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Secondary Textbooks

College Life

This year, parents will again be able to purchase textbooks directly from our chosen supplier, A & P

(Academic & Professional Book Centre). This is the same company that we have used for the past nine years. A & P is Hong Kong-based, offers competitive prices and has a custom-designed website for ordering.


Payment will be made directly to A & P by credit card, or by cash when collecting books if credit card is not possible. Please note that if you pay by cash, there will likely be a much longer waiting time when collecting books.


You will be able to either collect the books from school, or have the books delivered by post to your home address. There will be an additional fee of $65 for postal delivery. To ensure the arrival of books before the start of the school year, orders need to be made through the online system by Friday 1 July for students entering Year 12, and Friday 8 July for students entering Years 7-11.


The online ordering system will be available throughout the entire year. Any books ordered after the above deadlines will need to be delivered by post for the additional fee, and there may be a delay of 4-6 weeks.


To access the ordering website, click here: www.bookshop4u.com/DC


Select your child’s current year level (or “New to DC” if your child is a new student starting in August 2022) and the year level that your child is going into in August 2022. Input the required details and select the books that you need to purchase.


Students going into Year 7

  • There is no Mathematics textbook for Year 7.

  • There is no Science textbook for Year 7.

  • There is no Spanish textbook for Year 7.

  • Students taking Chinese Language and Literature do not need to buy a textbook.

  • Students taking Chinese Language Acquisition need to buy the correct level of textbook (and workbook if required) depending on which phase they are in.

  • Parents of students currently in Year 6 will receive a separate communication stating which Chinese textbook should be purchased for each student.


Students going into Year 8

  • There is no Mathematics textbook for Year 8.

  • There is no Science textbook for Year 8.

  • There is no Spanish textbook for Year 8.

  • Students taking Chinese Language and Literature do not need to buy a textbook.

  • Students taking Chinese Language Acquisition need to buy the correct level of textbook (and workbook if required) depending on which phase they are in.

  • Parents of students currently in Year 7 will be informed which textbook to purchase by their child’s current Chinese teacher.


Students going into Year 9

  • There is no Mathematics textbook for Year 9.

  • There is no Science textbook for Year 9.

  • There is no Spanish textbook for Year 9.

  • Students taking Chinese Language and Literature do not need to buy a textbook.

  • Students taking Chinese Language Acquisition need to buy the correct level of textbook (and workbook if required) depending on which phase they are in.

  • Parents of students currently in Year 8 will be informed which textbook to purchase by their child’s current Chinese teacher.


Students going into Year 10

  • All students need to buy the same textbook for Mathematics.

  • There is no Science textbook for Year 10.

  • There is no Spanish textbook for Year 10.

  • Students taking Chinese Language and Literature do not need to buy a textbook.

  • Students taking Chinese Language Acquisition need to buy the correct level of textbook (and workbook if required) depending on which phase they are in.

  • Parents of students currently in Year 9 will receive a separate communication from their child’s current Chinese teacher, stating which Chinese textbook should be purchased.


Students going into Year 11

  • Students taking Standard Maths need to purchase the new textbook indicated (Mathematics Core Topics SL).

  • Students taking Extended Maths need to purchase the new textbook indicated (Mathematics Core Topics HL).

  • There is no Science textbook for Year 11.

  • There is no Spanish textbook for Year 11.

  • Students taking Chinese Language and Literature do not need to buy a textbook.

  • Students taking Chinese Language Acquisition need to buy the correct level of textbook (and workbook if required) depending on which phase they are in.

  • Parents of students currently in Year 10 will receive a separate communication from their child’s current Chinese teacher, stating which Chinese textbook should be purchased.


Students going into Year 12

  • Students need to buy all the books for the subjects and levels (Higher or Standard) that they have chosen to study. All students and parents are aware of what option choices have been made.

  • If in any doubt about subject choices, contact Brian McCann (VP/DP Coordinator) brian.mccann@dc.edu.hk

  • The purchase of books for English will be organised through the English department when texts have been decided upon. The choice of texts will depend on the interests and needs of each class.

  • Students taking Business Management, Economics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics will use the online resource provided by Kognity. The cost of this resource is approximately $520 per subject per year. The cost will be deducted from your child’s eWallet account around the end of September. Any student who changes out of the subject before Friday 23 September will not be charged the fee. Any student who moves into the subject after that date will be charged the fee. Students taking Biology, Chemistry and Physics will also need to purchase the Study Guide from the A & P ordering website. Students taking Economics will also need to purchase the Quantitative Skills Workbook from the A & P website.


Students going into Year 13

  • Books used in Year 12 will continue to be used in Year 13.

  • Students taking Business Management, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Systems and Societies will use the online resource provided by Kognity. The cost of this resource is approximately $520 per subject per year. The cost will be deducted from your child’s eWallet account around the end of September.

  • New Year 13 students will be informed by Brian McCann (VP/DP Coordinator) brian.mccann@dc.edu.hk which textbooks they need to buy.


New students starting in August 2022

  • It may not be possible to place new students in the correct level for Chinese until they arrive in the school.

  • New Year 12 students may not have finalised subject choices.

  • If unsure what books to buy, it is better to wait until August before ordering. There may be some delay in the arrival of books, but it is better to wait and ensure that you buy the correct books.

  • Books can be ordered through the online system, but will need to be delivered by post for the additional fee of $65.


Changing books

Year 12 students may change their mind as to what subjects and/or levels they wish to study, even after several weeks of school. In Years 7-11, students may change their language level. Year 12 and Chinese textbooks can therefore be returned to A & P for a refund, as long as they are in as-new condition, for example they have not been written on. New textbooks can then be ordered. The deadline for returning books is Friday 23 September.


Book distribution

A & P will run a distribution point at Discovery College in the foyer of the theatre on the following dates:

  • Monday 22 August from 10.00am to 4.30pm

  • Wednesday 24 August from 10.00am to 4.30pm


Please remember to bring your book order confirmation letter and cash (if you have not paid by credit card by the time of ordering). Please note that if you pay by cash, there will likely be a much longer waiting time when collecting books.


After Wednesday 24 August, books will need to be delivered to the home address for the additional fee of $65.


Additional Queries

If you have any questions that are not addressed in this letter, please contact Wingsum Ku at

kuw3@dc.edu.hk.

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