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

Year 1

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

Class Start Date

September 2022

Annual Tuition Fees

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

Credits Required for Graduation


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.

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:

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