Associate Degree in Business Programme

Associate Degree in Business

Department of Business and Hospitality Management

Programme Code

Duration and Mode of Study
Full-time programme: 2 years
Part-time programme: 3 years

Medium of Instruction
English supplemented by Chinese

Qualification Frameworks
QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 12/001120/4
Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2012 – 31/08/2024

Contact Us
Department: 5219 9652 (By phone/WhatsApp)
Institute: 3702 4388
Address: 18 Chui Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories (Exit B, Tiu Keng Leng MTR Station)

Programme Features, Objectives and Learning Outcomes
Programme Features

  • The programme enables students to enhance their communication skills, analytical thinking, information technology, and business management knowledge so as to continue their studies in advanced levels and contribute to their future careers

  • The curriculum emphasizes on both academic development and foundation education. Aligning with the strategic direction of the department, many general education courses are included to widen the horizons of students

  • The programme provides with some flexibility in choosing general education elective courses and cross-discipline elective courses to meet specific interests of students

Programme Objectives

  • Offer a comprehensive curriculum which enables students to develop a solid foundation in business studies;

  • Develop students’ ability to plan, develop and apply the learned knowledge and principles, enabling them to positively contribute to their further studies and employability;

  • Cultivate students’ sense of responsibility, professional attitude and ethics, and the value of interpersonal relationship;

  • Develop students’ communication skills and enhance their reading, writing, listening and presentation skills in English and Chinese so that they can communicate effectively with various stakeholders;

  • Equip students with the analytical and problem solving skills so as to enhance their employability; and

  • Develop students’ independent thinking and learning skills, and broaden students’ perspectives to enhance their personal and professional development for life-long learning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate and apply a broad range of knowledge vital to the business environment;

  • Apply problem-solving and analytical skills to decision-making and management;

  • Apply ethical reasoning and critical thinking in the performance of personal and general business responsibilities;

  • Communicate effectively in formal and informal settings;

  • Produce professional documents to a good standard;

  • Apply teamwork skills and work effectively within a team; and

  • Demonstrate broad perceptual and conceptual horizons with knowledge of life and a global perspective.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Core Course

  • Introduction to Marketing

  • Economics

  • Principles of Accounting

  • Principles of Management

Language and GE Course

  • English for Academic Reading and Writing I

  • Emerging Technologies and Data Analysis for Workplace

  • Quantitative Methods

  • Society and the Individual

  • Thinking and Learning

  • Use of English

  • GE Elective / Cross-Discipline Elective

  • College Life and You

Year 2

Core Course

  • Legal Environment for Business

  • Management Information Systems

  • Organisational Behaviour

  • Principles of Finance

Language and GE Course

  • Effective English Communication for Business

  • Chinese Communication

  • English for Academic Reading and Writing II

  • Social Ethics

  • GE Elective / Cross-Discipline Elective

  • GE Elective / Cross-Discipline Elective

Professional Recognition and Qualification
Professional Recognition

As an accredited programme of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), graduates are eligible to obtain an exemption in four modules of the Associate Level under the new Qualification Programme (QP).

Education Articulation and Career Pathways
Education Articulation Pathways

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) Programme or other relevant programmes such as the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Artificial Intelligence offered by Caritas Institute of Higher Education, or Bachelor’s Degree programmes offered by local or overseas universities for academic advancement.

Career Pathways

  • Graduates may begin their careers in a broad range of industries such as general administration, accounting, marketing, banking, merchandising, and logistics management, etc.

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for various civil service positions that require Associate Degree level qualification.

Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements (Full-time or Part-time mode)

Year 1 Entry

  1. Have obtained Level 2 in five subjects (including Chinese Language and English Language) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE); OR

  2. Have graduated from the Diploma Yi Jin; OR

  3. Have completed a Qualifications Framework (QF) Level 3 programme that is approved by the College; OR

  4. Mature applicant aged 21 or above on 1 September of the year when admission is sought, with relevant working experience and academic background; OR

  5. Have obtained an equivalent qualification.

Admission Requirements (Part-time mode)

In addition to the qualifying conditions above, applicants for the Part-time mode may also be considered for admission if they satisfy the requirements below:
  1. Have obtained Grade E or above in one AL / two ASL subjects in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) plus five passes in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) including Chinese Language and English Language

Tuition Fee and Scholarship

Tuition Fee
The tuition fees for the 2021-22 intake of the 2-year full-time Associate Degree in Business programme are as follows:

Local Students
Year 1: $63,750
Year 2: $68,660

Non-Local Students
Year 1: $83,750
Year 2: $88,660

*The tuition fees for the 2021-22 academic year are subject to approval by the Institute Council.

Alumni & Student Sharing
Alumni Sharing

Graduate of 2020, Associate Degree in Business

Time flies! I was graduated from the programme of Associate Degree in Business! In the past few years at Caritas, I met friends from all over the world as well as a large group of mentors from the industry. We studied and worked together to solve problems so as to move forward. I have vivid memories of those years and I am grateful to meet all teachers and classmates in my youthful days!
Graduate of 2020, Associate Degree in Business

Library was my favorite place in School! It provided study rooms and computer rooms for me to study and review the learning materials.
I learnt a lot through the study in the programme of Associate Degree in Business (ADB). For examples, I have learnt financial knowledge and related methods of calculation; and the accounting subject made me understand more about its concepts. In addition, I enjoyed studying in the course of Legal Environment for Business as the teacher provided a lot of interesting case studies.
After graduation, I planned to continue studying in the BBA Programme offered by Caritas. I hope I can learn more and enrich myself through the programme.

Graduate of 2020, Associate Degree in Business

Happy School Life in Caritas!
Teachers were not only very patient but always incurred academic rigor in the classroom.
Studying the programme of Associate Degree in Business broadened my understanding in business. After graduation, I will continue my study in the degree programme of Bachelor of Business Administration offered by Caritas Institute of Higher Education.

WANG Yuchen
Graduate of 2020, Associate Degree in Business

I enjoyed the learning atmosphere and environment in Caritas Bianchi College of Careers. Since I joined the Department of Business and Hospitality Management, I accumulated my business knowledge in various dimensions. I found that what I learnt from the courses such as Economics and Legal Environment for Business could be applied in my daily life. In addition, the college provided various General Education courses, we could choose freely based our interests. As the saying goes, “hobbies are the best teachers”. I am convinced of this.
Teachers were not only patient in teaching the topics to make every student understand, but they also spent lots of effort to those who had difficulties after class. Therefore, I decided to continue my study in Caritas for a bachelor’s degree programme. I want to maintain my enthusiasm in learning and gain more knowledge to apply in my daily life. I know that they are important parts for my future career.
Finally, I hope the development of Caritas Bianchi College of Careers and Caritas Institute of Higher Education will be better and better.

Student Sharing


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