The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.
HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000 (non-local) (Subject to the University's annual review)
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.
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.
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.
We adopt a holistic approach in selecting applicants on individual merits. Applicants are required to meet the University entrance requirements, English Language requirements and Programme entrance requirements (if any).
General Certificate of Education (GCE), International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma & SAT
GCE: Grade E or above in three AL/ IAL subjects; or Grade E or above in two AL/ IAL subjects plus two Advanced Supplementary Level (ASL) subjects (Not including Chinese and English Language subjects. The same subject cannot be counted at both the AL and ASL.)
IB: IB Diploma. Applicants should request the IB organisation to send their scores to the University via internet (HKBU institution code: 000247).
SAT: Minimum score of 1,190 (out of 1,600) in new SAT or 1,650 (out of 2,400) in old SAT (minimum score of 550 in each of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing), and a sub-score on essay writing of no less than 8. Applicants should request the College Board to send scores to the University (HKBU institution code: 7904).
Other Overseas Qualifications by Region
Applicants who apply for admission on the basis of overseas qualifications should refer to particular region for details. Given the diversity of education systems around the world, the acceptable overseas qualifications listed may not cover every region.
The University normally expects applicants to have obtained 12-year pre-university years of schooling. School-leaving qualifications that are acceptable for admission to universities in other places may not necessarily be acceptable or sufficient for admission to the University.
English Language Requirements
The following public examination results are recognised as meeting the English Language requirements stipulated by the University:
|Proficiency Tests||Minimum Requirements|
|TOEFL||Internet-based test (iBT) - Score: 79; or
Paper-delivered test - a sum score of 60
(TOEFL MyBestTM Score is not accepted.)
|IELTS Academic||Overall Band: 6.0|
|SAT||Minimum score of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing with a sub-score of 8 or above in Essay in old SAT; or
Minimum score of 590 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in new SAT
|ACT||Minimum score of 23 in both ACT English and Reading|
|AP||Score 4 or above in AP English Language and Composition/ AP English Literature and Composition|
|GCE O-Level/ GCSE English/ English Language/ English Literature||Grade C/ Grade 4|
|IGCSE First Language English||Grade C/ Grade 4|
|IGCSE English as a Second Language||Grade B/ Grade 5|
|GCE AS or A-Level English||Grade E|
|HKDSE English Language||Level 3|
|HKALE Use of English||Grade E|
|IB||Grade 4 in:
IB English A (Higher or Standard Level); or
IB English B (Higher Level); or
IB English Literature and Performance (Standard Level)
Grade 5 in:
IB English B (Standard Level)
|Cambridge English C1 Advanced/ C2 Proficiency||Grade C|
|Others||Other English language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University|
Applicants applying to the programme are expected to have a Chinese language qualification as deemed acceptable by the University.
For applicants holding international qualifications, they may fulfill the Chinese Language requirement with the following Chinese qualifications:
|Proficiency Tests||Minimum Requirements|
|GCE A/ AS Level Chinese||Grade E|
|GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE O-Level Chinese/ Chinese Language||Grade C/ Grade 4|
|HKDSE Applied Learning Chinese||Attained|
|Others||Other Chinese language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University|