THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITYSPEED
FAQ
1. PolyU-SPEED Award - Top-up Degree Programmes
2. PolyU Award - Top-up Degree Programmes offered through SPEED
3. Overseas Award - Undergraduate Programmes
4. Credit Accumulation Mechanism (CAM)

1. PolyU-SPEED Award - Top-up Degree Programmes

A) Application/ Admission
1How can I submit an application?

Applications can be submitted through PolyU SPEED Online Application for Admission (OAA) system during the application period at:

http://www.cpce-polyu.edu.hk/speed/its/speedoaa.

Please refer to the OAA system for procedures for settling application fee and providing supporting documents after submitting the application online.

2What are the general admission requirements for the top-up bachelor’s degree programmes?

Applicants should possess an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma or equivalent qualification.  Mature applicants (aged 25 or above at commencement of study) with substantial and relevant working experience in senior positions as well as prior studies in related fields may also apply.

3What are the selection criteria and when will the applicants be informed of the application results?

Applicants’ academic performance in prior study will be the major consideration during the initial screening process.  For part-time programmes, applicants’ working experience will also be considered. 

Mature applicants will be considered on the basis of working experience (e.g. years and relevance of the working experience as well as the seniority, etc.) and the relevance of the prior studies.

Short-listed applicants may be invited to attend admission interview and / or test.

Applicants will normally be notified of the application results one month after the closing of applications.

4Can I apply for the courses if I am not a Hong Kong resident?

Non-local students who do not have the right of abode in Hong Kong must obtain a student visa in order to study in Hong Kong. Please visit the HKSAR’s Immigration Department website at http://www.immd.gov.hk for further details on student visa application. 

5If I have completed an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in related disciplines, will I be entitled for credit transfer for related subjects on admission to a PolyU-SPEED top-up degree programme?

The PolyU-SPEED bachelor’s degree programmes are top-up programmes with Associate Degree or Higher Diploma as the entry qualification.  Normally, credit transfer will not be granted for students based on studies at sub-degree level.

B) Qualification & Recognition
1Does PolyU recognise PolyU-SPEED academic award?

Both PolyU award and PolyU-SPEED award are granted by PolyU Senate.  In principle, SPEED cannot grant any award on its own.  Therefore, PolyU-SPEED award is recognised by PolyU.

2Are there any difference between the parchment of PolyU award and that of PolyU-SPEED award?

The parchment of PolyU-SPEED award contains the PolyU logo only (without SPEED logo) while the full English name of PolyU and SPEED will also be printed.

3Does HKSAR Government recognise PolyU-SPEED degree?

In the previous years, there were PolyU-SPEED degree graduates employed by the HKSAR Government on positions requiring a recognised degree. 

All PolyU-SPEED top-up degree programmes have been listed in the Qualification Register (QR) of HKSAR at Level 5 (Bachelor’s Degree level).

4What are the employment prospects of PolyU-SPEED degree graduates?

Below are some findings of the graduate survey in 2015:

  • Over 83% of the respondents secured full-time employment and their average monthly salary was around HK$13,000
  • Around 4% of respondents pursued further studies
C) Financial Assistance
1Can I apply for Financial Assistance?

Local full-time students enrolled in PolyU-SPEED award programmes are eligible to apply for means-tested Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) or Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) while local part-time students are eligible to apply for Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) offered by the Government’s Student Finance Office (SFO). 

If you wish to know more about FASP, NLSPS and ENLS, please visit the SFO website at www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo.

2Can I apply for Continuing Education Fund (CEF)?

Some subjects of the PolyU-SPEED award programmes have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes.  Subjects prepared for students to claim for CEF are indicated by the CEF logo on the brochure as well as programme information on SPEED website.  Eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80% of the course fee, subject to a maximum sum of HK$10,000, on successful completion of a reimbursable course.

Please visit www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef for further details about CEF.

Students are not allowed to apply for both FASP and CEF for the same programme in the same academic year.

D) Study Pattern/ Classes
1Where do I have classes?

Classes of part-time programmes will normally be conducted on PolyU Hung Hom Bay Campus while those of full-time programmes will be conducted on PolyU Hung Hom Bay Campus or PolyU West Kowloon Campus.

For Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied and Media Arts, most of the classes will be held at the premises of the Hong Kong Art School (the collaborating institution of the programme).

2What is the normal study pattern for students?

Full-time students are normally required to study 15 credits (5 subjects) in each 13-week semester. Generally speaking, students may enjoy a summer break after two 13-week semesters in an academic year.

Part-time students are normally required to study 6 credits (2 subjects) in each 13-week semester or 3 credits (1 subject) in each 7-week summer term.

3How many classes are students required to attend in a week? When will the classes be held?

Under normal study load, the number of contact hours per week is about 15 for full-time students and 6 for part-time students.

While most of the classes for full-time students will be held in the daytime, some classes may be arranged in the evening.   Classes for part-time students will normally be held on weekday evenings and/ or Saturday afternoons.

2. PolyU Award - Top-up Degree Programmes offered through SPEED

A) Application/ Admission
1When and how can I submit an application?

The application period for the intake of September 2017 will be from February to April 2017.

Applications can be submitted during the application period through the Online Application for Admission (OAA) system at:

http://www.cpce-polyu.edu.hk/speed/its/speedoaa-polyu

Please refer to the OAA system for procedures for settling application fee and providing supporting documents after submitting the application online.

2What are the general admission requirements for the top-up bachelor’s degree programmes?

In general, applicants should possess an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma or equivalent qualification.  Please refer to the webpage of each individual programme for the specific requirements.

3What are the selection criteria and when will the applicants be informed of the application results?

Applicants’ academic performance in prior study will be the major consideration.  Other factors including applicants’ working experience may also be considered as appropriate. 

Short-listed applicants may be invited to attend admission interview and/ or test.

Applicants will normally be notified of the application results within three months from the closing of applications.

4Can I apply for the courses if I am not a Hong Kong resident?

Non-local students who do not have the right of abode in Hong Kong must obtain a student visa in order to study in Hong Kong. Please visit the HKSAR’s Immigration Department website at http://www.immd.gov.hk for further details on student visa application. 

5If I have completed an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in related disciplines, will I be entitled for credit transfer for related subjects on admission to a PolyU award top-up degree programme?

The PolyU award bachelor’s degree programmes offered through SPEED are top-up programmes with Associate Degree or Higher Diploma or equivalent as the entry qualification.  Normally, credit transfer will not be granted for students based on studies at sub-degree level.

B) Programme/ Award Status
1What are the roles of PolyU and PolyU SPEED in the PolyU award programmes offered through SPEED?

PolyU award programmes offered through SPEED are hosted by the academic units of PolyU.  They assume the overall academic responsibility in the realm of quality assurance for their respective programmes.  They are responsible for the delivery of the discipline-specific subjects concerned as well as the Work-Integrated Education.

PolyU SPEED provides general administrative support and arranges teaching venues for these programmes. It is also responsible for the delivery of the General University Requirement (GUR) subjects.

2Are there any differences between the award/ parchment of PolyU programmes offered through SPEED and that of other PolyU programmes?

PolyU programmes offered through SPEED are PolyU award programmes as approved by PolyU Senate.  The award and parchment of the PolyU programmes offered through SPEED are the same as that of other PolyU programmes.

C) Financial Assistance
1Can I apply for Financial Assistance?

Local full-time students enrolled in PolyU award programmes offered through SPEED are eligible to apply for means-tested Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) or Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) while local part-time students are eligible to apply for Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS) offered by the Government’s Student Finance Office (SFO). 

If you wish to know more about FASP, NLSPS and ENLS, please visit the SFO website at http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/index.htm.

2Can I apply for Continuing Education Fund (CEF)?

Some subjects of the PolyU award programmes offered through SPEED have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes.  Subjects prepared for students to claim for CEF are indicated by the CEF logo on the brochure as well as programme information on SPEED website.  Eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80% of the course fee, subject to a maximum sum of HK$10,000, on successful completion of a reimbursable course.

Please visit http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef/en/index.htm for further details about CEF.

Students are not allowed to apply for both FASP and CEF for the same programme in the same academic year.

3Can I apply for scholarship?

Both PolyU and PolyU SPEED offer scholarships and sponsorship for registered students. Students may apply for the scholarships and sponsorship which are open for them. The granting of any scholarships and sponsorship is at the discretion of the authority concerned.

D) Study Pattern/ Classes
1Where do I have classes?

Most of the classes of the PolyU award programmes offered through SPEED will be held on PolyU Hung Hom Bay Campus and PolyU West Kowloon Campus. 

2What is the normal study pattern for students?

Full-time students are normally required to study not less than 9 credits in each semester. Generally speaking, they may enjoy a summer break after two semesters in an academic year. Part-time students’ normal study load is less than 9 credits in each semester.

To earn a credit, students are expected to take up about 35 to 45 hours of study (inclusive of class contact hours, private study, etc.). In each semester, the number of credits to be taken must not exceed 21.

3How many classes are students required to attend in a week? When will the classes be held?

Generally speaking, there will be one class contact hour per week for each credit of study (e.g. 3 contact hours per week for a 3-credit subject).

While most of the classes for full-time students will be held in the daytime, some classes may be arranged in the evening.   Classes for part-time students will normally be held on weekday evening and/ or Saturday.

3. Overseas Award - Undergraduate Programmes

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1Do the programmes offered by PolyU SPEED in collaboration with overseas universities require registration under the Education Bureau?

In compliance with the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance, all programmes offered by non-local universities through PolyU SPEED are exempted from registration under the Ordinance.  As conveyed by the Non-local Courses Registry of the Education Bureau, the registration or exemption from registration of a non-local programme is an assurance that the institution offering the programme is a recognised body in the home country. It also assures that effective measures are in place to ensure the standard of the programme offered locally is comparable to that of the home programme and is recognised as such by the institution, the relevant accreditation authority (if any) and the academic community in the home country.  Further details on such Ordinance can be obtained via the Education Bureau website at www.edb.gov.hk

2Is the award conferred by the overseas university?

Yes. The award will be conferred by the overseas university.

3What is the medium of instruction?

Classes will be conducted in English.

4When will the programmes commence?

The programmes will commence in January or September.

5When does the application start?

There are two intakes in each academic year, i.e. January and September.

Application will be invited in October/November (for the January intake) and in February/March (for the September intake).

6What are the entrance requirements?

Holders of Higher Diploma or Associate Degree in business-related disciplines AND have achieved a score of 575 in TOEFL, or 6.5 in IELTS, or equivalent in other tests of English.

Holders of other qualifications with substantial relevant work experience may also apply. Such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

7How much is the application fee and how can I settle it?

The application fee is HK$150. The fee can be settled through online banking, Automated Teller Machine (ATM), by Octopus at PolyU SPEED offices or direct deposit at the bank to the specified bank account.

8How can I submit the application form?

You can submit your application through one of the following channels:

In person: Application form can be submitted together with the original application fee payment receipt and copies of your certificates and transcripts.

By mail: Application form can be submitted together with the original application fee payment receipt and copies of the certificates and transcripts.

9Is there any admission interview?

Some applicants may be required to attend interviews and/or written tests as and when necessary.

10If my application for my 1st choice of programme is unsuccessful, do I need to apply again for my 2nd choice?

No. If your 1st choice is unsuccessful, you will be considered for admission to your 2nd choice and so on.

4. Credit Accumulation Mechanism (CAM)

1What are the entry requirements for CAM courses?
修讀「學分累積制」課程,是否需要符合指定的入學資格?

CAM is open to all lifelong learners. Most CAM courses are open-entry and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Some courses, however, have specific entry requirements or prerequisites. This is to ensure that learners have the prior knowledge or skills necessary for studying the topics covered.

「學分累積制」是為終身學習而設,大部份課程均以「先到先得」方式取錄學員。但部份課程亦有註明入學條件或先修科,目的是確保學員有一定的基礎知識,以應付該課程需要。

2Are CAM students required to take specified courses in order to earn Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) awards?
「學分累積制」學員是否需要修讀指定的課程,才可考取專業進修學術資格?

You may take whatever courses you are interested in provided that you have fulfilled the entry requirements (if any) specified in the course information. You may study when you are ready or your other commitments allow, and leave at any exit points if your circumstances change.

There are, however, requirements on the number, level, nature and Grade Point Average of the credits used for claiming a PCE award. You should refer to “Introduction” on this website.

你只要符合個別課程資料上所列的入學資格(如有),便可根據自己的興趣和需要選修課程。你亦可按個人情況,訂定進修計劃,考取專業進修學術資格或選擇暫停學業。

申請專業進修學術資格須符合有關學分數目、水平、性質及平均積分點的規定。詳情可參閱本網頁內 “Introduction” 。

3I have to suspend my studies under CAM because of my work commitment. Can I use the CAM credits for claiming PCE awards later?
因為工作關係,我需要暫停修讀「學分累積制」的課程,已累積的學分是否可在日後才用作申請專業進修學術資格?

The credits earned under CAM are valid for life. You may use the credits earned under CAM for claiming PCE awards in any academic year provided that you have met the requirements for a PCE award by 31 July of that year.

透過「學分累積制」取得的學分是終身有效的。若你能在七月三十一日前達到申請專業進修學術資格的要求,則可於該學年學期終畢業。

4How many credits may be transferred from my previous studies to CAM?
我以往進修所取得的學分,有多少可以被轉移入「學分累積制」呢?

You may apply for credit transfer under CAM (Application Form SPD32C). We shall then assess your academic proof and decide how many credits can be transferred to CAM.

The use of credits earned by way of credit transfer to claim PCE awards is subject to the regulations for credit transfer as stipulated on “Introduction” on this website.

你可申請「學分累積制」的學分轉移(申請表SPD32C)。我們會根據你的學歷證明文件,決定可轉移的學分。

在使用轉移的學分作申請專業進修學術資格時,須符合詳列於本網頁內 “Introduction” 之條件。

5I am a CAM student. Can I use library and computing centres?
我正修讀「學分累積制」課程,我可否使用圖書館和電腦室?

The kinds of facilities available are specific to the CAM course in which you are enrolled in and are listed in the promotional materials of the respective course and the admission letter. Normally, the right to use these facilities, if granted, will be available throughout the duration of the course.

學員可否享用教學設施要視乎所報讀的科目而定。有關詳情列於課程推廣資料及入學通知書內。一般而言,獲准學員可在修讀有關科目期間享用設施。

6If I have already obtained a PCE award and wish to study towards other PCE awards at higher level under CAM, what should I do?
若我已取得一個專業進修學術資格,而欲繼續考取更高等級的專業進修學術資格,應怎麼辦?

If you wish to re-use the credits previously used in obtaining a PCE award for claiming another PCE award at higher level, you should apply for credit transfer (Application Form SPD32C) and pay an application fee of HK$150 to transfer your previously claimed credits back to CAM.

若你打算用以前已獲取專業進修學術資格的學分,作申請一個更高等級的專業進修學術資格,你應向學院申請學分轉移(申請表SPD32C)及繳付港幣一百五十元正作為申請費。