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  Broad-based Admission

The Faculty of Arts implements a broad-based admission system, giving students more flexibility in choosing their Majors. Under the Broad-Based Admission System, students will spend their first year of study exploring different Arts disciplines. Then, towards the end of their first year, they will choose the Major they would like to study. The Broad-Based Admission System consists of six Major programmes:

What Kinds of JUPAS Students will be Admitted?

  • Students should obtain good results in 4 core subjects and 1 elective subject
  • Good results in Chinese Language and English Language are highly preferred.
  • Good result in Liberal Studies is preferred.
  • High choice banding (Band A) in JUPAS application is preferred.

*The BA Programme (Broad-based Admission) will not arrange any JUPAS admission interviews or tests. Applicants through School Principal’s Nominations will be invited to an interview at HKBU in June every year. Non-JUPAS admission interviews will be conducted between February and April every year. 

What are the basic admission criteria of the BA Programme (Broad-based Admission)?

HKBU General Admission Requirements (For HKDSE candidates)



Minimum requirement

English Language

Level 3

Chinese Language

Level 3


Level 2

Liberal Studies

Level 2

One elective subject

Level 3

Our BA Programme count the scores of five HKDSE subjects: Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics, Liberal Studies and the best elective subject.


* Our BA Programme count Mathematics Extended Module 1 or 2 as equivalent to HKDSE elective subjects.

**We count the Other Languages subject with grade E or above as an elective subject in score calculation.


What Courses do the Year 1 students take in the Faculty of Arts?

Required courses for Faculty of Arts Year 1 students Core Requirements of General Education

Each of the above denotes a category in which a list of courses will be available for students’ selection, except University English and University Chinese. You may find the relevant information via the website of the General Education Office: http://ge.hkbu.edu.hk/


First-year Courses offered by the Faculty of Arts 

In addition to the many General Education courses offered by the university, the First Year students in the BA Programme may use their Free Elective units to take a wide variety of courses in the Faculty of Arts or outside the Faculty. Elective courses offered by the Faculty of Arts to Year 1 students include:

  • CHIL1005           Selected Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry
  • CHIL1006           Selected Readings in Classical Chinese Prose
  • WRIT1005          Creativity: Theory and Practice
  • ENGL1005          English, Creativity, Culture
  • HUMN1006        Introduction to the Humanities
  • RELI1005           Quest for Truth and Meaning
  • TRAN1005         Introduction to Translation

(1) Alternative English Language Qualifications
The following public examination results were recognised by the University as equivalent to Level 3 of HKDSE English:

  • a score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based) or above in TOEFL; or
  • a score of 6.0 or above in International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic Level; or
  • grade C or above in GCE O-Level/GCSE/IGCSE English; or
  • grade E or above in GCE AS Level or AL Level English; or
  • grade E or above in HKALE Use of English (AS Use of English)
(2) Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Students
For Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students fulfilling the specified circumstances in (1), HKBU will accept the following alternative Chinese language qualifications as equivalent to Level 3 of HKDSE Chinese Language:
  • Grade E or above in GCE A/AS Level Chinese; or
  • Grade C or above in GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O Level Chinese
  • "attained" in Applied Learning Chinese(ApL(C))
Note 1: The specified circumstances are:
The student has learned Chinese Language for less than six years while receiving primary and secondary education. This caters specifically to students who have made a late start in learning the Chinese Language (e.g. due to their settlement in Hong Kong well past the entry level) or who have been educated in Hong Kong sporadically; or
The student has learned Chinese Language for six years or more in schools, but has been taught an adapted and simpler Chinese Language curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in our local schools

Non-JUPAS and Mainland applicants can refer to the following websites.

Non-JUPAS Admission

Mainland Applicants

Updated in Jan 2018