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Diploma in Business English

Course Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
Next intake(s)
March 2017
24 months
Course Fee
HK$6,000 per module

This programme develops competency in concise writing, and effective meeting and negotiation skills. Students learn to be better communicators through extensive practice in workplace correspondence, report writing, formal presentation and communication in international business contexts. Completion of the first TWO modules at Diploma level leads to the SPACE Diploma in Business English Award.

There are six modules in this programme, with three possible SPACE awards.  

Certificate Level

Module 1:  Modern Business Writing Skills
Module 2:  Modern Business Oral Skills

Diploma Level

Module 3:  Professional Written Communication Skills
Module 4:  Report Writing and Presentation Skills
Module 5:  International Business Communication Skills
Module 6:  Professional Business English Through Case Studies

Completion of Modules 1 and 2 leads to Certificate in Business English
Completion of Modules 1 and 2 and any two of Modules 3 - 6 leads to Diploma in Business English*
Completion of Modules 1 - 6 leads to Advanced Diploma in Business English*

These modules  can be taken as individual standalone courses with no commitment to complete the entire programme.

To obtain the Diploma in Business English award, students have to complete any TWO of the FOUR 60-hour Diploma Level modules.  For details, follow this link:                        

*Applicants with evidence of English proficiency equivalent to Certificate in Business English with Merit (Credit) or above awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE may proceed to enrol into Modules 3 – 6.

For more comprehensive information about SPACE English services, please visit:

ProfessiOnal Written Communication Skills 

This module focuses on:

  • Professional writing: Formal and informal correspondence
  • Improved writing for conciseness and clarity
  • Editing for accuracy, clarity and impact
  • Common business writing errors
Teaching Schedules   
Application Code
Day / Time
22 September 2016
6:45 - 9:45 pm
Room 1305
Causeway Bay


Report Writing and Presentation Skills 

 This module focuses on:

  • Analysing professional reports and proposals
  • Persuasive communication: Style, tone image and impact
  • Effective organisation: Content and presentation
  • Effective delivery skills

Teaching Schedule  

Application Code
Day / Time
21 September 2016
6:45 - 9:45 pm
Room 607,
United Centre
International  Business  Communication  Skills 

This module focuses on:

  • Understanding intercultural differences in communication
  • Language for positive cross-cultural communication
  • Business negotiations with international clients
  • Event planning with cultural sensitivity

Teaching Schedule  

Application Code
Day / Time
23 September 2016
6:45 - 9:45 pm
Room 1302,
HPSHCC Campus,
Causeway Bay
Professional Business English through Case Studies 

This module focuses on:

  • Exploring business vocabulary in context: Case study analysis
  • Critical reading strategies: Interpreting company data
  • Decision making in international business settings
  • Effective meeting and negotiation skills

Teaching Schedule  

Application Code


Day / Time


17  September 2016
(change from 10 September to 17 September 2016)
2:30 – 5:30 pm
Room 1302,
HPSHCC Campus,
Causeway Bay


Teaching Staff

Instructors of the course are drawn from our panel of qualified and experienced English language teachers. Some of them are native speakers; others are local teachers with native speaker competence.


  • 24 months

Those holding the following do not have to take the entry test:

  1. HKU SPACE Diploma in General English; or
  2. HKU SPACE Certificate in Business English, with Merit (Credit) or above; or  HKU SPACE Advanced Certificate in General English, with Merit (Credit) or above;  HKAL Use of English Grade D; or
  3. HKDSE in English Language Level 4 or above; or
  4. HKCEE English Language Grade C (Syllabus B)/Grade A (Syllabus A)/Level 4 or above; or
  5. IELTS 6.
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered on individual merits.
  • Applicants may be required to take a written test in English.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements or are unable to produce documentary proof(s) need to take the SPACE Business English Entry Test.  There is a non-refundable charge of $200 for this 90-minute written test.  Based on the test results, applicants will be placed in a Business English programme most suited to their levels.

The test results will be released in good time to enable successful applicants to enrol for the module(s) of their choice. The test schedules for this intake are:

Day / Time
Application Code

*13 August 2016 (Saturday)
2:00 pm

For registration,  please refer to:

Business English Day

Room 311,
Admiralty Centre,

25 August 2016 (Thursday)

7:00 pm

1440-1225NW Room 1406,
Fortress Tower,
North Point

*Enrol on the same day and enjoy Fee Waiver.  
[Please pay the Business English Entry Test Fee in cheque (payable to “HKU SPACE”). The Fee ($200) will be refunded to those who enrol into a Business English course on the same day (13 Aug 2016).]

Application forms for the Business English Entry Test are available from:

  • any HKU enrolment centre
  • HKU SPACE website
Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$6,000 per module (Regular fee for modules at diploma level)
  • Early Bird Rate : HK$5,800 per module (Early-Bird discounted fee for enrolment on/before 22 August 2016)
  • Course Fee : HK$4,200 per module (Regular fee for modules at certificate level)
  • Early Bird Rate : HK$4,000 per module (Early-Bird discounted fee for enrolment on/before 22 August 2016)
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100

CEF SectorLanguages

CEF Courses
Diploma in Business English
COURSE CODE 24L00180-6 FEES $6,000 per course (regular) or $5,800 per course (for early enrolment) ENQUIRY 2975-5695

Continuing Education Fund

The Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Business English is registered with the Office of the Continuing Education Fund (OCEF) as a CEF reimbursable programme. 

Please note that only FULL programme (not individual modules) is reimbursable under the CEF subsidy scheme. To qualify for fee refunds, claimants have to successfully complete either any two or all four courses at Diploma level.

Eligible applicants can claim a refund of 80% of their fees, up to a maximum of $10,000.

To be eligible for CEF reimbursements, applicants must:  

  • register with The Office of the Continuing Education Fund before the start of the programme;
  • fulfil the 70% attendance requirement;
  • pass all modules of the programme successfully; and
  • pass a recognised English language benchmark test, that is, the BULATS Test, at the stipulated proficiency level.

Application forms and full details of the reimbursement requirements can be found on:

Continuing Education Fund reimbursable programme Continuing Education Fund reimbursable programme (selected modules only)
Some modules of this programme have been included in the list of CEF reimbursable programmes. Application for CEF has to be made before commencement of the modules.

Application FormDownload Application Form
Application Form

Enrolment Method

Applicants are required to complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26.  Either take or post the completed form, along with the appropriate course fee and supporting documents, to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

Payment Method
1.  Cash or EPS

Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2.  Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course fees in the form of a cheque, and supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3.  VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4.  Online payment

The course fees of all open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.

Notes to applicants
  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  5. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.
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