Certificate in Railway Studies (Senior Secondary Applied Learning)

The core of programme is to equip students with the safety, technological and operational knowledge being used in modern railway industry and let them learn the railway-related work.
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Programme Contents

This programme focuses on providing students with safety, technological and operational knowledge of the modern railway industry. Students will be introduced the roles, responsibilities, skill sets and qualifications required for various positions of the industry. The programme also enhances students’ awareness on the demand and development of local and overseas railway systems in the future.

If students attained “Attained with Distinction (I)” in this ApL course^, it is comparable to Level 3 of the Category A subjects of HKDSE examination; if they attained “Attained with Distinction (II)”, it is comparable to Level 4 of the Category A subjects of HKDSE examination.

Programme Features

  • Train driving simulation, learn the daily routine of train captains
  • Railway facility visit to learn the actual working environment, e.g. MTR Depot, MTR Station, Operation Control Center, Operation Training Center and MTR Academy
  • Produce a preliminary design of a new metro line with appropriate technologies in a given city, experience the planning of the railway network firsthand

Supporting Organization

MTR Academy

  • Produce the most suitable teaching materials for Hong Kong students, provide professional advice for Railway Studies' development
  • The tutors of Railway Studies are experienced professionals working in Railway Industry, including Engineers from different aspects, Shift Station Master, Trainer of Train Captain and etc.
  • Tutors of MTR Academy will share their related working experiences to the students and provide related information of further study and career development

Programme Structure

  • Railway and Society (36 hours)
  • Safety in Railway (24 hours)
  • Railway Technology (60 hours)
  • Railway Operations (60 hours)

Reference Table for Grades

Certification Programme

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority - Applied Learning Subjects Result Assessment and Information

Students visited MTR Academy
Students visited MTR Academy
Students visited MTR Academy
Staff of MTR Academy demonstrated the Train Driving Simulation to students
Student performed the Train Driving Simulation
MTR staff introduced the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to our students
Students visited Shek Kong Depot to know more about the maintenance of High Speed Rail
Students visited MTR High Speed Rail "Vibrant Express"
Graduation Path

Articulation Path

Logistics, transport operations, electrical engineering, electronics engineering

Career Prospects

Positions at entry level: train captain, train station officer, assistant logistics officer, electrical and mechanical tradesman or technician, operation officer or project officer in transport-related industry, etc.

Positions at managerial level: senior station officer, station manager, train crew manager, electrical and mechanical engineer, maintenance engineer, operation or project manager in transport-related industry, etc.

Mode of Study

Full Time

Teaching Mode

Face to face (Classes may need to be conducted via online platform depending on epidemic for the sake of students' safety)

Commencement of Study

every September


180 hours



  • HKCT Jockey Club Undergraduate Campus (2 On Shing Street, Ma On Shan, Sha Tin, New Territories)
  • MTR Academy Hung Hom Campus (MTR Hung Hom Building, 1/F., 8 Cheong Wan Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon)
  • MTR Academy Kowloon Bay Campus (Kowloon Bay Depot, 33 Tai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong)


Saturday 09:00-13:00 / 14:00-18:00 (Lessons will also be scheduled during summer day and will be arranged as full day lesson.)


Lessons will mainly be held at students’ own schools and the following venues:

  • MTR Academy Hung Hom Campus (MTR Hung Hom Building, 1/F., 8 Cheong Wan Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon)
  • MTR Academy Kowloon Bay Campus (Kowloon Bay Depot, 33 Tai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

Details will be confirmed between HKCT and their schools.

QF Level

The qualification of this programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework in Hong Kong.
QF level: 3
QR Registration No.: 17/000964/L3
Registration Validity Period: 01/01/2018 to 31/08/2028

^ According to the Education Bureau Circular Memorandum No. 40/2017, applicants of Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes are allowed to use up to two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application for entrance requirements, i.e. "Attained" and "Attained with Distinction", will continue to be used.