HKDSE: Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) is standardized test administered by Hong Kong Education and Assessment Authority (HKEAA). Qualification in HKDSE make students to apply for College Admission through JUPAS.  Generally test takers are presented by schools.
Test takers may take four core subjects i.e. Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies, and two to three elective subjects from Category A Senior Secondary subjects; Category B Applied Learning subjects or Category C Other Language subjects in the HKDSE.

HKDSE Test Subjects

HKDSE subjects are divided into three categories, including 24 senior secondary subjects (4 core subjects and 20 elective subjects), Applied learning subjects and other language subjects.

Category A: Senior Secondary Subjects

Core Subjects
  • Chinese Language
  • English Language
  • Mathematic
  • Liberal Studies
Elective Subjects
  • Chinese Literature 
  • Literature in English 
  • Chinese History 
  • Economics 
  • Ethics and Religious Studies 
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Tourism and Hospitality Studies 
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics 
  • Science: Combined Science 
  • Science: Integrated Science 
  • Business, Accounting and Financial Studies 
  • Design and Applied Technology 
  • Health Management and Social Care 
  • Information and Communication Technology 
  • Technology and Living 
  • Music 
  • Visual Arts 
  • Physical Education 
Category B: Applied Learning Subjects

Creative Studies
  • Display and Jewellery Design ~ 
  • Jewellery and Accessories Design ^ 
  • Taking a Chance on Dance 
  • Fashion Image Design 
  • Computer Game and Animation Design 
  • The Essentials of Dramatic Arts
  • Interior Design 
  • Digital Comic Design and Production # 
Media and Communication
  • Film and Transmedia ~ 
  • Magazine Editing and Production 
  • Film and Video ^ 
  • Public Relations and Communication * 
  • Creative Advertising 
  • PR and Multimedia Communication # 
Business, Management and Law
  • Accounting in Practice ^ 
  • Data Application for Business # 
  • Law Enforcement in Hong Kong 
  • Accounting for e-Business ~ 
  • Entrepreneurship for SME 
  • Business Data Analysis * 
  • Marketing and Online Promotion 
  • Patisserie and Cafe Operations 
  • Hospitality Services in Practice 
  • Child Care and Education 
  • Western Cuisine 
  • Hotel Operations 
  • Fundamental Cosmetology
  • Airport Passenger Terminal Operations # 
  • Child Care and Development ~ 
Applied Science
  • Animal Care 
  • Medical Laboratory Science 
  • Sports and Fitness Coaching * 
  • Foundation in Chinese Medicine 
  • Applied Psychology 
  • Exercise and Fitness Coaching # 
  • Health Care Practice 
  • Practical Psychology 
  • Exercise Science and Health Fitness 
Engineering and Production
  • Constructing Smart Cities ~ 
  • Tech Basics # 
  • Railway Studies 
  • Electrical and Energy Engineering 
  • Internet of Everything Application * 
  • Computer Forensic Technology 
  • Aviation Studies 
Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students)
  • Chinese for the Service Industry ^ 
  • Chinese in Practical Context ~ 
  • Chinese in Business Service 
  • Practical Chinese ~ 
  • Practical Chinese in Hospitality ^
Category C: Other Language Subjects
  • French
  • Japanese
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Hindi
  • Urdu
HKDSE is recognized across Hong Kong to apply for College Programmes through JUPAS.  Some foreign institutions also recognize HKDSE Score for College Admission. Also many foreign universities for English proficiency score accepts HKDSE English equivalent to TOEFL and IELTS.

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