NSS Information

Outline of 11 Electives

The following topics are included in the NSS Biology curriculum:

  • Cells and Molecules of Life
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Organisms and Environment
  • Health and Diseases

Through the study of Biology, students may understand how cells and genes are related to the essential life processes of complex organisms; the interaction between organisms and their environment; and develop a positive attitude towards health.

In the normal lesson time, simple investigation and practical works would be included. Besides, cross-topics investigations would be arranged to enhance students to develop the different scientific skills and appreciate the nature of science.

Through the learning of chemistry, you can understand the composition, structures, and properties of matter; and the interactions between different types of matter. Besides, a study of chemistry in real-life contexts also helps to develop understanding and appreciation of developments in engineering, medicine and other related scientific and technological fields, e.g. the use of new materials like carbon nanotube, fuel cells, energy crisis and forensic science.

The curriculum includes topics such as
  • atomic structure
  • bonding, structure and properties
  • metals and non-metals
  • acids and bases
  • industrial chemistry.
  • analytical chemistry

Students are required to conduct practical works during the lesson time so as to develop the skills in scientific investigation and problem solving.

Through the learning of physics, you can acquire conceptual and procedural knowledge relevant to daily lives. You can also develop an understanding of the practical applications of physics to a wide variety of other fields, and should be able to appreciate the intrinsic beauty and quantitative nature of physical phenomena, and the role of physics in many important developments in engineering, medicine, economics and other fields of science and technology.

The curriculum includes topics such as
  • heat transfer and gases
  • force and motion
  • wave motion
  • electricity and magnetism
  • radioactivity and nuclear energy.

Students are required to conduct practical works during normal lesson time to develop their scientific investigation techniques and problem solving skills.

本課程包括 「歷代發展」(必修部分)與「歷史專題」(選修部分)兩部分。






  1. 二十世紀中國傳統文化的發展:承傳與轉變
  2. 地域與資源運用
  3. 時代與知識份子
  4. 制度與政治演變
  5. 宗教傳播與文化交流
  6. 女性社會地位:傳統與變遷

The study of history helps to develop a global perspective and an understanding of the processes of interaction, diversification and rapid change in today’s world.

The curriculum consists of two themes:

  1. Modernisation & Transformation in Twentieth-century Asia, e.g. Modernization and Transformation of Hong Kong, China, Japan and Southeast Asia.
  2. Conflicts & Cooperation in the Twentieth-century World, e.g. the Two World Wars and the Peace Settlements, the Cold War, etc.

Geography is an interdisciplinary subject which includes both humanistic subjects and natural sciences. Studying geography can encourage students to be more concerned about their environment, as the subject investigates into the relationship between people and the environment. Students have the opportunities to go on field trips to see how their knowledge and concepts learnt can be applied to their daily lives and in the environment. They can analyse what they see on site from multiple perspectives.

NSS curriculum includes 7 geographical issues and problems and 2 electives. The 7 geographical issues and problems are as follows:

  • Opportunities and Risks – Is it rational to live in hazard-prone areas?
  • Managing Rivers and Coastal Environments: A continuing challenge
  • Changing Industrial Location – How and why does it change over space and time?
  • Building a Sustainable City – Are environmental conservation and urban development mutually exclusive?
  • Combating Famine – Is technology a panacea for food shortage?
  • Disappearing Green Canopy – Who should pay for the massive deforestation in rainforest regions?
  • Global Warming – Is it a fact or fiction?

The elective part includes the following:

  • Dynamic Earth
  • Weather and Climate
  • Transport
  • Regional Study of Zhujiang Delta

The knowledge and skills acquired in the subject can be used in many walks of life. Students can develop their careers in

  1. environmental protection
  2. geomatics and geology
  3. hotel and tourism
  4. industry and commerce
  5. landscape architect
  6. transport and logistics
  7. urban planning

The curriculum objectives are to develop students’ interest in exploring human behaviour and social issues through an economic perspective and help students understand the world in which they live through mastery of basic economic knowledge.
The curriculum includes the following topics:

Compulsory part:
  1. basic economic concepts
  2. production and firms
  3. market and price
  4. competition and market structure
  5. efficiency, equity and the role of government
  6. measurement of economic performance
  7. national income determination and price level
  8. money and banking
  9. macroeconomic problems and policies
  10. international trade and finance

Elective part:
  1. monopoly pricing, anti-competitive behaviours and competition policy; OR
  2. extension of trade theory, economic growth and development.

The curriculum aims to develop students’ creativity and nurture aesthetic sensitivity. Students will further develop their musical competence; construct knowledge and understanding of diverse music cultures; and develop critical responses and communicate effectively through music. It will lay solid foundation for students wishing to pursue further studies in music and to prepare for careers in music and related areas. There are a total of 4 papers for the HKDSE Music Examination. Paper 1 is a public written examination, whereas Papers 2 – 4 are to be completed during the course. Details are as follows:

Compulsory Part

   Paper 1: Listening (40%)

      A written paper of the following two parts:

      Part A. Music in the Western classical tradition

      Part B. Chinese instrumental music, Cantonese operatic music, Local and Western popular music

   Paper 2: Performing I (20%)

      A video recording of performing two or more pieces in an ensemble, with an oral presentation and a short sight-singing.

   Paper 3: Creating I (20%)

      A portfolio of two or more compositions and a reflective report.

Elective Part [choosing one paper only, with majority of students choosing Paper 4B] (20%)

   Paper 4A: Special Project

      A written report of 3,000 to 5,000 words on a chosen topic.

   Paper 4B: Performing II

      Exemption of this paper with a recognised qualification (e.g. ABRSM, Trinity); OR An instrumental performance.

   Paper 4C: Creating II

      A portfolio of two music arrangements and a reflective report.

his curriculum assists students to acquire artistic and aesthetic experience, knowledge, skills, values and attitudes. It also helps them to obtain a foundation for pursuing further education and career opportunities in the art and creative industries.

The assessment includes two parts:
Public Examination (50%) ---
Paper 1 - Visual presentation of a theme OR
Paper 2 – Design

In each Paper, candidates are required to attempt BOTH of the following sections:
(a) Written presentation on critical appreciation of reproductions of artwork provided (10%), and
(b) Art making (40%)

School-Based Assessment (50%) --- Submit One portfolio consisting of :
(a) Research workbook (Presentations on art appreciation and criticism in context in relation to art
making /critical studies, and research process) (20%);
(b) 4 pieces of Artwork / Critical Studies of a theme (30%)

The aim of the BAFS curriculum is to provide students with fundamental business knowledge and skills and develop their values and attitudes, so that they can play their roles competently and confidently as consumers, investors, employees and entrepreneurs. Throughout the learning process of BAFS, students can appreciate the pace of change in the business world and develop an awareness of an interest in business for planning their academic and career development.

The curriculum includes the following topics:
  1. Hong Kong Business environment
  2. Introduction to management and accounting
  3. Basics of personal financial management

Elective part:


Accounting: OR


  1. Financial accounting
  2. Cost accounting
  1. Marketing management
  2. Financial management
  3. Human resources management

No one can deny that the immediate future of Hong Kong is dependent upon its
transformation into a knowledge-based society.

This curriculum is intended to develop your ICT abilities to meet the new socio-economic needs of Hong Kong, and it includes topics like
  • Information Processing & Presentation
  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Internet and its Applications
  • Basic Programming Concepts
  • Social Implications

One of the following electives, with related project work will also be chosen:

  • Databases
  • Data Communications and Networking
  • Multimedia Production and Web Site Development
  • Software Development