Higher Diploma in Software Engineering

Duration of Study 5 semesters (Normally 2 to 3 semesters during one academic year)
Mode of Study Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s) IVE ( Chai Wan , Tuen Mun , Lee Wai Lee , Tsing Yi )
Average result of admitted students in 2014 (Note 1)
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); OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education; OR Yi Jin Diploma; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :

  1. An "Attained" and an "Attained with Distinction" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject 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. Holders of DVE award upon successful completion of prescribed modules are eligible to apply for Higher Diploma Programmes.

Holder of S7 Qualification:

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Programme Aims

This programme aims to provide students with a practical grounding in software systems development, with the emphasis on software design and quality as well as project management. Graduates will be able to apply proven principles and techniques to the development and support of software systems.

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.


Semester 1 :

  • Database Principles
  • Information Technology Essentials - Technical
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Mathematics and Problem Solving Techniques
  • Operating Systems Fundamentals
  • English and Communication : Workplace Interaction
  • Whole Person Development : Self-efficacy Enhancement

Semester 2 :

  • Discrete Mathematics and Statistics
  • Software Project Management & Quality Assurance
  • Business Information Systems
  • Object Oriented Technology
  • Data Structures & Algorithms : Concepts & Implementation
  • English and Communication : Workplace Correspondence
  • Whole Person Development : SMART in Action

Semester 3 :

  • Internet & Multimedia Applications Development
  • Software Development Project
  • Programming Techniques for Mobile Systems
  • English and Communication : Reports
  • Whole Person Development : Integrated Career Development
  • Industrial Attachment

Semester 4 :

  • Contemporary Topics in Software Engineering
  • Final Year Project
  • IT Professionalism
  • Human Computer Interaction & GUI Programming
  • Enterprise Systems Development
  • English and Communication : Persuasive Presentations
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Reports

Semester 5 :

  • Enterprise Software
  • Operating Systems Programming and Administration
  • Final Year Project
  • Enrichment Module
  • English and Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development : Global Vision

Graduates may be employed as programmers, technical support personnel, systems analyst, etc., with potential promotion to information systems manager.


Graduates can apply for admission to the following courses :

  1. Degree courses 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
  2. Articulation degree courses in overseas universities (conducted at IVE campus) :
    - Coventry University, UK
    - University of the West of England, UK
  3. Other Universities in UK and Australia
Professional Recognition

The programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).

  1. Total score of 5 HKDSE subjects including English Language, Chinese Language and other best 3 subjects in 2012 for reference only.
    (Scoring scale: 5**=7 points; 5*=6 points; 5=5 points; 4=4 points; 3=3 points; 2=2 points; 1=1 point)
  2. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme name, content or change the offering campus(es) before class commencement if circumstances so warrant.

There might be changes in the course details.

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