Diploma Programme in Foundation Studies

DFS is a foundation programme to prepare HKDSE graduates for pursuing Higher Diploma programmes offered by CUSCS. It focuses on the training of various study and generic skills in language and communication, business management, lifestyle and health, visual presentation and IT knowledge to help students realise their potentials and build the foundations for their further studies. The curriculum and teaching and learning activities are designed to enable students to have a smooth transition to college education.

Admission Requirements

  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination with at least 6 points in the best 5 subjects plus Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language; or
  • Equivalent qualifications



The DFS Programme comprises 10 courses with a total of 30 units and 450 contact hours. Students shall normally complete the programme in one year on a full-time basis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of DFS programme, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a solid foundation of language skills required for pursuing Higher Diploma programmes offered by CUSCS;
  • apply appropriate skills in handling interpersonal communication and relationships;
  • apply appropriate information technology skills to their studies;
  • identify their potentials, interests and strengths; and
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of a range of academic disciplines at the pre-college level.


Medium of Instruction

English and Chinese


Articulation Route

Upon successful completion of the Diploma Programme in Foundation Studies, students will be eligible to progress to the Higher Diploma Programmes offered by CUSCS. Articulation Scholarship is awarded to full-time Diploma graduates who commence the Programme in AY2024-25 and successfully complete it in one academic year with outstanding academic performance. They will be eligible for the Scholarship at the amount of HK$5,000 for progressing to the CUSCS Higher Diploma Programmes.


Graduates’ Sharing


Teaching Venue

Tseung Kwan O Learning Centre
Address: Tsui Lam Estate, Tseung Kwan O (opposite Yan Lam House)
(Take mini-bus route 17M at Po Lam MTR Station Exit C. Get off at Tsui Lam Square and walk for about 8 minutes to the Learning Centre. Alternatively, you may take mini-bus route 17 at Lam Tin MTR Station.)


Assessment and Award

Performance of students is monitored and assessed on a continuous basis through assessment tools such as exercises, assignments, projects, presentations, class participation, tests, and examinations.

To qualify for the award of Diploma in Foundation Studies, students must:

  • have an attendance rate of 70% or above for each course; and
  • pass the assessments of each course; and
  • attain a cumulative GPA of at least 1.50


Tuition Fee




Telephone: 3943 9057 / 3943 9015
Fax: 2770 8275
Email: scs-ftd@cuhk.edu.hk