The programme aims to equip students with lower advanced level English linguistic knowledge and skills through extensive language practice and student-centred learning activities such as small group discussion, speaking, writing, reading and listening to a wide variety of semi-authentic English texts. Upon successful completion of the programme, students are expected to speak and write at a lower advanced level and be fluent and confident when communicating in English.
This 30-credit programme comprises one single module with 90-hour face-to-face lecture hours and a compulsory e-learning component. Students should spend additional time and efforts in completing the assigned E-learning activities.
Upon successful completion of the programme, students are expected to speak and write at a lower advanced level and be fluent and confident when communicating in English. Students should be able to:
- organise and develop a knowledge of grammar to improve accuracy;
- use contexualised lexis to convey ideas effectively;
- apply linguistic knowledge of text structure to explain the meaning of complex semi-authentic English texts; and
- present arguments, persuade and justify opinions in English.
In addition to face-to-face class lessons, students should take part in e-learning activities as self-study engagement. These e-learning activities are available on HKU SPACE Online Universal Learning (SOUL2.0) platform which include supplementary online tasks related to course book content (grammar and vocab quizzes, listening comprehension, etc).
Course participants' progress are measured through a number of ongoing continuous assessment components including:
- Class Participation and E-learning activities
- In-class Assignments (Writing)
- Language Knowledge Tests (Grammar and Vocabulary)
- Reading and Writing Test
- Listening Test
- Oral Test
Students who successfully pass* the programme are eligible to the Certificate in General English (Advanced) award under the HKU System through HKU SPACE.
*Successful completion of the ACGE programme means students must fulfil the following requirements:
- Attendance requirement: fulfil 70% of the total 90 face-to-face lecture hours; and
- Performance requirement: complete and attain 50% in all assessment components.
The above programme, syllabus and assessments are prepared by the HKU SPACE English Language Programme Team.
Upon completion of the Certificate in General English (Advanced) [Module 1 (30 credits): General English (Lower Advanced)] programme, course participants who achieve a 70% (Merit) or above may progress to the Diploma in General English [Module 2 (30 credits): General English (Advanced)] programme. The total number of credits required for a SPACE diploma award is 60.
The HKU SPACE General English Programme consists of seven-tier general English courses with each of the tiers becoming progressively more difficult:
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: http://hkuspace.hku.hk/interest/languages/english.
90 hours face-to-face lectures and a minimum of 12 hours e-learning activities
(30 lessons x 3 hours each; once per week)
|Application Code||Commencement||Day / Time||Venue|
17 Oct 2023
(Application deadline: 5 Oct 2023)
Tuesday, 6:45 - 9:45 pm
|HPSHCC Campus, Causeway Bay|
18 Oct 2023
(Application deadline: 5 Oct 2023)
|Wednesday, 6:45 - 9:45 pm||Island East Campus, North Point|
14 Oct 2023
(Application deadline: 3 Oct 2023)
2:30 - 5:30 pm
|Kowloon West Campus, Cheung Sha Wan|
12 Oct 2023
(Application deadline: 27 Sep 2023)
7:00 - 10:00 pm
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.
* (1) Students with classes in United Christian College, Kowloon, should note that, in the case of closure of United Christian College, the lessons thus affected will be transferred to other centres available at the time of booking.
(2) Due to unexpected circumstances, the need arise and approval sought from respective authorities, virtual classes may be conducted to replace the normal face-to-face teaching-learning.
Instructors of the course are drawn from our panel of qualified and experienced English language teachers. Some of them are native speakers; some of them are local teachers with native speaker competence.
Applicants should note:
- Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
- Unless any change is made to the advertised details, we do not usually issue joining instructions. Applicants with receipts 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 Residents
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.
- hold a Certificate in General English (Upper Intermediate) or Certificate in Business English awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE; or
- have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 4 in English Language; or
- have gained in the HKCEE Grade C (Syllabus B) or Grade A (Syllabus A) in English Language prior to 2007 or Level 4 in English Language from 2007 or in the HKALE Grade E in AS Use of English.
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements or are unable to produce documentary proof(s) need to take the General English Entrance Examination.
A non-refundable fee of $210 is required for taking this test. Applicants for the test should fill out the special application form for the General English Entrance Examination to take the exam (90 minutes) on a date that suits them. We will send out letters offering places after the exam sessions in good time to allow applicants ample time for course enrolment. Applicants who take an early exam will have a better chance of getting a place at a centre and time of their choice. Applicants who take a later exam will have a limited choice of classes.
There is no guarantee that everyone who takes the General English Entrance Examination will be offered a place in any of the tiers of the HKU SPACE English Course.
- Early Bird Rate : HK$7,000 (Application received on or before 23 September 2023)
- Course Fee : HK$7,200
- The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
|Certificate in General English (Advanced)|
|COURSE CODE 38C147959||FEES $7,200 (regular) or $7,000 (for early enrolment)||ENQUIRY 2975-5741|
Continuing Education Fund
The Certificate in General English (Advanced) programme is registered with the Office of the Continuing Education Fund (OCEF) as a CEF reimbursable course.
For details, visit their address at http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef/.
|Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
Certificate in General English (Advanced)
Application Form Download Application FormEnrolment 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 Centres.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
- 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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