The aims of Senior Secondary Liberal Studies are:
(a) to enhance students‘ understanding of themselves, their society, their nation, the human world and the physical environment;
(b) to enable students to develop multiple perspectives on perennial and contemporary issues in different contexts (e.g. cultural, social, economic, political and technological contexts);
(c) to help students become independent thinkers so that they can construct knowledge appropriate to changing personal and social circumstances;
(d) to develop in students a range of skills for life-long learning, including critical thinking skills, creativity, problem-solving skills, communication skills and information technology skills;
(e) to help students appreciate and respect diversity in cultures and views in a pluralistic society and handle conflicting values; and
(f) to help students develop positive values and attitude towards life, so that they can become informed and responsible citizens of society, the country and the world.
Liberal Studies builds on what students have learnt in basic education. Through exploring themes important to the modern world, it helps students to extend their breadth of knowledge, depth of understanding, independent thinking skills and ability to make connections.
Public Assessment Design
School-based assessment (SBA)
The Independent Enquiry Study (IES) is adopted as the mode of SBA in Liberal Studies. The IES is an investigative study in which students are required to demonstrate various skills such as problem-solving, data gathering and analysis, and communication. Each IES project should include a certain amount of subject matter based on students’ reading, research and personal experiences. Students can carry out an enquiry-based project, and the main body of the project can be in written or non-written form.
Curriculum and Assessment Guide
(Secondary 4 - 6)
Citizenship and Social Development / Liberal Studies
Web-based Resource Platform
Citizenship and Social Development
Optimizing Arrangements can be implemented at S4 in the 2021/22 school year leading to the 2024 HKDSE Examination at the earliest.