Certificate in General English (Foundation) (CEF) - HKU SPACE: English courses
Main content start

LanguagesEnglish

Certificate in General English (Foundation)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

e-Mark
Course Code
EN017B
Application Code
1750-2109AW
1750-2112AW
1750-2115AW... more Application Code

Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
21 Oct 2019 (Mon)
Next intake(s)
Mar 2020
Duration
30 weeks
Language
English
Course Fee
HK$6,200
Non-Local Applicants / Non-Permanent Hong Kong Residents should read the following before making an application.

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:

(1) those who study in Hong Kong and hold a student visa under HKU SPACE;
(2) those who live in Hong Kong on a one-way permit (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 permits/visas are valid and make appropriate visa arrangements before making payments.

Upon course application, non-local applicants are required to show original copies of their permits and/or visas.

The programme provides students with practice in fundamental English usage and skills-building through student-centred and graded learning activities such as speaking, writing, reading and listening to a variety of semi-authentic English texts. Upon successful completion of the Programme, students are expected to speak and write at a foundation level and be more 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 foundation level and be more confident when communicating in English.  Students should be able to:

  1. use grammar rules and patterns of use with some confidence;
  2. use appropriate vocabulary and common phrases in everyday communication;
  3. practise basic reading, listening and writing techniques for comprehension and short writing tasks; and
  4. present simple views and ideas on commonplace topics.

Students who successfully pass* the programme are eligible to the Certificate in General English (Foundation) awarded under the HKU System through HKU SPACE.

*By passing the programme, students have to meet the following:

  • Attendance requirement:  fulfil 70% of the total 90 face-to-face lecture hours; and
  • Performance requirement: complete and attain 50% in of all assessment components.
E-Learning Activities

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). This helps lay a good language foundation.

Assessment

Course participants' progress are measured through a number of assessment components including:

  • Participaton with E-learning activities
  • In-class Assignments
  • Language Knowledge Tests (Grammar and Vocabulary)
  • Oral Test  

 The above programme, syllabus and assessments are prepared by the HKU SPACE English Language Programme Team.

Progression Path

After successful completion of the Certificate in General English (Foundation) programme, course participants may progress to the Certificate in General English (Introductory) or the  Certificate in English Language Skills (Introductory) programme.

The 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)  (Intake: October 2019)

Certificate in General English (Introductory)  (Intake: October 2019) or 
Certificate in English Language Skills (Introductory)  (Intake: November 2019)

Certificate in General English (Intermediate)  (Intake: October 2019) or 
Certificate in English Language Skills (Intermediate)  (Intake: November 2019)

Certificate in General English (Upper Intermediate)  (Intake: October 2019)

Certificate in General English (Advanced)  (Intake: October 2019)

Diploma in General English  (Intake: October 2019)

Advanced Diploma in General English  (Intake: October 2019)

For more comprehensive information about SPACE English services, please visit: http://hkuspace.hku.hk/interest/languages/english.

No of Lessons

90 hours (30 meetings x 3 hours each; once per week)

Classes Now Open for Enrolment 
Application Code Commencement Day / Time Venue

1750-2109AW

21 October 2019

Monday,

6:45 - 9:45 pm

Room 1205, HPSHCC Campus, Causeway Bay

1750-2112AW

26 October 2019

Saturday,

2:30 - 5:30 pm

PLK Tong Nai Kan Junior Secondary College, Mei Foo 

1750-2115AW 24 October 2019

Thursday,

6:45 - 9:45 pm

Room 510,  Kowloon East Campus, Kowloon Bay
1750-2118AW 22 October 2019

Tuesday,

6:45 - 9:45 pm

Room 1406, Fortress Tower Learning Centre, Fortress Hill 

Teaching Staff

Instructors of the courses 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.

Note to Applicants 
  • 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.
Fee

Subject to annual review.

Application Code 1750-2109AW -
Application Code 1750-2112AW -
Application Code 1750-2115AW -
Application Code 1750-2118AW -

Duration
  • 30 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting

Applicants shall:

  • have gained in the HKCEE Grade E (Syllabus B) or Grade D (Syllabus A) in English Language prior to 2007 or Level 1 in English Language from 2007; or
  • have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 1 in English Language; or
  • have completed the course “Essential English” offered within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements or are unable to produce documentary proof(s) need to take the 90-minute SPACE 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 SPACE General English Entrance Examination to take the exam 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 SPACE General English Entrance Examination will be offered a place in any of the tiers of the SPACE English Course. Candidates whose performance indicates that they are below the tier of the Certificate in General English (Foundation) may be advised to take the Essential English course before continuing with other language development courses at HKU SPACE.

Course Fee
  • Early Bird Rate : HK$6,000 (Application received on or before 28 September 2019)
  • Course Fee : HK$6,200 (Application received on or after 28 September 2019)
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100

CEF SectorLanguages

CEF Courses
Certificate in General English (Foundation)
COURSE CODE 24Z00999-9 FEES $6,100 ENQUIRY 3762-0930

Continuing Education Fund

The  Certificate in General English (Foundation) programme is registered with the Office of the Continuing Education Fund (OCEF) as a CEF reimbursable course.

For details, visit their website at: http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef/.

Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

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 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 only normally be issued at the end of a course.
Disclaimer
  1. The School provides a platform for online services for a selected range of products it offers. While every effort is made to ensure timeliness and accuracy of information contained in this website, such information and materials are provided "as is" without express or implied warranty of any kind. In particular, no warranty or assurance regarding non-infringement, security, accuracy, fitness for a purpose or freedom from computer viruses is given in connection with such information and materials.
  2. The School (and its respective employees and subsidiaries) is not liable for any loss or damage in connection with any online payments made by you by reason of (i) any failure, delay, interruption, suspension or restriction of the transmission of any information or message from any payment gateways of the relevant banks and/or third party merchants for processing credit/debit/smart card or other payment facilitation mechanism; (ii) any negligence, mistake, error in or omission from any information or message transmitted from the said payment gateways; (iii) any breakdown, malfunction or failure of those gateways in effecting online payment service; or (iv) anything arisen out of or in connection with the said payment gateways, including but not limited to unauthorised access to or alternation of the transmission of data or any unlawful act not permitted by the law.