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Diploma of College Foundation Studies


Diploma of College Foundation Studies

Daytime Programme Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable ProgrammeCEF Course Code: 37L108422
1 year full-time
Qualifications Framework Level : 3
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Commencement : SEP 2024
Application Deadline : 31 AUG 2024 (Applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis)
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Programme Features

  • 1-year full-time studies
  • Students can obtain conditional offers through the Special Admission Scheme of HKBU Higher Diploma Programmes offered by SCE and Associate Degree Programmes offered by CIE
  • English is used as the main medium of instruction to enhance students’ language abilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • A selection of elective courses are offered to provide students with the opportunities to gain knowledge from different disciplines and broaden their horizons
  • This programme will develop students’ personal values


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School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University


The School of Continuing Education (SCE) of Hong Kong Baptist University was founded in 1975 and is one of the seven schools or faculties of the University. The educational objectives of the SCE are based on the notion "Learning is a lifelong process". The School has been providing people of all ages with ways and options for professional and academic advancement to meet the needs of the rapidly changing society. This programme aims to develop students' English language skills, academic literacy and numeracy skills and prepare them for local sub-degree and overseas undergraduate studies. It is designed to equip students with skills in English language proficiency, communication, personal development, mathematics, analytical skills and other areas that would broaden students' horizons.

This programme consists of seven core courses and two elective courses, totaling 450 hours.


Subject Code Course Title Hours
Core Courses (7 courses)
Language and Communication (4 courses)



This course is designed to give students the skills they need to communicate ideas effectively in English, taking consideration the complementary and interdependent nature of the four skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.



  1. Developmental writing and speaking patterns
  2. Theme: Getting to know yourself
  3. Theme: Making friends
  4. Theme: Leisure and entertainment
  5. Theme: Travel



This course is designed to further enhance students’ ability to communicate ideas effectively in English and to actively pursue academic and career aspirations, taking consideration the complementary and interdependent nature of the four skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.



  1. Developmental writing and speaking patterns
  2. Theme: Communication and technology
  3. Theme: Globalization
  4. Workplace communication
  5. Work and study



This course is designed to improve students’ proficiency in spoken English including proper pronunciation of English speech sounds and words, and the ability to express ideas, intended meanings, views, attitudes and feelings effectively in English.



  1. Pronunciation and phonetics
  2. Social situations in everyday life
  3. Vocabulary building



This course is designed to build and consolidate students’ awareness and understanding of the essential aspects of English grammar and usage. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of English structure within a functional approach, focusing primarily on the use of various grammatical items or concepts for practical communicative purposes.



Grammar items to be covered:

  1. parts of speech
  2. prepositional phrases
  3. active and passive voices in different tenses
  4. gerunds, infinitives and participles
  5. verb tenses, verb phrases and patterns
  6. reported speech
  7. discourse markers
  8. collocations and phrasal verbs
  9. words, phrases and clauses
  10. relative clauses
  11. sentence construction: simple, compound and complex sentences
  12. paragraph development
  13. proofreading and editing

Students will exercise the use of these grammar items exclusively in context-based, functional usage and real-world communicative tasks.

Meaning of Life (1 course)



This course provides opportunities for students to develop a deeper understanding of their “self” and improve their life skills for self-improvement. Students will utilise their critical thinking skills through a systematic approach to personal development by examining a range of topics which will help them increase their potential for academic success as well as in their future careers.



  1. Awareness building and self-discovery
  2. Interpersonal relationship
  3. Self-management
  4. Critical thinking skills and decision making
  5. Study skills and learning strategies for improving academic performance
Numeracy and Research (2 courses)


This course aims at providing students with statistical theories and techniques to collect, analyse and present data that are supported by information technology. Furthermore, students will develop their abilities in statistical reasoning, logical thinking and analytical skills to support future studies.



  1. Statistics
  2. Research and information on the web
  3. Data collection
  4. Data presentation
  5. Calculating descriptive statistics
  6. Logical reasoning
  7. Decision tree and probability
  8. Discrete probability distributions



Mathematics is around us that people use numbers to communicate information in most aspects of our lives. This course aims to nurture students with quantitative concepts to solve problems in daily-life contexts. It also provides a foundation in mathematics for student to further their studies and future career development.



  1. Numbers
  2. Application in arithmetic
  3. Linear equations
  4. Quadratic equations
  5. Quadratic functions
  6. Polynomials
  7. Exponential and logarithmic functions
  8. Inequalities
  9. Variations
  10. Sequences
Electives courses (Any two courses)


IELTS, International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the English language ability of those who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. The test is recognised for admission by universities / colleges in many countries. This IELTS preparatory course will provide students with language practice to prepare them for the Academic Module of the IELTS exam. It will introduce students to the IELTS exam format and content, and equip them with effective skills needed to undertake the IELTS test with confidence. Students will work through mock questions in the lessons and get immediate feedback for improvement.



  1. Overview of IELTS exam format and different sections
  2. Reading
  3. Writing
  4. Listening
  5. Speaking
  6. Time management in taking the IELTS exam



This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive coverage of basic economic principles and their applications to the real-world economic issues. Students will learn to appreciate the variety of analytical tools which develop students to think logically. Topics include the basic economic concepts, market mechanism, production and costs, market structure, national income, money and banking, inflation and unemployment and international economics.



  1. Fundamental economic concepts
  2. Demand, supply and equilibrium
  3. Firms and production
  4. Market structure
  5. National income determination
  6. Money and banking
  7. Inflation and unemployment
  8. International trade and finance



This course is designed to offer students an exposure to different business disciplines as well as perspective of business firms as integrated organizations composed of a number of specialized functions. It also aims to provide the opportunity for students to develop a wide range of business related knowledge and skills.



  1. The business environment
  2. Forms of business ownership
  3. Understanding management
  4. Financial management
  5. Operations management
  6. Marketing management



With the popularity of the participation in sports activities, there is a growing need for sports coaches. This course is designed to enhance students' understanding of the current trends in the field of sports coaching. It gives them an idea of different coaching models, strategies and techniques. This course will also systematically prepare students to exercise the skills.



  1. Principles of Sports Coaching
  2. Teaching and coaching techniques
  3. Design of Training Program
  4. Safety Practice and Management Skills of Sports Coaching



This course is designed to expose students to different design disciplines in commercial design areas as well as foster an understanding of the relationship between design styles and global trends. It also aims to provide students with basic hands-on skills and design knowledge, develop their creativity and refine their aesthetic sensibilities in commercial design.



  1. Fundamental Concept of Commercial Design
  2. Understanding Design Movements and Styles
  3. Visual Elements and Principles of Design
  4. Design Drawing Practice
  5. Creative Thinking in Commercial Design



“Law and Order” has become the most critical element in maintaining the stability and prosperity of a metropolitan city like Hong Kong today. This course aims at providing students with a fundamental but comprehensive understanding of crimes, criminal behaviours and on how law enforcement can be practiced to combat various crimes in the society. At the same time, the course will equip students with basic aspects of criminal law as well as an overview of the legal system in Hong Kong.  



  1. Introduction to crimes, elements of crimes and criminal behaviours
  2. Legal aspects of crime and the Legal system of Hong Kong
  3. Introduction to law enforcement operations
  4. Development in law and law enforcement sectors



This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of information technology, computer programming and data handling. It combines topics in computer programming and database management to enable students to apply programming techniques to deal with simple computational problems and examine multi-dimensional data.



  1. Information Technology, Computer Ethics and Security
  2. Variables and Data Types
  3. Input, Output and Operators
  4. Decision Making
  5. Repetition Structures
  6. Data Processing with Spreadsheet Software
  7. Introduction to Relational Databases
  8. Structured Query Language (SQL)



This course presents the students with an introduction to networking and web technologies. Students will be taught how computer networks are organized with the concept of layered approach and how to use HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery to develop an interactive website. Topics such as computer network models, network security, structural JavaScript elements, object-oriented programming and event-driven programming will be introduced.



  1. Network Fundamentals
  2. Layered Architecture
  3. Network Security
  4. Introduction to Internet Technologies
  5. Fundamental JavaScript Programming Language
  6. Structural JavaScript Elements
  7. Object-oriented Programming
  8. Event-driven Programming



This course aims to introduce fundamental concepts and knowledge in the area of aviation and air cargo services. Students will learn the guiding principles behind the operations of the aviation industry and airport. Topics include customer services, air cargo service procedures and operations, airline marketing and management, airline branding, revenue management, safety and security, and risk monitoring and management.



  1. Overview of the Aviation Industry
  2. Introduction to Aviation Services
  3. Introduction to Air Cargo Services
  4. Airline Marketing
  5. Airline Operations
  6. Airport Security Services
  7. Safety in Aviation Industry
  8. Aviation Risks

The School reserves the right to offer any elective courses.


Upon successful completion of the Diploma programme, graduates will be eligible to apply for the HKBU Higher Diploma Programmes offered by SCE and the HKBU Associate Degree Programme offered by CIE.*

Study Path

Students who have obtained a passing grade and satisfied the attendance requirement in each course will be awarded the Diploma of College Foundation Studies.

Application Fee: HK$150
2024/25 Tuition Fee:

HK$45,500 (by two instalments, each instalment: HK$22,750)


Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme

Students can apply for financial assistance through the Government's Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS). For details, please refer to the website of the Student Finance Office (SFO) .


Continuing Education Fund

The Continuing Education Fund (CEF) subsidises adults with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Please refer to the website of CEF for details.


Course Schedule September 2024
Venue HKBU Shek Mun Campus


The admission requirements of the programme are as follows:


  1. Level 2 in HKDSE English Language and Chinese Language+; or
  2. Level 1 in HKDSE English Language and Chinese Language AND at least 6 points in the best five subjects* # +; or
  3. Other equivalent qualifications to be assessed by SCE.
    + “Attained” or above in Applied Learning Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.
    * Application will be considered for admission in the following circumstances:
      i) An applicant has obtained “Attained” in Citizenship and Social Development and at least 4 points in four other subjects; or
      ii) An applicant has attempted less than five subjects but obtained 6 points.
    # Applicants can use not more than two Applied Learning subjects for admission purposes.

Application Arrangement for DSE Release Day

Application Procedure

Online Application and On-site Application will be available



Online Application

The following document files should be ready for application:

  • Academic qualification documents [including HKDSE results notice or certificate/ HKAL/HKCEE certificate and other academic certificates (if applicable)];
  • HKID card;
  • Application fee of HK$150


Applicants can submit their application through the SCE Online Application System.


Application Period: From now until 31 Aug 2024 (Applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis)



On-site Application

Applicants should bring the following documents for application:

  • Original and photocopy of academic qualification documents [including HKDSE results notice or certificate/ HKAL/HKCEE certificate and other academic certificates (if applicable)];
  • HKID card;
  • Application fee of HK$150


Location for On-site Application:

Date:    To be confirmed

Venue: To be confirmed

Time: To be confirmed


Applicants should note that:

  1. The qualification obtained after completing the programme is not recognised for civil service appointment as meeting the academic entry requirement which require Level 2 in five subjects including Chinese Language and English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination;
  2. The qualification awarded by our School may not be recognised by other institutions for articulation to their sub-degree or other programmes; and
  3. Students will not be eligible for Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) administered by the Student Finance Office.

Diploma of College Foundation Studies & Diploma of Applied Education Online Information Seminar

Date 15 July 2024, Monday
Time 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
ZOOM Meeting ID 958 3721 5790

Alumni Sharing

Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Programme / Course This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. This course / The mother course (Diploma of College Foundation Studies) of this module is recognized under the Qualification Framework (QF Level 3).

The above information is for reference only. The School reserves the right to make alterations or to cancel any class/programme without prior notice.

Programmes offered by the School of Continuing Education (leading to HKBU awards or SCE awards, or collaborative programmes) are conducted at various teaching venues, including Kowloon Tong and Shek Mun (Shatin) Campuses and Learning Centres in Tsimshatsui, Kowloon East, and Wan Chai. These venues are well-equipped to support students’ studies. While most of the classes are held at either the Kowloon Tong Campus or the Shek Mun Campus, depending on the School’s development, students may be assigned to take classes at other venues during their study period.