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Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Senior Secondary Applied Learning)

Programme Code: CP110 3416 6338

QF Level: 3

QR Registration No.: 23/000825/L3

Registration Validity Period:  01/09/2023 to 31/08/2028

Programme Objectives

The programme aims to provide knowledge and training that develop senior secondary school students’ ability to create, innovate, identify start-up opportunities, plus prepare and present a startup proposal to stakeholders. It utilizes design thinking and teamwork with the objective of developing core 21st century competencies like critical thinking, creativity, innovation, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. Students will learn about how local and regional startups and social enterprises innovate in ways that contribute to sustainable development goals. The process will strengthen young people’s self-identity as they develop their values, attitudes, skills and knowledge (VASK). These essential life planning skills will prepare students for the competitive and ever-changing challenges in today’s academia or labour market.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) of the Programme 

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

1.     Apply design thinking to the ideation of a user-centric prototype;

2.     Describe the general practice and management of startup operations;

3.     Apply 21st century core competencies (critical thinking, creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration) to authentic problems;

4.     Identify innovative opportunities in various sectors including social service, arts and media, or STEM related industries;

5.     Identify the social, ethical, and sustainability issues behind entrepreneurial practices; and

6.     Develop self-understanding for further studies and career development in the related field.


Selected Topics

Assessment Method

Module 1:

Innovation and Design Thinking Mindset

  • Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
  • Innovating as a Design Thinker - Empathize, Define, and Ideate
  • Innovating as a Design Thinker - Prototype and Test

Individual Written Assignment

Group Assessment

Individual Assessment

Group Assignment (Product and Presentation)

Multimedia Group Presentation and Written Assignment

Module 2:

Innovating through Entrepreneurship

  • Innovations and Sustainable Development
  • Understanding and Planning a Start-up

Group Presentation


Individual Assessment

Module 3:


  • Externship
  • Group Reflection

Worksheet on Data Collection and Data Presentation

Group Assessment

Individual Assessment

Medium of Instruction

English or Cantonese

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall be Secondary 3 or Secondary 4 students. Secondary 3 students can apply in advance but they must be in Secondary 4 when the Applied Learning course starts, whereas Secondary 4 students can choose to study the course either in Secondary 4 or when they reach Secondary 5.

Programme Duration

24 months


Upon successful completion of the programme (with at least 80% attendance and achieve a pass grade in assessments) , students will be awarded "Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Senior Secondary Applied Learning) (QF Level 3)" within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

Mark-grade Conversion Table



Overall Rating

Grade Descriptors


80 - 100


Work that demonstrates a superior understanding of the subject matter, being able to develop in-depth solutions to related problems, and with evidence of an extensive knowledge base, original thinking, the capacity to make critical evaluations, and very good organisation and presentation.


65 - 79


Work that demonstrates a good understanding of the subject matter, being able to develop solutions to related problems, and with evidence of critical capacity and accuracy, analytical ability, a reasonable understanding of issues and clear organisation and presentation.


50 - 64


Work that demonstrates a sufficient understanding of the subject matter, being able to develop rudimentary solutions to related problems and with evidence of some attempts at analytical thinking, and average presentation and accuracy.


40 - 49


Work that demonstrates a basic familiarity with the subject matter, and with evidence of marginal accuracy, acceptable presentation and organisation.




Work showing little evidence of familiarity with the subject matter, with poor accuracy, presentation and/or organisation.

Enquiries Email: Tel: 3416 6338