Students will have more subjects to choose from when changes to the Career-Oriented Curriculum (COC) take effect. The COC was first introduced for Form Four students in 2003, and this year the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) is adding more subjects. New subjects will include Practical and Computerised Accounting for Small and Medium Enterprises, Fundamental Movie Production, Introduction to Theatre Art, Fundamental Health Care Practice, and Fundamental Western Bakery and Pastry. The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Association of Accounting Technicians will join the Vocational Training Council and Caritas Adult and Higher Education Service to provide the courses. Students will be able to choose COC courses in areas including business, arts and media, design, services, performing arts, information technology, engineering, food production and management as well as leisure, tourism and hospitality. Institutions running the courses will recognise the COC qualification as a pass in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) for students wanting to continue their studies in the same field. EMB Deputy Secretary Chris Wardlaw said the provision of career-oriented courses would give students a chance to explore career options while still in school. EMB will also expand the Yin Jin/ Secondary Schools Collaboration Project for Form Five students launched last year. The number of places will double to about 1,000 with up to 20 schools participating in the 2005/2006 school year. The schools will run the programme together with a member of the Federation for Continuing Education in Tertiary Institutions. The programme comprises core subjects - Chinese, English, mathematics, information technology application, putonghua and communication skills - and career-oriented subjects. Students completing the programme will be awarded a certificate equivalent to five passes in the HKCEE. They can choose to continue their studies or apply for civil service posts which require five HKCEE passes. The deadline for school applications is April 7. For enquiries about COC and the Yi Jin/ Secondary Schools Collaboration Project, call 2762 1491 and 3540 7433 respectively.