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DSE Diploma Results Hong Kong – What can we help you with?
香港DSE文憑成績 - 我們可以為您提供什麼服務?

Every year, when HKDSE results come out, we always hope students have achieved the grades they wanted. If you did then most probably you are going to continue with whatever course of action you had planned through the year such as joining a degree course, starting a gap year or going into further education or training.

But not everyone is going to get the grades they were expecting. You may perform better or you may perform worse. Here we bring together decades of counselling experience (and many of our staff have been IB examiners) to list out the options with the various pros and cons for each.

Usually the answer to this is simple – nothing. Just carry on with what you had planned. Most people “over perform” by one point, maybe two. This is not enough to make any significant difference. Your predicted or expected grades can be considered a minimum and you got through strongly. Well done. You have done what was expected, now carry on as expected.


However, if you smashed your expectations, say you got 40-42 points when you expected 36, then this is probably a moment to step back and think through what to do. Of course, you may still carry on as planned. If you’re 100% convinced the course you will join is the one for you then great. Carry on. If you’re taking a gap year, great. Carry on and rethink your options in a few months. But if you were very practical in your university applications and never applied to a dream place because you thought you’d never be ‘good enough’? You just proved yourself wrong and you should seriously reconsider. Depending on both country of destination and the rules of entry for different universities, you could find yourself at a completely different destination. Or you may defer. Or on balance you may carry on with what you had planned anyway. This is where a counselor comes in and proves invaluable.


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If you have received a score of around 23 or 24, then you should consider modifying your original major selection choices. You can modify them on your Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) platform in mid-July. Take note that this is usually only open for 2 to 3 days. It is recommended that you refer to the previous year’s admission score for the JUPAS cohort as a reference point to see what university programme choices are achievable.


This requires a bit of strategic planning! It is recommended to look at the median score of your favourite programme. If your final score is lower than yet still close to the median score of your favourite programme, you could make that your first or, at most second choice. While the chances of being accepted are not high, it is worth considering this option because the number of DSE candidates varies from year to year, and the popularity of each programme might change. Your last or third choice should be your backup choice. This is why it is essential you need to make sure your DSE score is higher than, or equal to, the median score of that particular programme. Also note that certain DSE subjects such as DSE English may carry extra points but it varies depending on the programmes.


If you have scored 20 points or less, your chances of getting into an undergraduate programme are significantly lowered. If degree options are unavailable, you can consider choosing an associate degree, high diploma or other alternative academic pathways. This could include a different study route such as doing a one year A-level programme or a foundation programme [see next question] to change your university application strategy, or starting a bachelor but via a non-traditional pathway such as BTEC. Or you could shift your study into an area for which you have more passion, perhaps something that has been a hobby until now (we have had many ex-accountants and ex-bankers come to fashion classes). Or of course you could put study on hold completely and go into work with a view to resuming study/training later with a career focus when that is more clear to you.

Come and see us to work through what might work best for you. Don’t just try and muddle through on your own. For example, taking a DSE subject is not just a straight equivalent of the same named subject at A-level. We will guide you on what an appropriate choice might look like for you personally.

如果你的分數低於20,你可能需要考慮其他專業或次一等的大學。如果你沒有保底的選擇,你可以考慮其他出路,包括一個不同的學習路綫,例如修讀一年的A-level課程來改變你的大學申請策略,或者通過BTEC 一些非傳統的升讀大學模式。其次你可以將你的學習轉移到一個你有興趣的領域(我們有許多前會計師和前銀行家報讀時裝班)。當然,你可以把學習完全擱置下去並開始實習或工作,以便在未來作出明確的進修方針。


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Foundation courses have increased in popularity in recent years. They last for one year and you are treated as any first year undergraduate but you just go to different lessons. In the UK this would usually involve quite a lot of English language and/or prep for academic writing as well as lessons on the subject stream you are interested in. They are designed for students who did not take a mainstream academic school pathway or who struggle to learn in English. As with all courses, they are good for some people and not for others. Our years of experience have shown us that many people actually can follow a typical mainstream path in terms of the exams they get but may need a non-traditional way to do it. ITS has a one year International A-level Science programme which incorporates Maths plus 2 or 3 from Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The class is a maximum size of 10 students and the classes follow a non-traditional structure. Come and see us to discuss these foundation course options.

近年來,大學預科課程越來越受歡迎。它們持續一年,被視為大學一年級本科生,但你只是修讀不同的課程。在英國,大學預科課程包括英語或學術寫作準備以及本科主題課程。 它們專為沒有傳統學校途徑或英文非母語的學生而設計,只是適合一部分的學生,對其他人則沒有用途。我們憑多年的經驗知道大部分的學生實際上可以按照主流路徑獲得考試文憑,但可能需要以非傳統的方式來實現。 ITS設立為期一年的國際A-level科學課程,其中包括數學和2-3個科學選修課(物理、化學和生物學)。該班級最多可容納10名學生,課程採用非傳統結構和教學模式。如有興趣,請聯絡我們升學顧問。

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This is much the same procedure as if you missed a conditional offer. You need to ask the university to release you from any offers you have qualified for and then follow the re-application procedure. Again, there can be many pitfalls so come see us to make sure you follow the right path.


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Applicants for US courses need to take either the SAT or the ACT. this is the main route of entry. However, school grades are important as well. US students have a grade point average (GPA) but you have your DSE grades. You could either just take an SAT or ACT course and apply using your existing grades or you could also take one or two A-levels to boost your academic score alongside your SAT or ACT. We have a huge variety of options for you to apply to the US to suit all kinds of time frames and budgets. Come and see us.



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