Mr Kevin Forde
Programme Leader, AAEPC


Associate of Arts in English for Professional Communication

On completing the programme successfully, students will be able to:

  • Use the English language fluently, appropriately and creatively in professional and academic contexts at the level of competence required for articulation to further study, for employment, and to facilitate lifelong learning
  • Analyse and apply the main ideas, key concepts and arguments of complex texts in a range of genres
  • Apply digital literacy in order to convey messages effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Identify and critically explore theories and issues in communication and language use
  • Identify and explore critically problems, gather relevant information, carry out and present basic research under guidance, and propose solutions to problems both individually and as part of a team; and
  • Relate major ideas in arts and humanities, science and technology, and society and organisations to the study of English for professional and academic communication.

  • After graduation you may get advanced standing to complete a bachelor's degree more quickly, in a range of options. Locally, these include BA (Hons) in English Studies and BA (Hons) in Media and Communication (both at City University), BA (Hons) English for International Corporate Communication (University of Central Lancashire through CityU SCOPE) and BA (Hons) English Studies for the Professions (HK Polytechnic University). Overseas programmes include various BA (Hons) degrees with English at University of Portsmouth, University of Brighton, University of Westminster, Middlesex University and Oxford Brookes University (all in the UK) as well as Monash University (in Australia).
  • For details, please refer to the iPASS of HKSAR at
  • You can take up a wide variety of positions in public and customer relations, media, editing, personnel administration and teaching, and in any area where strong English language communication ability is essential.

English Language Development

  • Advanced Reading & Writing
  • Advanced Listening & Speaking
  • The Art of Speaking

Communication and Professional Development

  • Fundamentals of Communication
  • English in the Corporate Context I and II
  • Communication through Translation (non-Chinese speakers take a replacement elective)
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Digital Document Design
  • Communicating across Cultures

Critical Thinking and Research Skills

  • Exploring Arguments in English
  • Mass Media
  • Communication Project (two-semester course)

Creative Electives

  • Corporate Image Building OR
  • Language and Literature: Asian Writers in English
  • English in the Media OR
  • Language and Literature: World Writers in English

Four courses to be chosen from all of the following domains:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Science and Technology
  • Society and Organisations

General Requirements
Candidates must meet the following requirements for entry to CCCU:

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE)

  • Level 2 or above in five HKDSE subjects including Chinese Language and English Language
  • A maximum of two Applied Learning subjects graded "Attained" or above can be included for meeting the requirement.

Other equivalent qualifications

  • Pre-Associate Degree graduates
  • Qualifications attained by study at a local international school, or a non-local English medium high school, at Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Other qualifications may also be considered on an individual basis.

Programme-specific Requirements
Candidates must also meet the following requirements for AAEPC:

  • Level 3 or above in HKDSE English Language or Literature in English.


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