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Associate of Science

Biological Science

Programme Code: AD 118 Online Application 3416 6338 2305 5315 asc@hkuspace.hku.hk

Application Code 報名編號 : CC 88 - 404

Every aspect of our life is touched, and sometimes radically changed, by developments in Sciences. Scientists are continually searching for ways to make advancements in technology to improve life. Living in an ever-changing world, there is always a need for new technologies to be developed by scientists working collaboratively in Life Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Physics and Statistics. In this post genome-decoding world, there is always a need for new technologies. This programme is offered in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong to provide students a systematic way of training and a firm foundation in sciences.

Programme Aims & Features

This programme will provide students with a solid foundation in different aspects of sciences, and prepare them for entrance into a degree-granting programme at university, and provide them with a sound base for a future career. This programme consists of FIVE main areas of study Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Physics and Statistics. The first year aims at strengthening students’ background in foundation sciences. The second year is a university Year 2 (of a 4-year curriculum) programme, runs in collaboration with the Science Faculty of the University of Hong Kong, and covers much of the core syllabus taken by the second-year undergraduates at HKU and other universities. Majority of the Year 2 specialism courses are co-offered with HKU and most laboratory sessions are conducted at HKU.

Students doing the Statistics Theme, after completion, can apply for accreditation from the Hong Kong Statistical Society. For details, please visit: http://www.hkss.org.hk.

 

Opportunities for Further Studies

2018 Overall Progression Rate: 81%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 82%

Some of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of recent years have articulated to*:

The University of Hong Kong
BEd and BSc (Double Degree)
BEng
BNurs
BSc
BSc Biochemistry
BSc Biological Sciences
BSc Chemistry
BSc Earth System Science
BSc Ecology and Biodiversity
BSc Environmental Science
BSc Food and Nutritional Science
BSc Geology
BSc Mathematics
BSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
BSc Physics
BSc Risk Management
BSc Statistics


The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BEng
BEng Biomedical Engineering
BEng Information Engineering
BNurs
BSc
BSc Natural Sciences
BSc Public Health

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BSc Biochemistry & Cell Biology
BEng Chemical & Environmental Engineering
BSc
BSc Biological Science
BSc Chemistry
BSc Environmental Management & Technology
BSc Environmental Science
BSc Mathematics
BSc Physics

City University of Hong Kong
BEng Bioengineering
BEng Biology & Chemistry
BEng Energy Science & Engineering
BEng Environmental Science & Engineering
BEng Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering
BEng Materials Engineering
BEng Total Quality Engineering
BSc Applied Chemistry
BSc Applied Physics
BSc Biomedical Sciences
BSc Chemistry
BSc Computing Mathematics
BSc Environmental Science & Management
BSocSc Environmental Policy

Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BEng (Hons) Industrial & Systems Engineering
BEng (Hons) Product Engineering with Marketing
BEng (Hons) Transportation Systems Engineering
Broad Discipline of Construction & Environment
Broad Discipline of Engineering
BSc (Hons) Analytical Sciences for Testing & Certification
BSc (Hons) Applied Biology with Biotechnology
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Engineering
BSc (Hons) Chemical Technology
BSc (Hons) Data Science & Analytics
BSc (Hons) Engineering Physics (Optoelectronics)
BSc (Hons) Engineering Physics / Articulation Programme with a specialism in Optoelectronics
BSc (Hons) Environment & Sustainable Development
BSc (Hons) Food Safety & Technology
BSc (Hons) Geomatics
BSc (Hons) Investment Science
BSc (Hons) Medical Laboratory Science
BSc (Hons) Nursing

Hong Kong Baptist University
BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Applied & Computational Mathematics
BSc (Hons) Applied Biology - Biotechnology
BSc (Hons) Applied Biology - Environmental Science
BSc (Hons) Chemistry
BSc (Hons) Green Energy Science
BSc (Hons) Mathematical Science
BSc (Hons) Statistics & Operations Research

The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Creative Arts & Culture - Music
BEd (Hons) (Primary) English Language
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) Mathematics Major
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) Information & Communication Technology
BEd (Hons) Chinese Language
BEd (Hons) Geography
BEd (Hons) Science
BSocSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
BSocSc (Hons) Psychology
 

Through-train Pre-enrolment Scheme


Macquarie University, Australia 
Bachelor of Science (30 majors available)
Bachelor of Arts (70 majors available)
 
University of Plymouth 
BSc (Hons) Biosciences
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
BSc (Hons) Data Modelling and Analytics
 
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire^
BSc Chemistry 
BSc Geology 
 
^ CC students of Associate of Science (Chemistry Theme or Earth and Environmental Science Theme) applying for the aboove programme will be issued a conditional offer with Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above at CC. 
 

Career Prospects

Persons with a scientific training are in short supply in Hong Kong. There is always a great need for people who have qualities such as logical thinking and analytical ability. There are therefore, many job opportunities for those who have an Associate Degree in Science. This programme is an ideal starting point for related professions in the Sciences or related fields and for other careers in Commerce, Law, Finance and Education as well as a career in the Civil Service. Students will also be well prepared for professions that place a strong emphasis on analytical skills, such as the legal and banking professions.

 

Special Entrance Requirement

Applicants are also required to have obtained Level 2 or above in one of the following HKDSE subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (Extended Module I / II), or obtained Level 3 or above in the HKDSE Combined Science; or have taken one of the following HKAL/HKAS subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Pure Mathematics, Mathematics & Statistics or Applied Mathematics; or equivalent.

 

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

GENERIC SKILLS
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Linear Algebra / Quantitative Analysis I
  •  Calculus / Quantitative Analysis II / Information Technology Fundamentals
  • English for Science and Technology
  • Advanced Chinese Language

​​Experiential Learning (Choose one course from the following)

  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies
  • Science Laboratory Studies​
  • Science Field Studies
  • Science Project
SPECIALISM

Core

Year 1

(Choose 4 subjects, the subjects must be chosen from two areas)

Chemistry Area

  • Introductory Basic Chemistry
  • Introduction to General Chemistry
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry for Life Science 

 

Physics Area

(Students who intend to do Physics Theme must take Linear Algebra &  Calculus above)
  • Foundations of Physics
  • Fundamentals of Classical Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics, Waves and Electromagnetism

 

Biological Science Area

  • Introductory Basic Biology
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology Basics
  • Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Biodiversity and Genetics
  • Food and Nutrition Basics

 

Statistics Area

(Students who intend to do Statistics Theme must take Linear Algebra &  Calculus above)
  • Quantitative Analysis I
  • Quantitative Analysis II

 

Environmental and Earth Science Area

  • Biogeography
  • Environmental and Earth Science

Year 2

(Choose one theme from the following)

(The specialism core subjects under each theme or area is subject to change)

Biological Science Theme 

(Major in Biochemistry, Biological Sciences / Ecology and Biodiversity, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Food and Nutritional Science Areas)

Biochemistry Area

  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Basic Biochemistry
  • From Molecules to Cells
  • General Chemistry I / General Chemistry II

Biological Sciences Area / Ecology & Biodiversity Area 

  • From Molecules to Cells
  • Biostatistics
  • Evolutionary Diversity
  • Biological Sciences Laboratory Course

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Area

  • From Molecules to Cells
  • Biostatistics
  • Biological Sciences Laboratory Course
  • Principles of Biochemistry

Food and Nutritional Science Area

  • Introduction to Food and Nutrition
  • From Molecules to Cells
  • Biological Sciences Laboratory Course
  • Principles of Biochemistry

 

Chemistry Theme 

  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Inorganic Chemistry I
  • Analytical Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II

 

Physics Theme

  • Introductory Electricity and Magnetism
  • Fundamental Physics
  • Heat and Waves
  • Introductory Mechanics

 

Statistics Theme

  • Statistics: Ideas and Concepts
  • Probability and Statistics I
  • Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra
  • University Mathematics II

 

Earth and Environmental Sciences Theme

Earth System Science Area

  • Blue Planet
  • Principles of Geology
  • Fluid / Solid Interactions in Earth Processes
  • Introduction to Atmosphere and Hydrosphere

Geology Area

  • Principles of Geology
  • Fluid / Solid Interactions in Earth Processes
  • Geochemistry
  • Mineralogy

Environmental Science Area

  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • General Chemistry I
  • Environmental Life Science
  • Blue Planet

 

Core Curriculum Courses
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • Choose Three courses from the Core Curriculum

Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment, timetabling and resources available. 

Ho Po Yi, Hana
Ho Po Yi, Hana
  • 2017-18 Associate of Science (Biochemistry) (Year 2)
  • Offer received: BSc Biochemistry, HKU (Year 3)

I received offers from both HKU SPACE CC and another community college, and got into a dilemma of choosing either one of them. Providentially, I decided to study in HKU SPACE CC, and that should be a right choice. Almost all lecturers in HKU SPACE CC were very patient. The lecturers gave us clear instructions and were very attentive to our study. They helped us understand every topic. Not only did they help us to get a high grade in the courses, they wanted us to get something useful for our future studies. HKU SPACE CC lecturers prepared everything for us. What we needed to do was to work hard so that we would not disappoint our lecturers for their efforts and sincere teaching. Besides, I’ve made a lot of friends in HKU SPACE CC. I considered them as study partners and buddies as we supported each other. I enjoyed my study in HKU SPACE CC, where there was pleasant learning atmosphere.

Yu Tsun Hin
Yu Tsun Hin
  • 2017-18 Associate of Science (Biological Science) (Year 2)
  • Offers received: BSc Chemistry, HKU (Year 3)
  • Offers received: BSc in Applied Biology with Biotechnology, PolyU (Year 3)
  • Offers received: BSc in Chemistry, HKBU (Year 3)

I chose HKU SPACE CC because it provided a high chance for students to enter into universities. Apart from the good learning and study atmosphere in HKU SPACE CC, I actually learnt a lot with the guidance of the teachers. Every lesson in CC ensured that students could learn something which they had missed in secondary school.

Besides, I appreciate teachers' patience a lot for their quick responses to students' questions.

Activities organized by the College also enriched students' college life. They were very different from the events organized when we were in secondary school.

I hope that all of you will obtain excellent GPA in HKU SPACE CC and find your way to go!!

Luk Pak Hei Jason
Luk Pak Hei Jason
  • 2017-18 Associate of Science (Year 1)
  • Offer received: BSc, HKU (Year 1)

Choosing to study in HKU SPACE CC is a decision that I have never thought of before. I received an offer from JUPAS but I determined to study in HKU SPACE CC. It was obviously the toughest decision that I have made in my life, and the most significant one at the same time.

The lecturers in HKU SPACE CC have top academic qualifications. They don’t simply provide us with knowledge, they also care about our future pathway and learning progress. In ASc programme, we were exposed to extensive hands-on practical experiences which strengthened our knowledge. Apart from the specialism courses, the generic courses have shaped myself into an all-rounded person. More importantly, acquiring knowledge in CC is not only about memorizing answers but understanding the important concepts. CC is a place for you to search for your goals and future pathway, which all of you can achieve what you want by your own way.

Wan Kin Fu
Wan Kin Fu
  • 2017-18 Associate of Science (Year 1)
  • Offers received: BSc, CUHK (Year 1)
  • Offers received: BSc Computing Maths, CityU (Year 1)
  • Offers received: BSc, HKU (Year 1)

當初選擇HKU SPACE CC的原因是希望能升上三大,而SPACE CC亦是最多人能升上三大,而我本來亦只是因為中文未及格而升不上八大。雖然我只有一年經驗,但當中也學到不少,印象最深刻的是chemistry和statistics課堂,想不到chemistry也能夠那麼有趣,而statistics亦令我對數學有更大的興趣。祝大家早早從太空升上八大。

Fong Cheuk Pan
Fong Cheuk Pan
  • 2017-18 Associate of Science (Year 1)
  • Offers received: BSc, HKU (Year 1)
  • Offers received: BSc, HKUST (Year 1)

After I received my DSE results, I was so disappointed because I could not pursue my dream anymore as I couldn’t identify a school which provided the science subject I wanted. One day, when I searched for that kind of school, I found HKU SPACE CC. I chose to study in HKU SPACE CC because it provided a chance for me to learn science and they had high articulation rate to universities. On the first school day, I was very shy and worried about whether teachers were willing to answer my questions. Surprisingly, during the class, my teachers encouraged us to ask questions and did practices. Through reading the recommended reference books and raising questions, I understood more about the subject I studied. I also made some friends who worked hard. We studied together and helped each other. HKU SPACE CC is like a family. I hope that you can enjoy your life here and get into a university.

Siu Yiu
Siu Yiu
  • 2017-18 Associate of Science (Year 1)
  • Offer received: BSc, HKU (Year 1)

I want to learn from the best and that's why I choose HKU SPACE CC to prepare myself for university studies. I tried my best in every subject because I have to fight for my future. People may worry that science subjects are difficult but I think the most important factor is enthusiasm. Your ardor will encourage you to overcome the challenges. Lecturers in HKU SPACE CC are kind and caring. They are always here when you need support. Remember, DSE is just a part of life, which is not the end but a new beginning.

Tang Tze Tung
Tang Tze Tung
  • 2017-18 Associate of Science (Year 1)
  • Offers received: BSc, HKU (Year 1)
  • Offers received: BSc, CUHK (Year 1)
  • Offers received: BSc, HKUST (Year 1)

Trust me. You would be grateful to study here before studying a degree. Here, you will study courses that are similar to the ones you will study in a bachelor’s degree. Teachers in HKU SPACE CC will ensure you really understand the things taught in class. After class, you may email lecturers for any problems. They are so nice and patient. You will build up better foundation and be well prepared before studying a degree (competition is really keen in degree studies). I'm sure you will all do a great job here. Wish you all the best!

Wong Kwan Yuen, Jaden
Wong Kwan Yuen, Jaden
  • 2017-18 Associate of Science (Year 1)
  • Offers received: BSc, HKU (Year 1)
  • Offers received: BSc, HKUST (Year 1)

太空就好像一個大家庭,同學之間互相扶持,老師亦會給予很多支持。老師耐心的教 學與中學的是完全沒得比,我上堂經常問很多問題,他們都不厭其煩地解答。這裏 給了我很多鼓勵,提供了一個機會,讓我挽回在中學裡犯過最大的錯誤。現在我能夠 再上征途,全因為太空讓我重拾信心。還記得上年暑假,我完全沒想過自己能走到今 日,如果你願意,或許下一個就會是你。

Lam Hoi Chi
Lam Hoi Chi
  • 2016-17 Associate of Science (Food and Nutritional Science) (Year 2)
  • Offer received: BSc Food and Nutritional Science, HKU (Year 3)
  • Offer received: BSc in Applied Biology-Biotechnology Concentration, HKBU (Year 3)
  • Offer received: BSc Applied Biology, CityU (Year 3)
  • Offer received: Bachelor of Education (Hon) (Science), Education University (Year 1)

After secondary education, I felt frustrated in study and was confused with future career path. I chose to study Associate of Science programme in HKU SPACE CC since the College allowed me to choose to study in two main areas: Biology and Chemistry that I was interested in so that I gained a firm foundation for further study. Studying in the College is a rewarding journey.

It further develops my passion for food science. The College provided me with a platform to explore and pursue my dream. Learning resources are plentiful. College lecturers’ dedication and enthusiasm for teaching motivated my study a lot. By seeking advice from lecturers and counsellors, I overcame academic challenges. Apart from that, meeting new study partners made my school life more delightful. Career talks and interview workshops have equipped me with crucial skills for preparation for future study and career.

Chau Ka Yan Kary
Chau Ka Yan, Kary
  • 2014-15 Associate of Science, Year 2 (Biological Science Theme)
  • Offer received: HKU Food and Nutritional Science Yr 3
  • Offer received: HKIEd BEd (Primary) in Maths Yr 1

剛開學時,由於未適應新學習環境,難免會感到迷惘不安。但幸好遇到良師益友,特別是Lawrence (Bio) 和 Rebecca (Chem) 願意付出時間和心思,悉心教導學生。亦興幸有志同道合的好友,一同學習和互相支持。所謂 "work hard & play hard", 我們習慣在上學日時,朝八晚六地"摺lib"温書做功課,而空閒時就一同玩樂。 機會是留給有準備的人,盡力做好每份project, presentation, report...,把握機會,成功在望!

Cheng Yee Shan Sarah
Cheng Yee Shan Sarah
  • 2014-15 Associate of Science, Year 2 (Biological Science Theme)
  • Offer received: CUHK Natural Sciences Yr 1
  • Offer received: CityU Applied Biology Yr 3
  • Offer received: BU Environmental Science Yr 3

How much effort you paid, how well the result you will get! Just fights for your dream. Lectures in HKU SPACE Community College are all very nice and they are willing to help you and give you suggestions. Work hard and REMEMBER to read reference books about the chapters being taught.

Tai Suet Ying
Tai Suet Ying
  • 2015-16 Associate of Science, Yr 2 (Biological Science Theme)
  • Offer received: PolyU Applied Biology-Biotechnology, Yr 3

In the DSE, my result was not satisfactory, so no offers were given in the JUPAS. I decided to choose HKU SPACE CC to further study because the chance of getting into the HKU is higher. Also, the science subjects are quite outstanding among all the community colleges. At first, I found it a bit stressed and hard since people around me were quite diligent and ambitious, and the syllabus was in a completely advanced level. Much time was put to catch up and adapt the new environment than expected. However, all would be overcome after the first 2 months, and everything would be on the right track.

Hon Wing Han, Hannah
Hon Wing Han, Hannah
  • 2014-15 Associate of Science Year 1
  • Offer received: HKU BSc Yr 1

Work hard is the basic element while work smart is more important. Don't let the same stone stumble you twice. We have to know why we failed in DSE/any exam taken, and try a new study method with the change in study mode in HKUSPACE CC. What's more, be open to any subjects you have to study and try to enjoy it. Do what you love, love what you do. Once you choose this way (studying in HKUSPACE CC), do your best and make no regrets!

D M Thrimendra Kaushika  Dissanayake
D M Thrimendra Kaushika Dissanayake
  • 2013-14 Associate of Science, Year 2 (Biological Science Theme)
  • Offer: HKU BSc – BS(Yr 3)
  • Offer: CUHK BSc – Natural Science (Yr 1)
  • Offer: HKBU BSc – Applied Biology (Yr 3)
  • Offer: CityU BSc – Applied Biology (Yr 3)

Despite my HKALE grades not being what I hoped it would be, I continued to study what I was interested at HKU SPACE CC, and I was not disappointed. To be honest, I had no great reasons to study at HKU SPACE CC. All I knew was that it will enable me to continue my studies. However, now I can say that studying at HKU SPACE CC has been a great experience. Not only I was able to continue my studies but also I was able to get to know individuals from different backgrounds during my studies. Most importantly, by studying at HKU SPACE CC, I was able to get into a local university.

劉子華
劉子華
  • 2012-13年度理學副學士一年級
  • 現於香港中文大學修讀理學士二年級

在HKDSE放榜時,我見到自己的成績,徬徨之外,我也想不出有甚麼形容詞描述當時的心情,我知道自己升大學無望,又不知出路如何。聽友人介紹副學士,而且以理學學系來說,港大附屬學院最好,升學率亦高,既然無路可走,我只好硬著頭皮地報讀了。 開始時自己跟不上學習進度,不少課程的難度比高中更難,幸好學院的講師抽空指導我,而且還很有耐性地解釋每個重點,自己再每日溫習,最後用了一年時間便升上自己理想的大學。雖然學院的課程比較難,但不無好處,除了補充在中學學不了的知識外,當升上大學後,會更容易跟上大學的課程。 縱使有人說讀副學士是沒出路,但回頭望,我覺得港大附屬學院是我人生的里程碑,為我升讀大學前作最佳準備。

鄭子峰
鄭子峰
  • 2012-13年度應用科學副學士(生命科學)二年級
  • 現於香港大學修讀生物化學理學士三年級
  • 其他取錄:香港中文大學生物化學理學士二年級(三年制課程)

港大附屬學院擁有優良師資。講師教學認真,還主動關心學生。培養學生各方面的興趣,為升學或就業做好準備。 理科的課程經過悉心編排,即使內容較深,但也為大學的學習打下穩固的根基。在二年級時,部份理科的科目,需要到香港大學與港大學生一起上課,這讓我們體驗到大學的上課模式,也能嘗試大學的生活。最難能可貴的是我們能夠使用香港大學的資源。我們可以到大學圖書館借閱參考書和閱讀不少學術論文,對學習真有莫大裨益。 除了學習外,學院更悉心安排不少升學就業講座,即使學生成績各異,我們也能夠早日認清自己的路向。要成功考獲大學取錄,除了有優異成績,面試技巧也相當重要;學院提供不少有關大學面試的資訊,包括歷屆學兄學姊的面試心得和題目,這讓我們在面試時更能得心應手。 在港大附屬學院讀書,讓你體會到「先苦後甜」的道理,雖然競爭大,但辛苦後得到的收獲總是叫人再三回味的!

麥日怡
麥日怡
  • 2011-12 年度應用科學副學士(生命科學)一年級
  • 現於香港大學修讀理學士一年級 (四年制課程)
  • 其他取錄:香港中文大學生命科學理學士
  • 其他取錄:香港中文大學公共衛生理學士

港大附屬學院關注學生的升學、就業及多元化發展。這裡有關升學和就業的資訊及輔導十分充足,幫助我們找到自己的目標。而且課程多元化,讓學生接觸不同範疇的知識,增廣見聞。 雖然生命科學的課程較深,但勝在與大學的理學士課程水平相若,讓學生於入讀大學前打好基礎。而且這裡的每位講師都用心教學、準備充足,課後仍會細心解答同學問題,更會用心聆聽及解答我們對升學和就業的疑問。就是這樣,我才能輕鬆升上大學,更認識了一班好朋友及好講師。高考的成績未如理想,未必代表與大學無緣!

李瑋珩
李瑋珩
  • 2011-12 年度應用科學副學士(生命科學) 一年級
  • 現於香港中文大學修讀生命科學理學士三年級
  • 其他取錄:香港科技大學生物化學理學士
  • 其他取錄:香港大學理學士
  • 其他取錄:香港城市大學應用生物學理學士

當初選擇港大附屬學院,因為這裡的理科課程銜接比較好,過往亦有不少學長順利升讀心儀的大學課程。 記得剛開學時,一來要在短時間內調整好思緒,適應大專學習模式,加上課程比以往的程度深,需要付出更多時間和努力,實在叫人有點喘不過氣。除了應付學業,還要思考自己將來的路向,做好資料搜集,再經非聯招報讀不同大學的課程,這一切都帶給我沉重的壓力。幸好,我在學院認識了志同道合的伙伴,大家互相提點,互相支持,自然事半功倍。此外,這裡的講師都很用心教授、幫助我們,除了教學生動有趣,課餘時間亦樂意解答我們學業與升學的疑難,還會分享一些人生經驗,令我獲益良多。 這一年學到的一切絕對是終身受用不盡。只要有堅定的決心,不要輕言放棄,努力便一定有回報。