Cross-Disciplinary Programmes

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History/Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Geography/Sociology and Bachelor of Education (Hons) in Personal, Social and Humanities Education Teaching

Programme Code


Year of Entry


Mode of Study

Full Time

Duration of Study

5 Years

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for classroom teaching (in all forms) at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.

Fund Type

Government Funded

First Year Intake Number


Class Start Date

September 2021

Annual Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000 (non-local) (Subject to the University's annual review)

Credits Required for Graduation


(The programme title is abbreviated to "Geography/ History/ Sociology and Personal, Social and Humanities Teaching (Double Degree)" on the JUPAS website.)

Programme Requirements

Programme Requirements
HKDSE Core Subject(s) Minimum Level
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level

Notes for elective subjects:

1) One of the electives must be any Category A subjects including Extended Part of Mathematics (Module 1 or Module 2);

2) The other elective can be any of the following subjects:
    a) Category A subjects;
    b) Applied Learning subjects with "Attained with Distinction (I)" or above;
    c) Other Language subjects at Grade E or above.

Programme Description

These programmes are five-year full-time programmes leading to the award of two degrees. The education degree provides students with a recognised teaching qualification, competent in teaching the Personal, Social and Humanities Education (PSHE) Key Learning Area in local schools.

Students will take the same General Education curriculum as other single-degree students of HKBU. The curriculum for Geography, History and Sociology is basically the same as the respective single-degrees. Academic staff of the Departments of Geography, History or Sociology will also be responsible for supervision of students’Honours Projects at the final year. Students will be admitted into the programme on a broad-based basis and will choose their Major (Geography, History or Sociology) at the end of Year 1.

Unique Features

The two degrees complement each other. The Major (Geography, History or Sociology) provides a solid foundation for the “pedagogical knowledge” that any subject teacher will need. The education degree develops students into competent teachers of PSHE subjects. Despite the tight study schedule and compact curriculum, students could still make use of credit units under “university electives” to pursue a minor (e.g. psychology, economics, Chinese).

Student Learning Experiences

Students will participate in one School Experience and two Supervised Teaching Practices in local schools. Satisfactory performance in these field practices is essential for the completion of the Bachelor of Education degree. Participation in foreign exchange coordinated by the International Office, and the one-semester off-campus programme organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences, are highly encouraged. Students will also have many opportunities to engage in service learning, such as acting as after-school tutors for primary school students.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be competent teachers with a qualification recognised by the Education Bureau. Besides joining the education field, graduates can also enter the civil service, the business sector, or other civil society organisations.


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

The Programme will consider Applied Learning subjects at Attained with Distinction (I) or above as an unspecified elective subject.

In general, the scores for the Applied Learning subjects (Category B) are converted as follows:

Attained with Distinction II=4, Attained with Distinction I=3, Attained=2

The Programme will consider Other Language subjects at Grade E or above as an unspecified 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
    (The programme will consider 4 core subjects plus 2 best electives in Academic Score calculation.)
    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
  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.




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.