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.
For 2020 entry, around 1,400 places (subject to approval) are available for senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission to government-funded Bachelor's degree programmes.
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.
Before you apply, check the list of government-funded programmes that accept applications under the SAS.
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.
AD/HD graduates who do not receive a senior-year (Advanced Standing II) place may be considered for Advanced Standing I admission. The minimum graduation requirement for Advanced Standing I students is 90 credit units (instead of 120 credit units for a standard four-year curriculum), subject to the requirements of individual degrees/majors.
Applications for 2020 entry are still open. For details, please refer to the programme list.
Applicants who submit applications before 15 November 2019 may receive early offers. Applicants who do not receive early offers will be considered with other applicants in the regular round.
Admission offers are mostly made in the months from January to May. Offers will continue when vacancies arise, until the start of semester A.