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Announcement of the University Entrance Requirements for HKDSE Candidates in 2024 and Onwards

In response to the new grading system for the revised Liberal Studies subject, which is now known as Citizenship and Social Development, 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 University Entrance Requirements for HKDSE candidates in 2024 and onwards will be:

English Language Chinese Language Mathematics Citizenship and Social Development
Level 3 Level 3 Level 2 Attained (A)


1st Senior Secondary Elective Subject (Category A) 2nd Senior Secondary Elective Subject (Category A) or Mathematics Extended Part (Module 1 or 2) or Other Language Subject (Category C)
Level 3 Level 3 / Grade E


"Attained with Distinction" obtained prior to 2018, or "Attained with Distinction (I)" or "Attained with Distinction (II)" obtained in or after 2018, in Applied Learning subjects (other than Applied Learning Chinese) will be used as additional supporting information. In the meantime, student learning experiences in Applied Learning subjects may be considered within the context of other learning experiences in their application.

Category A: Senior Secondary Subjects

Level 1 - 4 Level 5 Level 5* Level 5**
1 - 4 5.5 7 8.5

“Attained” in Citizenship and Social Development will not be included in the admissions score calculation. 

Category C: Other Language Subjects for 2024

Grade E Grade D Grade C Grade B Grade A
1 2.5 4 5.5 7

Category C: Other Language Subjects for 2025 Onwards 

Category C Subjects HKU Converted Score
  4 6 7 8.5
Japanese N3 - N2 N1
Korean Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6

French / German / Spanish

A2 B1 B2 C2, C1


The stipulated language examinations are as listed below, please refer to the HKEAA website for details.

  • Japanese: Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
  • Korean: Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK)
  • French: The Diplôme d'Etudes de Langue Française (DELF) and Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF)
  • German: Goethe-Zertifikat for German
  • Spanish: Diplomas de Espanol como Lengua Extranjera (DELE)

We welcome eligible NCS applicants (both school or non-school) to submit Alternative Qualifications in Chinese Language (ACL), i.e. GCSE / GCE etc. for consideration to satisfy the general Chinese Language requirement.

If NCS applicants submit more than one ACL and / or have HKDSE Chinese Language result, the best result will be considered.

Further information on submissions and verification of ACL is available on the JUPAS website.