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Applied Health and Rehabilitation Care

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN Applied Health and Rehabilitation Care

Programme Code

  • HP001 Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS)
  • HP810 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)



QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 21/001397/L4 
Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2022 – 31/08/2025
Successful completion of this programme leads to an award by HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC)


DFS Application Code: HPDFS-AHRC

HD Application Code: HDAHRC

The health care manpower in Hong Kong is in shortage to meet the service demand. This programme covers essential health care and rehabilitation knowledge, focusing on the following pillars: nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. The primary goal of training allied and auxiliary healthcare workers is to alleviate the manpower shortage in elderly and rehabilitation care services and to maintain the quality of patient care. With a foundation knowledge in health sciences and applied skills in allied health, students may join the healthcare workforce or progress to further studies in the related fields.


Programme Aims and Features 

  • Equips students with a wide range of knowledge and practical skills required to provide nursing and rehabilitation care for older adults and people with disabilities at the paraprofessional level;
  • Provides a sound foundation for practice with the development of knowledge and competent skill sets to work collaboratively with allied health or rehabilitation professionals within contemporary practice;
  • Provides a comprehensive education on body systems, physical and mental health, psychology and communication skills and their applications to rehabilitation strategies, family functioning and social care practices;
  • All specialism courses involve skill practices. In each academic year, students will be placed with different institutions or healthcare facilities for experiential learning placement;
  • A purpose-built skills laboratory is set up for students to acquire comprehensive skills in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing care and other health-related learning activities. This Rehabilitation Skills Laboratory aims at facilitating students' learning in the conduction of practical assessments, patient care and rehabilitation activities.


Experiential Study 

Students will be attached to different host organisations during a 3-week experiential learning placement that aims to offer students the opportunity to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge and practical skills to a work environment.

  • 1-week job-shadowing with healthcare professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists and nurses, to observe and understand their scope and roles.
  • Spending a week in an elderly service unit and a rehabilitation service unit respectively, where students will support health and rehabilitation care practices under supervision by interacting with real cases and reporting to professionals.
  • Host organisations include the rehabilitation and elderly service units under Po Leung Kuk, Oasis Group nursing homes and the day care service units under Woopie Club.

Opportunities for Further Studies

Graduates are eligible to apply for Bachelor’s degree programmes offered by local universities. 

The list below shows the degree programmes that our graduates may apply for further studies*:

UGC-funded Universities

  • The University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Nursing
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Nursing
    BSc Community Health Practice
    BSc Gerontology
    BSc Public Health
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BSc (Hons) Nursing
    BSc (Hons) Scheme in Rehabilitation Sciences - Occupational Therapy
    BSc (Hons) Scheme in Rehabilitation Sciences - Physiotherapy
    BA (Hons) Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management

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

Other Local Institutions

  • Hong Kong Metropolitan University
    BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
    BSocSc (Hons) Psychology and Mental Health
  • Tung Wah College
    BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
    BSc (Hons) Applied Gerontology
  • Saint Francis University
    Bachelor of Nursing
    BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • Hong Kong Baptist University – School of Continuing Education
    Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Overseas Universities

  • Sheffield Hallam University (UK)
    BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
    BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • Oxford Brookes University (UK)
    BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
    BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • Coventry University (UK)
    BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
    BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • University of Northumbria at Newcastle (UK)
    BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • University of Plymouth (UK)
    BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • University of Brighton (UK)
    BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

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


Summer Crash Courses

To further equip our students to join the healthcare workforce, we may organise health worker training courses and registration, metalwork or woodwork courses for Year 1 students during summer break. Student participation is voluntary.


Career Prospects

Our graduates are prepared to be healthcare paraprofessionals; they may join the local healthcare industry as occupational therapy assistants, physiotherapy assistants and rehabilitation therapy assistants, in providing direct care and professional services to patients and individuals who require rehabilitation.

2-year Higher Diploma Programme

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in 5 subjects*§ including 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 Higher Diploma 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
  • Foundations of Chinese Language* 
  • Chinese Language Enhancement* 
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Elements of Business 
  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • Understanding Hong Kong Popular Culture


Higher Diploma Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English 
  • Elementary Statistics 
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Rehabilitation 
  • Common Health Conditions in Rehabilitation 
  • Communications Skills in Health Services
  • English for Academic Purposes I 
  • Practical Chinese*
  • Supporting Nursing Care 
  • Healthy Lifestyle Promotion and Intervention 
  • Psychological and Social Impacts of Illness and Disability 


Higher Diploma Year 2

  • English for Academic Purposes II 
  • Information Technology Fundamentals 
  • Principles of Rehabilitation 
  • Supporting Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Supporting Physiotherapy Practice
  • English for Healthcare Professionals
  • Rehabilitation for People with Disabilities
  • Rehabilitation for Older Adults 
  • Applied Health Technology 
  • Experiential Study 


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.