2209 7799
  • Offer professional management knowledge in recreation and leisure services and specialization courses in facility management, exercise anatomy and physiology, and adventure programming
  • Provide 90 practicum hours for students to gain hands-on experience in the actual workplace

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.  This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 4).
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 CUSCS HD in Recreation and Leisure Management

Programme Information

Admission Requirements
Applicants should fulfill any one of the following requirements:
  • Level 2 in five subjects* in Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination including Chinese Language# and English Language, or equivalent; or
  • Pass in one A Level or two AS Level subjects, plus five passes in HKCEE including Level 2/ Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent; or
  • Satisfactory completion of the Diploma Yi Jin or Diploma of Applied Education Programme; or
  • Aged 21 or above

If one of the five subjects is 'Citizenship and Social Development', the admission requirement will be "Attained" for 'Citizenship and Social Development'  and Level 2 in four other HKDSE subjects including Chinese Language and English Language.

A maximum of two Applied Learning subjects, excluding Applied Learning Chinese (ApL(C)), can be used in the application. "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" Level in Applied Learning subjects will be considered as equivalent to Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 in HKDSE subjects respectively.

Applied Learning Chinese (ApL(C)) will be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification for admission consideration for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) DSE candidates.

Note: Interview is required.

Programme Structure

This programme will be offered on a two-year full-time basis, and based on a credit unit system.

Programme Structure Details
Progression Path

Local Articulation

UGC-funded or self-funded Undergraduate Degree Programmes offered by local universities. In recent years, our graduates have been admitted to the following local bachelor degree programmes:

Physical Education, Sports and Recreation related Programmes
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Health Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Education in Physical Education, Exercise Science and Health, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Physical Education and Recreation Management, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Science and Coaching, The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Health Education (Honours), The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports Coaching and Event Management, Lingnan University
  • Bachelor of Sports and Recreation Management with Honours, Hong Kong Metropolitan University

Management and Other Programmes
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Building and Real Estate (Building Engineering and Management / Property Management / Surveying) , The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Entrepreneurship and Development Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Human Resources Management – Applied Psychology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Study Overseas

Graduates may choose to articulate to overseas universities and progress to the following degree programmes (senior year entry):

United Kingdom
University of Portsmouth

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport Management (Top-up) (Year 3 entry)

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Coaching (Top-up) (Year 3 entry)

Queensland University of Technology

Bachelor of Creative Industries (Year 2 entry)

Internship Programmes and Field Trips

Students are required to undergo 90 hours of training in the field of sports and recreation industries in Hong Kong. Students will be placed at NSAs, campsites, NGOs, private clubhouses and private organizations, etc. for practicum. Students can apply their knowledge and skills to practice and gain industry experience through the practicum. 

Besides, the programme offers diversified seminars, workshops and field studies which enrich students' classroom experience.


Po Leung Kuk Jockey Club Tai Tong Holiday Camp
Hong Kong Playground Association -  Silvermine Bay Camp
Hong Kong PHAB Association
Sportsoho Media Limited

Field Trips

Field visits will be arranged to deepen students' understanding of the operation and management of recreational and leisure venues and facilities.

General Information

Mode of Delivery

This is a taught programme. A variety of learning methods will be used to stimulate students' analytical thinking and expression of opinions, and to encourage free exchange of ideas.

Medium of Instruction

Depending on the nature of each module, English and Cantonese will be used as the medium of instruction. Learning materials will be in English and Chinese as deemed appropriate.

Assessment Methods

Students' performance is monitored and assessed on a continuous basis through class participation, assignment, project and final examination.

Class Location

CUSCS Learning Centres

CEF Course Code and Course Name

CEF Course Code﹕43H122065
CEF Course Name﹕Higher Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Management


Tel: 2209 7799
Email: HD_TST@scs.cuhk.edu.hk

Tuition Fee

Local Applicants : $74,910 / per year

Non-local Applicants : $84,910 / per year

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One of the features of Higher Diploma Programme in Recreation and Leisure Management is equipping students with substantial knowledge and theories for organising large scale events.

Students play an important role in preparing and planning such as promotion, decoration, logistics, working as emcees, etc. These enable students to bring their talent into action and gain actual work experience. These opportunities help students to develop their strengths and fully demonstrate their diverse talents. Students will be able to recognize their abilities through taking up different roles at the event which also helps them to develop transferrable skills for the workplace or further study in the university.

Students actively participate in different types of sports, recreational and adventure activities which broaden their horizons.

The Higher Diploma Programme in Recreation and Leisure Management introduces the fundamental concepts of sports management, sports and recreation activities and event organisation. Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to plan, design, execute, and manage different recreation and leisure services/programmes for different target groups, in different settings and with different requirements.

Students who are studying the Higher Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Management and have demonstrated their outstanding performance in sports will have a chance to be selected as one of the members in 38 university sports teams of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), which include men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, volleyball, handball, tennis, badminton, table tennis, squash, athletic, swimming and rowing teams. Joining these teams, students can participate in sports competitions organized by the Hong Kong Post-Secondary Colleges Athletic Association annually as well as the Annual Intervarsity Sports Games organized by the CUHK and the HKU. To uplift the competitive performance of University sports team members, friendly matches are regularly organized with local and overseas sports teams.

Table Tennis