Frequently Asked Questions

 

Entrance Requirements

1. What are the general entrance requirements for Degree programmes?

2. Will PolyU consider applicants not meeting the general entrance requirements especially those marginally missed one of the core subjects but with good results in other subjects?

3. What are the general entrance requirements for Higher Diploma (HD) programmes?

4. If applicants have not taken the preferred subject(s) listed in the entrance requirement of a specific programme, would they be considered?

5. For students who have not taken Chinese Language in their secondary education, will they be considered for admission to PolyU?

6. Would other language subjects offered to students under the New Senior Secondary curriculum (i.e. French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish and Urdu) be considered?

7. If students cannot get a Level 3 (for degree programmes) / Level 2 (for Higher Diploma programmes) for their HKDSE Chinese Language, could their results in other language subjects be used to replace the Chinese requirement?

8. Can IELTS / TOEFL results be used to meet the English Language requirement?

9. Can Applied Learning (ApL) subjects be used to meet the entrance requirement?

10. How would the Extended Modules of Mathematics be considered in meeting the entrance requirement?

 

Broad Discipline Admission

11. What is Broad Discipline Admission? Can I choose my desired Major after admission?

 

Admission Score Calculation

12. What is the admission score calculation mechanism for PolyU’s Broad Disciplines (BDs) / programmes?

13. How would the Applied Learning (ApL) subjects be considered in the calculation of admission score?

14. How would the Extended Modules of Mathematics be considered in the calculation of admission score?

15. How would HKDSE attainments be considered in the calculation of admission scores?

16. Other than the subjects selected for calculation of the admission score for initial prioritization, will the remaining subjects be considered during admission selection?

17. How are subject weightings determined?

18. How would applicants with the same admission score be prioritized in the merit order list?

19. Will there be any cut-off admission score in considering HKDSE applicants?

 

Admission Selection

20. Would applicants’ other public examinations e.g. GCE, IB be considered?

21. How would students’ Other Learning Experiences (OLE) be considered?

22. How would PolyU shortlist applicants for interview before the announcement of HKDSE result?

23. Would Student Learning Profile (SLP) be considered?

24. Does PolyU have its own admission tests in addition to HKDSE?

25. How would admission quotas be distributed between JUPAS and Non-JUPAS applicants?

26. Would there be any penalty for applicants repeating HKDSE?


Entrance Requirements

 

 

1. What are the general entrance requirements for Degree programmes?
 
Please see below a summary table of the general entrance requirements of Degree programmes:

 

HKDSE Subjects

Core Subjects

Elective Subjects
(including M1/M2)

Chinese Language

English Language

Mathematics

Liberal Studies

1st Elective

2nd Elective

Level

Requirement

3

3

2

2

3

3

 

 


 

 

2. Will PolyU consider applicants not meeting the general entrance requirements especially those marginally missed one of the core subjects but with good results in other subjects?
 
No. All applicants are required to meet the general entrance requirements before they will be further considered for admission.

 

 


 

 

3. What are the general entrance requirements for Higher Diploma (HD) programmes?
 

Please see below a summary table of the general entrance requirements of HD programmes:

 

HKDSE Subjects

Core Subjects

Other Subjects

Chinese Language

English Language

1

2

3

Level

Requirement

2

2

2

2

2

 

 


 

 

4. If applicants have not taken the preferred subject(s) listed in the entrance requirement of a specific programme, would they be considered?
 

Yes, there is no mandatory subject requirement for individual Broad Disciplines (BDs) / programmes. Only preferred subjects, which carry the highest weighting in the calculation of admission scores, are listed. For admittees who have not studied the preferred subjects, they may need to take additional relevant underpinning subjects after admission so as to get the necessary foundation knowledge.

 

 


 

 

5. For students who have not taken Chinese Language in their secondary education, will they be considered for admission to PolyU?
 

Since Chinese Language is a core subject in HKDSE, all S6 students sitting for HKDSE are expected to either take the examination of Chinese Language or, where appropriate, the alternative Chinese Language. PolyU adopts a standardized arrangement for handling applicants’ alternative Chinese qualifications i.e. applicants endorsed by schools for meeting EDB’s specified conditions and having achieved the required grade in Chinese in one of the examinations listed in the table below will be regarded as obtaining a Level 3 in HKDSE Chinese for meeting our entrance requirements for Degree and Higher Diploma programmes, and for calculation of the related admission scores. These cases will also be highlighted to departments concerned for their attention and suitable consideration. 

 

Exam

Level

Min. Grade

GCE

O-Level

C

GCSE

N/A

C

IGCSE

N/A

C

HKDSE ApL(C)

N/A

Attained

GCE

A-Level

E

GCE

AS-Level

E

 


 

 

6. Would other language subjects offered to students under the New Senior Secondary curriculum (i.e. French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish and Urdu) be considered?
 
These other language subjects will be accepted as elective subjects.  Grade E or above is required.

 

 


 

 

7. If students cannot get a Level 3 (for degree programmes) / Level 2 (for Higher Diploma programmes) for their HKDSE Chinese Language, could their results in other language subjects be used to replace the Chinese requirement?
 

No.

 

 


 

 

8. Can IELTS / TOEFL results be used to meet the English Language requirement?
 

No. All applicants seeking admission on the basis of HKDSE results are expected to meet the HKDSE English Language requirement. 

 

 


 

 

9. Can Applied Learning (ApL) subjects be used to meet the entrance requirement?
 
Individual Broad Disciplines (BDs) / programmes will accept relevant Applied Learning (ApL) subjects as meeting the entrance requirements. For degree programmes, an attainment at Attained with Distinction (I) or above in one relevant ApL subject can be used for meeting the elective subject requirements. For Higher Diploma programmes, Attained level will also be accepted. A maximum of two relevant ApL subjects can be used in meeting the requirement.

 

 


 

 

10. How would the Extended Modules of Mathematics be considered in meeting the entrance requirement?

 

For degree programmes, the Extended Modules of Mathematics will be treated as a single subject in meeting the entrance requirement.

 

For Higher Diploma programmes, students not having the level requirement for the other subject for meeting the general entrance requirement may be specially considered if they have attained Level 2 or above in one of the Extended modules of Mathematics. Please refer to Admission Selection for details.

 

 


Broad Discipline Admission

 

 

11. What is Broad Discipline Admission? Can I choose my desired Major after admission?
 

The Broad Discipline admission arrangement aims to facilitate students’ active exploration of a broad discipline and allow them the flexibility to defer their decision on Major study to no later than the end of semester one of their Year 2 study.  While most of our Broad Discipline programmes let students choose their Majors within the broad discipline, a few of them will require students to meet screening criteria when selecting Majors. Please click here for the details of programmes offering Broad Discipline admission and their screening criteria for choosing Majors.
 

 


Admission Score Calculation

 

 

12. What is the admission score calculation mechanism for PolyU’s Broad Disciplines (BDs) / programmes?

 

Individual Broad Disciplines (BDs) / programmes select either 5 or 6 HKDSE subjects for calculation of admission scores starting from 2017-18 admissions exercise. Admission score calculation mechanisms adopted by programmes looking for 5 subjects are either “Any Best 5 Subjects” or "Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects" while those looking for 6 subjects are either "Any Best 6 Subjects" or "4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects”. After all, individual BDs / programmes adopt only one of the mechanisms mentioned for calculating the admission score for initial prioritization of applicants.

 

The different score calculation mechanisms are as follows:

 

5 Subjects:

 

(i)   Any Best 5 Subjects
 
The “best” 5 HKDSE subjects (after subject weightings have been applied) will be taken into account.

 
(ii)  Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects
 
Chinese Language and English Language, plus any 3 “best” subjects (after subject weightings have been applied) will be taken into account.

 

6 Subjects:

 

(i)   Any Best 6 Subjects
 
The “best” 6 HKDSE subjects (after subject weightings have been applied) will be taken into account.

 

(ii)  4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects
 
The 4 core subjects including Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies, plus 2 “best” elective subjects (after subject weightings have been applied) will be taken into account.
 
Applicants should check the admission score calculation mechanism of individual Broad Disciplines (BDs) / programmes under the respective programme entries at Study@PolyU. Examples illustrating how applicants’ admission scores are derived based on the above calculation mechanisms can be found here.

 

 


 

 

13. How would the Applied Learning (ApL) subjects be considered in the calculation of admission score?

 

Individual Broad Disciplines (BDs) / degree programmes will consider relevant Applied Learning (ApL) subjects. "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in relevant ApL subjects will be taken as Level 3 and Level 4 respectively in the calculation of admission score for degree and Higher Diploma programmes while "Attained" will also be taken as Level 2 for consideration for Higher Diploma programmes. Only one relevant ApL subject can be used for calculation of the admission score for prioritization for degree programmes and no more than two relevant ApL subjects will be included in the calculation for Higher Diploma programmes.
 

 


 

 

14. How would the Extended Modules of Mathematics be considered in the calculation of admission score?

 

For degree programmes, the Extended Modules of Mathematics (i.e. M1 or M2) will be treated as a single subject in calculating the admission scores of JUPAS applicants. However, if students have taken both M1 and M2, they will only be considered as one subject and the best grade will be taken into consideration in admission score calculation.

 

For Higher Diploma programmes which have specified the Extended Modules of Mathematics (i.e. M1 or M2) as subjects with the highest weighting (please refer to "Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings" under the respective programme entries at Study@PolyU), if the weighted subject score of M1 or M2 is higher than that of the "last best weighted subject", the "last best weighted subject", and M1 or M2 will each carry 50% weight in the admission score calculation.

 

Examples illustrating how applicants’ admission scores are derived with M1 or M2 being considered can be found here.

 

 


 

 

15. How would HKDSE attainments be considered in the calculation of admission scores?
 
PolyU adopts a point scale of “1 to 7” for converting HKDSE attainments for calculation of PolyU’s admission scores as follows:-

 

HKDSE Level Attainments

Converted Level Points for Admission Score Calculation

                        5**

7

                        5*

6

                        5

5

                        4

4

                        3

3

                        2

2

                        1

1

Unclassified

0

 

 


 

 

16. Other than the subjects selected for calculation of the admission score for initial prioritization, will the remaining subjects be considered during admission selection?
 

The remaining subjects will be included in the calculation of the reference score which takes all subjects attempted into account.

 

 


 

 

17. How are subject weightings determined?
 
“Preferred” subjects of individual Broad Disciplines (BDs) / programmes will be given the highest weighting. Other subjects will be given appropriate weightings depending on their relevance to the BDs / programmes. Subjects with the highest weighting can be found under the programme information of individual BDs / programmes at Study@PolyU.

 

 


 

 

18. How would applicants with the same admission score be prioritized in the merit order list?
 
All HKDSE applicants will initially be prioritized based on the admission score. For applicants with the same admission score, programmes will make reference to their reference score which is an aggregation of all HKDSE subject results with subject weightings applied. An average score which is an average of all HKDSE Category A subject attempts without subject weightings applied, and interview / test performance may also be taken into account by some programmes when determining applicants’ priority on the merit order list, if any. 

 

 


 

 

19. Will there be any cut-off admission score in considering HKDSE applicants?
 
Not for 2018.

 

 


Admission Selection

 

 

20. Would applicants’ other public examinations e.g. GCE, IB be considered?
 
For JUPAS applicants, only HKDSE subject attainments would be included in the admission score calculation. Attainments in other public examinations would be taken as reference only.

 

 


 

 

21. How would students’ Other Learning Experiences (OLE) be considered?
 
To support the all-round development of students, applicants with very outstanding performance in their other experiences and achievements (e.g. with awards / prizes attained in prominent competitions) will be favourably considered for admission if they have chosen PolyU programme(s) as their Band A choice(s) and meet the general entrance requirements of the University.  For other students, their Other Learning Experiences (OLE) information may be used by departments as one of the references for shortlisting applicants for admission or interview / aptitude test.

 

 


 

 

22. How would PolyU shortlist applicants for interview before the announcement of HKDSE result?
 
Departments would consider information available in the JUPAS application form such as information provided by school principals in the Reference Report, academic performance of applicants in school, applicants’ band choice, other experiences & achievements (OEA) and additional information provided by the applicants.

 

 


 

 

23. Would Student Learning Profile (SLP) be considered?
 
Submission of Student Learning Profile (SLP) is optional. Applicants may submit it to the JUPAS Office or present their Student Learning Profile (SLP) during interview. 

 

 


 

 

24. Does PolyU have its own admission tests in addition to HKDSE?
 
Some programmes may conduct their own aptitude tests to ascertain applicants’ specific aptitudes / competencies for particular disciplines. 
 

 


 

 

25. How would admission quotas be distributed between JUPAS and Non-JUPAS applicants?
 
The proportion of non-JUPAS admittees would generally be around 20%. 
 

 


 

 

26. Would there be any penalty for applicants repeating HKDSE?
 
PolyU all along considers multiple attempts without penalty. Similar subjects will be considered once and the best grade will be taken into consideration during admission selection.