With a view to providing study opportunities for students with Associate Degree (AD)/Higher Diploma (HD) qualifications, the University introduced the Special Admissions Scheme (SAS) in 2000. The Scheme is available to an AD/HD final-year graduating student or a graduate of an AD/HD programme recognised by the University.
Successful applicants who take the SAS route will be granted advanced standing upon admission, thereby leading to a reduction in the number of credits required to obtain a bachelor's degree.
For 2013 entry, around 920 places are available for senior-year admission to government-funded bachelor's degree programmes.
Before you apply, check the list of programmes that accept applications for 2013 entry under the Special Admissions Scheme. For other programmes including non-government funded top-up degree programmes offered by the University, applications are received through the direct application route.
To be eligible to apply for admission under the Special Admissions Scheme, you must be an AD/HD final-year graduating student or a graduate of an AD/HD programme recognised by the University.
There are no CGPA or overall mark requirements for the purpose of application. However, as competition for admission is keen, applicants are normally expected to have completed the AD/HD award with a CGPA of ≥3.0 or equivalent overall mark, or a credit award. Individual programmes may set a higher requirement.
Offers of admission will be conditional upon the successful attainment of the AD/HD award, with a specified CGPA, overall mark or award classification if deemed appropriate.
A key feature of the SAS is the award of advanced standing, in recognition of prior studies, upon admission.
Senior-year entrants will receive Advanced Standing II, enabling them to complete their study with a minimum of 60 credit (instead of 120 credits in a standard four-year curriculum), subject to the requirements of individual majors. No credit transfer will be considered for advanced standing entrants. Instead, they may be considered for course exemption based on prior study. Credit units are not earned for an exempted course.
As a reference for application, examples of advanced standing arrangement of senior-year admission are available by clicking here.
Associate Degree or Higher Diploma graduates who are unable to gain admission to a senior year place may be considered for Advanced Standing I admission. The minimum graduation requirement for Advanced Standing I student is 90 credits (instead of the 120 credits in a standard four-year curriculum), subject to the requirements of individual majors. Credit transfer will not be considered for advanced standing students.
The application period for 2013 entry for bachelor's degree programmes are accepted starting on 1 November 2012. The application fee per programme is HK$200 for 2013 entry.