College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Gateway education

For information and requirements about Gateway Education at CityU, please click here.

Applicable to students admitted in 2012/13 and 2013/14

Component Normative 4-year Degree Advanced Standing I Advanced Standing II (Senior-year Entry)
English * 6 credit units 6 credit units 3 credit units
Chinese Civilization – History and Philosophy 3 credit units 3 credit units Not compulsory requirement
Distributional Area Requirements
A minimum of 3 credit units from each of the three areas below:
Area 1: Arts and Humanities
Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
Area 3: Science and Technology
21 credit units 12 credit units 9 credit units

Applicable to students admitted in 2014/15 and thereafter

Component Normative 4-year Degree Advanced Standing I Advanced Standing II (Senior-year Entry)
English * 6 credit units 6 credit units 3 credit units
Chinese Civilization – History and Philosophy 3 credit units 3 credit units Not compulsory requirement
Distributional Area Requirements
A minimum of 3 credit units from each of the three areas below:
Area 1: Arts and Humanities
Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
Area 3: Science and Technology
12 credit units 6 credit units 3 credit units
College-specified courses 9 credit units 6 credit units 6 credit units
* First-year entrants with Level ‘4’ (or equivalent) or above in HKDSE English Language will proceed to directly into GE 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.