Special Admissions Scheme - 
Senior-year Admissions to Bachelor's Degree Programmes for Associate Degree/Higher Diploma Graduates (2023 Entry)


  •   What is the Special Admissions Scheme (SAS)?

    To provide learning opportunities for local students with Associate Degree (AD)/Higher Diploma (HD) qualifications, the University introduced the SAS in 2000.

    Upon admission, applicants taking the SAS route will be granted advanced standing, reducing the number of credit units required to obtain a Bachelor's degree.

  •   Who is eligible to apply for admission under the SAS?

    To apply for senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission under the SAS, you must be a final-year student or graduate of an AD/HD programme recognised by the University. 

    No CGPA or overall mark requirements are set for the purpose of application. However, as competition for admission is keen, accepted applicants are normally expected to have completed an AD/HD with a CGPA ≥ 3.0 or an equivalent overall mark, or a credit award. Individual programmes may set higher requirements.

    For final-year AD/HD students, offers of admission will be conditional upon the successful attainment of an AD/HD award, accompanied by a specified CGPA, overall mark or award classification if deemed appropriate.

    Senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission is only available to local students.

  •   How does the SAS work for senior-year entrants?

    A key feature of the SAS is that senior-year entrants are awarded advanced standing in recognition of prior study upon admission.

    Senior-year entrants will receive Advanced Standing II, enabling them to complete their studies with a minimum of 60 credit units (instead of 120 credit units for a standard four-year curriculum), subject to the requirements of individual degrees/majors. Students admitted with advanced standing will not be entitled to any credit transfer on the basis of their previous qualifications attained prior to their admission to the University. Instead, they may be granted an exemption from specific courses based on their prior study. Credit units are not earned for exempted courses.

  •   When is the application period?

    Applications for 2023 entry will be accepted from September 2022. For details, please refer to the programme list

    Applicants who submit applications before 15 November 2022 may receive early offers. Applicants who do not receive early offers will be considered with other applicants in the regular round.


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