Associate of Science

The Associate of Science (ASCI) programme aims to provide students with a broad-based education in basic sciences including chemistry, biology and physics, and the skills necessary to apply scientific and mathematical knowledge to solve problems. It also prepares graduates for further studies and employment. Graduates who wish to pursue further studies may be granted entry into Science degree programmes like Applied Science, Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry Technology, Testing Science, Food Science, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Energy Science, Physics and Applied Physics, Mathematics, etc.



Science and Technology











2 years



63 CPS 



Associate Degree  




Admission, entry requirements, fees

Applications can be submitted by the following methods:

  1. E-APP (for HKDSE 2021 only) 
  2. Online Application (for applicants with other qualifications)
  3. By Post / In Person (Application Form)

Click here for more information on admissions procedures.

For admission to AD/HD programmes, applicants must satisfy ONE of the following:

1) Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

  • Level 2 or above in five HKDSE subjects including Chinese Language (Note 1) and English Language (Note 2);
  • If a subject under “other languages” is used for meeting the requirement in (a), a minimum of grade E is required;
  • A maximum of two Applied Learning subjects graded “Attained” or above can be included for meeting the requirement in the first point of this section;
  • Satisfy programme-specific entrance requirements (Only applicable to Associate of Business in Administration in Accountancy)

2) Other Qualifications

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

  • Completion of the UOWCHK Diploma in General Studies programme (Note 3) or a one-year full-time Pre-Associate Degree programme;
  • 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 University Education 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 4) and a minimum English score of 100. Please refer to Chinese version for details;
  • Other equivalent qualifications, including International Baccalaureate Diploma, are also accepted as satisfying the entrance requirements.

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. 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.


Application Fee

$150, waived for 2021

Tuition Fee

All Full-time Associate Degree/Higher Diploma students are required to take 63 credits in two years at HK$1,600 per credit. Total tuition fee for two years is HK$100,800.

Other Fee

A Graduation Fee of HK$400 will be charged upon enrolment in a programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in self-financing Bachelor/Associate Degree /Higher Diploma programmes are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the following sources:

Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

Provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

Enquiries:       2152 9000
Website:         Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students

Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree

Enquiries:        2150 6222
Website:          Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students    

Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Some of the AD programmes or course(s) in the AD programmes are included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.

The CEF subsidizes students over 18 years of age with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants enrolling on courses after 1 April 2019 will be reimbursed 80% of their fees on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $10,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable programme/course(s).

Enquiries:        3142 2277
Website:          Continuing Education Fund

Programme structure and outcomes

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs) are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this programme will be able to:

1. Explain the concepts and methods fundamental to basic science, mathematics, technology, and engineering;
2. Interpret measurement data using quantitative methods;
3. Perform skilled tasks responsibly, in accordance with ethical norms, and produce outputs that meet quality standards;
4. Relate issues in science to the socio-political, cultural and economic contexts of the region and beyond, as a participating and responsible members of civic society;
5. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and
6. Relate the major ideas in arts and humanities, science and technology, and society and organisations to their own area of study.

  • Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biology including Molecular and Microbiology Biology
  • Physics and Energy
  • Linear algebra and Calculus
  • Programming and Database
  • Statistics and Quantitative Methods

To qualify for this award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 63 credit points by satisfactory completion of the following core courses.

Course CodeCourse Name
Programme Core (42cps)
Sem A, Year 1  
AST10113 Foundation Statistics
AST10111 Basic Calculus and Linear Algebra
AST10210 Chemistry
Sem B, Year 1  
AST22201 Quantitative Methods and Application
AST10211 Biology
AST21115 Calculus
Sem A, Year 2  
AST11103 Problem Solving with Programming Skills
AST21203 Environment and Energy
AST20100 Physics
AST20214 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
Sem B, Year 2  
AST21119 Ethics in Technology
AST21401 Database and Its Applications
AST20118 Advanced Physics
AST20215 Molecular and Microbiology
Language Skills (9cps)
CGE1000* / 1500 English for Academic Studies A / B
CGE2003 English Prof Comm. Skills for Technology
CGE1200** Practical Chinese
General Education (12cps)
CGE14411 Critical Thinking
CGE23216 Environment and Technology

An additional 2 General Education courses to be chosen as electives. At least one elective must by chosen from the Society and Organizations domain.

General elective courses must be selected from all the following domains:

Please visit the General Education page for more details.

*   Students whose DSE score of English Language is below 3 are required to complete this course

** Students who are non-Chinese literate can take a course among the core General Education courses in lieu of CGE1200 Practical Chinese at the recommendation of Programme Leaders and approval by the Chairman of Academic Board


According to the Graduate Exit Survey, 92% of surveyed graduates went on to further studies. 100% of graduates who pursued further studies have been admitted to government-funded and self-financed programmes. The following table lists some of the degree programmes that accepted our graduates in recent years.The table below is not exhaustive and only aims to show some examples of the bachelor's degree programmes offered by UGC-funded institutions which have admitted our past graduates from Associate of Science. Our graduates also articulate to various overseas degree programmes offered in Hong Kong.


University of Wollongong

City University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Analysis
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Economics
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Intelligence
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Operations Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

Hong Kong Baptist University

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Analytical and Testing Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Analytical Sciences for Testing and Certification

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Technician
  • Medical laboratories
  • Medical Equipment supplier
  • Food and beverage worker
  • Quality assurance
  • Testing
  • Insurance work

For enquiries, please contact Faculty of Science and Technology (Telephone No: 2707 3232 or Email:

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Faculty of Science and Technology

Phone2707 3232
Fax2707 3231

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

College Office

Phone Main campus - 2707 31112707 4669 | Telford campus - 2707 9440
Fax2707 3222

Address: 1/F, Billionnaire Royale, 83 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]