Associate of Arts in English for Professional Communication

Launched in 1994, this is one of Hong Kong’s longest running associate degree programmes and over 2,000 AAEPC graduates have successfully gone on to further their studies or enter the world of work. As English remains essential in Hong Kong as China’s “World City” and gateway to the rest of the world, the demand for competent users of English who are able to meet the needs of the workforce and the community is therefore very high. With a balance of communication and language courses supplemented with digital communication and technology, the AAEPC helps students develop the skills and abilities to match current trends in the 21st century, essential to young people articulating into further studies or entering the workplace. Over 90% of AAEPC graduates successfully continue their studies in a bachelor’s degree with over 50% articulating into Year 3 of government funded degree programmes.



Arts and Humanities 






Kowloon City / Telford Annex




2 years



63 CPS



Associate Degree 




Admission, entry requirements, fees and key dates

Applications can be submitted by the following methods:

  1. E-APP (for current year HKDSE only) 
  2. Online Application (for applicants with other qualifications)
  3. By Post / In Person (Application Form)

Click here for more information on admissions procedures.

Programme Specific Entry Requirements

  • No programme specific entrance requirements.

General entry requirements


Application Fee

$150, waived for this year

Tuition Fee

Associate Degree Programmes

HK$1,800 per credit x
63 Credits required for Programme Completion
= HK$113,400

Associate of Social Science in Social Work

HK$2,600 per credit x 38 social work courses credit +
HK$1,800 per credit x 21 general Education credit +
HK$2,500 per credit x 15 fieldwork placement credit
= HK$174,100

Other Fees

A Graduation Fee of $400 will be charged upon enrolment in a programme.

Financial Assistance

Students enrolled in self-financing Bachelor/Associate Degree /Higher Diploma programmes are eligible to apply for financial assistance from the following sources:

  • Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (FASP)

Provides means-tested financial assistance to needy full-time students pursuing locally-accredited, self-financing post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree. The scheme aims to provide financial assistance to needy students so that no eligible students will be denied access to post-secondary education because of lack of means.

Enquiries:       2152 9000

  • Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-Secondary Students (NLSPS)

The NLSPS is used to complement the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) to provide loan(s) to eligible students to settle tuition fees of locally-accredited, self-financing full-time post-secondary education programmes at the level of associate degree, higher diploma or degree.

Enquiries:        2150 6222

  •  Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

Some of the AD programmes or course(s) in the AD programmes are included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes.

The CEF subsidizes students over 18 years of age with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants enrolling on courses after 1 April 2019 will be reimbursed 80% of their fees on the first $10,000 and 60% on the second $10,000, subject to a maximum sum of HK$20,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable programme/course(s).

Enquiries:        3142 2277

Semester A - 2020/2021

EventStart DateEnd Date
E-APP applications close (main round)   15 May 2020
E-APP applications close (second round)   30 June 2020
Orientation   28 August 2020
Teaching period

31 August 2020

28 November 2020

Add/Drop date without financial penalty   13 September 2020
Add/Drop date 50% tuition fee payable   10 October 2020
Student revision period

30 November 2020

5 December 2020

Examination period

7 December 2020

19 December 2020

Semester B - 2020/2021

EventState DateEnd Date
Teaching period

11 January 2021

23 April 2021

Add/Drop date without financial penalty   24 January 2021
Add/Drop date 50% tuition fee payable   27 February 2021
Student revision period

26 April 2021

1 May 2021

Examination period

3 May 2021 

15 May 2021

Summer Semester - 2020/2021

EventStart DateEnd Date
Teaching period

7 June 2021

24 July 2021

Student revision period

26 July 2021

31 July 2021

Examination period

2 August 2021

7 August 2021



Programme structure and outcomes

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this programme will be able to:

1. 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 life-long learning;
2. Analyse and apply the main ideas, key concepts and arguments of complex texts in a range of genres;
3. Apply digital literacy in order to convey messages effectively to a variety of audiences;
4. Identify and critically explore theories and issues in communication and language use; and
5.  Relate major ideas in arts and humanities, science and technology, and society and organisations to the study of English for professional and academic communication.


English Language Development

  • Advanced Reading and Writing
  • Advanced Listening and Speaking
  • The Art of Speaking
  • Creative Writing in English
  • English in the Corporate Context
  • English for Professional Purposes
  • English in the Media
  • Exploring Arguments in English


Communication and Professional Development

  • Fundamentals of Communication
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Digital Communication and Applications
  • Communicating across Cultures
  • Mass Media in 21st Century
  • Communication Project


Creative Electives

  • Corporate Image Building OR Exploring Culture through Literature
  • Innovative Digital Communication OR 20th Century Modernist Fiction

To qualify for this award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 63 credit points by satisfactory completion of the following core courses.

Course CodeCourse Name  
Programme Core
LAC13700 Fundamentals of Communication
LAC13710 Digital Communication and Applications
LAC23702 Communication Project
LAC23703 Communicating across Cultures
LAC13702 Exploring Arguments in English
LAC13705 English in the Corporate Context
LAC23711 English in the Media
LAC22445 Mass Media in 21st Century
LAC23722 Creative Writing in English
LAC23723 English for Professional Purposes
LAC24723 Persuasive Communication
LAC24724 The Art of Speaking
Programme Electives

Select two:






Corporate Image Building OR

Exploring Culture through Literature

Innovative Digital Communication OR

20th Century Modernist Fiction

Language Skills
LAC13706 Advanced English Reading and Writing
LAC13708 Advanced English Listening and Speaking
CGE1200 Practical Chinese
CGE2101* Advanced English Reading and Writing Skills
* only for students who enter with HKDSE English Level 2
General Education
CGE13212 Information Technology: Applications and Impacts
CGE24411 Ethics and Society

Additional General Education courses to be chosen as electives for students not required to complete CGE1200 and/or CGE2101. 

General Education courses must be selected across two for the following domains, with at least one of the courses chosen being level A2:

For students who are required to take CGE2101, students are required to choose one course at Level A2 from the Society and Organizations domain.

  • Public and customer relations
  • Media
  • Editing
  • Personnel administration
  • Teaching

Any enquiry relating to the AAEPC programme should be directed to the Programme Leader, Mr Victor Simon Leslie KING.

Contact us

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Telephone: (852) 2707 3113
Fax: (852) 2707 3114

Address: 1/F, Le Billionnaire, 46 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
[Sung Wong Toi MTR Station Exit B3]

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