Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature

Programme Code

JS2023


Year of Entry

JUPAS - HKDSE: Year 1

Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

4 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

First Year Intake Number

14

Class Start Date

September 2020

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000 (non-local)

Credits Required for Graduation

128

Programme Requirements

Programme Requirements
HKDSE Core Subject(s) Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGE 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 2 SUBJECTS Note 3


Note:
- This programme will consider Other Language subjects at Grade E or above as the second elective subject.

 

Programme Description

The Faculty of Arts will implement a hybrid admissions model starting from 2020 entry. Students may apply for admission to the Broad-based Programme or to a specific Major Programme. The English Language and Literature Major programme offers excellent opportunities for students to develop their

  • disciplinary knowledge in language, literature, and culture in English;
  • written and verbal communication skills;
  • critical thinking skills;
  • capacity for appreciating creative practices;
  • leadership skills and teamwork techniques;
  • interdisciplinary skills and faculty for comparative, cross-cultural issues; and
  • awareness of international values, perspectives, and knowledge, including overseas study and work experience in discipline-related industries.
     

Unique Features

The Department of English Language and Literature offers students a variety of study routes in the form of Concentrations within the Major, a Double Major Programme (taught along with the Departments of Chinese Language and Literature, Religion and Philosophy, and the Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies) as well as accessible and portable Minor programmes found outside the Department entirely, whereby students may meet alternative career and study interests flexibly as when acquiring training in a foreign language, business and management, international journalism, or the cross-faculty Gender Studies Concentration.

Concentrations: Students can accumulate Major elective units concentrating their study on a focused area, namely, "Literary and Comparative Studies" or "Language and Communication Studies". Students may also choose a "flexible" concentration within the Major by accumulating sufficient units leading to a "General Studies" concentration.

Minor and Cross-faculty Concentrations: Students may likewise use their free elective units to develop a Minor in an area outside their Major programme. Depending on individual interests, students may choose any approved Minor programme on offer (such as creative writing, theatre studies, marketing, and journalism) as well as the cross-faculty Gender Studies Concentration.

Student Learning Experiences

In support of the "best student experience" targeted in the HKBU 2020 Institutional Strategic Plan, the Department encourages students to enroll in overseas study for one to two semesters. The Department urges students to maximize the opportunity of academic exchange experience, including learning about a new culture, improving their English language proficiency, and building and broadening their cross-cultural perspective. Students may also join summer internship and short-course overseas programmes organised by the Office of Student Affairs. Popular student placements have included work at Disneyland in Florida, the American Red Cross in Atlanta and Chicago, and other worthwhile destinations for overseas study and work in Europe, greater China, and North America.

Career Opportunities

The training offered by the English Major programme is both holistic and vigorous in the spirit of whole-person education, allowing our graduates

  • to cope with stress and life changes in a creative, imaginative and positive way; 
  • to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English at the workplace and in everyday life; 
  • to work comfortably as a team-member in intercultural and international settings; and
  • to apply acquired academic knowledge and skills in support of service-learning opportunities improving the life opportunities of the less fortunate.


As many as 10% annually of our BA graduates have secured postgraduate studentships at the MPhil and PhD level, in support of further training at some of the world's finest universities, including Cambridge University, Georgetown University, University College London, and SOAS University of London.

Other graduates have transitioned effectively into professional careers such as arts administration, legal studies, banking, business, civil service, journalism, public relations, marketing, translation, mass communication, teaching and tourism.

Admissions Scholarship

To award outstanding HKDSE students admitted to the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty offers a new scholarship starting from the 2020 intake:

Sum of HKDSE Score
(4 Core plus 1 elective)
Amount of Scholarship
25 or above $42,100 (one-off, 100% of the first-year tuition)
24 $21,050 (one-off, 50% of the first-year tuition)


The Priority to Select Major Programme of Study (HKDSE students who obtain score of 25 or above have the priority to choose their preferred Major programme) will be cancelled with effect from the 2020 intake, in keeping with the introduction of the Hybrid Admission Scheme.  

Please refer to the website for more details.

 

 

The Programme will consider Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or 2) as unspecified elective subject in meeting the entrance requirements and as a whole subject in score calculation.

The Programme will NOT consider any Applied Learning subjects as an unspecified elective subject.

The Programme will consider Other Language subjects at Grade E or above as the second elective subject.

In general, the scores for the Other Language subjects (Category C) are converted as follows:

A=5**, B=5*, C=5, D=4, E=3

  1. Upon score calculation and compilation of interview results (if any), eligible applicants will be given a rank in the Merit Order List to the JUPAS Office. The Merit Order List will be generated according to the priority given to the list of Tie-breakers. During the admissions process, the following are the most commonly used tie-breakers by the programmes offered by the University.
     
    The most commonly used tie-breakers by the programmes offered by the University
    Tie-breakers Remarks
    HKDSE Academic Score (plus interview score, if any) Derived from the score formula of individual programme
    e.g.: 4 core subjects + 1 best/specified elective or 2 best/specified electives
    Interview Performance Applicable to School Principal's nominees / applicants with a disability / OEA applicants / regular applicants with interview
    Band Band A applicants will be ranked first then Band B, and so on.
    A (Prog. Choice 1 - 3) >
    B (Prog. Choice 4 - 6) >
    C (Prog. Choice 7 - 10) >
    D (Prog. Choice 11 - 15) >
    E (Prog. Choice 16 - 20)
    HKDSE English Score Take the best score of HKDSE English Language Result
    HKDSE Standard Score + 1 best X Sum of scores for 4 core subjects plus 1 best/specified elective subject (Category A)
     
  2. If a programme ranks the tie-breakers as: '1' to 'HKDSE Academic Score', '2' to 'Band', '3' to 'HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score', applicants with highest HKDSE Academic Score will be ranked first. If there are two applicants having the same HKDSE Academic Score, the one who places the programme in a higher band choice will be ranked higher. If the two applicants are the same on the first 2 tie-breakers, their HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score will be compared, the one with higher HKDSE Standard + 1 best X Subject Score will be given a higher rank, and so on.

 

Note:

As programmes select students not only on the basis of the HKDSE results, the actual results of the students admitted to each programme may vary from year to year (depending on the overall results achieved by applicants in a particular year, the number of applicants applying to the programme, changes in selection criteria, etc.). Please be reminded that information listed above is for reference ONLY and is subject to change, and should NOT be used to predict the chance of admission to any programme.