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New applied subjects at 'O' Level from 2008


Enriching the Secondary School Curriculum: New Applied Subjects at 'O' Level

From Jan 2008, eight secondary schools will partner the polytechnics to offer to their Express and Normal (Academic) students, three new ‘O’ level subjects in applied disciplines: Creative 3D Animation, Fundamentals of Electronics and Introduction to Enterprise Development.
These new Applied Subjects will be reflected in the students’ GCE ‘O’ level Examination Certificates and be recognised for admission into Junior Colleges and Polytechnics.
The new Applied Subjects will enhance our existing curriculum offerings. Students can choose to pursue their interests in applied areas of learning.
Express and Normal (Academic) students in the eight selected schools can offer the Applied Subjects in addition to the core subjects1. The key features of the Applied Subjects are:

Rigorous Coursework: Applied Subjects will be similar to existing GCE ‘O’ level subjects in rigour and scope and comprise at least 120 hours of instruction time, conducted over the upper secondary years. The Applied Subjects will be co-conducted by polytechnic lecturers and secondary school teachers either at participating schools or at the polytechnics, depending on the facilities required.


Strong Emphasis on Experiential Learning: Applied Subjects will be delivered using a variety of teaching methods, with greater emphasis on practice-based learning, e.g. laboratory sessions, project-based work and group work.


Practice-oriented Assessment Framework: Assessment modes for the Applied Subjects are similar to those adopted in polytechnics and will comprise two components. In addition to a written examination, another important component is coursework or project work, which may include oral presentations, project reports or assignments.


Recognition of Applied Subjects: Students may include their grades in Applied Subjects in the computation of the L1R5 score2 as one of the elective subjects, or in the ELR2B2 score3 as one of the elective subjects. These new Applied Subjects will be reflected in the students’ GCE ‘O’ level Examination Certificates and be recognised for admission into Junior Colleges and Polytechnics.


Credit Exemption in Polytechnic: Applied Subjects that are relevant to the student’s subsequent course of study in the polytechnic may be considered for credit exemption in the polytechnics. The exemption will depend on the relevance of the Applied Subject to the polytechnic module, and will be decided by the polytechnics.


Source: Press Release 25 Oct 2007

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