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Alternative Qualifications in Chinese Language (ACL) (for NCS applicants only)

1 Who are eligible to submit alternative qualifications in Chinese language (ACL)?

Submission of ACL is applicable to non-Chinese speaking (NCS) applicants only.  NCS applicants who meet either one of the following specified circumstances are eligible to submit ACL:

  1. the applicants have learnt Chinese language for less than 6 years while receiving primary and secondary education; or

  2. the applicants have learnt Chinese language for 6 years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of applicants in local schools.

2 How will the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions consider applicants who have submitted ACL and who at the same time have also obtained HKDSE Examination results in Chinese language?

It will be entirely up to the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions to decide how these qualifications will be taken into consideration for admission purposes since determination of applicants' suitability for admission is entirely the decisions of the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions, and is entirely independent of the JUPAS Office.  In this regard, applicants should consult the general entrance requirements and individual programme requirements of the respective institutions for further information.

3 What are certified true copies?

Certified true copies are copies of the certificates (i.e. NOT the original documents) which have been certified by the issuing authorities concerned, or school principals.

4 How can the NCS non-school applicants confirm if the completed "School Principal's Certification of Specified Circumstances" and the certified true copies of the certificates of the GCE / GCSE / IGCSE results have been received by the JUPAS Office?

NCS non-school applicants who have submitted the completed "School Principal's Certification of Specified Circumstances" and the certified true copies of the certificates of the GCE / GCSE / IGCSE results to the JUPAS Office can log on their JUPAS accounts to check the certification and / or verification status 2 working days after the copies are received by the JUPAS Office.  The submission of certified true copies of the certificates of the GCE / GCSE / IGCSE results is not applicable to the applicants with ApL(C) results only.

Please refer to the section on Alternative Qualifications in Chinese Language (ACL) (for NCS applicants only).

5 How can the NCS school applicants confirm if their GCE / GCSE / IGCSE results and the specified circumstances have been verified and certified respectively by their schools?

NCS school applicants who have produced the original copies of their certificates of GCE / GCSE / IGCSE results to their schools for verification via the JUPAS online application system need not submit supporting documents to the JUPAS Office again.  They can log on their JUPAS accounts to check the verification status once the qualifications and the specified circumstances have been verified and certified respectively by their schools.

Please refer to the section on Alternative Qualifications in Chinese Language (ACL) (for NCS applicants only).

6 Will the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions consider ACL as a core subject?

The 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions will consider, for the purpose of satisfying their minimum entrance requirements, ACL (viz. ApL(C)GCE, GCSE and IGCSE) under specified circumstances in lieu of general Chinese language requirement for NCS applicants seeking admission to the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions.

Information on the ACL accepted by the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions, the minimum grade required, and any specific requirements of individual programmes is listed below:

Please refer to the section on Alternative Qualifications in Chinese Language (ACL) (for NCS applicants only).

7 If NCS applicants only have HKDSE Examination Category C: Other Language Subjects results instead of HKDSE Examination results in Chinese language or ACL, how will the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions consider their applications?

It will be entirely up to the institutions to decide how these qualifications will be taken into consideration for admission purposes since determination of applicants' suitability for admission is entirely the decisions of the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions, and is entirely independent of the JUPAS Office.  In this regard, applicants should consult the general entrance requirements and individual programme requirements of the respective institutions for further information.

8 If NCS applicants take the GCE / GCSE / IGCSE examinations (June 2017 Summer Series), can they submit their late ACL to the JUPAS Office for consideration by the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions?

NO.  Late submission of ACL will NOT be taken into consideration by the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions.

Eligible NCS applicants who wish to submit their GCE / GCSE / IGCSE results as ACL for consideration by the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions for admission in 2017 are reminded that if they take the GCE / GCSE / IGCSE (June 2017 Summer Series) examinations in the same cycle year (2016 – 2017), they will NOT be able to meet the JUPAS's deadlines of 31 March 2017 (11:59 pm) for the submission and 7 April 2017 (5:00 pm) for the verification of these ACL for this cycle year.

9 Can all applicants input their GCE / GCSE / IGCSE results in Chinese language as ACL in lieu of the HKDSE Examination in Chinese language?

NO.  Only NCS applicants who meet either one of the following specified circumstances are eligible to submit ACL:

  1. the applicants have learnt Chinese language for less than 6 years while receiving primary and secondary education; or

  2. the applicants have learnt Chinese language for 6 years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of applicants in local schools.