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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. 

Doong Hoi Lam
Doong Hoi Lam
  • 2014-15 Associate of Science Year 1
  • Offer received: HKU BSc Yr 1
  • Offer received: HKBU BSc Yr 1

我在HKU SPACE CC一年比在中學六年所學到的還要多。我每天都留校溫習至十時才離開,沒有多餘的功課,下課後全是靠自己看參考書、wiki。測驗考試範圍廣泛,但難度比公開試低,讓我自由地根據自己興趣而溫習。讓我獲益最多的一科是學習與人溝通,做group project遇上不同程度的組員,因而結識了許多不同背景朋友,最後還得到港大錄取,遠超乎我入學時的期望。

Chow Ka Wai
Chow Ka Wai
  • 2015-16 Associate of Science (Year 1)
  • Offer received: Bachelor of Science, HKU (Year 1)
  • Offer received: Bachelor of Science, CityU (Year 1)
  • Offer received: Bachelor of Science, HKBU (Year 1)

After the release of the HKDSE results, I entered HKU SPACE CC with sorrow and despair. But I felt grateful as well because I was given a second bite at the cherry to get into university. Personally speaking, hard work is of the utmost importance to attain fruitful grades. In order to be considered by universities, it is crucial to have high GPA, especially in Semester 1. Although the programme is not easy to handle, it is still manageable if you invest time and effort. So try your level best and see you in the university next year.

Yip Cheuk Lun, Stephen
Yip Cheuk Lun, Stephen
  • 2015-16 Associate of Science (Year 1)
  • Offer received: Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education, HKU (Double major, Year 1)

When I received my public examination result last year, I was upset and I didn't know what to do. Finally, my friends suggested me to study in HKU SPACE CC. After studied a year in CC, I got a lot of changes. Tertiary education is totally different from secondary education. After a whole day of lessons, I would go to the library to do revision on what I had learnt. If there was anything I wasn't sure about, I would check and read reference books. In this year, I started to enjoy learning rather than just learning for the public examinations. Admittedly, life in CC is extremely tough; we had to do a lot of assignments and even attend examination on a Sunday, but I still enjoyed it because there are nice lecturers who will help you if you seek help. What I want to say is nothing is impossible as long as you have a dream.

Wong Wai Ching
Wong Wai Ching
  • 2014-15 Associate of Science (Year 1)
  • Offer received: Bachelor of Engineering, HKU (Year 1)

I am very glad that I could get into the university in the first year. At first, I felt desperate when I failed to get into a degree programme with my HKDSE result. Besides my hard work, HKU SPACE CC helped me a lot to reach my success; for example, programmes offered by CC are similar to those in universities, which familiarises us with university-life and helps in answering the professors in interviews. Of course, working hard is the most important factor to have a better chance to further your study. Thus, you should thoughtfully consider when selecting which programme to study. Ability always overrides your interest. Anyway, please do not give up even if you don’t perform well in HKDSE. There are many other channels that can lead you to a fruitful future. It is worth grabbing this chance, isn’t it?

Lee Ka Yau
Lee Ka Yau
  • 2014-15年度理學副學士一年級
  • 獲取錄大學:香港大學理學士一年級

當年文憑試放榜那種晴天霹靂的感覺,真是一生難忘。以我的成績,升上大學的機會只有一半。於是,我上網搜尋提供副學士課程的院校。起初我並無注意到港大附屬學院,但當向師長、友人查詢時,他們不約而同地推介這學院。於是我便報讀了港大附屬學院。 剛開始時,我對學院各方面都相當陌生。幸好,學院有完善的配套去支援學生,講師都關心我們。雖然對部分同學來說,學院的課程或會較艱深,但只要我們主動尋求協助,講師都會樂意為同學解決疑難,助同學跟上進度,打好基礎。除此之外,學院理科的課程經過悉心編排,配合實驗課,讓我們掌握相關的技巧 。 入讀學院之後我再次反思自己的興趣,認清人生目標,很快適應大學的上課模式及校園生活,可謂獲益良多。 其實,以前我不敢奢望能夠升上香港大學。所以,在港大附屬學院讀書,只要肯下定決心,奮發向上,絕對會有意想不到的結果!

Li Chung Hei
Li Chung Hei
  • 2013-14 Associate of Science, Year 1
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Nursing, Year 1


Wu Ming Ming
Wu Ming Ming
  • 2013-14 Associate of Science, Year 1
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Nursing, Year 1

雖然聯招結果不理想,可是我從來沒有放棄進大學的夢想。因為HKU SPACE CC升讀資助大學學士學位機會比較高,所以公開試放榜後就立即報名。讀了一年的建築學高級文憑,發現自己對這科目興趣不大,就轉讀了理學副學士,並決心一年後升讀大學。在這兩年,我學會很多,而且變得更加堅強,即使遇到挫折也不輕易言敗,認清自己的目標及方向後,便更努力前進。衷心感謝HKU SPACE CC所有講師,以及曾經幫助我實現夢想的朋友。

Lo Huen Flora
Lo Huen Flora
  • 2013-14年度理學副學士一年級
  • 現於香港大學修讀理學士一年級

When I received my HKDSE results, it was almost like the end of the world. Not meeting the minimum requirement meant I did not have any hope of entering a local university. Even though I was devastated, I knew I had to move forward and look for alternatives. Eventually, I decided HKU SPACE CC was the right choice for me to pursue my goal of getting into the top university in Hong Kong. Throughout the year, I became more independent and always reminded myself to focus on my studies for this second chance. I have learnt to find a balance between work and leisure. In the end, my hard work paid off when I received a conditional offer from the Science Faculty of HKU.