College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Curriculum structure - Advanced Standing I

(Applicable to Advanced Standing I students admitted to CLASS from 2014/15 onwards)

The new four-year curriculum allows students to gain in-depth knowledge through major studies, and diversify their learning with Gateway Education (GE) courses, electives, and optional minors. The curriculum structure is as follows:

Component First-year (HKALE entrants)
GE English # 6 credits
Chinese Civilisation - History and Philosophy 3 credits
Distributional area requirements
Select two courses in any area
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
  • Science and Technology
6 credits
College-specified courses 6 credits
Major + College requirement  (see notes) ≤ 72 credits
Minor (optional) 15-18 credits
Free electives Remainder to fulfill the credit requirements for graduation, if necessary
Minimum credit units for graduation 90 credits, depending on major
Maximum credit units for graduation 114 credits
Notes
  1. The Advanced Standing I students are required to complete 6 credits of GE English comprising GE1401 University English and a Discipline-specific English courses.
    Students scoring below Level 4 in HKDSE English Language or Grade D in HKALE AS-level Use of English or students who do not possess an equivalent qualification are required to complete 6-credit unit course, EL0200 English for Academic Purposes (EAP), or two 3-credit unit courses, EL0200A English for Academic Purposes 1 and EL0200B English for Academic Purposes 2, prior to taking the GE English courses. Students who demonstrate that they have achieved a grade B or above in their overall course results for EL0200A will achieve 3 credits and also be considered to have satisfied the pre-requisite for entry to the GE English courses without needing to take EL0200B. The credit units of EL0200A and EL0200B will not be counted towards the minimum credit units required for graduation and will not be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average (CGPA). However, they will be counted towards the maximum credit units permitted.
  2. Students scoring below Level 4 in HKDSE Chinese Language, or below Grade D in HKALE AS-level Chinese Language and Culture will be required to complete a 3-credit unit course CHIN1001 University Chinese I. The 3 credit units will not be counted towards the minimum credit units required for graduation and will not be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average (CGPA). However, they will be counted towards the maximum credit units permitted.
  3. Major and college requirements should not exceed 72 credits. However, with the Senate's approval, the college and school may set a higher limit to meet professional accreditation requirements.
  4. Students admitted with Advanced Standing I will not be entitled to additional credit transfer on the basis of their entry qualifications. Instead, students may apply for course exemption based on prior study. Credit units are not earned for an exempted course.

College requirement for Advanced Standing I entrants