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Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCESCriminal Justice and Law Enforcement

Programme Code

  • HP001 Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS)
  • HP200 Year 1 & 2, Associate Degree (AD)



QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 07/001824/4
Registration Validity Period: 05/05/2008 to ongoing 
Successful completion of this programme leads to an award within The University of Hong Kong system through HKU SPACE

DFS Application Code: HPDFS-CJLE

AD Application Code: ASSCJLE

In order to further enhance Hong Kong’s reputation as one of the world’s safest cities in the 21st Century, effective management of crime is crucial, from prevention of crime to detection, prosecution, adjudication, sentencing, correction and reintegration of offenders. Through differentiation and specialisation, there is now considerable career potential in the fields of criminal justice and law enforcement, disciplinary services and security management, all with the common objective of maintaining law and order.

This programme is the first of its kind and is unique in Hong Kong. It has been developed in response to both the future academic and career development potentials in the field of criminal justice and law enforcement in Hong Kong. It is designed to help those interested secondary school graduates, who wish to obtain a tertiary-level qualification in this field, to explore their academic potential and career aspirations in criminal justice and law enforcement.


Programme Aims and Features

  • First of its kind and unique in Hong Kong in training secondary school graduates who wish to be future law enforcement practitioners;
  • Provides students with both theoretical and practical grounding in the core knowledge and specialist skills as required for serving in the modern criminal justice systems;
  • Provides students with a broad-based foundation in Social Sciences and hence prepares them for higher level studies in related disciplines;
  • Through outdoor law enforcement training workshops and activities, students are provided with hands-on experiences for learning the essential characteristics required for law enforcement practitioners.


Opportunities for Further Studies

UGC-funded Universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Social Sciences or other related disciplines offered by local universities (including HKU).

The list below shows the degree offers that our graduates/ students received in the past*:

  • The University of Hong Kong
    ​Bachelor of Social Sciences
    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Sciences
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Social Science
    BSSc Global Studies
    BSSc Sociology
    BSc Community Health Practice
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BSocSc Criminology and Sociology
    BSocSc Public Policy and Politics
    BSocSc Environmental Policy
    BSocSc Asian and International Studies
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    ​BA (Hons) Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship
    BA (Hons) Social Work
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
    ​BSocSc (Hons) Sociology 
    BA (Hons) Visual Arts
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
    BSocSc (Hons) Global and Hong Kong Studies

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

Graduates are also eligible to apply for the below degree programmes offered by other institutions:

Other Local Institutions

    • Full-time, 2-year, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Sciences, offered by Edinburgh Napier University (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE


Career Prospects

Graduates can take up positions in the field of criminal justice and law enforcement, e.g. Inspector of Police, Correctional Services Officer, Immigration Officer, Inspector of Customs and Excise, Station Officer of Fire Services Department and Investigating Officer of ICAC.

2-year Associate Degree Programme

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in 5 subjectsincluding English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination; OR
  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies programme; OR
  • Hold a Diploma Yi Jin; OR
  • Hold a Diploma of Applied Education; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

Applicants whose HKDSE results do not meet the entry requirements of the 2-year Associate Degree programme should apply for admission to the Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS) programme.


Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme

  • Obtain Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination, AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects*^§; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.


Mature Students

Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and with relevant work experience will be considered on individual merit.


*Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: 

“Attained with Distinction (II)” is deemed equivalent to Level 4 or above;
“Attained with Distinction (I)” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and 
“Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSE Examination.

#ApL Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.

§ If one of the five HKDSE subjects is Citizenship and Social Development, the requirement will be “Attained” for the subject.

^ If the candidate has attempted less than 5 subjects but obtained 6 points or above, the application will still be considered.

+ Level 5** = 7 points; Level 5* = 6 points; Level 5 = 5 points; Level 4 = 4 points; Level 3 = 3 points; Level 2 = 2 points; Level 1 = 1 point.

Effective from 2024-25 Academic Year:


Diploma in Foundation Studies

  • General English I & II
  • College Speaking / Introduction to Information Technology and AI
  • College Writing / Grammar for College Studies
  • Foundation of Chinese Language*
  • Chinese Language Enhancement*
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Elements of Business
  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • Understanding Hong Kong Popular Culture


Associate Degree Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • Quantitative Analysis I
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Advanced Chinese Language*
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • Exploring Hong Kong through Film and Popular Music
  • Social Development and Engagement
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Foundation Psychology


Associate Degree Year 2

  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Arts and Humanities
  • Health, Technology and Society
  • Histories, Societies and Identities: Connecting the Past to the Present
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement
  • Perspectives on Crime
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Crime and Criminals
  • Crime and Forensic Investigation
  • Workshop on Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement


The College reserves the right to make modifications to individual courses on a need basis.

* Non-Chinese speaking students or students who have not received sufficient training in the Chinese language may apply for exemption from the Chinese course(s), and alternative courses may be assigned.