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

Introduction

 

For Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) JUPAS applicants, the 9 JUPAS participating-institutions and the SSSDP institutions (the Institutions) will accept and consider, for the purpose of satisfying their entrance requirements, the following alternative qualifications in Chinese Language (ACL) in lieu of the general Chinese Language requirement in the HKDSE Examination, viz. HKDSE Examination Category B: Applied Learning Chinese (ApL(C)), GCE, GCSE, and IGCSE Examination results.

Information on the ACL accepted by the Institutions, the minimum grade required, and any specific requirements of individual programmes are listed below:

Eligibility

 

NCS applicants (both school and non-school) have to meet either of the following specified circumstances (eligible NCS applicants) before consideration will be given to their ACL attained:

  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 students in local schools.

Applicants with ApL(C) results are regarded as fulfilling one of the above specified circumstances.

Eligible NCS applicants, regardless of whether they have obtained / will obtain HKDSE Examination Chinese Language results, can submit ONE or more of those listed as ACL.

Further information on procedures in relation to the certification of specified circumstances is available at the website of the Education Bureau (EDB), or applicants may contact EDB at 3540 7447.

Submission of Relevant Documents and Certification of Specified Circumstances

School Eligible NCS Applicants with ApL(C) Results Only

Submission

School eligible NCS applicants with their ApL(C) results registered at the HKEAA

  1. NEED NOT enter their ApL(C) results under "Other Academic Results (Language Subjects)" or indicate such results as ACL under "Alternative Qualification(s) in Chinese Language (ACL)" in their JUPAS accounts; and

  2. NEED NOT submit such results to the JUPAS Office.

In order that the JUPAS Office and the Institutions can obtain their ApL(C) results from the HKEAA, such applicants should ensure that the HKID card numbers which they have used to register their JUPAS accounts MUST BE IDENTICAL to those used to register for their HKDSE Examination at the HKEAA.

Verification and Certification

School eligible NCS applicants with ApL(C) results registered at the HKEAA

  1. NEED NOT submit certified true copies of their ApL(C) results to the JUPAS Office; and

  2. NEED NOT apply to their current schools for certification of their specified circumstances as they are regarded as having met one of them.

However, school principals or teachers who are authorised by school principals are required to confirm and submit such applicants' ACL via the JUPAS online application system on or before the deadline for verification and certification of 4 May 2022.

School Eligible NCS Applicants with GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination Results Only

Submission

School eligible NCS applicants, who wish to submit their GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results as ACL, are required to complete the information below via their JUPAS accounts on or before the submission deadline of 27 April 2022 (11:59 pm) by

  1. entering the highest subject level / score for their Chinese Language subjects in GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examinations under "Other Academic Results (Language Subjects)"; AND

  2. indicating the qualifications concerned as ACL under "Alternative Qualification(s) in Chinese Language (ACL)".

Such applicants are reminded that in the consideration of the above examination results as ACL, the following will NOT be accepted:

  1. "equivalent" qualifications;

  2. qualifications not on the List of ACL;

  3. online results / reports; and

  4. provisional results.

Late submission of ACL will NOT be accepted after the deadline of 27 April 2022.

Verification and Certification

School eligible NCS applicants who have indicated GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination Chinese Language results as their ACL should apply to their current schools for verification of such results and certification of their specified circumstances.  They should

  1. submit the completed "Application for Certification of the Specified Circumstances" (Annex A) (available at the EDB website) to their schools.  They NEED NOT submit it to the JUPAS Office; and

  2. produce original certificates with subject grades to their schools for verification.

School principals or teachers who are authorised by school principals are required to

  1. verify the Chinese Language results under GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examinations of their school applicants;

  2. certify the specified circumstances of their school applicants;

  3. upload the certified true copies of GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results, which MUST contain the subject grades their school applicants have attained; and

  4. confirm and submit their ACL

via the JUPAS online application system on or before the deadline for verification and certification of 4 May 2022.

Such applicants can log on their JUPAS accounts to check the updated status of verification of ACL and certification of specified circumstances once the qualifications and the specified circumstances have been verified and certified respectively by their schools.

Please note that ACL without verification and certification of specified circumstances will NOT be taken into consideration by the Institutions.

School Eligible NCS Applicants with GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination AND ApL(C) Results

Submission

School eligible NCS applicants, who wish to submit their GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results as ACL, are required to complete the information below via their JUPAS accounts on or before the submission deadline of 27 April 2022 (11:59 pm) by

  1. entering the highest subject level / score for their Chinese Language subjects in GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examinations under "Other Academic Results (Language Subjects)"; AND

  2. indicating the qualifications concerned as ACL under "Alternative Qualification(s) in Chinese Language (ACL)".

Such applicants are reminded that in the consideration of the above examination results as ACL, the following will NOT be accepted:

  1. "equivalent" qualifications;

  2. qualifications not on the List of ACL;

  3. online results / reports; and

  4. provisional results.

Late submission of ACL will NOT be accepted after the deadline of 27 April 2022.

School eligible NCS applicants with their ApL(C) results registered at the HKEAA

  1. NEED NOT enter their ApL(C) results under "Other Academic Results (Language Subjects)" or indicate such results as ACL under "Alternative Qualification(s) in Chinese Language (ACL)" in their JUPAS accounts; and

  2. NEED NOT submit such results to the JUPAS Office.

In order that the JUPAS Office and the Institutions can obtain their ApL(C) results from the HKEAA, such applicants should ensure that the HKID card numbers which they have used to register their JUPAS accounts MUST BE IDENTICAL to those used to register for their HKDSE Examination at the HKEAA.

Verification and Certification

School eligible NCS applicants who have indicated GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination Chinese Language results as their ACL should apply to their current schools for verification of such results.  They should

  1. produce original certificates with subject grades to their schools for verification.

School principals or teachers who are authorised by school principals are required to

  1. verify the Chinese Language results under GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examinations of their school applicants;

  2. upload the certified true copies of GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results, which MUST contain the subject grades their school applicants have attained; and

  3. confirm and submit their ACL (both GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination and ApL(C) results)

via the JUPAS online application system on or before the deadline for verification and certification of 4 May 2022.

Such applicants can log on their JUPAS accounts to check the updated status of verification of ACL once the qualifications have been verified by their schools.

Please note that ACL without verification will NOT be taken into consideration by the Institutions.

School eligible NCS applicants with ApL(C) results registered at HKEAA

1. NEED NOT submit certified true copies of their ApL(C) results to the JUPAS Office; and

2. NEED NOT apply to their current schools for certification of their specified circumstances as they are regarded as having met one of them.

Non-school Eligible NCS Applicants with ApL(C) Results Only

Submission

Non-school eligible NCS applicants with their ApL(C) results registered at the HKEAA

  1. NEED NOT enter their ApL(C) results under "Other Academic Results (Language Subjects)" or indicate such results as ACL under "Alternative Qualification(s) in Chinese Language (ACL)" in their JUPAS accounts; and

  2. NEED NOT submit such results to the JUPAS Office.

In order that the JUPAS Office and the Institutions can obtain their ApL(C) results from the HKEAA, such applicants should ensure that the HKID card numbers which they have used to register their JUPAS accounts MUST BE IDENTICAL to those used to register for their HKDSE Examination at the HKEAA.

Verification and Certification

Non-school eligible NCS applicants with ApL(C) results registered at the HKEAA

  1. NEED NOT submit certified true copies of their ApL(C) results to the JUPAS Office;

  2. NEED NOT apply to their last schools attended for certification of their specified circumstances as they are regarded as having met one of them; and

  3. NEED NOT complete and submit "Proforma on School Principal's Certification of Specified Circumstances" (Annex C) (available at the EDB website) to the JUPAS Office.

Non-school Eligible NCS Applicants with GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination Results Only

Submission

Non-school eligible NCS applicants, who wish to submit their GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results as ACL, are required to complete the information below via their JUPAS accounts on or before the submission deadline of 27 April 2022 (11:59 pm) by

  1. entering the highest subject level / score for their Chinese Language subjects in GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examinations under "Other Academic Results (Language Subjects)"; AND

  2. indicating the qualifications concerned as ACL under "Alternative Qualification(s) in Chinese Language (ACL)".

Such applicants are reminded that in the consideration of the above examination results as ACL, the following will NOT be accepted:

  1. "equivalent" qualifications;

  2. qualifications not on the List of ACL;

  3. online results / reports; and

  4. provisional results.

Late submission of ACL will NOT be accepted after the deadline of 27 April 2022.

Verification and Certification

Non-school eligible NCS applicants who have indicated GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination Chinese Language results as their ACL should approach their last schools attended for certification of their specified circumstances.  They should

  1. submit the completed "Application for Certification of the Specified Circumstances" (Annex A) (available at the EDB website) to their last schools attended.  They NEED NOT submit it to the JUPAS Office; and

  2. obtain "School Reference Letter" (Annex B) (available at the EDB website).  They NEED NOT submit it to the JUPAS Office.  School principals may require the applicants to provide other documents such as student report cards showing the history of schooling to facilitate their certification.

School principals are required to

  1. certify the specified circumstances of the non-school applicants by completing "Proforma on School Principal's Certification of Specified Circumstances" (Annex C) (available at the EDB website); and

  2. return the completed Annex C to the non-school applicants for submission to the JUPAS Office.

Such applicants are required to submit the completed Annex C AND the certified true copies of the certificates of GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results, which MUST contain the subject grades they have attained, to the JUPAS Office in person on or before 4 May 2022 (5:00 pm) for its verification.  They can log on their JUPAS accounts to check the updated status of verification of ACL and certification of specified circumstances 2 working days after the relevant documents are received by the JUPAS Office.

Please note that ACL without verification and certification of specified circumstances will NOT be taken into consideration by the Institutions.

Non-school Eligible NCS Applicants with GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination AND ApL(C) Results

Submission

Non-school eligible NCS applicants, who wish to submit their GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results as ACL, are required to complete the information below via their JUPAS accounts on or before the submission deadline of 27 April 2022 (11:59 pm) by

  1. entering the highest subject level / score for their Chinese Language subjects in GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examinations under "Other Academic Results (Language Subjects)"; AND

  2. indicating the qualifications concerned as ACL under "Alternative Qualification(s) in Chinese Language (ACL)".

Such applicants are reminded that in the consideration of the above examination results as ACL, the following will NOT be accepted:

  1. "equivalent" qualifications;

  2. qualifications not on the List of ACL;

  3. online results / reports; and

  4. provisional results.

Late submission of ACL will NOT be accepted after the deadline of 27 April 2022.

Non-school eligible NCS applicants with their ApL(C) results registered at the HKEAA

  1. NEED NOT enter their ApL(C) results under "Other Academic Results (Language Subjects)" or indicate such results as ACL under "Alternative Qualification(s) in Chinese Language (ACL)" in their JUPAS accounts; and

  2. NEED NOT submit such results to the JUPAS Office.

In order that the JUPAS Office and the Institutions can obtain their ApL(C) results from the HKEAA, such applicants should ensure that the HKID card numbers which they have used to register their JUPAS accounts MUST BE IDENTICAL to those used to register for their HKDSE Examination at the HKEAA.

Verification and Certification

Non-school eligible NCS applicants who have indicated GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examinations Chinese Language results as their ACL have to submit the certified true copies of the certificates, which MUST contain the subject grades they have attained, to the JUPAS Office in person on or before 4 May 2022 (5:00 pm) for its verification.

Such applicants can log on their JUPAS accounts to check the updated status of verification of ACL 2 working days after the relevant documents are received by the JUPAS Office.

Please note that ACL without verification will NOT be taken into consideration by the Institutions.

Non-school eligible NCS applicants with ApL(C) results registered at the HKEAA

  1. NEED NOT submit certified true copies of their ApL(C) results to the JUPAS Office;

  2. NEED NOT apply to their last schools attended for certification of their specified circumstances as they are regarded as having met one of them; and

  3. NEED NOT complete and submit "Proforma on School Principal's Certification of Specified Circumstances" (Annex C) (available at the EDB website) to the JUPAS Office.

Points to Note

 

Eligible NCS applicants who wish to submit their GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results as ACL for consideration by the Institutions for admission in 2022 are reminded that if they take the GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination (May / June 2022 Summer Series) in the same cycle year (2021 – 2022), they will NOT be able to meet the JUPAS's deadlines of 27 April 2022 (11:59 pm) for the submission and 4 May 2022 for the verification and certification of these ACL for this cycle year.

Should there be any discrepancies between the information entered by the applicants and the information contained in certified true copies of the certificates, information contained in these certified true copies of the certificates is final.  The GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results will be amended by the JUPAS Office according to the information contained in the uploaded / submitted certified true copies of the certificates without further notice.  Applicants can log on their JUPAS accounts to check the amended information, if any, after all the certificates are verified by the JUPAS Office.

Certified true copies are NOT the original or the copies of the certificates / supporting documents.  Certified true copies are copies of certificates / supporting documents which have been certified by school principals, or by the issuing authorities concerned, or by a notary public.  The name, status and position of the person certifying the copies must be clearly stated.

If applicants' specified circumstances are not certified (if applicable) and / or certified true copies of the certificates of the GCE / GCSE / IGCSE Examination results are not received by the JUPAS Office on or before the deadline of 4 May 2022, their ACL will NOT be taken into consideration by the Institutions.  In the above case, the applicants' ACL indicated under "Alternative Qualification(s) in Chinese Language (ACL)" will be deleted from their JUPAS accounts after the deadline of 4 May 2022.

The final decision on admission will be subject to the authentication of the qualifications as listed in the applications of the applicants.  Applicants may be requested to produce the original copies of the supporting documents when required.  If they fail to do so, the JUPAS applications of those applicants may be disqualified, or the Institutions may withdraw or amend their offers, or cancel their registration / enrolment, or terminate the studies of those applicants.

List of ACL

Examination Subject
HKDSE Examination Category B: Applied Learning Chinese (ApL(C)) Chinese for the Service Industry and / or Chinese in Business Service and / or Chinese in Practical Context and / or Practical Chinese and / or Practical Chinese in Hospitality
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examination – (Ordinary Level / Advanced Subsidiary Level / Advanced Level) (AQA / Cambridge / CIE / Edexcel / OCR) Chinese Language
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) Examination (AQA / Edexcel / OCR) Chinese Language
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Examination (AQA / Cambridge / CIE / Edexcel) Chinese Language