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National Diploma
Higher National Diploma

National Diploma and Higher National Diploma are vocational courses suitable for students who have little interest in traditional academic subjects. Classes focus on practical trainings of professional knowledge and skills for a specific profession, equipping students with industrial knowledge and practical skills that help them in work places.

The qualification of National Diploma is equivalent to GCE A-levels, after which students can choose to progress to Higher National Diploma or year 1 of a traditional undergraduate degree. The qualification of Higher National Diploma is equivalent to that of year 1 and 2 of undergraduate degree, after which students are able to progress to year 2 or year 3 of an undergraduate degree.

Course Features

  • Entry in September.
  • Lower entry requirements than undergraduate degrees. Tuition cost is also more economical.
  • More hands-on training and practical opportunities on industrial knowledge and skill sets.
  • Assessment mainly by coursework. There are fewer written examinations.

Typical Subjects *Popular Choices of HK Students

  • Animal Care*
  • Art & Design*
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Business Administration
  • Construction
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Hotel Management*
  • Hospitality Management*
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media
  • Music Technology*
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Performing Arts
  • Sport Studies
  • Travel & Tourism*
Progression Route
Annual Tuition & Accommodation Cost
State College HK$150K - 280K
University HK$180K - 420K
Admission Requirements
Academic Requirement
Hong Kong Student Mainland Chinese Student
Completed F.5 Completed F.5
English Requirement
IELTS 4.5 - 5.0
Age Requirement
Aged 16+

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