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BA (Hons) English Language and Communication
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Approval Code KR 11104; 01/2014
Accreditation Code A 5783
Classification BA (Hons)
Subject Area English Language & Communication
Course Mode Full Time
Course Duration 3 Years
Course Location UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur Campus
Intakes January, May and September
The BA (Hons) English Language and Communication (ELC) programme is designed to equip students who do not speak English as a first language with excellent communication capabilities for professional employment in English as a Second Language (ESL). Students who are learning English as a second or additional (foreign) language will be able to develop graduate level communicative competence in English Language, and to use English effectively.

Graduate employability has been a matter of concern to governments throughout the region, thus practical applications are strongly featured in the programme, which is geared to linking theory and practice through critical reflection to build work related skills as well as sound academic knowledge. Observation and experience of work (via Co-Operative courses), inquiry & project activities are integral to the learning processes of the programme.


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Qualifications Academic Requirements
STPM / A-Level Minimum 2 principals
(credits are required for English at SPM/O-Level)
UEC Minimum 5 credits
International Baccalaureate Minimum score of 26/42 points from 6 subjects
National Matriculation Minimum CGPA of 2.0
(credits are required for English at SPM/O-Level)
Australian Year 12 Minimum overall average of 60% in 5 subjects, or
Minimum ATAR score of 65
Canadian Pre-U Minimum average of 60% in 6 subjects
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to STPM/A-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency Minimum overall average of 60%
UCSI Foundation in Arts Completed (minimum CGPA 2.0/4.0)
(credits are required for English at SPM/O-Level)
Diploma or equivalent Completed (minimum CGPA 2.0/4.0)
(credits are required for English at SPM/O-Level)
Diploma in Media & Communication or equivalent Completed (minimum CGPA 2.0/4.0)
*Discretion is given to Head of School to deal with borderline academic requirements.

Note (Source: Surat Pekeliling MQA Bil 2/2016):
The terms of credit in English at SPM level for the candidate with STPM, STAM, Diploma and Matriculation/Foundation qualification can be exempted if the candidate obtained English and its achievement is equivalent or higher than the required credit of English at the SPM level.

Foundation in Arts
Qualifications Academic Requirements
SPM/ O-Level Minimum 5 credits including credit in English
UEC Minimum 3 credits
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to STPM/A-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency Minimum overall average of 50%
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to SPM/O-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency Minimum overall average of 60%
**Equivalency of qualification in accordance to Malaysian Qualification Agency standards

English Requirements
  • A distinction (A+, A or A-) in the English Language subject at SPM/UEC level; or MUET Band 5; or a score of 196 (computer-based) / 525 (writing-based) / 69-70 (internet-based) in TOEFL; or Band 5.5 in IELTS.
  • In the event that the English Language Requirements are not met, student may be required to undertake additional English module(s) prior to or concurrently with the undergraduate programme, based on the University’s decision.
* International students holding equivalent academic qualifications but which are not conducted in English, are required to sit for the English Placement Test, which may result in the taking of the English Enrichment Programme (1 to 10 months). Students who intend to pursue the above undergraduate programme directly, are advised to fulfil the above English requirements prior to commencing their studies at the University.
Note / Legend Discretion is given to the Head of School to decide on applicants whose academic results are borderline to the entry requirements.

SPM Credit – 'A+' to 'C'
O-Level – 'A' to 'C'
UEC Credit – 'A1' to 'B6'
STPM principal – 'A' to 'C'
'A' Levels principal – 'A' to 'E'
Career opportunities are abundant to an individual with a degree in English because skills gained from this area of study can be easily applied to many career areas. Individuals possessing the ability to think clearly and critically, to analyse and interpret data, and communicate results are in great demand by employers.

The following list contains a representative sample of jobs of former graduates with an English major: actor/actress, advertising copywriters, archivists, authors, biographers, book publishers, broadcasters, career counselors, child care specialists, columnists, corrective therapists, communication skills trainers, consultants, corporate communications executives, creative writers, critics, editors, ESL instructors, human resources assistants, interpreters/translators, journalists, marketing specialists, manuscript readers, mass media assistants, news reporters, proofreaders, and public relations executives.
Year 1 Compulsory
  • Introduction to the Ethnography of Communication
  • Understanding Reading and Writing in English Language
  • Expository Writing
  • Principles and Practice in Language Teaching
  • English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Bilingualism
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • University Life (MPU-U2)
  • Co-operative Placement 1
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1 (MPU-U4)
Year 2 Compulsory
  • Introduction to English Literature
  • World Englishes
  • Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • Contemporary English Literature in Asia
  • Written Discourse
  • Spoken Discourse
  • Functional Grammar
  • Translation and Interpretation for Beginners
  • Educational Psychology
  • Religions in Malaysia (MPU–U3)
  • Co-operative Placement 2
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 2 (MPU-U4)
Elective (Choose One)
  • English for Specific Purpose: Business Communication
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
Year 3 Compulsory
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • English, Global Media & Technology
  • Cross Cultural Communication & English Language
  • Syllabus Design and Curriculum Review
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Research Methodology in ELC
  • English Language and Communication Project
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Co-operative Placement 3
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 3 (MPU-U4)
Elective (Choose One)
  • Media Writing Skills
  • Visual Communication
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.

U1 –   For Malaysian students:
  1. Ethnic Relations
  2. Islamic Civilisation and Asian Civilisation

–   For foreign students:
  1. Malaysian Studies
  2. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 3

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