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Associate of Arts in English Language and Literature

Programme Code: AD 124 3416 6338 2305 5315

Application Code報名編號 : AD124

Programme Aims & Features

This programme provides a broad and intensive English learning environment that will enable students to effectively acquire English language proficiency and cultural understanding. Graduates of the programme will be prepared for further studies in Bachelor of Arts (BA) programmes in English Studies, Literature or Linguistics, and will be prepared to pursue a diverse range of careers.

The programme offers a strong and well-diversified approach to English. Some of its courses focus on practical language acquisition and competence, others require students to engage in and expand their understanding of core cultural issues, still others raise awareness about the relationship between language usage and social interaction.

The combination of these approaches gives students an all-round multilevel grasp of English and its importance in today’s world. 

Students of the programme have opportunities to join a UK literary and cultural tour affiliated with a Russell Group university.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2020 Overall Progression Rate: 89%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 95%

Graduates can apply for different UGC-funded degree programmes in English Studies. Below are some examples*
The University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Comparative Literature 
BA (Hons) English Studies
BA (Hons) Language and Communication
BA & BEd (Hons) Language Education - English (Double Degree)
BSocSci (Hons)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) English
BA (Hons) Linguistics  
BA (Hons) Translation
City University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) English
BA (Hons) Linguistics and Language Applications
BA (Hons) Translation & Interpretation
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) English Studies for the Professions
BA (Hons) Language & Speech Sciences
BA (Hons) Linguistics & Translation
Hong Kong Baptist University
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature
BA (Hons) Translation
Lingnan University
BA (Hons) English Studies
The Education University of Hong Kongingnan University
BA (Hons) Language Studies - English
BA (Hons) Language Studies & BEd (Hons) English Language (co-terminal double degree)

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to the following full-time top-up degree programmes offered locally by HKU SPACE International College in collaboration with the following universities:

University of the Arts London

Edinburgh Napier University

University of the West of England, Bristol

Manchester Metropolitan University

Career Prospects

Graduates of the programme can seek employment in various fields that require good English proficiency and communication skills, such as the media, journalism, publishing, marketing and advertising. They can also build careers in teaching or follow paths into law, business, and management. Graduates are also capable of progressing to postgraduate study and research, and launching an academic career. 

Special Entrance Requirements

In addition to the minimum entrance requirements, applicants are also required to obtain Level 3 or above in HKDSE English Language, or equivalent. 

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

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Advanced Chinese Language OR English for Business*
  • English for Arts and Humanities
  • Information Technology Fundamentals

Experiential Learning Couse:

  • The Journey of Self-Discovery


Year 1 

  • Introduction to Literature in English

  • Language and Society

  • Introduction to Linguistics

  • Introduction to Comparative Literature


Year 2

  • English Phonetics and Phonology

  • Literary Linguistics

  • Dystopian Literature


Electives: (Choose ONE course from the following)

  • Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • Professional Communication Strategies 


Core Curriculum Courses 

Year 1 

  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • One Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Perspectives in Arts and Humanities

Year 2 

  • One Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Culture, Media and Society
  • One Core Curriculum Course from the Area of Scientific and Technological Literacy

* English for Business: pertained to students with non-Chinese background

Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available.

Pearl Lam
Pearl Lam
  • 2019 - 2020 Associate of Arts in English Language and Literature, Year 1
  • BA (Hons), HKU, Year 1

The AAELL programme has given me a taste of analysing poems and literary classics and has taught me some basic linguistics concepts, helping me realize my interest in both English literature and general linguistics. In hindsight, the knowledge that I acquired from the AAELL programme was essential to adapting to university.

Throughout my first year at CC, the helpful guidance and assistance from lecturers, along with the tailor-made courses, made me feel certain about my goal. Therefore, this year I am enrolled in The Bachelor of Arts at the University of Hong Kong, and expect to graduate in 2024. Choosing to study the AAELL programme is one of the wisest decisions I have made.

For the very first time, I found my passion which has now led me to a new chapter in life.

Karen Ho
Karen Ho
  • 2018 - 2019 Associate of Arts in English Language and Literature, Year 1
  • BA (Hons), Hong Kong Baptist University, Year 1

Relinquishing a bachelor programme offered by another university, I am determined to study English at the University of Hong Kong. Studying English and English Literature in HKU SPACE has not only allowed me to gain invaluable insight into the art of language but also kindled my passion for English, contributing to my indulgence in the world of literature. My desire for learning has been growing over the years and HKU SPACE has further enlightened me. Seeing that English is not solely used as a means of communication, HKU SPACE has inspired me to know more about other genres of English literature. Not only did I explore more about the beauty of English, I also gained invaluable insights and got unexpected breakthroughs, academically and intellectually.

Julie Chan
Julie Chan
  • 2019 - 2020 Associate of Arts in English Language and Literature, Year 1
  • BA & BEd (Hons) Language Education - English (5-Year Double Degree Programme), The University of Hong Kong

It is astonishing to see how I have transformed into a confident and competent individual after the first year of study in HKU SPACE. The AAELL programme equips students with knowledge based on various disciplines in language studies. The lecturers have provided us with ample support both academically and personally. Their thoughtful insights on study and life have constantly reminded me of the purpose of education. While my AAELL fellows and I are eager to articulate to university, it is a healthy fight among us.

We share our common goals and are allied to strive and thrive. This programme has indeed granted me a second chance of progressing to university and brought me one step closer to my aspiration as a prospective English teacher.