Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) will be the only public exam in Hong Kong for senior secondary education. By 2012, HKDSE will replace HKALE.
The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from students who have completed the HKDSE program. To be admitted to the University, you must:
- satisfy the University's English language competence requirement by satisfactory performance in one of the English subjects detailed in the table below
- achieve a sufficient number of points to be offered a place
- satisfy any prerequisite subject requirements for your chosen course and major
Minimum entry scores
HKDSE students must meet equivalent entry standards to other applicants. The following table provides an overview of the points considered equivalent to various Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks.
|HKDSE Points||ATAR equivalent|
- The Diploma must include 4 core and at least 2 elective subjects.
- Elective subjects must be either Category A or Category C subjects.
- Ranks on the HKDSE are calculated on the basis that:
- 5**=6, 5*=5.5, 5=5, 4=4, 3=3, 2=0, 1=0 for Category A subjects, or
- A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 for Category C subjects.
- Aggregate is calculated using the best 4 Category A or Category C subjects
The following table shows HKDSE subject equivalents to WA Certificate of Education courses, which will satisfy course and major prerequisites.
|WA COURSE||HKDSE EQUIVALENT|
|English||Core English Language; 4 or higher|
|Literature||Literature in English elective; 3 or higher|
|Mathematics Applications||Core Mathematics; Level 3 or higher|
|Mathematics Methods||Extended Mathematics Module 1 (Calculus and Statistics); Level 3 or higher|
|Mathematics Specialist||Extended Mathematics Module 2 (Algebra and Calculus; Level 3 or higher|
|Chemistry||Chemistry elective; Level 3 or higher|
Physics elective; Level 3 or higher
Physics component within the "Combined Science" elective; Level 4 or higher
Biology elective; Level 3 or higher
Biology component in "Combined Science" elective; Level 4 or higher