices under JUPAS

As the saying goes, “Opportunity is open to those well prepared for it”. The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) results will be released soon, have you prepared yourself for the multiple possibilities of your study path? FOUR Principles for Reprioritising of Programme Choices under Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) Students have the opportunity of reprioritising their programme choices under JUPAS after the announcement of the HKDSE results. We have extracted some necessary tips for your preparation in reprioritising your programme choices and choosing post-secondary programmes. The principles are: Understand your interests, abilities and career aspirations. Interest should be the most important factor affecting your choice. Think carefully about which programmes you really like and the planning after graduation. It is a precious time to study undergraduate programmes which last for four years. Your university life will not be happy if you study in a programme you have no interest at all. Refer to the past records of admission qualification of your preferred programmes. You may refer to the past records of admission qualification of the programmes you prefer and pay attention to the number of intakes of each programme. Check whether you will be able to meet the programme entrance requirements of individual universities; list the programme in Band A if you are given a “conditional offer” or “bonus points”. If you are interested in certain professional subjects, you may consider the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP). In 2021/22 academic year, 45 degree courses are included, namely Health Care, Architecture and Engineering, Testing and Certification, Creative Industry, Logistics, Tourism and Hospitality, Computer Science, Financial Technology, Insurance, and Sports and Recreation. You may apply via JUPAS. The average scores for applying SSSDP was between 15 and 22. You should consider your own interests and abilities when choosing a suitable programme. For more, please visit “Principles for Reprioritising of Programme Choices under Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) and Tips for Choosing Post-secondary Programmes not covered by JUPAS” (Page 12) of the  “Careers Guidance Handbook for Secondary School Graduates 2021” published by the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters.   Source:Education Bureau - Life Planning Information Website

[Subsidy] Subsidy Schemes for Local Studies

If you decide to continue your study locally and need financial supports, no worry! You can pay attention to the following financial assistance schemes provided by the Student Finance Office of Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency. You can also use the tool “What am I eligible for?” to sort out the assistance scheme(s) which you may apply for and to calculate the estimated amount/level of assistance. 1. Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS) For students taking up exclusively UGC-funded or publicly-funded full-time programmes. 2. Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme for Full-time Tertiary Students (NLSFT) For students pursuing programmes covered under the Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS). 3. Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) For students taking up full-time, locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes. 4. Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) For students pursuing programmes covered under the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP). 5. Extended Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) For students pursuing specific post-secondary / continuing and professional education courses provided in Hong Kong 6. Student Travel Subsidy for Tertiary or Post-secondary Students For successful applicants of TSFS and FASP, attend full-time day courses up to first degree level and reside beyond 10 minutes walking distance from student’s normal place of study and travel to school by public transportation. Continuing Education Fund The Continuing Education Fund (CEF) subsidises adults who aspire to further their education through continuing education and training courses.  Eligible applicants may submit an unlimited number of claims for reimbursement of course fees on successful completion of CEF reimbursable courses up to a maximum sum of HK$20,000.  The co-payment ratios by learners (i.e. the percentage of course fee to be borne by learners) for the first HK$10,000 subsidy is 20% of the course fee and that for the second HK$10,000 subsidy is 40% of the course fee. Financial Assistance Scheme for Designated Evening Adult Education Courses Under the Financial Assistance Scheme for Designated Evening Adult Education Courses, you can be entitled to 30%, 50% or 100% reimbursement of the tuition fee paid, subject to meeting the prescribed criteria. Subsidy Scheme for Further Studies in the Mainland Students who are interested in applying to the Mainland higher education institutions, you may refer to [Subsidy] Any subsidy for Studying in the Mainland? for more information.   Source: Student Finance Office of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency

[Subsidy] Any Subsidy for Studying in the Mainland?

Definitely! There is a subsidy scheme for Hong Kong students who are pursuing studies in the Mainland. To ensure that no students will be deprived of post-secondary education for financial reasons, the Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme (MUSSS) is available for Hong Kong students. Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme The MUSSS is available for eligible Hong Kong students pursuing undergraduate studies in 189 designated Mainland institutions. Hong Kong students who receive and complete a senior secondary education in Hong Kong, including those studying the local or non-local curriculum as well as non-Chinese speaking students, may apply for the subsidy if other criteria are fulfilled. Starting from the 2021/22 academic year, Hong Kong students who have been admitted to Mainland institutions through the School Principal Nomination Scheme under the Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions are also eligible for a non-means-tested subsidy, thereby benefitting more students in need. Moreover, Education Bureau has newly developed an online platform to facilitate eligible Hong Kong students on the submission of their MUSSS applications. For the 2021/22 academic year, the full-rate subsidy and half-rate subsidy provided through the means-tested subsidy under the MUSSS are HK$16,800 and HK$8,400 respectively. A non-means-tested subsidy of HK$5,600 is also provided. Details of the Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme>> Application of the Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme>> Higher education institutions in the Mainland also offer their own scholarships, grants, fee remission, etc.  For details and requirements, please refer to the information from individual institutions.     Source:Education Bureau - Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme 

[Career] On-the-job Training

Looking for your favourite job may not be an easy task. On-the-job training enhances the job skills of students through a wide range of practical job-specific skills training catering for the prevailing needs of the employment market. It can increase your chance in finding a suitable job. For more details of the progress of on-the-job training, you can visit the (YETP) Need jobs? Try On-the-job Training. Also, organisations shown below hold some related training courses. Students can enrol in their interested courses. 1. Vocational Training Council (VTC)'s Apprenticeship & Training Schemes2. Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) Besides, the Labour Department launches the e-Learning Support Scheme (“eLSS”), providing on-the-job training vacancies for young people who are interested in IT or education industries. Students who are interested can have a look of e-Learning Support Scheme.   Source:Youth Employment and Training Programme of the Labour Department - On-the-job Training

[Career] Advice on Finding and Adapting to a Job

Feeling anxious about your first job hunt? Don’t worry! From CV writing to job searching, we have compiled a list of resources to solve your problems! 1. Job Hunting Briefcase       - Choose your career   - Job Application   - Application letter & CV template   - Interview   - Questions frequently asked during the interview   - Interview follow-up and evaluation   - Beware of employment traps 2. Youth.gov.hk – Job Seeking      - Methods of job seeking   - Points to note when applying for jobs   - Employment traps   - Job interview strategies Lastly, after being employed, you may feel puzzled about your new job. Don’t worry. Remember the following points and complete your job assignments step by step, then you will be able to adapt to the new environment quickly. 1. Be friendly and modest: be sincere, friendly and modest. 2. Create nice impression: be punctual; act and dress properly to create a good impression. 3. Concentrate on your work: Remember to finish your job in time. 4. Approach your boss or colleague for guidance: When you encounter any difficulties or have doubts about your job, try to work out the solution by yourself first. In case you have no idea how to solve them, seek for assistance from your boss or colleagues politely. 5. Maintain good relationship: Good communication is built up by more listening, less speaking. Visit A Guide to Job Hunting (Labour Department) for more details.   Sources:Labour Department - Interactive Employment Service Labour Department - Youth Employment Start  

[Career] Ways to Get Employed

Some of you may have thought about your career plans and considered getting employed. We have prepared some related career information for you. You can obtain information of vacancies through the following channels: 1. Employment Services of Government     - Talent.gov.hk    - Interactive Employment Service of the Labour Department 2. Newspaper/ Professional Magazine/ Recruitment Notice on Street/ Internet Advertisement 3. Recruitment Day/ Careers Exhibition (Applicants are required to register the events at the designated location and time, please remember to bring your identity cards, recent photos, qualification proof and employment proof.) 4. Referral by Relatives/ Friends 5. Unsolicited Applications (Common practice for the Banking, Advertising, Hotel, Catering and Education and some professional industries) 6. Private Employment Agency (There may be service charges occurred. According to the Employment Agencies Regulations, the maximum commission allowed to be charged by an employment agency for a successfully arranged job should be an amount not exceeding one-tenth of the job seeker’s first-month salary) Please visit “A Guide to Job Hunting” of Labour Department for more details. Opportunities in the Government Apart from the job vacancies in the private market, the government also offers numerous job opportunities that may suit you. Interested students can get more information from below links: - Applying for Government Jobs: Government jobs for both civil service posts and non-civil service positions.- DSE Way out: Government Jobs: The qualification requirements of government jobs- Youth.gov.hk - Gov Job: A list of government job vacancies   Sources:Labour Department - Youth Employment StartGovHK

[Study] JUPAS Participating-institutions' Admission Requirements

Are you ready for the coming JUPAS results release? Information about JUPAS, like Important Notices, Useful Materials, as well as Admission Requirements of JUPAS Participating-institutions can be found from the "Designated Webpage for Secondary 6 Students" prepared by the Education Bureau.   Source: Education Bureau - "Designated Webpage for Secondary 6 Students"