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Essential English

Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
15 Apr 2024 (Mon)
Next intake(s)
Nov 2024
18 weeks
Course Fee
How to Apply
Special Announcement:

Please note that the application deadline for May 2024 intake is 9 May 2024.


Essential English is suitable for students who have basic English language skills and who have not studied or practised English recently. It will help students improve grammatical accuracy, writing and vocabulary and increase their confidence in using English.



如果您只對口語和聽力技能的發展感興趣,您可以嘗試:基礎口語和聽力 (Basic Speaking and Listening)

Upon completion, students can progress to the Certificate in General English (Foundation). Visit the following pages for more details about your progression path:

Certificate in General English (Foundation)  

Certificate in General English (Introductory)   or 
Certificate in English Language Skills (Introductory)  

Certificate in General English (Intermediate)  or 
Certificate in English Language Skills (Intermediate)  

Certificate in General English (Upper Intermediate)  

Certificate in General English (Advanced)  

Diploma in General English  

Advanced Diploma in General English  

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

Programme Details

Teaching Schedule

 45 hours (18 meetings x 2.5 hours each; once per week)

Application Code

Commencement /

(Application deadline)

Day / Time Venue


15 Apr 2024

7:00 - 9:30 pm

Kowloon East Campus, Kowloon Bay


22 May 2024

(9 May 2024)


7:00 - 9:30 pm

Island East Campus, North Point

Teaching & Teaching Venue

There is no guarantee that the teaching venue allocated for the entire course duration will be the same. Depending on room availability, teaching venues may be different from those advertised. 

Should the demand arise, due to unexpected circumstances, to make up class(es) within a stipulated timeframe, virtual classes may be conducted to replace the normal face-to-face teaching-learning.

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.

Applicants should note:
  • Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
  • Unless changes are made to the advertised details, we do not usually issue joining instructions. If your application has been accepted, you should go to the first session of the class at the time and place shown.
  • No refunds or transfers to a different class will be approved.
Non-Local Applicants / Non-Permanent Hong Kong Resident

The following non-local / non-permanent Hong Kong residents are eligible to study part-time English Language courses at HKU SPACE without making visa arrangements (they do not need prior approval before taking up part-time study courses: 

1    those who study in Hong Kong and holding a student visa under HKU SPACE;
2    those who live in Hong Kong on one-way permits (單程證); 
3    those admitted to Hong Kong as dependents; 
4    those issued with a valid working/employment visa; 
5    those who stay in Hong Kong under the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme; and
6    those issued with an Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates (IANG)

It is the responsibility of individual applicants to ensure that their visas are valid and to make appropriate visa arrangements. Upon course enrolment, non-local applicants are required to show original copies of their permits and/or visas.

Application Code 2180-1171NW -
Start Date 15 Apr 2024 (Mon)
Application Code 2185-1579NW -
Start Date 22 May 2024 (Wed)

Progression Path


Course Fee
  • Early Bird Rate : HK$3,650 (Application received on or before 2 Mar 2024)
  • Course Fee : HK$3,800
  • Third Age Rate : HK$3,040 (The course offers 20% discount for aged 60 or above. The number of discount places available in some courses is subject to a quota. Smart Age Learners must apply in person and present their HKID card/Passport for age verification at the time of their course enrolment.)

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall have gained in the HKCEE Grade E (Syllabus A) or sat for HKCEE (Syllabus B) or HKDSE English Language Exam.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements or are unable to produce documentary proof(s) need to take the General English Entrance Examination.


Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method
By Post / In Person

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, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay 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.

Notes to Applicants
  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, 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, WeChat Pay, Alipay, 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 only normally be issued at the end of a course.
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