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PROGRAMME CODE: CC 001
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Application Code 報名編號 : CC 88 - 103

  • A one-year programme for students who have marginally fallen short of the entrance requirements of AD / HD programmes.
  • Upon completion of DFS, students can directly advance to the College’s two-year AD / HD programmes.
  • A “Diploma in Foundation Studies Scholarship” Scheme (HKD10,000) is set up to award DFS graduates with GPA 3.3 or above who would directly progress to study AD/HD in the College.

(QF Level 3; QR registration number: 15/003061/L3; Validity Period: from 18/9/2015)

Programme Aims & Features 

The one-year Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS) is designed for students who have marginally fallen short of the entrance requirements of the Associate Degree (AD) or Higher Diploma (HD) programmes. It aims to equip students with a solid academic foundation so that they are given a head start on their studies when they advance to one of the AD/HD programmes offered by the College.

Degree Programmes

Associate Degree or Higher Diploma

Arts & Humanities

Economics & Business

Engineering & Technology

Mathematics & Science

Social Sciences

Diploma in Foundation Studies

English is used as the main medium of instruction to prepare students for further studies in Hong Kong or overseas.

* Specific entrance requirements may apply for individual programmes.

Golden Opportunities for Further Studies

Our achievement:

26 graduates were admitted by one of the UGC-funded Bachelor's degree programmes in 2015.

KWOK LAU PING
Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities ⇒  Broad Discipline of Language, Culture & Communication (PolyU)
LEE CHEUK WING
Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities ⇒ BA (Hons) Philosophy (CUHK)
CHAN KAI YIN
Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities ⇒ BSSc (Hons) Gender Studies (CUHK)
ANIEVAS MELIZZA ANNE DALUZ
Associate of Arts in Legal Studies ⇒ Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (CityU)
CHAN SZE YUNG
Associate of Arts in Legal Studies ⇒ BSocSc (Hons) Public Policy, Management, & Politics (CityU)
LAI KWAN YEE
Associate of Arts in Legal Studies ⇒ BA (Hons) English Studies (CityU)
MAN HEUNG PAN
Associate of Arts in Media, Cultural and Creative Studies ⇒ BA (Hons) Creative Arts & Culture - Music (HKEdU)
YU TSUN MING
Associate of Business Administration ⇒ BSc (Hons) Logistics Engineering with Management (PolyU)
IP KIN FUNG
Associate of Engineering ⇒ BEng (Hons) Industrial & Systems Engineering (PolyU)
WONG YUK FONG
Associate of Engineering ⇒ BEng (Hons) Computer Engineering (HKUST)
KOON KA HO
Associate of Engineering ⇒ BEng (Hons) Computer Engineering (HKUST)
MA WAI TING
Associate of Health Science ⇒ BSc in Biological Science (HKUST)
NING KA SIN
Associate of Health Science ⇒ Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) (HKU)
ARCENAL ERIC NICO P
Associate of Science ⇒ BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (HKU)
CHAN TING HO
Associate of Science ⇒ BSc (Hons) Chemistry (HKU)
SIU CHI WING
Associate of Science ⇒ BSc (Hons) Risk Management (HKU)
KWOK TSZ YING
Associate of Social Sciences ⇒ Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) (LU)
LIT HOI TUNG
Associate of Social Sciences ⇒ BSc (Hons) Exercise Science & Health Education (CUHK)
KU TIM
Higher Diploma in Engineering ⇒ BEng (Hons) Electronic & Information Engineering (PolyU)
WONG PAN SIN
Higher Diploma in Engineering ⇒ Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (CityU)
CHAN LOK HANG
Higher Diploma in Engineering ⇒ Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (HKU)
CHANG FAN SHEK
Higher Diploma in Engineering ⇒ BSc (Hons) Engineering Physics (Optoelectronics) (PolyU)
TSANG MAN HO
Higher Diploma in Engineering ⇒ BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering (PolyU)
LAW HONG TING
Higher Diploma in Business ⇒ BSc (Hons) Information Management (HKU)
LAU WAI SHING
Higher Diploma in Information Techology ⇒ BEng (Hons) Computer Science (HKUST)
LAI WINNER
Higher Diploma in Marketing ⇒ BBA (Hons) Information Management (CityU)

Applicants who wish to apply for the Diploma in Foundation Studies programme should note that:

1. The qualification obtained after completing the programme is not recognised for civil service appointment. To meet the academic entry requirements, applicants should obtain Level 2 in five subjects including Chinese Language and English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination; and
2. The qualification awarded by our College may not be recognised by other institutions for articulation to their sub-degree or other programmes; and
3. Students will not be eligible for applying for Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) administered by the Student Finance Office, however they can apply for the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme; and
4. The DFS programme is below post-secondary level. Under the existing immigration policy, an application for a visa or entry permit to enter the HKSAR for study may not be considered if the applicant is not applying for a post-secondary programme.

GENERIC SKILLS

Core Courses

Languages (To be taken by all students, 5-6 courses)

  • College Speaking
  • College Writing or Foundation English
  • General English I
  • General English II
  • Chinese Language Enhancement
  • Foundations of Chinese Language

Mathematics

  • General Mathematics
ELECTIVE COURSES (3-4 COURSES)
  • Elements of Business
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • The Science of Everyday Life
  • Western Images of China

Students will take a total of 10 courses (30 – 31.5 credits) and the non-credit bearing Seminars and Workshops under the Diploma in Foundation Studies.

For non-Chinese speaking students, they will take 5 Generic Skills Courses and 5 Elective Courses (total 10 courses).

Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment, timetabling and resources available.

Ishaq Arooj
Ishaq Arooj
  • Diploma in Foundation Studies
  • City University of Hong Kong, Associate of Arts (English Studies) BA Linguistics

Studying in the foundation programme was one of the most fruitful years in my life as I had a chance to learn new fields of subjects, such as Film and Philosophy, in order to understand the concepts by watching related movies that were quite new and interesting. In fact, we had to do a film-making project based on one of the concepts learnt at class, which allowed us to further apply the terms and concepts learnt to deepen our understanding. Even though I started my Associate of Arts in English Studies afterwards, we students still kept in touch with the lecturers and often missed the lessons. Having now the opportunity to choose between English and literature at the Baptist University and Linguistics at City University, I will never forget the time chasing deadlines, having fun company of classmates and consultation hours with patient lecturers. ”

Li Tsz Ching, Vienna
Li Tsz Ching, Vienna
  • Student of the Higher Diploma in Aviation Studies Programme
  • Diploma in Foundation Studies

Two years ago, I finished my HKDSE examination. Although the result displeased me, I hoped I could get into university one day. Therefore, I chose this programme because I knew would have a chance to study in higher education after this. I think this programme has helped me a lot in giving me a clear vision of where I am heading. Besides, I also improved my learning skills through studying different subjects. In addition, I made a lot of friends in this programme. I am enjoying this programme very much.

Chu King Man, Madge
Chu King Man, Madge
  • Student of the Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities Programme
  • Diploma in Foundation Studies

Facing the failure of HKDSE, I did not meet the entrance requirements of Associate Degree programmes. Losing the clear direction towards studying, I was undoubtedly confused. Fortunately, the Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS) offers me a chance to pave my way to tertiary education. By taking the 1-year course, I’m given a taste of studying various subjects so as to develop my interests in a variety of academic disciplines. The programme also helps me by offering training in critical thinking so that we’re all well-equipped with the skills required to get into an AD / HD programme. In short, I enjoyed taking the course as a starting point of my study journey as it indeed provides me with a variety of learning opportunities.

Lam Pak Hei, Roy
Lam Pak Hei, Roy
  • Student of the Higher Diploma in Engineering Programme
  • Diploma in Foundation Studies

當我中五完成毅進課程後,便投身社會,工作了接近七年,直到2014年得朋友介紹入讀學院的基礎專上教育文憑,亦多謝學院
給我這個讀書的機會。

還記得第一天來到九龍灣的校舍,都有擔心自己會否跟不上進度,讀書壓力會否很大,令人透不過氣?結果,這一年來,我肯定
了自己讀書的能力,而且,更一再找到自己真正路向。此外,對比起工作時每天面對爾虞我詐的人事關係,在學院裡我有幸還結
識了一班志同道合又能交心的好朋友,所以我十分慶幸選擇了基礎專上教育文憑這條升學路。

Andrew Chan
Andrew Chan
  • Diploma in Foundation Studies

The College is indeed much more than a place to fight for a high GPA. Over the years, I’ve benefited a lot in interest mining and personal development. Specializing in Science, I have also explored my interest in various subject areas including psychology, culture and even philosophy, thanks to the multi-disciplinary nature of the programme. The focus on continuous assessment and group work has also polished my communication and problem solving skills, which would be useful for a lifetime.

I particularly treasure the preparatory workshops that the College offered before the start of our study. Workshops on English writing, presentation skills, as well as student sharing sessions gave me a head start by familiarizing myself to the learning environment at a tertiary level.

Yam Ho Hei
Yam Ho Hei
  • Diploma in Foundation Studies

Studying in CGS (renamed as DFS) is the most unforgettable learning experience in my life. I think the content of the programme is just at the right level so that I was able to be familiar with the study mode at a tertiary level in a short period of time. At the same time, studying here also allows me to improve my interpersonal skills. I met a lot of new friends when I was studying in CGS; we helped each other to get projects done. We still have a good friendship now even if we are not studying in the same programme.

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