Higher Diploma in

Telecommunications and

  • Offering Campus(es)

    Type of Programme

    Subvented Programmes
    Self-financed Programmes

    Offering Campuses


    (Planned Places)

    • cw
    • lw
    • st
    • ty
    • tm
    • mh
    • kt

    Programmes Aims

    This programme aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge in telecommunication infrastructure including mobile / wireless networks, telephone fixed-line networks, broadband optical networks, network security and network management. Practical work in the programme will be based on recognised trade certificates so that skills are of direct relevance to industry practice and new technologies.


    This programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.


    This programme is linked to the “Earn and Learn” scheme. Upon completion of the full-time first year of this programme^1, the student may choose to study in the “Earn and Learn” scheme. Under the “Earn and Learn” scheme, students will be employed by the participating companies as registered apprentice for two years in the “Earn and Learn”. During the two-year training period, there will be salary, government allowance and additional subsidy. Furthermore, the employer will sponsor the apprentice to study the Higher Diploma (HD) programme at IVE in Part-Time (Day) mode^2.

    ^1 The tuition fee for the full-time Higher Diploma is paid by the student.
    ^2 Employers will sponsor the tuition fees for these two years, and with monthly average salary $11,000 or above.

    For details, please refer to the “Earn and Learn” scheme website.

    Duration of Study

    2 Years

    Mode of Study


    Career Prospects

    Graduates are likely to be employed as Network Engineers and Administrators in the areas of telecommunication systems/ networks installation, maintenance, operation and administration. They can also find employment opportunities in technical marketing as well as technical support. They are equipped with the software development skills to contribute to the implementation of services provided on contemporary telecommunication systems.

    Entrance Requirements

    Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.



    1. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose.

    2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.

    3. Applicable to holders of Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) (students admitted to DVE in AY2017/18 or before are required to complete prescribed further studies modules).

    4. Upon completion of the Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate (DVB) Programmes, students can progress to higher diploma programmes in VTC, subject to their BTEC and IGCSE results.


    Graduates can apply for admission to the following programmes:

    1. Local degree programmes offered by VTC's member institution:    
      • Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)
    2. Degree programmes in local universities:
      • City University of Hong Kong
      • Hong Kong Baptist University
      • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
      • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
      • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
      • The Open University of Hong Kong
      • The University of Hong Kong
    3. Articulation degree programmes in overseas universities (conducted at IVE campus):
    4. Other Universities in the UK and Australia


    For more details concerning the articulation arrangements, please visit here.

    Professional Recognition

    The programme is recognised by the Hong Kong Computer Society as satisfying the academic requirements for its Associate membership.


    Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.


  • Total Semester

    Semester 1
    • Introduction to Programming
    • Network Fundamentals
    • Discrete Mathematics and Statistics
    • Operating Systems Fundamentals
    • English and Communication : Workplace Interaction
    • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Reports
    • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
    Semester 2
    • Information Technology Essentials - Web
    • Database Principles
    • Object Oriented Programming
    • Networking Technologies
    • Signals and Systems
    • English and Communication : Workplace Correspondence
    • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part A)
    Semester 3
    • Telecommunications and Networking Project
    • Web Application Development Frameworks
    • English and Communication : Reports
    • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part B)
    • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
    • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
    Semester 4
    • Telecommunication Network Practice (part 1)
    • Communication Systems
    • Advanced Networking Technologies
    • Final Year Project
    • IT Professionalism
    • English and Communication : Persuasive Presentations
    Semester 5
    • Telecommunication Network Practice (part 2)
    • Telecommunication Network Services
    • Wireless Communications
    • Contemporary Topics in Telecommunications and Networking
    • Final Year Project
    • English and Communication : Promotional Materials
    • Enrichment Module


    Industrial Attachment will be arranged at an appropriate time during the period of study between Semester 2 - 4.

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