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Higher Diploma in Software Engineering


The following section presents the information of Full Time Programmes offered in September 2018.

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Programme General Information

Type of Programme
Subvented Programme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Planned Places 60
Average result of admitted students in 2015 (Note 1)
Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. An "Attained" and an "Attained with Distinction" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. Holders of DVE award upon successful completion of prescribed modules are eligible to apply for Higher Diploma Programmes.
  4. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
Programme Aims
This programme aims to provide students with a practical grounding in software systems development, with the emphasis on software design and quality as well as project management. Graduates will be able to apply proven principles and techniques to the development and support of software systems.
This 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.
Career Prospects
Graduates may be employed as programmers, technical support personnel, systems analyst, etc., with potential promotion to information systems manager.
Graduates can apply for admission to the following programmes :
  1. Degree programmes in local universities :
    • City University of Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong Baptist University
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • The Open University of Hong Kong
  2. Articulation degree programmes in overseas universities (conducted at IVE campus) :
    • Coventry University, UK
    • University of the West of England, UK
  3. Other Universities in UK and Australia
Professional Recognition
The programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).
  1. Average result in 2015 refers to average score of the best 5 HKDSE subjects, including English Language and Chinese Language, of admitted students in 2015 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. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme name, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.


Semester 1
  • Database Principles
  • Programming
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Discrete Mathematics and Statistics
  • Operating Systems Fundamentals
  • English and Communication : Workplace Interaction
  • Whole Person Development : Self-efficacy Enhancement
Semester 2
  • Software Project Management & Quality Assurance
  • Object Oriented Technology
  • Data Structures & Algorithms : Concepts & Implementation
  • English and Communication : Workplace Correspondence
  • Whole Person Development : SMART in Action
  • System Development Project
  • Information Technology Essentials - Web
Semester 3
  • System Development Project
  • Internet & Multimedia Applications Development
  • Programming Techniques for Mobile Systems
  • English and Communication : Reports
  • Whole Person Development : Integrated Career Development
Semester 4
  • Contemporary Topics in Software Engineering
  • Final Year Project
  • IT Professionalism
  • Human Computer Interaction & GUI Programming
  • Enterprise Systems Development
  • English and Communication : Persuasive Presentations
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Reports
Semester 5
  • Enterprise Software
  • Operating Systems Programming and Administration
  • Final Year Project
  • English and Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development : Global Vision
  • Enrichment Module
Semester 3, 4 or 5
  • Industrial Attachment