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Associate of Science


Programme Code: AD 118 3416 6338 2305 5315
QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 12/000596/4
Registration Validity Period:  27/04/2012 to ongoing

Application Code 報名編號 : AD118

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 SIX main areas of study Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management, 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

2023 Overall Progression Rate: 84%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 88%

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 Astronomy
BSc Biochemistry
BSc Biological Sciences
BSc Chemistry
BSc Decision Analytics
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 Biomedical Engineering
BEng Information Engineering
BSc Community Health Practice
BSc Earth System Science
BSc Natural Sciences
BSc Public Health
Bsc Risk Management Science
BSocSc Geography and Resource Management

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

City University of Hong Kong
BEng Bioengineering
BEng Biology & Chemistry
BEng Data & Systems Analytics
BEng Energy Science & Engineering
BEng Environmental Science & Engineering
BEng Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering
BEng Materials Engineering
BEng Nuclear and Risk Engineering
BEng Total Quality Engineering
BSc Applied Chemistry
BSc Applied Physics
BSc Biological Sciences
BSc Biomedical Sciences
BSc Chemistry
BSc Computing Mathematics
BSc Data Science
BSc Environmental Science & Management
BSc Physics
BSocSc Environmental Policy
BSocSc Public Policy & Politics

Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) Language & Speech Sciences
BEng (Hons) Environmental Engineering & Sustainable Development
BEng (Hons) Industrial & Systems Engineering
BEng (Hons) Product Engineering with Marketing
BEng (Hons) Scheme in Mechanical Engineering
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) Food Safety & Technology
BSc (Hons) Geomatics
BSc (Hons) Investment Science
BSc (Hons) Medical Laboratory Science
BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
BSc (Hons) Nursing

Hong Kong Baptist University
BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Analytical & Testing Sciences
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) Mathematics & Statistics
BSc (Hons) Mathematical Science
BSc (Hons) Statistics & Operations Research
BSocSc (Hons) Geography
Lingnan University
BSc (Hons) Data Science

The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Creative Arts & Culture - Music
BEd (Hons) (Primary) English Language
BEd (Hons) (Primary) General Studies / Mathematics
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

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to various degree programmes offered by the HKU SPACE International College .

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 Level 3 or above in HKDSE Combined Science; 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
  • 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


Year 1

(Choose 4 subjects from at most two areas)

Chemistry Area

  • Introduction to General Chemistry
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Introductory Analytical and Inorganic 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
  • 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
  • Elements of Geology

Year 2

(Choose one theme from the following)

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

Biological Science Theme 

Biochemistry Area

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

Molecular Biology / Biotechnology / Biological Sciences / Food and Nutritional Science Area

  • From Molecules to Cells
  • Biostatistics / Food Science and Nutrition
  • Basic Biochemistry / Principles of Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences Laboratory Course

Chemistry Theme 

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

Physics Theme

  • Introductory Electricity and Magnetism
  • Problem Solving in Physics
  • Introductory Heat and Thermodynamics
  • 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
  • Introduction to the Earth-life System
  • Fluid / Solid Interactions in Earth Processes
  • Introduction to Atmosphere and Hydrosphere

Environmental Science Area

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

Environmental Management Theme 

  • Introduction to Thermal-fluid Science
  • Climate Change and Global Strategies
  • Contamination Management
  • Environment and Resource Management
Core Curriculum Courses
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • One Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Scientific and Technological Literacy 
  • One Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Culture, Media and Society 
  • One Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Perspectives in Arts and Humanities

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

Chan Ho Chun
Chan Ho Chun
  • 2020-21 Associate of Science (Year 1)
  • Offer received: BEng, HKU (Year 1)
  • Offer received: BSc, HKUST (Year 1)
  • Offer received: BEng, HKUST (Year 1)
  • Offer received: BSc, CUHK (Year 1)

During my study at HKU SPACE CC, I met many friends of different backgrounds . At first, I was nervous at learning new subjects, I overcame the difficulties with the help from my friends and college lecturers. The key of success was studying hard, putting more effort on doing homework and past papers.

Inoceno, Denise Nicolete Ilustrisimo
Inoceno, Denise Nicolete Ilustrisimo
  • 2017-19 Associate of Science
  • 2019 BSc Environmental Science (Year 3), The University Hong Kong

Studying at HKU SPACE CC has allowed me to look at my academic life in a more holistic view and allowed me to explore what I would really like to study.

Tam Man Ying
Tam Man Ying
  • 2017-19 Associate of Science
  • 2019 BSc (Year 3), The University of Hong Kong

Lecturers in HKU SPACE CC are definitely caring and patient. With the guidance and support from the teachers, I have built up a better foundation and have prepared well for my future study.

Tam Ming Yin, Sirius
Tam Ming Yin, Sirius
  • 2017-18 Associate of Science (Physics) (Year 2)
  • Offer received: BSc in Physics, HKU (Year 3)
  • Offer received: BSc in Mathematics, HKUST (Year 2)
  • Offer received: BSc in Physics, HKUST (Year 2)
  • Offer received: BSc Aviation Operation and System, PolyU (Year 3)

Studying in HKU SPACE CC was not as easy as in the high school. The subjects and contents were very different. I was glad that I was not alone. Teachers were so friendly that they offered help whenever we needed. I still miss the classes in humanity. Teachers not only helped me overcome my weakness, but also opened up my mind.  The real benefit of choosing ASc in HKU SPACE CC is that we have chances to study HKU courses with HKU students. The courses are not particularly stressful. 
"People seldom succeed except they enjoy it."  Please do enjoy it, and wish you all the best.

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)
  • Offer received: BSc, CUHK (Year 1)
  • Offer received: BSc Computing Maths, CityU (Year 1)
  • Offer 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。我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亦令我對數學更感興趣。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)
  • Offer received: BSc, HKU (Year 1)
  • Offer 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 wanted to learn from the best and that's why I chose HKU SPACE CC to prepare myself for university studies. I tried my best in every subject because I had 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 will always be there 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)
  • Offer received: BSc, HKU (Year 1)
  • Offer received: BSc, CUHK (Year 1)
  • Offer 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)
  • Offer received: BSc, HKU (Year 1)
  • Offer 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。

Cheng Tsz Fung, Koster
Cheng Tsz Fung, Koster
  • 2015-16 Associate of Science (Physics) (Year 2)
  • Offer received: BSc Physics, HKU (Year 3)
  • Offer received: BSc Physics, HKUST (Year 3)
  • Offer received: BSc Engineering Physics, PolyU (Year 3)

一切全因緣份的指引,入讀HKU SPACE CC實乃無意之選。所幸在此我學會了和人的相處之道,亦結交了不少戰友,一嘗中學未能如願的心願。中學時期的勤學苦練在DSE時無法展現出來,最終在此處嚐足甜頭,使我可不需花太多時間在主科上,而把時間花在其他科目中學習更多元化的知識。各師弟師妹或有疑惑,中文中學的學生會不會受授課語言影響?其實會的,但在Year 2升上大學的中文中學學生也不在少數。切記勤能補拙。至於學習,只要抱有好奇好學之心,用心鑽研,必能有所成就。其次壓力一定會有的,只要緊記順其自然,不驕不躁,對學習和人際關係的發展才會有益無害。

Tsui Wai Sum
Tsui Wai Sum
  • 2013-2015 Associate of Science
  • Offer: HKU BEd & BSc (Double Deg., Yr 1)
  • Offer: HKBU BSc (Yr 1)
  • Offer: HKIED BEd (Yr 1)

當初報讀HKU SPACE CC的理學副學士是因為希望自己繼續修讀科學,但又擔心自己文憑試的表現失準,加上HKU SPACE CC的課程是香港大學編制,有一定認受性。 在過往一年,我除了學習到科目的知識,更加透過大小的Project學習到與人相處技巧。另外,在密集式的學習裡,我明白到自律的重要性,包括時間管理和在學術上自我要求。我相信這些都是畢生受用的技能。

  • 2012-13年度理學副學士一年級
  • 現於香港大學理學院修讀理學士一年級
  • 其他取錄:香港浸會大學物理系綠色能源科學理學士二年級

猶記得公開試成績及JUPAS 放榜都不理想,而自己想修讀與理學有關的科目,於是選擇了港大附屬學院的理學副學士課程。 學院有很多優秀的講師,他們對同學的學習十分著緊,上課時會因應同學的進度而改變教學節奏,亦會主動向同學詢問是否明白課堂上所授知識,令我上課時能緊貼課程的教學進度。 修讀副學士期間所學到的知識及學習態度,令我現在升讀大學後得到更大的優勢,我十分感謝學院的講師。

  • 2011-12 年度應用科學副學士(生命科學)一年級
  • 於香港中文大學修讀生命科學理學士三年級
  • 其他取錄:香港大學理學士
  • 其他取錄:香港浸會大學環境研究主修化學理學士

還記得高考放榜那天,從老師手上接過成績表後,我只感到徬徨、迷茫、絕望。當時,我根本不清楚除了大學以外,香港還有甚麼升學途徑,我只留在家中問問親友的意見,及後上網搜尋「副學士」相關的學院和課程。又親身聽了各院校的講座和學生分享,最後選擇了港大附屬學院,我最有興趣的科目是應用科學副學士(生命科學)。至今,我無悔當初所作的抉擇。 副學士的生活確實辛苦,因為你要有很強的意志力才能不斷堅持,繼續走下去。當時我在未開學的時候已熟習修讀課程的大綱,及計劃未來一年的方向目標。每天除了溫習,便是回家趕lab report或者project,又或要趕寫personal statement,準備大學面試。雖然辛苦,但當中亦有收穫。副學士的校園生活不再有「班主任」式的提醒,但慶幸我選擇了港大附屬學院,內裡有完善的升學輔導及自學中心,加上每位講師都滿腔熱誠,還有counselor的輔助,當遇到難題時,他們都願意助你,與你度難關,讓我感受到在學習以外的人間溫暖。事實上,港大附屬學院提供的Non-JUPAS升學資訊,是各專上學院中最齊全的,只要自己主動去接觸,這些資源都是屬於你的。 港大附屬學院是一個很好的學習地方,讓我學懂管理時間及自我,實為升讀大學的不二之選。希望大家都能尋找一條屬於你的副學士之路!加油!