Consequences of Failure

New students

EL0200 English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

A pass in EL0200 English for Academic Purposes is required before students can proceed to GE1401 University English.

In line with City University policy students have three attempts at passing EL0200. A failure will be recorded in a student's transcript.

To recover a failure, the following three options are possible:

  1. Repeat the whole EAP programme (This is highly recommended for students who fall well below the passing standard)
  2. Take the following short EAP extension course. (This is recommended for students who fail marginally)
Code Title Hours per week Total hours Length Credits
EL0200E English for Academic Purpose (Extension) 2 24 1 semester 6
  1. Only take the EAP examination again. Repeat EAP examinations will take place over the summer.

Students who fail EL0200 on all three attempts will not be able to take GE1401 University English unless they obtain an acceptable external alternative qualification within a two-year period. The acceptable alternative qualifications are:

Exam/Test All Associate and Bachelor Degree Programmes
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE): English 4
IELTS 6.5 - with no less than 6.0 in the Writing and Reading sections
TOEFL (paper-based) 550 – with no less than 50 in the Reading and 49 in Writing
TOEFL (computer-based) 213 – with no less than 17 in the Reading and Writing
TOEFL (internet-based) 79 – with no less than 15 in the Reading and 12 in the Writing
Cambridge ESOL examinations e.g.
Cambridge Proficiency in English or Cambridge Advanced English or Cambridge First Certificate
CEFR B2+ pass levels in reading and writing

Students who have exhausted all internal and external attempts at passing EL0200 after a two-year period will be recommended by the University to suspend their studies until they have achieved an acceptable level of English as demonstrated by one of the external qualifications above.

EL0009 EAP Foundation

A pass in EL0009 EAP Foundation is required before students can proceed to EL0200 English for Academic Purposes.

Students who fail EAP Foundation either by attendance or by failing to reach the required standard of language proficiency are required to retake the course.


Repeat failures

Students who fail an ELC course twice are strongly advised to discuss their case with their Programme Leader or Year Tutor.

Students who fail an ELC course three times will not be able to take the GE1401 unless they

within two years.

Students who have failed three times are strongly advised to contact Charles Lockhart for help and advice.