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2021 HKDSE: Revised Examination Timetable, Streamlining of Public Examination and School-based Assessment

Due to the extended class suspension which has adversely affected the learning and teaching for the student cohort sitting the 2021 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE), the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) announced a number of one-off contingency measures and streamlining of assessment frameworks for the 2021 HKDSE.The examination timetable compressed The 2021 HKDSE Category A subjects written examinations will be deferred to between 23 April and 20 May 2021 and the examination timetable compressed to cope with the unpredictable development of the COVID-19 pandemic. The HKEAA targets to release the 2021 HKDSE results on 21 July 2021. Please refer to the latest Timetable for details.The HKEAA has also drawn up a reserve examination timetable in case the written examinations cannot be held as scheduled due to a worsening pandemic. According to the reserve timetable, the written examinations will commence on 3 June 2021 and the results will be released by 31 August 2021.The speaking examinations of both Chinese Language and English Language will be cancelledMeanwhile, except for Mathematics, the assessment frameworks of 23 Category A subjects have been revised for the 2021 HKDSE, with a view to freeing up learning time and providing more flexibility for teachers and students. Some assessment tasks that require face-to-face contacts, need to be completed in school or require intensive individual teacher guidance have been cancelled or streamlined. The speaking examinations of both Chinese Language and English Language will be cancelled, and the practical examinations of Physical Education and Music will be streamlined and scheduled for mid February to mid April next year. The School-based Assessment of some subjects will be cancelledThe School-based Assessment of nine subjects, including Chinese Literature, Literature in English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science: Combined Science/Integrated Science, Health Management and Social Care, Information and Communication Technology as well as Technology and Living, have been cancelled and five subjects, including Liberal Studies, Chinese Language, English Language, Design and Applied Technology, Visual Arts, have been streamlined. The written examination requirements of nine subjects, such as the total number of questions to be attempted, the number of compulsory and optional questions, etc. have been revised. As a result of the above changes, the subject weighting of the remaining papers/parts will be adjusted, and the examination time of some papers will be shortened.In addition, the Assessment Schemes of some Category B Applied Learning subjects would be modified where necessary. The speaking and written examinations of Category C subjects had been held in October 2020 according to the published schedule of the Cambridge Assessment International Education Details of the changes to the 2021 HKDSE are available in the school circular concerned.

HKFYG Online Tutoring Platform

Looking for some assistance to help with your homework? No worry, you can raise your questions to the tutors on the Free Online Tutoring Platform provided by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. The instant tutoring services, suitable for all Primary One to Secondary Three students, are supported by volunteers from enterprises, tertiary institutions and senior secondary schools. These tutors have answered more than 2,000 academic questions since the platform has been launched. The tutoring services are now available on Facebook Messenger and LINE, you can raise questions with just a few clicks! Online Tutoring Platforms:   Website:https://yvn.hkfyg.org.hk/study/ Facebook Messenger:http://m.me/VNET.HKFYG LINE:https://lin.ee/hsidDa2   Service Hours of the Online Tutoring Services (for Primary One to Secondary Three students): Monday-Friday: 4 P.M. to 10 P.M. Saturday: 12 noon to 6 P.M.

DSE Way out: Vocational and Professional Education and Training

Students may apply vocational and training programmes after the DSE. Some other education providers offer various vocational and professional education and training programmes for them, allowing them to devise their own pathways according to their abilities and aspirations. The course providers will adopt flexibility to meet with the demands of students. Hong Kong Institute of Construction - Certificate in Construction (For S3 or above)  - Diploma in Construction (For S6 graduates)  - Advanced Diploma (For DSE students)  - Full-time Short Courses Clothing Industry Training Authority- Certificate/ Diploma/ Professional Diploma Programmes Employees Retraining Board (ERB) - Manpower Development Scheme (Placement-tied Courses, Generic Skills Training Courses and Youth Training Courses)HKPC Academy - Training ProgrammeSocial Welfare Department - Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care ServicesVocational Training Council - Diploma  - Diploma of Vocational Education  - Diploma of Foundation Studies  - Earn & Learn Scheme Labour Department - Youth Employment and Training Progamme (YETP)  - Youth Employment Start (Y.E.S.)  

What DSE result is required for entering local Universities/Sub-Degree Programmes?

Entrance requirements for undergraduate programmesStudents taking the HKDSE have to attain a minimum of level 3 for Chinese Language and English Language and level 2 for Mathematics and Liberal Studies (i.e. “3322”), in order to meet the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the 4-year undergraduate programmes offered by the University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded institutions. Apart from the four core subjects, institutions will also set the requirements for one or two elective subjects, and other admission requirements. For the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and self-financing institutions, general admission requirements regarding the core subjects are the same as the UGC-funded sector. For elective subjects, the general requirement is level 2 in one subject. Details of the admission requirements could be found at the JUPAS website and the tertiary institutions websites. UGC-funded InstitutionsCity University of Hong KongHong Kong Baptist UniversityLingnan UniversityThe Chinese University of Hong KongThe Education University of Hong KongThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityThe Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyThe University of Hong Kong Self-financing Post-secondary InstitutionsCaritas Bianchi College of CareersCaritas Institute of Community EducationCaritas Institute of Higher Education (formerly known as Caritas Francis Hsu College)Centennial CollegeChu Hai College of Higher EducationCity University of Hong Kong, School of Continuing and Professional EducationHong Kong Shue Yan UniversityVocational Training CouncilOpen University of Hong KongThe Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Entrance requirements for Sub-Degree ProgrammesThe Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education has recommended that the general minimum entrance requirement, as set under the updated Common Descriptors for sub-degree programmes (including associate degree programmes and higher diploma programmes), should be level 2 obtained in five subjects (including Chinese Language and English Language) in the HKDSE or equivalent. The Vocational Training Council also adopts the same minimum entrance requirements for their higher diploma programmes. Details of the admission requirements are as follows: Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education. Please visit HKEAA website for more details.

DSE way out: Enrol the Nurse Training Programmes

The Nursing Council of Hong Kong has set out the minimum entry requirements for applicants with HKDSE Examination results for receiving 3-year pre-registration or 2-year pre-enrolment nursing programmes。For 3-year preregistration nursing programmes, the minimum entry requirement is Level 3 for Chinese Language and English Language, and Level 2 for Mathematics, Liberal Studies and one Senior Secondary subject in the HKDSE Examination.For 2-year preenrolment nursing programmes, the minimum entry requirement is Level 2 in five subjects, including Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and two other Senior Secondary subjects or Applied Learning subjects (“Attained”) in the HKDSE Examination. Individual training institutions (List of Gazetted Registered Nurse Training Schools, as at 29 March 2019 / List of Gazetted Enrolled Nurse Training Schools, as at 18 December 2018) may set their own entry requirements and admission policy for nurse training, provided that the required standards meet the minimum educational standard set by the Council. Students may note further information to be provided by individual institutions in due course. For details, please visit the website of the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.

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.

CityU: Revamped degree classification system aligns with US universities

Since adopting the 4-year degree programme in 2012, CityU has regularly reviewed all practices for academic programmes and has moved increasingly toward the US education system. CityU’s new minimum graduation CGPA and the awards for undergraduate degrees, which the Senate members thoroughly discussed and approved, will further enhance the reference value of our award classification system, ensuring we recognise truly outstanding graduates. The new arrangements approved by the Senate below will be applied to all students admitted from 2020/21 onward: Under the approved system, the minimum graduation CGPA for a degree will be set at 2.0. Students who fail to attain a minimum semester GPA (grade point average) of 1.7 on three occasions will face the prospect of losing their place on the degree programme. To better reflect the capability of outstanding students, the Senate considers it essential to review the existing classifications and abolish degrees awarded as First-, Second- and Third-class Honours. Consequently, the top 15% of departmental/school graduates (based on CGPA ranking) will be recognised under the following arrangement: New Classification of Awardssumma cum laude (Highest Distinction)    the top 2%magna cum laude (High Distinction)    the next 5%cum laude (Distinction)    the next 8% This new CityU award classification system is similar to schemes implemented in many top US universities. Removing the First-, Second-, and Third-class classifications also eliminates any long-lasting connotation of bias or discrimination presented in the past. For details, please visit the CityU website.

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] 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

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 2021/22 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: Until 19 July 2021Application Website: http://www.yj.edu.hkDeadline for Application and paying Application Fee: 4:00 pm on 19 July 2021Second Phase of AdmissionDate: Starting from 9:00am on 20 July 2021Details: 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 2021/22 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. For Repeaters School-based Assessment (SBA) is compulsory for S6 school repeaters. However, students are required 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 has released the list of “List of schools admitting HKDSE S6 repeaters from other schools (2021/22 school year)" at the Designated Webpage for S6 Students. For Private Candidates Private 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 New Academic Structure 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”.

Earn & Learn Pilot Scheme for Retail Industry

The Government, the Vocational Training Council and the Hong Kong Retail Management Association jointly launched a Pilot Earn and Learn Scheme for the Retail Industry (Earn and Learn Scheme) to provide student-workers with an opportunity to "earn and learn" as well as a well-defined progression pathway, aiming to attract talents to join the retail industry.  According to the Scheme, if participants are employed by the same employer upon Scheme completion, graduates of Diploma of Foundation Studies will be entitled to a monthly income not less than $11,000, while the monthly income of graduates of Higher Diploma can reach up to $13,000. Earn and Learn Secondary 6 leavers (student-workers) have to attend 3 days class per week on Diploma in Foundation Studies (Retail) or Higher Diploma organised by VTC. Student-workers will work at the shops of participating employers for another 3 days per week. Participating employers will sponsor part of the tuition fee for student-workers and guarantee their salary level during the Scheme. Diploma of Foundation Studies (Retails)Salary and Allowance: An average of $7,300 monthly income and allowance Tuition Fee: The employers’ sponsorship equivalents to $1,300 per month as the tuition fee, a student-worker will only need to pay an average of $616 per month. Entry Requirement: Completion of Secondary 6 or above. Applicants will be required to attend job interviews.Higher Diploma in Retail Innovation and ManagementSalary and Allowance: An average of $7,920 monthly income and allowance Tuition Fee: The employers’ sponsorship equivalents to $2,900 per month as the tuition fee, a student-worker will only need to pay an average of $1,436 per month. Entry Requirement: Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3)/ Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education/ Diploma of Vocational Education ; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent. Applicants will be required to attend job interviews. For more details, please visit VTC website.

Study Paths for IT and Maritime Fields

IT Study Corner If you are interested in pursuing a career in the information technology field, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) has set up a "Study Corner" on its website to consolidate information on all full-time locally-accredited Information and Communications Technology post-secondary programmes offered by local tertiary institutions. The programmes are categorised into three areas: Fintech, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and cover Degree Programmes, Top-up / Senior Year Places Degree Programmes and Sub-degree Programmes. Information about their funding is also provided.  Young people can make use of the information to plan for their study and career path at different stages. Gangway to a Maritime Career How about a career in the maritime industry? Good news! As long as you are 16.5 years old and have completed Secondary 3 or above, then you are eligible. The Maritime Services Training Institute of the VTC offers the Certificate for Junior General Purpose Ratings, a 23-week full-time course which provides fundamental knowledge about the industry. As an approved programme under the Local Vessel Trade Training Incentive Scheme, it is sponsored by the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board. The majority of the course graduates are employed to serve on local tugs, bunker barge, harbour ferries or high-speed ferries, etc., while the rest work in maritime-related trades. Having gained the required maritime service experience, graduates may further enhance their skills and develop their career by sitting for the examinations of the Certificates of Competency, Class 3 Deck Officer (River Trade) or Grade 3 Coxswain (Local Vessel).

Subsidy to benefit more than 2000 sub-degree students!

Scope of the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) was expanded from the 2019-20 academic year to benefit students enrolling in designated sub-degree programmes . To meet keen manpower demand in specific industries,  the scheme will subsidise a total 2 416 places in 31 sub-degree programmes of six post-secondary institutions, namely Caritas Bianchi College of Careers, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College, Hong Kong College of Technology, The Open University of Hong Kong (including Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education), Tung Wah College and YMCA College of Careers, for the 2020/21 academic year. These 31 designated sub-degree programmes fall under six disciplines, namely architecture and engineering, computer science, creative industries, health care, sports and recreation, and tourism and hospitality. The subsidy amounts will be adjusted according to the movement of the Composite Consumer Price Index. The annual subsidy amounts for laboratory-based programmes and non-laboratory-based programmes will be increased to $37 300 and $21 400 respectively. Eligible students will pay tuition fees after netting off the subsidy. The tuition fee and more information of the programmes for the 2020/21 academic year will be available via SSSDP webpage.