Hong Kong

Entry to first-year at UBC Vancouver

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Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Faculty/program Minimum requirements
General requirements for all programs
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
    Certificates must be official. Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal, head, or counsellor. Notarized copies are not acceptable.
  • Standing in four Core Subjects:
    Chinese Language
    English Language
    Mathematics
    Liberal Studies
    Plus:
    Two elective subjects
    (Category B Applied Learning Subjects are not accepted)
  • Grades required for admission will vary by program, but based on the Hong Kong grading scale, to fall within the competitive range requires minimum average of approximately 4.
Applied Science (Engineering)
Arts No prerequisite subjects additional to general requirements
Forestry BSF & BSc (Forest Sciences) Programs

  • A Combined Science course [3]

BSc (Natural Resource Conservation) Program

  • Chemistry [2]
  • Biology [2], or Physics [2]

BSc (Wood Products Processing) Program

Kinesiology No prerequisite subjects additional to general requirements
Land & Food Systems
  • A Combined Science course [3]
Sauder School of Business (Commerce) No prerequisite subjects additional to general requirements
Science
  • Mathematics with minimum grade “3″
  • Physics [2]
  • Chemistry [2]

[1] Subject must be taken as a complete single-discipline science course

[2] Requirement may be met where subject is part of a Combined Science course

[3] Single-subject science course (instead of Combined Science course) will be considered on a case-by-case basis

First-year credit

Students who achieve a final grade of 4 or higher in the Mathematics Extended Part Algebra and Calculus will receive transfer credit for UBC’s Math 100.

Hong Kong Certificate of Education/Advanced Level Certificate

Faculty/program Minimum requirements
General requirements for all programs
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education (HKCE)
    and Hong Kong Advanced Level Certificate (HKALE)
    Certificates must be official. Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal, head, or counsellor. Notarized copies are not acceptable.
  • Standing in at least five academic subject areas, including English, with at least 3 academic A-levels (or six at the Advanced Subsidiary Level).
  • Grades required for admission will vary by program, but based on the Hong Kong grading scale, the average needed to fall within the competitive range is a minimum B average (a combination of mainly A and B grades).
Applied Science (Engineering)
  • Math (A Level) [4]
  • Chemistry and Physics (GCSE or O Level)
  • One of Chemistry or Physics (A or AS Level)
Arts No prerequisite subjects additional to general requirements
Forestry BSF & BSc (Forest Sciences) Programs

  • Math (A or AS Level)
  • One of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (A Level or AS Level)
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (GCSE or O Level)

BSc (Natural Resource Conservation) Program

  • Math (A or AS Level)
  • One of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics (A or AS Level)
  • Chemistry (GCSE or O Level)
  • One of Biology or Physics (GCSE or O Level)

BSc (Wood Products Processing) Program

  • Math (A or AS Level)
  • One of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (A or AS Level)
  • Chemistry and Physics (GCSE or O Level)
Kinesiology
  • One of Math, Chemistry, Physics, or Biology (A or AS Level)
Land & Food Systems
  • Math (A or AS Level)
  • Two of Chemistry, Physics, or Biology (GCSE or O Level)
Sauder School of Business (Commerce)
  • Math (A or AS Level)
Science
  • Math (A or AS Level) with a minimum grade of C [5]
  • Chemistry and Physics (to the GCSE or O Level) [6]

[4] Please note that AS-Level Math does not satisfy this requirement.
[5] Requires Pre-Calculus Math at a Senior Level.
[6] The Physics requirement may be waived with grades of A in Senior Level Math and Chemistry.

Transfer into second- or third-year at UBC

Most programs at UBC welcome applicants from recognized post-secondary institutions. To transfer into the Faculty of Science, you must have completed a university-level calculus course. The Sauder School of Business has special transfer entry requirements, including English, economics, and calculus courses.