Certificate in Vocational English (CVE)

Programme Aims

i    enhance students' interest and confidence in learning English
ii   introduce and expose students to workplace communication in English
iii  develop students’ English language skills essential for basic workplace communication and
     further work-related training

Programme Features

Blended learning and teaching mode
  • face-to-face contact between instructors and students in the classroom
  • e-learning platform – interactive learning opportunities
  • self-study hours – discussions, group work and peer review

English as medium of instruction, with Cantonese as supplement

Flexible venues
  • CBCC’s state-of-the-art new campus; OR
  • on-site delivery (schools can opt for classes conducted on their premises)

Small class size : Maximum 30 students per class

Full support for students
  • library services, language centre facilities, free English newspapers (e.g. SCMP)
  • extra help provided by Student Affairs Office for students with special educational needs

Duration of Study

14 weeks per module
Approximately 1 year for the whole programme


Assessment Methods

Assignments (40%)
Learning portfolio (20%)
Final examination (40%)
Passing score: 50; One free re-examination allowed in case of failure


Professional Recognitions

On completion of each module, each student will be awarded the Completion Certificate of relevant module.
Students who have passed the assessments and attended 80% or more of the lessons in all 4 modules will be awarded a QF Level 3 Certificate in Vocational English accredited by the HKCAAVQ (QR registration valid from 1 June 2018 to 31 May 2020).



Programme Structure

Module 1   Certificate in Workplace English (Reading and Writing) (QF Level 2)
CVE M1     42 contact hours + 48 self-study hours
Core Topics Emails; Memorandums; Routine correspondence (letters, replies, etc.); Promotional messages; Advertisements; Leaflets/Brochures
Programme Fee $2,500


Module 2   Certificate in Workplace English (Listening and Speaking) (QF Level 2)
CVE M2     42 contact hours + 48 self-study hours
Core Topics Discussions; Meetings; Question-and-answer sessions; Interviews; Group interactions; Telephone conversations; Video teleconferences
Programme Fee $2,500


Module 3   Certificate in Vocational English (Writing) (QF Level 3)
CVE M3     42 contact hours + 78 self-study hours
Core Topics Informative/positive messages (replies, confirmation to orders, adjustment to complaints, etc.); Negative messages (rejection/refusals, handling complaints, disciplinary notices, etc.); Persuasive messages (sales promotion, enquiries, suggestions/recommendations, etc.); Various other text types (emails, memos, letters, short reports, agendas, notices, etc.)
Programme Fee $2,500


Module 4   Certificate in Vocational English (Speaking) (QF Level 3)
CVE M4     42 contact hours + 78 self-study hours
Core Topics Basic speaking skills; Speaker-listener connection; Knowing your audience; Verbal delivery (pronunciation, intonation, volume, tone, pace, etc.); Non-verbal delivery (eye contact, facial expressions, body gestures, etc.); Response to spoken texts and discussion; Presentation of information; Persuasion
Programme Fee $2,500


Career Prospects

Having completed Modules 1 and 2, students will have the English proficiency necessary for frontline staff, e.g. receptionists, waiters, telephone operators, sales representatives, etc.

Those who have completed the whole programme will be able to handle jobs requiring higher-order vocational English skills, e.g. secretarial assistants, police officers, property management officers, design assistants, social work assistants, etc.

Admission Requirements

  1. Secondary 4 to Secondary 6 students in academic year 2018-19
  2. An admission interview is conducted for every applicant.

Programme Articulation

This QF Level 3 Certificate in Vocational English allows flexibility in accumulation of learning outcomes for admission to our AD/HD programmes

Student Activities

There is a Weekend English Activity for each module which aims to empower the students in the learning process and get them responsible for its outcomes, so we will involve them in contribution of ideas, design of their own activity, and decision-making. The point of the activity is to consolidate and display some of the things they have learnt by the end of the module through collaboration with their classmates in an authentic vocational environment.