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Sport and Recreation Management

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN Sport and Recreation Management

Programme Code

  • HP001 Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS)
  • HP208 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)

Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP)

In 2021-22 academic year, local students enroll and being offered the subsidised places of this programme under the SSSDP will receive a subsidy up to HK$22,050. After deduction of the subsidy, the annual tuition fee is HK$36,550.



DFS Application Code: HPDFS-SRM

HD Application Code: HDSRM

The sport and recreation sector has had a growing impact on the global economy with significant investments in professions and jobs. It is expected that the demand for sport and recreational services in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta will contiune to increase, and that opportunities to work in this industry will further expand.

In addition, the upcoming sport events in Asia, such as 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and 2020 Winter Olympics in Beijing, will keep stimulating greater interest and participation in sport and exercise among the community, and enhance Hong Kong's image as a sport and culture hub of Asia. 

Programme Aims and Features

  • Equips students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to design, implement and supervise sport and recreation programmes, events and services for individuals and groups;
  • Emphasises developing competencies central to the sport and recreation manager with a special focus upon Sport Event Management, Sport and Recreation Facility Management, Customer Relation and Human Resources Management in Sport Organisation, Sport Recreation and Technology, Sport and Recreation Marketing, and Outdoor Adventure and Recreation Programming;
  • Compulsory module in the summer for students to apply theory and knowledge in a practical context, in order to develop the individual and professional competencies needed when working in the recreation and sport industry;
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in major local sports and recreation events as volunteers in preparation for future careers.


Opportunities for Further Studies

Programmes offered by local universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Sport and Recreation Management or other related disciplines offered by local universities (including HKU) . The list below shows the degree offers that our graduates/ students received in the past*:

  • The University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Engineering
    BBA Accounting and Finance
    BSc Information Management
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    BSc Exercise Science and Health Education
    BSc Community Health Practice 
    BSSc Gender Studies
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
    BA (Hons) Physical Education and Recreation Management
    BBA (Hons) Entrepreneurship Concentration
    BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics 
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BBA Business Economics 
    BSocSc Asian and International Studies
    BSocSc Criminology and Sociology
    BSocSc Public Policy and Politics 
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BA (Hons) Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management
    BBA (Hons) Management 
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
    BEd (Hons) (Primary)  - Mathematics
    BEd (Hons) Physical Education
    Bachelor of Science Education (Hons) (Sports Science)

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

Programmes offered by overseas universities

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Sport and Recreation Management or other related disciplines offered by overseas universities:

  • Full-time, 16-month, Bachelor of Science (Hons) Sport Management#, offered locally by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE International College (IC);
  • Part-time, 36-month, Bachelor of Science (Hons) Sport Management#, offered locally by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE. 

Direct Study Articulation in Hong Kong

Starting from September 2017, new students of this HD programme will be given a conditional offer* by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK, to study another 16 months in Hong Kong to finish the BSc (Hons) Sport Management#.

* Students are required to fulfill the graduation requirements of the Higher Diploma study and have a successful admission interview for the degree study.


# The programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications at QF Level 5 (QF registration no.: 15/002495/L5) for a period from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2022. This is an exempted course under the Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead. 

Career Prospects 

Graduates may be considered for junior management and supervisory positions in sport and recreation organisations in both the public and private sectors, such as in community centres, private and residential clubhouses, fitness centres, theme and leisure parks, schools, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and National Sports Associations.


Professional Practice

This is a compulsory module offered in the summer during which students undertake work experience and apply their acquired theory and knowledge into a practical context to develop the individual and professional competencies needed when working in the recreation and sport industry.

Press Interview

Sportsroad, 25 June 2021

Media Coverage: Sportsroad


HK01, 18 June 2021

HK01 article


HK01, 27 June 2019

2019 HK01 News (SRM, SCSP)


Mingpao JUMP, 11 August 2017

mingpao interview


HK01, 10 July 2017

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2-year Higher Diploma Programme

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in 5 subjects* including English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination; OR
  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies programme; OR
  • Hold a Diploma Yi Jin; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

Applicants whose HKDSE results do not meet the entry requirements of the 2-year Higher Diploma programme should apply for admission to the Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS) programme.


Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme

  • Obtain Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination, AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects*^; OR
  • Have completed at least Secondary 5 and have gained in International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) or General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) Grade C (or Grade 4) or above in a minimum of 5 subjects including English Language and another language subject; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.


Mature Students

Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and with relevant work experience will be considered by the College.


*Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: 

“Attained with Distinction (II)” is deemed equivalent to Level 4 or above;
“Attained with Distinction (I)” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and 
“Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSE Examination.

#ApL Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.

^ If the candidate has attempted less than 5 subjects but obtained 6 points or above, the application will still be considered.

+ Level 5** = 7 points; Level 5* = 6 points; Level 5 = 5 points; Level 4 = 4 points; Level 3 = 3 points; Level 2 = 2 points; Level 1 = 1 point.

Effective from 2021-22 Academic Year:


Diploma in Foundation Studies

  • General English I & II
  • College Speaking / Youth and Culture
  • College Writing / Foundation English
  • Foundations of Chinese Language* / How Things in Everyday Life Work
  • Chinese Language Enhancement* / Western Images of China
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Elements of Business
  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • Understanding Hong Kong Popular Culture


Higher Diploma Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English 
  • English for Academic Purposes I 
  • Practical Chinese*
  • Sport and Recreation Industry in Hong Kong 
  • Principles of Management
  • Entrepreneurial and Financial Strategies in Sport and Recreation
  • Programme Management in Sport, eSports and Recreation
  • Facility Design and Operations Management
  • Sport, Recreation and Technology
  • Professional Practice 


Higher Diploma Year 2

  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Sport Management and Sport Coaching
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Human Resource Management in Sport and Recreation
  • Outdoor Adventure Recreation
  • Customer Relationship and Management Skills in Sport and Recreation
  • Sport and Recreation Marketing 
  • Special Event, eSports and Entertainment Management
  • Sport and Recreation Management and Sport Coaching Project


* Non-Chinese speaking students or students who have not received sufficient training in the Chinese language may apply for exemption from the Chinese course(s), and alternative courses may be assigned.