Information and communication Technology

Subject Activities
Curriculum Aims
The senior secondary ICT curriculum aims to :
  • provide students with a body of essential knowledge, concepts and applications of information, communication and computer systems;
  • equip students with problem-solving and communication skills, and encourage them to think critically and creatively;
  • develop students into competent, effective, discriminating, ethical and confident users of ICT, so as to support their lifelong learning; and
  • provide students with opportunities to appreciate the impact of ICT on our knowledge-based society, so as to nurture in them positive values and attitudes towards this area.
Learning Targets

During the three-year senior secondary ICT curriculum, students work towards the following learning targets in the categories of “Knowledge and Understanding”, “Skills” and “Values and Attitudes”:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the range and organisation of computer systems, and the interrelationships between hardware, software and data; and
  • Realise the social, ethical and legal issues pertaining to the use of ICT.


  • Use a range of applications software effectively, ethically and with discrimination to support information processing and problem-solving; and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of methods for analysing problems, and planning and implementing solutions using ICT.

Values and Attitudes

  • Appreciate how information literacy and the sharing of knowledge using ICT influence decision-making and shape our society; and
  • Develop responsible and positive attitudes towards the use of ICT.

The curriculum is organised into a Compulsory Part and an Elective Part.

The Compulsory Part of the curriculum occupies 145 hours and spans approximately one and a half school years. It comprises a number of topics involving the fundamental principles in information and communication technologies and provides students with a solid foundation and broad area of study in ICT. The Compulsory Part consists of five modules, namely Information Processing, Computer System Fundamentals, Internet and Its Applications, Basic Programming Concepts and Social Implications.

The Elective Part takes up about 75 hours of curriculum time and spans about one school year. Four options, drawn from distinctive fields of computing and information science and their applications, are offered in the Elective Part. Based on their abilities, interests and needs, students are required to choose a specialised area for in-depth study. The options in the Elective Part can be broadly categorised as those illustrating applications of computers in specific areas, and those intended for students who will pursue further studies in ICT as a discipline in tertiary education, but the two are not mutually exclusive. The options are Databases, Data Communications and Networking, Multimedia Production and Web Site Development and Software Development.

Future Study and Career

The senior secondary ICT curriculum relates to many aspects of modern life and to diverse fields of study within and beyond senior secondary education. Students will be exposed to a variety of intellectual challenges involving problem-solving, communication and a range of associated practical skills and concepts.

Relevant Degree programmes in tertiary education institutes
Relevant Sub-degree and diploma programmes in tertiary education institutes
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Information Engineering
  • System Engineering
  • Telecommunications and Networking
  • Information and Network Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Game Software Development
  • Mobile Applications Development
  • Cloud and Data Centre Administration
  • Multimedia
  • Digital Entertainment - Games and Animation
  • Computer Systems Administration
  • Web Design and Development
  • Audio-Visual Entertainment Technology