Higher Diploma in


  • Offering Campus(es)

    Type of Programme

    Subvented Programmes
    Self-financed Programmes

    Offering Campuses


    (Planned Places)

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

    Programme Aims

    This programme aims to develop students’ knowledge and practical problem-solving and analytical skills for the analysis, design and implementation of computer systems with an emphasis on information security.


    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.

    Duration of Study

    3 Years

    Mode of Study


    Career Prospects

    Graduates will be able to take positions as Information Security Officers, Network Administrators / Engineers and Network and System Security Engineer.

    Entrance Requirements

    Holder of S6 (NSS) Qualification :

    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.


    Holder of S7 Qualification :
    One HKALE A-Level subject / Two AS-Level subjects at Grade E or above AND Five HKCEE subjects at Grade E / Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; or Equivalent.
    Remarks :

    1. Successful completion of one Applied Learning (ApL) course recognized by the Education Bureau in or before 2010 is comparable to one HKCEE subject pass.
    2. HKCEE English Language taken in 2006 or before should have attained Grade E or above (Syllabus B) / Grade C or above (Syllabus A).


    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
    • English & Communication: Workplace Interactions
    • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
    • Information Technology Essentials – Web
    • Programming Fundamentals
    • Network Fundamentals
    Semester 2
    • English & Communication: Workplace Correspondence
    • Database Applications
    • Server Administration
    • Discrete Mathematics and Statistics
    Semester 3
    • English & Communication: Promotional Materials
    • Internet Programming
    Semester 4
    • Advanced Scripting Technology
    • System Administration and Security Project
    • Information Systems Security Audit 
    Semester 5
    • English & Communication: Persuasive Presentations
    • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writin
    • IT Professionalism
    • Topics in Cybersecurity
    • Web Application Security
    Semester 6
    • English & Communication : Reports
    • Servers and Services Security Management
    • Final Year Project
    Semester 7
    • Internetworking Technologies
    • Enrichment Module
    • Final Year Project
    Semester 8
    • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
    • Enterprise Networking Technologies
    • Advanced Network Security
    • Final Year Project
    Semester 9
    • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement
    • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
    • Industrial Attachment ^


    ^ Applicant may apply for exemption of the module if either he / she has full-time employment in relevant trade or is competent with his / her work.

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