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Alternative Qualifications in Chinese Language (ACL) (for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Applicants only)

1 Who are eligible to submit ACL?

Submission of ACL is applicable to 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 and the websites 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 their 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 Non-Chinese Speaking (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 Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Applicants only).

6 Why can't the information under ACL be updated even before the deadline for submission of ACL (i.e. 21 March 2018 (11:59 pm))?

If the certification of specified circumstances has already been completed by schools / the JUPAS Office, applicants will not be able to update their ACL even if it is before the deadline for submission of ACL (i.e. 21 March 2018 (11:59 pm)).  As such, the applicants have to request their schools (for school applicants) /  the JUPAS Office (for non-school applicants) to "undo" the certification so as to allow them to update their ACL.  After updating the ACL, applicants should request their schools / the JUPAS Office to complete the verification of ACL and certification of specified circumstances again before the deadline for verification and certification of ACL (i.e. 28 March 2018 (5:00 pm)).

7 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 Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Applicants only).

8 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 and the websites of the respective institutions for further information.

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.

10 If applicants have undergone name changes but the names contained in the certificates are the old ones, what should applicants do?

Applicants must inform the JUPAS Office in writing and attach copies of Deed Poll for its necessary actions.

Please refer to the section on Personal Profile.