Higher Diploma in Disciplinary Forces

Key Features

  • Equipping students with vocational knowledge and skills in disciplinary forces
  • Providing an 18-hour practical workshop related to disciplinary forces
  • Nurturing students’ insight with talks or seminars by disciplinary forces practitioners or retired practitioners
  • Enhancing students’ competitiveness of further studies and career development in disciplinary forces 

Programme Objectives

  • To equip students with a range of generic skills, including language, interpersonal and communication, and information technology skills required for pursuing a career in disciplinary forces of related further study

  • To promote students’ awareness of legal and social issues, and apply it to analyze, evaluate and make recommendation to handle social problems

  • To provide students with the subject knowledge in policing, law enforcement and investigation, and related applications to the real-world scenarios

  • To equip students with the essential leadership, teamwork and management skills as well as fitness training required for career pursuit in disciplinary forces

Programme Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:​
  • explain and apply various social science concepts to comprehend and handle social problems ethically and responsibly;
  • demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts and knowledge relating to disciplinary forces and apply them to the real-world workplace environment;
  • integrate and apply interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, and sport science knowledge and skills required for pursuing a career in the disciplinary forces;
  • evaluate the functions and work procedures of policing and other law enforcement agencies and apply them in crime prevention, control and investigation in Hong Kong;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of English and Chinese languages for work or further studies; and
  • identify and integrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills for handling career pursuits or further studies.


General Education (24 Credits)

  • General English

  • English for Academic Purposes I

  • Business Communication

  • Chinese Language for Communication I

  • Chinese Language for Communication II

  • Introduction to Information Literacy

  • Career and Life Planning

  • Understanding Morality


Programme Specific Courses (36 Credits)

  • Basic Legal Studies

  • Criminal Law and Procedures

  • Policing and Law Enforcement

  • Criminology and Criminal Behaviour

  • Public Sector Management in Hong Kong

  • Criminal Investigation

  • Communication and Interpersonal Relations

  • Understanding Social Problem and Social Welfare

  • Crisis Intervention Methods

  • Leadership and Team Work

  • Physical Fitness Training I

  • Physical Fitness Training II


Programme Specific Workshop

  • Skills Enhancement Workshop for Disciplinary Forces

​Apart from Chinese courses and courses which require students to have working knowledge of Chinese, all courses are normally taught in English.

Articulation Prospects

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the local or overseas Bachelor’s Degree programmes, such as:

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy and Politics, City University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) Crime and Investigation, Teesside University in collaboration with Hong Kong Institute of Technology

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Public Administration and Management, De Montfort University in collaboration with School of Continuing and Professional Education at the City University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Criminology, Nottingham Trent University

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Policing, Nottingham Trent University

  • Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, The University of New South Wales

Career Prospects

  • Correctional Officers / Correctional Services - Assistant Officers II

  • Inspectors of Customs and Excise / Customs Officers

  • Station Officers of Fire Services / Firemen/Firewomen

  • ​Cadet Pilot

  • Police Inspectors / Police Constables

  • Immigration Officers / Immigration Assistants

  • Security Officers

Teaching and Learning Support

Higher Diploma in Disciplinary Forces is dedicated to equipped students to be part of disciplinary forces.
Representatives of Correctional Services Department were invited to share the Department history, operation, recruitment tips and their life experience with students of Higher Diploma in Disciplinary Forces on 4 November 2020. The students were enthusiastic and asked for more information about disciplinary forces. They had a clearer picture of disciplinary forces development after the talk. The practitioners encouraged the students to apply for the job, being part of disciplinary forces.

A souvenir was presented to representatives of Correctional Services Department.

Seminar by Correctional Services Department

Higher Diploma in Disciplinary Forces

Physical Fitness Training Course
Target: Students of Higher Diploma in Disciplinary Forces
According to the sharing of disciplinary forces officer, quite a lot of candidates fail the physical fitness test during recruitment process. In view of this, a one-year physical fitness training course is designed for students of Higher Diploma in Disciplinary Forces, providing theoretical and practical training with assessment guidelines referring to disciplinary forces requirement.
During training, teachers interact with students and they support each other that brings a lot of fun and motivate students to learn.
You can tell the team spirit in the photos. Physical fitness training can be fun!

Physical Fitness Training Course

Physical Fitness Training Course

Students of Higher Diploma in Disciplinary Forces


Continued Education Fund (CEF)

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
This course/ The mother course (Title of Qualification) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [4]).

QR Registration No.: 19/000432/L4
QR Registration QR Registration Validity Period: 04/03/2019 To On-going

For details, please refer to "Continued Education Fund (CEF)" in our website.