Certificate in Cybersecurity (Senior Secondary Applied Learning)

This course aims to raise students' awareness of cybersecurity, enhance their understanding of network security as well as their interest and career-related competencies in related fields, and ethical and legal concepts. Through activities such as Case studies, exploration and test on vulnerabilities and weaknesses in network systems, engagement in role-playing activities to simulate real-world cybersecurity scenarios, to gain the ability to protect the system and respond to threats. It empowers students with problem-solving abilities, and resilience in facing the challenges and opportunities of the network security field.

Programme Contents

Through practical exercises for examples, operating system, cyber range practice, students will develop a deep understanding of network security's importance and gain the ability to protect systems, data, and respond to threats.

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

  • The “Security Operations Centre” and “Cyber Range & Practice Centre” allow a wide range of teaching and learning activities such as scene simulation, competition, research, testing, drill and exercise. Students in these Centres can interact with virtual and cyber world status in real-time for experiments and training, such as network attack and defense, network invasion and maintenance, and even the embedment and detection of Trojan worm.
  • The cyber range has also achieved cyber range interconnection with the Yellow Crane Cyber Range of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, the Industrial Control Cyber Security Range of Guilin University of Electronic Technology, and the Jiaxing Cyber Range of Zhejiang University, which are located in the national network security base will help cooperate online simulation tests and competitions.
  • Engage in role-playing exercises to simulate real-life situations and understand the responsibilities and challenges of different roles in protecting cybersecurity.
  • Explore and test vulnerabilities and weaknesses in network systems, learning how to patch and strengthen systems.
  • Gain hands-on experience in configuring and securing wireless network devices, taking necessary measures to protect against unauthorized access and attacks.
  • By analyzing real-world cyber security cases, students gain in-depth understanding of different types of attacks and intrusions, and learn how to respond to these threats, enhancing their problem-solving and response capabilities.
  • Arrange the industrial visits and professional sharing of the related industries, etc.

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to Cybersecurity (50 hours)
  • Operating System and relevant Practical Skills (40 hours)
  • CyberGuard Essentials (50 hours)
  • Cyber Range Practice (40 hours)

Reference Table for Grades

Certification Programme

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

Graduation Path

Articulation Path

After the completion of Secondary 6, the student can apply for HKCT 'Higher Diploma in Cybersecurity (Testing and Compliance)' or 'Higher Diploma in Industrial Internet of Things'; or articulate to the programmes related to cybersecurity, information technology, computer science, computer engineering provided by other institutions.


Career Prospects

Junior cybersecurity engineer, information security engineer, cybersecurity officer, IT security officer, system administrator

Programme Details
Mode of Study

Full Time

Commencement of Study

every October

Location and Time

Mode 1

HKCT Jockey Club Ma On Shan Campus (Yiu On Estate, 2 Hang Hong Street, Ma On Shan, Sha Tin, New Territories)
HKCT Jockey Club Undergraduate Campus (2 On Shing Street, Ma On Shan, Sha Tin, New Territories)

Saturday 9am -1pm / 2pm - 6pm
(Some lessons will also be scheduled during summer holidays and will be arranged as full day lessons)

Mode 2

Subject to facilities and equipment required for the individual courses, lessons can be held in the secondary school and/or at the venues provided by HKCT.

Lessons can be held on weekdays or Saturdays


^ 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.