Admission requirements

Admission requirements are what you need to meet in order to be eligible to apply at UOW College Hong Kong

Students (including mature applicants) must have completed a recognised associate degree or higher diploma in a related discipline. The completed qualifications taken for entry need to be pitched at HKQF level 4 at a minimum.

Applicants from unrelated disciplines who have demonstrated foundation knowledge may also be considered. Such applicants will need to demonstrate they have completed a qualification at HKQF level 4 or equivalent, and have met the core requirements or equivalent to be eligible for 72 credit points’ exemption Such applications will be handled in line with the UOW’s Credit for Prior Learning Policy and Procedures.


English language proficiency requirement:

  • Pearson Academic – 54 overall (Reading 54, Writing 54, Listening 47, Speaking 47); or
  • Cambridge Advanced - 169 (based on revised 2015 exam format); or
  • TOEFL 70 internet (Reading 18 Writing 18 Listening 17 Speaking 17); or
  • IELTS Academic

    Bachelor of Communication and Media
    IELTS Academic – 6.0 overall (Reading 6, Writing 6, Listening 5, Speaking 5); or Equivalent

    Bachelor of Computer Science
    IELTS Academic – 6.0 overall (Reading 6, Writing 6, Listening 6, Speaking 6); or Equivalent

Completion of a 2-year tertiary study at an approved institution taught and assessed in English is considered as meeting the English proficiency requirement of the course. The qualification must have been obtained within the previous 2 years.


For admission to bachelor degree programmes, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Year 1 Entry

  • obtain Level 3 in Chinese Language and English Language, and Level 2 / “Attained” in Mathematics, Liberal Studies, and one Elective / Applied Learning Subject in HKDSE; OR

  • pass AS Use of English and AS Chinese Language and Culture plus one AL subject/two AS subjects in HKALE and passes in five subjects in HKCEE including Chinese Language and English Language; OR

  • obtain equivalent qualifications.

Year 3 Entry*

  • Holders of an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in a similar or relevant discipline from a recognised tertiary institution in Hong Kong with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above or equivalent.


See our Bachelor Degrees

1) Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in five HKDSE subjects including Chinese Language (Note 1) and English Language (Note 2);

 2) Other Qualifications

Most school-leaving qualifications deemed equivalent to those stipulated below are recognised. These may include (satisfy ONE of the following):’

  • Completion of the College Diploma in General Studies programme OR a one-year full-time Pre-Associate Degree programme (Note 3); 

  • Completion of Diploma Yi Jin (Note 4);

  • Grade E or above in one General Certificate of Education A-level (or A2)/International A-Level subject. Two Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level subjects will be considered equivalent to one GCE A-Level. The same subject may not be counted at both the A Level and AS Level;

  • A National College Entrance Examination (普通高等學校招生全國統一考試) score above the cut-off lines set for entry into non-government universities (本科二批分數綫) (Note 5) and a minimum English score of 100. Please refer to Chinese version for details; OR 

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma or equivalent

3) Mature Applicants

Mature applicants must be over the age of 23 by 1 September of the year of admission and be able to demonstrate aptitude and suitability for the programme applied for.


  1. For applicants who have either learned Chinese Language for less than 6 years while receiving primary and secondary education or learned Chinese Language for 6 years or more in schools, but have been taught an adapted and simpler Chinese Language curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in local schools, alternative Chinese Language qualifications (GCEAL/AS Chinese grade E or GCSE/IGCSE Chinese grade C) or grade E in HKDSE “other languages” can replace Chinese Language level 2;

  2. GCE/GCSE/IGCSE subjects, TOEFL or IELTS cannot be used to replace English Language Level 2;

  3. Successful completion of the Diploma in General Studies will fulfil the entrance requirement to UOWCHK associate degree programmes (except Associate of Social Science in Social Work); 

  4. For students who have successfully completed the Maths Plus elective course, the qualification acquired under the Programme is comparable to the attainment of Level 2 standard in five subjects including Chinese Language, English Language and Mathematics in the HKDSE Examination.

  5. The College may admit those applicants whose scores are below the cut-off lines but who can demonstrate good aptitude for the programme at admission interview.


To apply for admission to Diploma in General Studies programme, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Achieved total score of at least five* in five best subjects of the HKDSE; or  

  • Completing an International Baccalaureate curriculum or other secondary qualifications awarded overseas; or

  • Other equivalent qualifications.

* HKDSE Levels 1 to 5 are converted into scores 1 to 5 respectively.

Diploma of General Studies