Higher Diploma in English and Communications

Key Features

  • Arousing students’ interest in the linguistic and cultural aspects of English language
  • Dabbling at different genres of English literature
  • Enhancing the students' learning experience through both co- and extra-curricular activities

Programme Objectives

  • Develops students' communicative proficiency in the field of academic and professional usage

  • Enhances students' ability to comprehend word structure, describe how words are formed and produce correct and meaningful English sentences

  • Demonstrates an appreciation of selected English literary works

Programme Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:​
  • apply relevant business theories and skills to problems solving at business environment
  • apply analytical skills and legal knowledge to make business decisions
  • design a business plan for a small start-up company;
  • demonstrate proficiency in oral and written language competence in both English and Chinese for future studies or work; and
  • apply problem-solving, IT and critical thinking skills for handling further studies or career pursuit.


General Education (24 Credits)

  • Chinese Language for Communication I 

  • Chinese Language for Communication II 

  • General English

  • English for Academic Purposes I

  • Business Communication

  • Introduction to Information Literacy

  • Free Elective (Details​)

  • Free Elective (Details​)


Programme Specific Courses (36 Credits)

  • The Structure of Contemporary English

  • Introduction to English Grammar

  • English-speaking Cultures and Film Studies

  • Advanced Business Written Communication

  • Advanced English Grammar

  • Advanced Business Oral Communication

  • English for Public Relations

  • Studies in Literature

  • Public Speaking in English 

  • English for Mass Communication

  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics 

  • Intercultural Communication

  • ​Internship (Language, Media and Communication)

Apart from Chinese courses and courses which require students to have working knowledge of Chinese, all courses are normally taught in English.

Articulation Prospects

The College has established an articulation agreement with Hong Kong Shue Yan University for our graduates to articulate to the following degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English (Year 2)

Some recent graduates of this programme were admitted to the local or overseas Bachelor’s Degree
programmes in Arts, such as:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Studies, City University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Arts (English Studies), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Language and Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Contemporary English Studies, Lingnan University

  • Bachelor of Language Studies with Honours (English), The Open University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Hong Kong

Career Prospects

  • Editing and Publishing

  • Education

  • Journalism

  • Translation

Teaching and Learning Support

Overseas Immersion Programme




The following scholarships were available for students with outstanding performance in academic studies, great achievement in extra-curricular activities and/or valuable contribution to the College/University/Community:

  • Lingnan Club Scholarship
  • Lingnan Education Organization Scholarship
  • Lingnan University Alumni Association (Hong Kong) Scholarship

Continued Education Fund (CEF)

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
This course/ The mother course (Title of Qualification) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [4]).

For details, please refer to "Continued Education Fund (CEF)" in our website.

Graduate Sharing

Yeung Wing Ho, William

Yeung Wing Ho, William

  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in English and Communications 2018
  • Year 3, Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Language Applications, City University of Hong Kong
Studying English and Communications allowed me to explore English from various angles. For example, apart from General English and Business English, I got a chance to study English linguistics, literature, and film. This programme structure not only gave me knowledge and understanding of English Language, but also helped me decide which specific area I should focus on in my further study.
Mark Guzman Alanguilan

Mark Guzman Alanguilan

  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in English and Communications 2017
  • Year 3, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Contemporary English Studies, Lingnan University
My 2 years in LIFE have been a phenomenal journey. I say this because being a part of the Institute has opened me to a lot of opportunities. I have been able to grow not just as a student, but a person as well. The people I’ve met here have made my school life worthwhile and being a part of the school community is what has made the experience so special for me. Although the school is small, the community is big. Being in school isn’t all about studying. It’s about finding things that help shape your future. Thank you LIFE for these 2 years!
Woo Lok Sze

Woo Lok Sze

  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in English and Communications 2015
  • Year 3, Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics), The University of Hong Kong
"What an awfully awesome experience at LIFE!" This undoubtedly sums up my study in these 2 years. When I just started the first day at LIFE, I have never pictured myself going this far. The teachers of LIFE are all indeed outstanding and patient. They are willing to help us when we face different hectic issues. Simultaneously, I did not just enrich my academic knowledge at LIFE, I was also given various opportunities to unleash my potentials through extra-curricular activities. Throughout these two years, I have enriched my sights and became an all-round person and I am ready for future challenges in my study. After all, I am glad to have made such a right decision to study at LIFE.