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JUPAS Code: JS3480 (Broad Discipline of Language, Culture and Communication)

Mode of Study: Full-time 
Normal Duration: 4 years 
Credits Required: 123 academic credits (plus 3 training credits) 
Fund Type: Government-funded
Programme Leader: Dr Dennis Tay
Associate Programme Leader: Dr Phoenix Lam

Admission

BAESP provides you with a set of knowledge and skills to communicate effectively in English for professional and business purposes in Hong Kong and internationally, where English functions as the key medium of communication (lingua franca) in various types of professional activity. Upon graduation you should have the ability to handle demanding professional tasks such as:

  • Writing a challenging press release for an organisation;
  • Developing promotional materials in the service industries, including air transport, banking, computer and information technology, telecommunications, and tourism, convention and exhibition;
  • Promoting an organisation’s image through developing corporate literature;
  • Making requests of colleagues and business partners in complicated situations; and
  • Critiquing your own professional performance and that of others.

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Programme in English Studies for the Professions (BAESP) aims at nurturing and developing students with abilities/attributes that will prepare our graduates to become competent English language professionals and responsible global citizens in the 21st century. At the professional level, the programme aims to produce graduates with a) a high level of competence in English, b) a sound understanding of the theoretical disciplines underlying applied English language studies and the integrated use of languages concerned, and c) a strong ability to apply their knowledge and generic linguistic skills in a variety of professional communication contexts.

The programme will equip graduates with professional /academic knowledge and skills as well as attributes for all-roundedness in an integrated manner. The programme aims to produce graduates: 

  1. who possess a high level of professional communicative competence in English;
  2. who have a firm grounding in language studies which can be critically and creatively applied in a variety of business and management contexts;
  3. who have an awareness and understanding of intercultural communication in multilingual settings that enhances their global outlook and cultural appreciation;
  4. who are able to apply their strong communication skills to solving real-world problems effectively in local and global multilingual professional/business settings;
  5. who are capable of exercising judgment and developing intellectual curiosity to work both independently and as part of a team;
  6. who are aware of the need for and are committed to life-long learning; and
  7. who will have the potential to become future leaders and entrepreneurs excelling in communication for professional purposes.

Recognition by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong

The programme is recognised by the Education Bureau and its Standing Committee on Language Education and Research as an English Language Major Degree Programme which meets the Hong Kong Government’s Language Proficiency Requirement. Applicants to this programme are eligible to apply for the Scholarship for Prospective English Teachers offered by the Education Bureau.

Entrance Requirements

JUPAS

For applicants admitting through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS), the minimum entrance requirement are the same as those of PolyU’s:

  • Level 3 or above in English Language and Chinese Language;
  • Level 2 or above in Mathematics and Liberal Studies; and
  • Level 3 or above in two elective subjects.

The following subjects will be given the highest weighting in the calculation of admission scores:

  • Chinese Language
  • English Language

Alternative Entry Route (Non-JUPAS)

Applicants who possess a Higher Diploma/Associate Degree in a language-related discipline may be considered for entry to Year 3 of the programme.

Study Path

Study Options

The programme allows you to pursue one of the following three study options:

  • BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions(BAESP) as a single degree programme in English Studies (4 years; 123 credits + 3 WIE training credits)
  • BA (Hons) in English Studies for the Professions(BAESP)under the Major/Minor option with English as the Major and a Minor from another discipline (4 years; 123 credits + 3 WIE training credits)
  • BAESP and BA (Hons) in Chinese and Bilingual Studies as Double Majors (4 years; 156 credits + 3 WIE training credits)

Work-Integrated Education

You should complete a mandatory Work-Integrated Education (WIE) placement in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, or overseas. WIE is work-based learning experiences which take place in an organizational context relevant to a student’s future profession, or the development of generic skills that will be valuable in that profession. It can take different forms, such as an internship in a company or organization in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland or overseas during the semester or in summer. Students can also find a wide range of international WIE placements in over 18 countries, including Canada, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA through the Office of Careers and Placement Services of the University.

Student exchange programmes

Students can apply for credit-earning Student Exchange Programmes and study for a semester overseas at one of our partner universities in China, Japan or an English-speaking country.
 

Senior Year/Advanced Standing Students

Study Pattern:

Students who directly enter Year 3 based on their previous academic results in an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma programme will in principle follow the BAESP Year-3 study pattern. However, they may be required to follow a tailor-made progression pattern in order to graduate within the normal time frame. Students will be provided with the progression pattern upon their registration. For students admitted to an Articulation Degree or Senior Year curriculum which is already a reduced curriculum, they are normally not given credit transfer for any required GUR subjects and DSR subjects within the BAESP curriculum. They must complete at least 60 credits to be eligible for award.

Academic Pathway:

All BAESP Senior Year Entry students are required to follow the Single Discipline Major Pathway. The student needs to satisfy the degree requirement of the BA (Honours) in English Studies for the Professions by completing 60 academic credits and 3 training credits. Therefore, in addition to the 9 GUR Credits, the student should (1) complete 0 - 9 credits for the Language and Communication Requirement (LCR)*, and (2) complete 51 Major DSR Credits by taking subjects offered by BAESP with at least 21 credits from level-4 subjects.

* To be decided on a case-by-case basis according to the academic results of previous AD/HD studies 


Subjects

Full subject list  

 

Scholarships

For UGC-Funded Programmes

  • Department of English Scholarship for Hall Residents
  • Education Scholarships Fund - Murjani Scholarship
  • ENGL Scholarship for Non-local (Chinese mainland) Students
  • HKCC Scholarship
  • HKSAR Government Scholarship
  • HSBC Scholarship for International Students
  • Kai Chong Tong Scholarship
  • Li & Fung Scholarship
  • Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund Scholarship
  • President Emeritus Professor Poon Chung-kwong Scholarship
  • Scholarship for Prospective English Teachers
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Entry Scholarship (Academic)
  • The Most Outstanding PolyU Student
  • The Outstanding Student, Faculty of Humanities
  • Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship

WIE 

Student Exchange Programme 

Service Learning

Enquires

Miss Zoe Mak
General Office, Department of English
Tel: 3400 3497
Fax: 2333 6569
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Last updated in Nov 2018