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Diploma in Foundation Studies Diploma in Foundation Studies

Diploma in Foundation Studies

Programme Code: CC 001 3416 6338 2305 5315

Application Code 報名編號 : CC 88 - 103


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

  • 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.
  • Learning Fund Scheme

    The College will reimburse HKD7,000 of the tuition fee for those who are admitted to the Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS) programme in 2017/18 and successfully complete the programme.


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

Business & Economics

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.

Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities ⇒  Broad Discipline of Language, Culture & Communication (PolyU)
Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities ⇒ BA (Hons) Philosophy (CUHK)
Associate of Arts in Languages and Humanities ⇒ BSSc (Hons) Gender Studies (CUHK)
Associate of Arts in Legal Studies ⇒ Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (CityU)
Associate of Arts in Legal Studies ⇒ BSocSc (Hons) Public Policy, Management, & Politics (CityU)
Associate of Arts in Legal Studies ⇒ BA (Hons) English Studies (CityU)
Associate of Arts in Media, Cultural and Creative Studies ⇒ BA (Hons) Creative Arts & Culture - Music (HKEdU)
Associate of Business Administration ⇒ BSc (Hons) Logistics Engineering with Management (PolyU)
Associate of Engineering ⇒ BEng (Hons) Industrial & Systems Engineering (PolyU)
Associate of Engineering ⇒ BEng (Hons) Computer Engineering (HKUST)
Associate of Engineering ⇒ BEng (Hons) Computer Engineering (HKUST)
Associate of Health Science ⇒ BSc in Biological Science (HKUST)
Associate of Health Science ⇒ Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) (HKU)
Associate of Science ⇒ BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (HKU)
Associate of Science ⇒ BSc (Hons) Chemistry (HKU)
Associate of Science ⇒ BSc (Hons) Risk Management (HKU)
Associate of Social Sciences ⇒ Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) (LU)
Associate of Social Sciences ⇒ BSc (Hons) Exercise Science & Health Education (CUHK)
Higher Diploma in Engineering ⇒ BEng (Hons) Electronic & Information Engineering (PolyU)
Higher Diploma in Engineering ⇒ Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (CityU)
Higher Diploma in Engineering ⇒ Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (HKU)
Higher Diploma in Engineering ⇒ BSc (Hons) Engineering Physics (Optoelectronics) (PolyU)
Higher Diploma in Engineering ⇒ BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering (PolyU)
Higher Diploma in Business ⇒ BSc (Hons) Information Management (HKU)
Higher Diploma in Information Techology ⇒ BEng (Hons) Computer Science (HKUST)
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

(To be taken by all students, 5-7 courses)


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

(Take 3-5 courses)


  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • Elements of Business
  • The Science of Everyday Life
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Understanding Hong Kong Popular Culture
  •  Western Images of China

A series of multidisciplinary seminars throughout the academic year.

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

Chung Man Hin, Henry
Chung Man Hin, Henry
  • 2015-16 Diploma in Foundation Studies
  • 2016-17 Higher Diploma in Transport and Logistics Management (Year 1)

Studying for the Diploma in Foundation Studies has given me with a valuable and unforgettable experience. I remember the time playing exciting games on welcoming day and the lively learning atmosphere in the interactive classes. I've come to realize that serious learning can also be done with fun. The most important change for me was my transformation to becoming a more confident and dedicated student. With a stronger belief that I can do it, I find myself more motivated towards my goal of studying at university.

Hui Tsz Chun, Adrian
Hui Tsz Chun, Adrian
  • 2015-16 Diploma in Foundation Studies
  • 2016-17 Higher Diploma in Information Technology (Year 1)

Studying the Diploma in Foundation Studies was the most unforgettable year to me, as I could find my way to tertiary education though studying different subjects. Besides of knowledge from textbook, I also had a chance to widen my horizons by participating in seminars and activities provided by the College. Moreover, I made a lot of new friends during my study. It is a joyful learning experience in this programme.

Hung Chun Ho, Oscar
Hung Chun Ho, Oscar
  • 2015-16 Diploma in Foundation Studies
  • 2016-17 Associate of Science (Year 1)

In 2015, I was in the watershed of my life, followed by my failure in the HKDSE. I was lucky enough to earn a chance to study for the Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS). It turns out that my experience studying for the DFS is very different from my old days in secondary school. The emphasis on continuous assessment means that our performance is assessed in an all-round manner, and this eases off my exam stress. The multi-disciplinary nature of the curriculum also opened my eyes to new academic disciplines which I did not encounter at the high school level. This 1-year programme let me re-built my confidence in Science, and put me back on track to pursue further studies in this area when I promoted to the Associate of Science programme. I’m convinced I made the right choice studying for the DFS.

Chow Tin Long, Jason
Chow Tin Long, Jason
  • 2013-14 Certificate in General Studies
  • 2014-16 Associate of Arts (English Studies)
  • 2016 BA English for the Professions, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Foundation programme, or as some misinformed people may refer to it, the so-called a stepping stone for those HKDSE losers, is actually much more than that! I still remember a lecturer teaching on the summer bridging course who said "HKDSE is just a fragment in your life, it is not the be all and end all” Indeed, throughout my three years at HKU SPACE Community College, the foundation year was the most beneficial to my studies. As a student in AA English Studies, it is vital for me to be able to express my thoughts in a systematic and cohesive way. The foundation year cultivated my essay writing skills and enhanced my English proficiency which has proven to be essential for further studies at the tertiary level. Speaking of survival skills, being able to manage deadline is a must in college life. Undoubtedly, this is also an opportunity to learn how to prioritize tasks and deal with pressure. The programme enhanced my self-motivation and my ability to become a better student equipped with impressive time management skills. Now, I am currently studying at PolyU and would like to express my deepest gratitude to those lecturers at HKU SPACE CC who helped me along the path tertiary education. Without their belief in me and their dedication to me, I would not have enjoyed such success.

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

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。

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.

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.

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.

Leung Ka Ling
Leung Ka Ling
  • Diploma in Foundation Studies

我在文憑試的失誤並非我學習歷程中的終結,而是開展我學習的新一頁。在課程中,學習的內容是可以讓我在往後的課程中打好基礎,迎接更多的挑戰。 同學間的互相合作,令我建立良好的人際關係。加上同學間的互相支持,令我在遇到問題時,會更有動力解決問題。 同時,我發現自己並非輸在起跑線,只是讓自己做好熱身,令我在往後的學習跑道上更能翱翔。

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.