Entrance Requirements for HKDSE Students Starting from 2024 Entry

For admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes at the University, applicants must meet the General Entrance Requirements and programme-specific entrance requirements.

In response to the new grading system for the revised Liberal Studies (to be renamed 'Citizenship and Social Development') subject of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) with only two grades: “Attained (A)” and “Not Attained (NA)”, the University has decided that the General Entrance Requirements of the four core subjects for HKDSE applicants will be revised from “3322” to “332A”, starting from the 2024 admission year.   

General Entrance Req​uirements


HKDSE Core Subjects

HKDSE Elective Subjects 

English Language

Chinese Language


Citizenship and Social Development

Elective 1

Elective 2

Level 3

Level 3

Level 2


Level 3

Level 3

  1. Unspecified electives may include Category A elective subjects, Mathematics extended modules (M1/M2) and Category C other language subjects. If students take both M1 and M2, they are counted as one subject only. Applied Learning (ApL) subjects are not counted as elective subjects, unless otherwise specified.
  2. Non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students can use GCE, GCSE and IGCSE Chinese or HKDSE Applied Learning Chinese to replace HKDSE Chinese Language to meet the Chinese language entrance requirement. Click here for details.


Programme-Specific Entrance Requirements

The programme-specific requirements for 2024 admission are planned to be based on 4 core and 2 elective subjects. Some programmes may require a higher grading in specified subjects, or one or two electives from a specified list. Detailed requirements will be announced later.

Admission Score Calculat​ions

'Citizenship and Social Development' shall not be given any score in the admission score calculation. The methods of score calculations vary by programme, tentatively including 'best 4 subjects', 'best 5 subjects' and '3 core + 2 elective subjects'. Details will be announced nearer the time of admission in 2024.


City University of Hong Kong
21 September 2022