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Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities

English Studies

Programme Code: AD 105 Online Application 3416 6338 2305 5315

• BA in Language and Communication  Application Code 報名編號 : CC 80 - 206


Programme Aims & Features

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

Bilingual Studies

This theme aims to provide a solid foundation in bilingual studies (Chinese-English). Through a number of specialized courses, students will not only improve their language skills but will also learn about the practical use of both languages, including translation, linguistics, Chinese lexicology and syntax.

Chinese Language, Literature & Culture

As interaction with Mainland China has become increasingly frequent, Hong Kong faces an unprecedented demand for people well conversant with the linguistic, literary and cultural traditions of China to work in different sectors. This theme offers specialist training in classical and modern Chinese language, literature and culture, so as to equip students with the much-needed proficiency in Chinese to cope with the requirements of further studies and work.

English Studies

This theme provides students with the 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.


This theme aims to nurture students’ critical, creative and cognitive abilities through the study of aesthetics, comparative literature, philosophy, and the making of a globalising world. It provides a solid foundation for developing students’ analytical and communication skills.

*Except Japanese Studies Theme and Korean Studies Theme.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2018 Overall Progression Rate: 82%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 73%

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 & BEd Language Education - Chinese (Double Degree) 
BA & BEd in Language Education - English (Double Degree) 
BSc Information Management

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Anthropology
BA Chinese Language and Literature
BA Conservation
BA Cultural Management
BA Cultural Studies
BA English
BA History
BA Japanese Studies
BA Linguistics
BA Philosophy
BA Translation
BSSc Gender Studies
BSSc Global Studies

City University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese
BA Chinese & History
BA Digital Television & Broadcasting
BA English Studies
BA Linguistics & Language Applications
BA Linguistics & Language Technology
BA Media & Communication
BA Translation & Interpretation
BBA Global Business Systems Management
BSocSc 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 (Hon) English Language Teaching (Double Degree)
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Humanities
BA (Hons) Religious Studies
BA (Hons) Translation
BSSc (Hons)
Bachelor of Communication (Hons)
BSSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream
BSSc (Hons) Geography

The Education University of Hong Kong
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) - Mathematics Major
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) - English Language
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) - History Major
BSSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
Lingnan University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Philosophy
BA (Hons) Visual Studies


Through-train Pre-enrolment Scheme

Swansea University, The UK
BA in English Language
BA in English Language and Teaching English as a Foreign Language
BA in English-Chinese Translation and Interpreting
BA in Media and Communication
BA in International Relations

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, UK
The University of Western Australia, Australia

Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in the civil service and other public institutions and services, and the private sector. You will find openings 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
  • Quantitative Analysis I 
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • English for Arts and Humanities

Experiential Learning

  • Discovering and Expressing the Narrated Self


Year 2

Bilingual Studies

  • English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Professional Communication Strategies
  • Modern Chinese Language
  • Advanced Putonghua
  • Reading and Writing in Chinese


Chinese Language, Literature and Culture

  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Grammar and Rhetoric in Modern Chinese Language
  • Introduction to Chinese Literary Criticism
  • Studies of Classical Texts
  • 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



  • Introduction to Aesthetics
  • 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

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


Bilingual Studies

  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Studies of Classical Texts
  • Introduction to Literature in English

Chinese Language, Literature and Culture

  • Advanced Putonghua
  • Media Publishing Industry and Production
  • Advanced Chinese for Business and Commerce

English Studies

  • Creativity and Creative Industries
  • News Writing and Translation
  • 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.
Wang Ki Ki Wing Tung
  • 2017-18 文學副學士 (語言及人文學科)
  • 2018 香港大學文學士 (一年級)


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.

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 organized 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.

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.

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。

Molly Hui
Molly Hui
  • 2010-12年度文學副學士(英文及英語文學研究)
  • 2012年香港大學文學士一年級

“雖然我曾經一時失手,但最終獲港大和中大等五項課程取錄, 大家一起努力吧!” 其實我在高考語文科中考獲1A1D,但其餘選修科卻失手;入讀副學士課程,是希望給自己一個機會,循另一途徑升讀大學。憑著努力, 我亦終於得償所願,終獲五個資助學士學位課程取錄,最後選擇入讀香港大學文學士一年級。所以,只要按自己能力和興趣去選科, 即使一時失手,其實,也可找到新開始呢!