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Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities

English Studies

Programme Code: AD 105 3416 6338 2305 5315

• BA in Language and Communication  Application Code 報名編號 : AD105

Programme Aims & Features

The programme features 6 themes. Upon completion of the first year curriculum, students will specialize in one of the four themes in the second year of their study*, and, at the same time, select a combination of courses offered by the other themes.

Bilingual Communication

The programme aims to give a solid foundation in bilingual studies by raising the Chinese and English standards of students. Through the specialized courses, you will not only improve your English and Chinese language skills but will also learn about the interaction of the two languages through linguistics and translation.

Chinese Language, Literature & Culture

The programme aims to lay a solid foundation of language competency and cultural understanding through specialized courses. 
This programme will not only enhance your Chinese language proficiency and interpersonal skills but will also sharpen your analytical mind, which is essential for success in both work and study.

English Studies

This programme provides students with an opportunity to strengthen their English language skills and develop their lifelong learning capabilities through a combination of theoretical and practical studies. Students will also further develop their proficiency in both spoken and written English.


The programme takes full advantage of the diversified expertise and abundant resources and facilities from various disciplines, aiming to nurture a whole person who is able to think and act critically, creatively and most of all, independently. The programme provides ample opportunities for individuals to develop their own strength, through specializing in a certain area or moving across boundaries for a broader experience.

*Except Japanese Studies Theme and Korean Studies Theme.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2020 Overall Progression Rate: 89%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 69%

Some of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of recent years have articulated to*:
The University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese Language and Literature 
BA English Literature
BA Japanese Studies
BA Korea Studies
BA Philosophy
BA & BEd Language Education - Chinese (Double Degree) 
BA & BEd Language Education - English (Double Degree) 
BA & BSc (Double Degree)
BA & BSc Social Data Science (Double Degree)
BA Conservation
BA Education and Chinese
BSc Information Management

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Anthropology
BA Bimodal Bilingual Studies
BA Chinese Language and Literature
BA Chinese Language Studies & BEd Chinese Language Education (Double Degree)
BA Conservation
BA Cultural Management
BA Cultural Studies
BA English
BA History
BA Japanese Studies
BA Linguistics
BA Philosophy
BA Religious Studies
BA Translation
BSc Community Health Practice 
BSSc Gender Studies
BSSc Global Studies

City University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese
BA Chinese & History
BA Creative Media
BA Digital Television & Broadcasting
BA English
BA Linguistics & Language Applications
BA Linguistics & Language Technology
BA Media & Communication
BA Translation & Interpretation
BAS New Media
BBA Business Analysis
BBA Global Business Systems Management
BEng Electrical Engineering
BSc Creative Media
BSSc Public Policy & Politics 
BSSc Asian & International Studies

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) Bilingual Interdisciplinary Chinese Studies
BA (Hons) Chinese & Bilingual Studies
BA (Hons) English Studies for the Professions
BA (Hons) Language & Speech Sciences
BBA (Hons) International Shipping & Transport Logistics
Broad Discipline of Hotel & Tourism Management
Broad Discipline of Language, Culture & Communication

Hong Kong Baptist University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Chinese Language & Literature
BA (Hons) Creative & Professional Writing
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature and BEd (Hons) English Language Teaching (Double Degree)
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) History and BEd (Hons) Personal, Social & Humanities Education Teaching (Double Degree)
BA (Hons) Religion, Philosophy & Ethics
BA (Hons) Religious Studies
BA (Hons) Translation
BA (Hons) Visual Arts
Bachelor of Communication (Hons)
BSSc (Hons)
BSSc (Hons) European Studies - French Stream
BSSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream
BSSc (Hons) Geography

The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Creative Arts &  Culture &  BEd (Hons) Music (co-terminal double degree)
BA (Hons) Creative Arts &  Culture &  BEd (Hons) Visual Arts (co-terminal double degree)
BA (Hons) Language Studies - Chinese Major
BA (Hons) Language Studies - English Major
BA (Hons) Language Studies & BEd (Hons) English Language (co-terminal double degree)
BA (Hons) Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
BEd (Hons) Chinese History
BEd (Hons) Chinese Language
BEd (Hons) Early Childhood Education
BEd (Hons) (Primary) - General Studies / Mathematics Major
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) - English Language
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) - History Major
BSSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
Lingnan University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Chinese
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Philosophy
BA (Hons) Visual Studies
BSSc (Hons) Social Science

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the 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, Scotland

University of the West of England, Bristol

Manchester Metropolitan University

Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in the civil service and other public institutions and services, and the private sector. You can seek employment in fields such as journalism, translation, media, education, public relations and copywriting.


*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.  Excluding Japanese Studies and Korean Studies themes.



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

Experiential Learning

  • The Journey of Self-Discovery


Year 2

Bilingual Communication

  • English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Professional Communication Strategies
  • Introduction to Translation
  • Practical Writing for Marketing and Public Relations
  • Reading and Writing in Chinese


Chinese Language, Literature and Culture

  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Introduction to Chinese Literary Criticism
  • Studies of Classical Texts and Culture
  • Studies of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Reading and Writing in Chinese


English Studies

  • Introduction to Literature in English
  • English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • Literary Linguistics
  • Professional Communication Strategies



  • Aesthetics: Art, Beauty, and Contemporary Life
  • Introduction to Comparative Literature
  • From A Barren Rock to Asia’s World City: A history of Modern Hong Kong
  • Civilisations, Ideologies and Politics: The Making of Modern Europe since 1850s
  • Selected Topics in Philosophy


Japanese Studies

  • Japanese I
  • Japanese II
  • Contemporary Japanese Society
  • Introduction to Japanese Studies (Year 1 course)
  • Understanding Popular Culture in Japan (Year 1 course)


Korean Studies

  • Korean I
  • Korean II
  • Contemporary Korean Society
  • Introduction to Korean (Year 1 course)
  • Understanding Korean Culture (Year 1 course)


Specialism Electives


Year 1

Choose TWO from the following


  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Chinese Literature
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Modern Chinese Language


Year 2

Students of a particular theme (except Japanese Studies Theme and Korean Studies Theme) can choose ONE out of three options listed below.


Bilingual Communication

  • Language, Society and Culture
  • Studies of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Introduction to Literature in English

Chinese Language, Literature and Culture

  • Language, Society and Culture
  • Media Publishing Industry and Production
  • Advanced Chinese for Business and Commerce

English Studies

  • Creativity and Creative Industries
  • Aesthetics: Art, Beauty, and Contemporary Life
  • Questioning Cultural Identity


  • Questioning Cultural Identity
  • Gender and Society
  • Introduction to Literature in English

Core Curriculum Courses

  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • Choose THREE courses from the Core Curriculum
The Specialism Electives courses do not apply to Japanese Studies Theme and Korean Studies Theme.
Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available.
Yiu Lai Yam
Yiu Lai Yam
  • 2019-2020 文學副學士(語言及人文學科)
  • 2020 香港中文大學 (翻譯學)
  • 其他取錄︰香港城市大學 (翻譯及語言學)

光陰似箭,昔日徬徨迷惘的心情與現在興奮雀 躍的心情形成強烈的對比。這一年,歷經波 折,但亦能遇到一群志同道合的朋友以及循循 善誘的老師,大家互相勉勵,共同渡過短暫而 忙碌的副學士生活。有時候,繞一條較長的路 未必是壞事,只因它可能會為你帶來意外的收 穫。

Leung Kin Shing Ken
Leung Kin Shing Ken
  • 2019-2020 文學副學士(語言及人文學科)
  • 2020 香港大學(文學學士)

The road to happiness is paved with adversity.

Yau Hoi Ting
Yau Hoi Ting
  • 2018 - 20 Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities (English Studies)
  • 2020 BA Linguistics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Year 3)
  • Other offer received: BA Linguistics and Language Applications, City University of Hong Kong (Senior Year)
  • Other offer received: BA English, City University of Hong Kong (Senior Year)
  • Other offer received:: BA (Hons) English Studies for the Professions, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Senior Year)

My two-year study at HKU SPACE CC was such a  wonderful journey for me as it gave me a second chance to achieve my university dream. I had gained knowledge from the lecturers and met a lot of lovable friends. I will never forget those days we strove for our dreams together. I am going to study Linguistics at CUHK to achieve my dream of helping children with language difficulties. Thank you, HKU SPACE CC, for making my dream come true!

Sherry Lee Chi Yin
Sherry Lee Chi Yin
  • 2017-19 Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities (English Studies)
  • 2019 City University of Hong Kong (Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication)

I never expected to step into such a welcoming environment at HKU SPACE. The lecturers were all very heart-warming and eager to help, whether the issues were academic or personal. I have met new friends that I still have contact with and are very close to this day. The experiences I had with my fellow classmates, academically and socially, were very valuable for my personal development. All in all, communication is definitely key around HKU SPACE.

Lam Tze Kiu
Lam Tze Kiu
  • 2017-19 Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities
  • 2019 BA (Year 3), The University of Hong Kong

HKU SPACE CC provides us a friendly learning environment and professional courses. With the patience and guidance from teachers, I am admitted to university with my friends.

Wu Hoi Yan
Wu Hoi Yan
  • 2018-19 Associate of Arts (Languages and Humanities)
  • 2019 Hong Kong Baptist University Bachelor of Social Science

During my past semesters' study in HKU SPACE, I have built up a solid foundation of knowledge, especially a sense of humanities and well logical training, that makes me have better preparation for entering the university.

Consummate facilities are provided to students. After changing to a new learning environment, I found the pleasure of learning, which allow me to understand the meaning of studying and a set of learning methods that most suit me.

Yeung So Sum, Fion
Yeung So Sum, Fion
  • 2015-17 Associate of Arts (English Studies)
  • 2017 Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University (Senior Year Admission)

Two years in HKU SPACE CC has passed in the blink of an eye, to conclude my studies, I’d say I’m grateful for everything as being an “astronaut”. Here in the boundless universe of knowledge, it is easy to get lost, to feel abandoned, especially when you have been discouraged by the unsatisfactory results in public examinations; yet, CC is just like a spaceship, providing you with everything you need, getting you prepared for your destination.

For me, CC is exactly where I started my literary journey. As a student in the English Studies theme, I have had the best experience in finding my own way. “You’ll never know unless you try,” Without the wide range of choices provided by the College, I would not be who I am proud of today, a literature enthusiast. With the top quality lectures, accompanied by the best lecturers, all CC has taught me is to have faith. Have faith in yourself, think big, wear your best confidence; then someday when you walk out of the College, you’d look back (like a boss), you’d smile and whisper, “Thank you.”

Cheung Wui Tim, Samuel
Cheung Wui Tim, Samuel
  • 2012-14 Associate of Arts (English Studies)
  • 2014 Cultural Management (Minor: English), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

HKU SPACE CC has enabled me to achieve my goal of entering university, because teachers in HKU SPACE CC were willing to help with my learning, and SDCS equipped me with important knowledge of non-JUPAS applications. When I came across any questions about lecture concepts, I asked my teachers after lessons or by email. Their willingness to address my queries helped me to understand the concepts more clearly and to digest such concepts more effectively. They also offered me clear guidance on developing my assignments in the right direction. Regarding further studies activities organised by SDCS, I benefited from an information session on ‘local study opportunities’, a sharing session on ‘successful university applications’, workshops on ‘choosing a university and writing a personal statement’ and ‘effective interview skills for university applications and mock interviews for university admission’, as well as an briefing session by an individual university/programme. I learnt important strategies for non-JUPAS applications and related interview skills after participating in these activities. Moreover, during individual counselling, counsellors solved my questions about university applications, and taught me stress management skills. In short, HKU SPACE CC has made my dream of entering university come true, with helpful teachers and support for non-JUPAS applications.

Steven Lin
Steven Lin
  • 2015-17 Associate of Arts (English Studies)
  • 2017 Bachelor of Arts (4-year Discipline), The University of Hong Kong (Year 1 admission)

Studying in college can be stressful and miserable. I am glad that I asked myself 3 questions during the past two years. The first question was “What are you going to focus on?” After being defeated in the public examinations, most students chose to focus on the fact that they were not good at studying. That was why they often felt frustrated. Instead, I looked at it from a completely different perspective. I thought of the experience as a way to grow and learn, which let me stay positive and motivated. The next question was “What meanings do you ascribe to things?”, the defeat in public examination meant nothing but a time for me to change. Certainly, there were problems in my learning strategies and I had to improve them. Finally, “What are you going to do?”. I chose to put all my laser focus on studying. During this journey, I am grateful to meet my best friend, the most inspiring teacher in my life. I am not a fan of cliché, but the moral of my story is very simple. When life gives you lemons, please, please make lemonade.

Frankie Chan Ka Kuen
Frankie Chan Ka Kuen
  • 2012-14 Associate of Arts (English Studies)
  • 2014 Bachelor of Arts, The University of Hong Kong (Senior Year Admission)

Two years of college life have passed in a flash, but the memories of our college lives will definitely last for a life time. As the prominent Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes states, “for a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences”. We have all achieved great things in our college life at HKU SPACE CC through hard work and dedication. The most crucial thing that HKU SPACE CC has taught me is: just remember that we can. We can try, we can fail, and we can try again. Yes, we can.

Kaycee Chung
Kaycee Chung
  • 2014-16 Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities (English Studies)
  • 2016 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Language and Literature, Hong Kong Shue Yan University (Year 2)

2 years of adventure at HKU SPACE CC was rewarding and terrific! One’s triumph only comes after acquiring a positive attitude, staying conscious and having good work ethic. Teachers at HKU SPACE CC are the lighthouse in the middle of the sea, they guide us, students, to those mentioned qualities with heart and passion; whenever we have questions on studies, we are given sincere help and useful methods to deal with them. On top of that, we are driven to achieve and explore our potentials. The Division of English offers a wide range of activities to students so they can learn and practice their English outside the classroom. The annual English Singing Contest and Speech Competition are just two examples. Students who are either afraid of public speaking or only need the stage to shine are given a chance to explore their potentials. It is not solely about the result, but the process of overcoming hurdles, and knowing what our strongest suits are. In HKU SPACE CC, we are taught strong values and have the right mentality we need, so that we would not shy away when the opportunity arises.

  • 文學副學士(語言及人文學科)- 英文及英語文學研究
  • 香港大學文學院

自港大附屬學院畢業後,我於同年入讀香港大學文學院二年級,主修比較文學。 自己一直有志入讀港大文學院,這成了我選擇港大附屬學院的主要原因。很幸運地學院讓我直接入讀副學士二年級,雖然已經畢業多年,回想起「那些年」,仍很懷念在學院讀書的日子。學院的講師都十分有教學熱誠,備課充份,知識廣博,樂意與學生分享看法,這無形中訓練我的獨立思維能力。我很享受同學一起努力學習的日子,大家都以升讀大學為目標,一起奮鬥的感覺很好!在港大附屬學院學習讓我日後更易適應大學課程,且有很好的成績。

Lai Sin Tung, Christy
Lai Sin Tung, Christy
  • 2012-14 Associate of Arts (English Studies)
  • 2016 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Studies for the Profession, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • 2017 Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), The Education University of Hong Kong

I remember I started studying at HKU SPACE Community College with a sense of inferiority, feeling incapable of advancing into a higher degree. However, with the dedicated and supportive teaching from professional teachers at the college, I realized I could become a better person if I endeavoured myself to be. Our lecturers didn't treat us as losers but as potential warriors ready to fight our way to a brighter future. All that I learnt from the college enabled me to enter a local university as a senior year student and graduated with First-class Honours. Now that I am studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Education to equip myself to become a teacher, which has always been my dream job, I do think that my two-year study at the college was an indispensable part of what made me a better and more mature person today. It has been one of the most fruitful experiences of my life. A detour path won't make us less competitive. It's the experience we gain that counts - failures make us grow, setbacks make us stronger, and learning to deal with them can make a huge difference.