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Associate of Science


Programme Code: AD 118 Online Application 3416 6338 2305 5315

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:


Opportunities for Further Studies

2017 Overall Progression Rate: 83%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 78%

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)
BSc Applied Physics
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 Information Engineering
BSc Natural Sciences
BSc Public Health

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BEng Chemical & Environmental Engineering
BSc Biological Science
BSc Environmental Science
BSc Mathematics
BSc Physics

City University of Hong Kong
BEng Bioengineering
BEng Biology & Chemistry
BEng Energy Science & Engineering
BEng Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering
BEng Materials Engineering
BEng Total Quality Engineering
BSc Applied Chemistry
BSc Applied Physics
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) Applied Biology with Biotechnology
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Engineering
BSc (Hons) Chemical Technology
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) 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) Chinese Language
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.

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • College Mathematics I / Quantitative Analysis I
  • College Mathematics II / Quantitative Analysis II / Introduction to Multimedia
  • 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


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 College Mathematics I & College Mathematics II above)
  • Foundations of Physics
  • Fundamentals of Classical Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics, Waves and Electromagnetism


Biological Science Area

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


Statistics Area

(Students who intend to do Statistics Theme must take College Mathematics I & College Mathematics II above)
  • Quantitative Analysis I
  • Quantitative Analysis II


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. 

Yau Hei Tung Haston
Yau Hei Tung, Haston
  • 2014-15 Associate of Science, Year 2 (Chemistry Theme)
  • Offer received: HKU BSc Chemistry Yr 3
  • Offer received: PolyU Chem Tech Yr 3

Studied in HKU SPACE CC can definitely provide science students with opportunities to study highly-qualified courses in HKU. This experience gave me inspiration that I should study hard and get into HKU. Most of the teachers are nice and helpful. They are willing to help if you seek help from them. Although I failed to get into local University in the first year, it did not dispirit me as I believed my determination and passion could let me overcome the challenges. Finally, it's grateful to receive offers from HKU and PolyU. These experiences allow me to understand nothing can stop me to pursue my own goal if I truely love and want it. Working hard is the most important factor to succeed.

Chan Ting Ho, Horace
Chan Ting Ho, Horace
  • 2014-15 Associate of Science, Year 2 (Chemistry Theme)
  • Offer received: HKU BSc Chemistry Yr 3
  • Offer received: CUHK Natural Sciences Yr 1
  • Offer received: HKUST BEng in Chem Eng Yr 3
  • Offer received: City U BSc in Applied Chem Yr 3
  • Offer received: HKBU BSc in Chemistry Yr 3
  • Offer received: University of Birmingham BSc in Chem Yr 2
  • Offer received: University of Nottingham BSc in Chem Yr 2

After failure in DSE examination, I was determined to study in HKU SPACE CC since more chances would be given to get into universities in Hong Kong when compared to other CC. I feel grateful with the good teachers in SPACE who helped me achieve the learning outcomes. All the concepts developed in Yr 1 (e.g. IGC, IOC) are essential to deal with the courses provided by HKU in Yr2. I believe that the ways to succeed in AD are to study the subject that you like and pay effort on it.

Lee Kwan Nam, Christopher
Lee Kwan Nam, Christopher
  • 2015-16 Associate of Science (Chemistry) (Year 2)
  • Offer received: BSc Chemistry, HKU (Year 3)
  • Offer received: BSc Chemistry, HKBU (Year 3)

The study atmosphere in CC is great; lecturers are kind and are enthusiastic about teaching. I still remember when after a Chemistry class, the lecturer still stood outside the classroom answering our questions for a long time. I also met many friends in CC as I joined many activities held by CCSU and became a coordinator in Film Society. The study life in CC was diverse. I transferred from Associate of Business Administration to Associate of Science. Although the road was a little tougher than others’, but I don't regret choosing HKU SPACE CC as a place for me to study and fight for my dream, which was to get a university offer.

Ng Chun Lok
Ng Chun Lok
  • 2015-16 Associate of Science (Chemistry) (Year 2)
  • Offer received: BSc Chemistry, HKU (Year 3)
  • Offer received: BSc Chemistry, HKUST (Year 3)
  • Offer received: BSc Mathematics, HKUST (Year 1)

HKU SPACE CC has a great reputation. It ranks one of the top institutions in Hong Kong and has a high university enrollment rate. We can find friends with the same goal and work hard to achieve it. We work together and help one another in studies. It definitely provides us a good learning atmosphere. Lecturers are all nice and are always willing to give us a helping hand when we find them. But the premise is that you need to be active. It is an essential element in learning, no matter in CC or in university. Don't hesitate to find lecturers and they will surely help you. The CC is another path for you to success. It is just a matter of time you will graduate from a university.

Chan Ka Ho, William
Chan Ka Ho, William
  • 2015-16 Associate of Science, Year 2 (Chemistry Theme)
  • Offer received: Poly U BSc Chem. Tech. Yr 3
  • Offer received: CityU BSc Chem. Yr 3
  • Offer received: HKBU BSc Chem. Yr 3
  • Offer received: EdUHK BEd Science
  • Offer received: EdUHK BEd Math.

Working hard is the most important key studying in HKUSPACE CC. In here, everyone wants to get into the university, I studied very hard, read reference books, asked teachers for help and luckily, I have a lot of friends who are willing to teach me to get good results in exams. Besides, the relationship between students and lecturers is good not only in academic but also for some daily activities. Lecturers are willing to listen what difficulties you faced and help you to success, so studying HKUSPACE CC is the best choice to learn and get into the university.

Hung Man Chun, Key
Hung Man Chun, Key
  • 2015-2016 Associate of Science, Year 2 (Chemistry Theme)
  • Offer received: CUHK Bachelor of Nursing Yr 1
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Nursing Yr 1

在2014 年DSE 放榜時,當我收了滿科紅的成績單後,已知不能透過JUPAS 的方法進入 學位課程,於是我選擇了進入「太空」,希望能以這兩年的成績降落「地球」,進入學士課程。在HKU SPACE CC的兩年生活中,很感謝這兩年內遇到的人同事,尤其是HKU SPACE CC 這裏的講師,他們在你碰到難關時,不管是學業上或是其他問題,他們都能專業地助你解決問題。 在這裏的兩年生活,還認識了一群「戰友」,我們「並肩作戰」,面對不同報告的死綫,到最後,我們都能進入不同的大學繼續我們的學業。 在這裏勸勉各位,不要因為DSE成績的挫折而覺得進入「太空」開展asso 生活是你的恥辱,在這裏生活並努力學習,定必能得到你想得到的東西。

Ng Wai Ting, Wendy
Ng Wai Ting, Wendy
  • 2014-15 Associate of Science (Chemistry) (Year 2)
  • Offer received: BSc Chemistry, HKU (direct Year 3)
  • Offer received: BSc Chemistry, HKUST (Year 3)
  • Offer received: Bachelor of Chemical Technology, PolyU (Year 3)

With an unsatisfactory result in HKDSE, my university dream was seemly distant. Instead of being desperate, under the recommendation of my seniors, I chose HKU SPACE CC to achieve my dream again. Two-year college life flies, and what I acquired is not simply the bachelor’s degree offers from prestigious local universities, more importantly, the enlightenment and encouragement from my lecturers and companions; that enabled me to be a better person. Be conscientious, responsible and empathetic in the college, and you can eventually reach your goals for sure.