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Sport and Recreation Management

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN Sport and Recreation Management

Programme Code

  • HP001 Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS)
  • HP208 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)



QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 07/001831/4
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


Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP)

In 2024-25 academic year, local students enrolling and being offered the subsidised places of this programme under the SSSDP will receive a subsidy up to HK$22,910. After deduction of the subsidy, the annual tuition fee is HK$37,940.



DFS Application Code: HPDFS-SRM

HD Application Code: HDSRM

The sport and recreation sector has had a growing impact on the global economy with significant investments in public infrastructure, mobilising resources and creating new professions and jobs. It is expected that the number of major multi-sport competitions, and the demand for recreational services in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area will continue to increase, and that opportunities to work in this industry will further expand.

In addition, the international sport events in Asia, such as 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, boosted greater interest and participation in sport and exercise among the community, and enhanced Hong Kong’s image as a sport and culture hub of Asia.


Programme Aims and Features

  • Equips students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to design, implement and supervise sport and recreation programmes, events and services for individuals and groups;
  • Emphasises developing competencies central to the sport and recreation manager with a special focus upon Sport Event Management, Sport and Recreation Facility Management, Customer Relation and Human Resources Management in Sport Organisation, Sport Recreation and Technology, Sport and Recreation Marketing, and Outdoor Adventure and Recreation Programming;
  • Compulsory module in the summer for students to apply theory and knowledge in a practical context, in order to develop the individual and professional competencies needed when working in the recreation and sport industry;
  • Students have the opportunities to participate in major local sport and recreation events as volunteers in preparation for future careers.


Opportunities for Further Studies

UGC-funded Universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Sport and Recreation Management 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 Engineering
    BBA Accounting and Finance
    BSc Information Management
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    BSc Exercise Science and Health Education
    BSc Community Health Practice 
    BSSc Gender Studies
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BA (Hons) Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management
    BBA (Hons) Management 
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BBA Business Economics
    BBA Management
    BSocSc Asian and International Studies
    BSocSc Criminology and Sociology
    BSocSc Public Policy and Politics
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
    BA (Hons) Physical Education and Recreation Management
    BBA (Hons) Entrepreneurship and Business Concentration
    BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
    BEd (Hons) (Primary)  - Mathematics
    BEd (Hons) Physical Education
    Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Science and Coaching

*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

  • HKU SPACE International College
    Full-time, 1.5 years, Bachelor of Science (Hons) Sport Management#, offered by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE International College (IC)


Direct Study Articulation in Hong Kong

Students of this HD programme will be given a conditional offer* by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK, to study another 1.5 years in Hong Kong to finish the BSc (Hons) Sport Management#.

*Students are required to fulfill the graduation requirements of the Higher Diploma study and have a successful admission interview for the degree study.


#The programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications at QF Level 5 (QF registration no.: 15/002495/L5) for a period from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2026. This is an exempted course under the Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.


Career Prospects 

Graduates may be considered for junior management and supervisory positions in sport and recreation organisations in both public and private sectors, such as community centres, private and residential clubhouses, fitness centres, theme and leisure parks, schools, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and National Sports Associations.


Professional Practice

This is a compulsory module offered in the summer during which students undertake work experience and apply their acquired theory and knowledge into a practical context to develop the individual and professional competencies needed when working in the recreation and sport industry.


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2-year Higher Diploma 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 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 by the College.


*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 
  • English for Academic Purposes I 
  • Practical Chinese*
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Sport and Recreation Industry in Hong Kong 
  • Principles of Management
  • Entrepreneurial and Financial Strategies in Sport and Recreation
  • Programme Management in Sport, eSports and Recreation
  • Facility Design and Operations Management
  • Sport, Recreation and Technology


Higher Diploma Year 2

  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Sport Management and Sport Coaching
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Human Resource Management in Sport and Recreation
  • Outdoor Adventure Recreation
  • Professional Practice 
  • Customer Relationship and Management Skills in Sport and Recreation
  • Sport and Recreation Marketing 
  • Special Event, eSports and Entertainment Management
  • Sport and Recreation Management and Sport Coaching Project


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.