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Childcare, Elderly and Community Services Discipline

Higher Diploma in Play-based Learning

Programme code CE114308

Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
(Planned Places)
IVE (Sha Tin) - 30
Admission Score (For reference)  (Note 1)
Not Applicable (Note 3)
Programme Aims
The power of play-based learning has gained widespread recognition and is now being embraced in various play-related activities and educational support. This growing demand for play-based learning has led to the emergence of relevant professions and business opportunities. The programme aims to equip students with an in-depth understanding, transferable skills, and a proactive attitude to design, apply, and evaluate play-based teaching pedagogies and support strategies to meet the diverse needs within the community. Additionally, it aims to cultivate a sense of social innovation and develop sustainable management skills in promoting play-related programmes and projects, both locally and globally. These skills will enable students to think ethically, empathetically, and creatively in order to contribute to a better society.
The programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.
Professional Recognition
Graduates who passed the required assessment could obtain additional play-related certificates, such as:
  1. ​Pastel Nagomi Art Associated Instructor Certificate awarded by Japan Pastel Hope Art Association
  2. Mental Health First Aid Course Certificate issued by the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong
  1. Admission score in 2023 refers to score of the best 5 HKDSE subjects, including Chinese Language and English Language of admitted students in 2023. For reference only.
    (Scoring scale: 5**=7 points; 5*=6 points; 5=5 points; 4=4 points; 3=3 points; 2=2 points; 1=1 point)
  2. Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.
  3. The programme is newly offered in AY 2024/25.