Who to Apply
We welcome local and non-local applicants who are seeking admission on the strength of non-HKDSE qualifications to apply for our government-funded programmes via direct application (i.e. Non-JUPAS application). Applicants who are seeking admission on the strength of HKDSE qualifications should apply through Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS).
Applicants who possess the following qualifications are welcome to apply via direct application:
- A recognised post-secondary qualification^ such as an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma; or
- One year of attendance in a recognised Associate Degree/Higher Diploma programme^; or
- Non-local qualification# such as a GCE AL, IB Diploma, High School Graduation Diploma or SAT.; or
- Current enrolment in a full-time or sandwich Bachelor's degree programme in Hong Kong's UGC-funded institutions*/recognised institutions; or
- HKALE qualification; or
- A mature applicant; or
- Possession of other exceptional abilities that merit special consideration.
- Normally qualification which is of Level 4 or above under Qualifications Register (QR) of Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).
- Applicants holding non-local post-secondary qualification may be required to provide a "Report for Qualifications Assessment" issued by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications to support their applications. Same as eligible applicants with HKALE qualification, eligible applicants with GCE AL/IB and 13 years of schooling will be granted a maximum of 9 credit points of block credit transfer.
- The following institutions (and the HKIEd) are UGC-funded institutions: City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The University of Hong Kong. However, inter-institutional transfers are not normally allowed except under exceptional circumstances.
In addition to the foregoing general entrance requirements, applicants have to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in both the Chinese and English languages, unless exempted by the Institute.
English Language Requirement
The following is a list of acceptable tests and the score required:
- Level 2 / Grade E or above in the HKCEE/HKDSE English Language (applicable to holders of a recognised Associate Degree / Higher Diploma); or
- Grade E or above in ASL Use of English in the HKALE; or
- Level 3 or above in English Language in the HKDSE; or
- A score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL (213 or above in the computer-based, and 80 or above in the internet-based); or
- A minimum overall band of 6 in the academic version of IELTS; or
- A score of 110 or above in JEE English Language; or
- Grade C or above in GCSE/GCE O-level English.
Chinese Language Requirement
Applicants are normally required to obtain:
- Level 2 / Grade E or above in the HKCEE/HKDSE Chinese Language (applicable to holders of a recognised Associate Degree / Higher Diploma); or
- Grade E or above in ASL Chinese Language & Culture in the HKALE; or
- Level 3 or above in Chinese Language in the HKDSE.
Applicants with non-local qualification seeking admission to programmes with English as the medium of instruction will be exempted from this Chinese Language requirement on a case-by-case basis.
Associate Degree/Higher Diploma Students or Graduates
Applicants who are Associate Degree or Higher Diploma students or graduates (including those who will obtain such a qualification by August 2014) are welcome to apply. However, Higher Diploma non-final year students should normally possess a good Grade Point Average (GPA) for successful admission.
Year 3 Direct Admission Scheme
Depending on qualification and attainment, applicants with local sub-degree qualifications may be admitted to either Year-1 or Year-3 directly. There are 80 designated Year-3 places (senior year) for articulation of local associate degree and higher diploma holders and final year students to our BA and BSocSc programmes. Articulation to BEd programmes will be considered on a space available basis.
Applicants holding local Associate Degree /Higher Diploma or higher qualification with a good GPA will be considered for admission to senior year. However, to achieve the best learning outcomes, student admitted to senior year may be required to study additional courses to meet the curriculum requirements. Eligible applicants who are not admitted to senior year will be considered under the regular entry route to Year 1 of the programme and they may be granted block credit transfer.
Applicants applied on the strength of HKALE results are required to possess:
- Grade E or above in ASL Use of English* and Chinese Language & Culture*; and
- Grade E or above in at least two AL subjects OR one AL subject plus two ASL subjects (other than Use of English and Chinese Language & Culture).
- Or equivalent to the Language Requirements listed above.
Eligible applicants will be granted 9 credit points of block credit transfer.
We work in tandem with the Government to promote a flexible approach to the development of multiple forms of intelligence and lifelong and life-wide learning. We therefore welcome applications from out-of-school candidates aged 25 and above who have specific talents or achievements and a wealth of experience. Aspiring applicants with a serious commitment to teaching are especially welcome. At the Institute's discretion, if you do not possess the minimum programme entrance requirements but are at least 25 years of age as of 31 August 2014 and can demonstrate to the Institute's satisfaction your suitability for and capability to pursue your chosen programme successfully, then you may be exempted from the entrance requirements as a mature student. You need not explicitly request such consideration, as mature applicants provisions are automatically invoked by the Institute where appropriate. However, you will not be given preferential treatment over normal applications, but will be dealt with solely on your merits on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants, except for those admitted to senior year, with eligible HKALE/IB/GCE AL and 13 years of schooling or holding a HD/AD qualification with a GPA 3.0 or above will be granted one of the following block credit transfers:
Block credit transfer of 9 cps for eligible HKALE / IB / GCE AL students with 13 years of schooling:
- Electives – 2 courses (6cps)
- General Education Breadth Courses – 1 course (3cps)
Block credit transfer up to 30 cps for eligible AD/HD graduates with final GPA 3.0 but failed to gain entry to senior year:
- Major-related / Core courses – up to 12 cps, subject to the relevance of AD/HD programme to the admitted undergraduate programme, as decided by the relevant Programme Team.
- Electives – 4 courses (12cps)
- General Education Breadth Courses – 2 courses (6cps)
Applicants who have been granted block credit transfer/senior year entry are no longer entitled to apply for credit transfer of individual courses on the basis of the above mentioned entrance qualifications (i.e. no double benefit). On the contrary, if applicants completed Year 1 of HD/AD or hold a HD/AD qualification but fail to obtain a GPA of 3.0 or have possessed other post-secondary qualification can submit an application for credit transfer of individual courses on a case-by-case basis after they have completed programme registration.