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Diploma of Vocational Education Programmes

Overview of Diploma of Vocational Education Programmes

The Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) Programmes, which are accredited locally, adopt a credit-based system with a flexible curriculum. They provide school leavers from Secondary 3 to Secondary 5 with a valued pathway for continued studies and career development.


Students can choose from an array of specialisations to suit their own interests and needs. The DVE programmes offer two levels of awards, Certificate of Vocational Education (CVE) and Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE). It normally takes three years for a school leaver from Secondary 3 to Secondary 5 to acquire the DVE award.

Diverse Choices for Different Interests and Needs

Programmes are designed to cope with development of a wide variety of industries, such as beauty care and hairdressing, electrical and mechanical services, automobile, information technology, business, fashion, jewellery, watch and clock, print media and hotel industries.


To better equip students’ technical skills in different industries, the medium of instruction and assessments for some modules is in Chinese.

Flexible Curriculum for Education and Employment


The programmes are designed with dual objectives, preparing students for further studies as well as employment. Holders of Diploma of Vocational Education (DVE) are considered having met the general entrance requirements of Higher Diploma programmes (not applicable to programmes with specific entrance requirements). DVE students may also consider taking the optional module “Mathematics 3E: Mathematics for Further Studies” for the eligibility to apply for VTC’s Higher Diploma Programmes which require Level 2 or above in HKDSE Mathematics as one of their general entry requirements.


Holders of the DVE award may choose to seek employment. Some graduates may pursue further part-time studies while employed. Some students can join the VTC Earn & Learn Scheme, and receive on-the-job training while earning a stable income and allowances.

Well Recognised Qualifications

The curriculum is designed with reference to market’s needs and the General Descriptors of the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework, providing recognised qualifications for both employment and further studies. Some of the CVE qualifications are recognised by relevant government departments as meeting the academic requirements for license registration.

A Balanced Curriculum for All-round Development

To help students build a solid foundation for further study and employment, in addition to strong vocational elements, the curriculum also comprises modules for developing generic competence in areas such as Chinese, English, Mathematics, Putonghua, Information Technology and Whole-person Development.