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Applied Intelligent Technologies

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN Applied Intelligent Technologies

Programme Code

  • HP002 Diploma in College Foundation Studies (DCFS)
  • HP811 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)



QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 21/001399/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)

DCFS Application Code: DCFS-AIT

HD Application Code: HDAIT

Major emerging intelligent technologies are rapidly redefining global business and society's development. This programme addresses the growing demand of technology talents in Hong Kong and facilitates students to enter the information technology industry by providing a concrete foundation of information technology knowledge and application development skills. The topics of Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing, database management and analytics, and computer programming languages will be covered to provide students with the latest development trend of the industry. The curriculum design emphasises on practicality; the students will have placement opportunities to experience the workplace requirements by tackling real business problems with technology solutions in real settings.


Programme Aims and Features

  • Provides students with generic skills and the ability to present and evaluate information;

  • Equips students with knowledge and skills in the technological field, including computer programming, networking and database, and technology application development, to perform skilled tasks and propose appropriate solutions;

  • Provides students with the latest development trend of the information technology industry in local and global contexts;

  • Enables students to acquire appropriate attitude and practical skills through practical experience and to appreciate the importance of professional standards and lifelong learning at the paraprofessional level;

  • Prepares students to progress to further studies towards a degree in the relevant fields.

Technology Placement

The Technology Placement provides a unique learning opportunity that enables students to integrate academic knowledge with first-hand practical experience. It broadens students’ horizons in an actual work setting where they could interact with professionals from the IT industry and learn to develop better communication and interpersonal skills and work ethics. It will also develop and refine students’ employability skills, engage them in career development activities and support them to adopt a reflective approach to learning.


Opportunities for Further Studies

UGC-funded Universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Computer Science, Information Technology or other IT-related disciplines offered by local universities (including HKU).

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

  • The University of Hong Kong
    BASc Applied Artificial Intelligence
    BEng Computer Science
    BEng Data Science and Engineering
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    BSc Computer Science
    BSc Data Science and Technology
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    BSc Computer Science
    BEng Artificial Intelligence: Systems and Technologies
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BSc Computer Science
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
    BSc (Hons) Artificial Intelligence and Educational Technology (Senior year entry)

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

Other Local Institutions

    Part-time, final year, BSc (Hons) Cyber Security offered by the University of Plymouth(UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE
    Part-time, 2-year, BSc (Hons) Computer Network and Security offered by the Middlesex University (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE
  • Hong Kong Metropolitan University
    BSc (Hons) Computer Engineering (Senior year entry)
    BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Senior year entry)
    BSc (Hons) Cyber and Computer Security (Senior year entry)
    BSc (Hons) Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (Senior year entry)
    BComp (Hons) Internet Technology (Senior year entry)
  • Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
    BSc (Hons) Applied Computing

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


Professional Recognition

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy

AWS academy

The College has become a member institution of AWS Academy, a programme offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). It provides higher education institutions with ready-to-teach curriculum, helping students acquire cloud computing skills and widely recognised certifications, and preparing them to pursue career in IT industry.

Full Subsidy of Examination Fee

Upon successful completion of the cloud computing course in the curriculum, HPSHCC students are eligible to take the examination of Amazon Web Services. The College will fully subsidise the examination fee.

Check Point

Check Point

The College also has become the SecureAcademy of Check Point. Their mission is to provide global education on Cyber Security by partnering with colleges and continuing education institutions. They also encourage institutions to collaborate with Check Point to prepare today’s students with the vital technology skills needed to protect our future. 


Career Prospects

Our graduates are prepared to take up positions in the Information Technology fields at the paraprofessional level in Hong Kong and the Mainland.

2-year Higher Diploma Programme

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in 5 subjects*§ including English Language, Chinese Languageand Mathematics in HKDSE, or equivalent; 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 College Foundation Studies (DCFS) programme.


Diploma in College 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 College Foundation Studies

  • Essential English I
  • Essential English II
  • Effective Speaking
  • Effective Writing / Foundation Grammar
  • Foundation Chinese Language /  Communication in Chinese as a Second Language
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • ICT in Society
  • Introduction to Business
  • Understanding Personal Growth and Development 
  • Youth and Society 


Higher Diploma Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English 
  • English for Academic Purposes I 
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Applied Statistics
  • Introduction to Computer Networks
  • Introduction to Database Management Systems
  • Cloud Computing and Architecture
  • Web Programming I
  • Discrete Mathematics for Computing
  • Structured and Object-Oriented Programming

Higher Diploma Year 2

  • English for Academic Purposes II 
  • English for Science and Technology
  • Practical Chinese*
  • Web Programming II
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Contemporary Issues of Technology Application
  • Business Intelligence Applications
  • eHealth Informatics 
  • Applied Intelligent Technologies Project / Technology Placement 


* 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.