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【Oh!爸媽】基礎課程:升學捷徑抑或死胡同?

香港的家長與同學仔對於留學英國的Foundation Course 基礎課程都不會太陌生,都知道它全名一般叫國際基礎課程,是專為負笈英國的國際學生而設,不少人更視之為入大學的捷徑。其實作為升大學捷徑一說,我覺得有辣有唔辣,無錯,基礎課程是個很好的捷徑和平台,供學生在很短時間內可以機會入大學。不過,我都講過好多次,基礎課程基本是沒有廣泛的國際認受性,作為一個考試資格,只要有任何一間大學肯承認,它便能為升學提供一定的方便。然而在認受的大學以外,同學往往即不能持這資歷報讀英國其他大學,想返香港或改赴其他地區升學,亦往往不會被承認,形同一張廢紙。

 

英國有大學自己開辦基礎課程,為人熟悉的有華威大學及巴夫大學。大學自己辦的基礎課程,好處當然是除了教育質素有保障,最重要自然就是入該間大學同學仔保證有優先考慮有條件取錄。這類課程是否基礎課程中的最好選擇?我覺得就要兩睇,例如如果華威大學及巴夫大學是心儀的學府,能藉基礎課程入到當然飲得杯落,但萬一不幸失手,就未必能用這個資格去報名其他大學。

 

另外兩大類的基礎課程,可以用campus based及college based來區分。前者又稱international study centre (ISC),是辦學機構租用某些學校的校園辦基礎課程。家長和同學仔留意番,在這類課程宣傳資訊上見到有各大大學嘜頭,大家千萬不要大喜過望,以為課程有學校的參與及認許,是優先取錄的保證。其實很多時學府只是租借出地方,雙方屬租賃關係,並無學術上的聯繫,不要被混淆視聽。

 

至於college based基礎課程,辦基礎課程的機構在不同地方有自己的校園上課。在英國,最具規模的要數Beller​bys College及Kings Education。前者在Brighton、Cambridge 及London有分校,後者則分佈Brighton、London、Oxford 和 Bournemouth。College based基礎課程的一大特色,是機構不同校園有不同的優點專長,例如Bellerbys的倫敦分校,商科就非常出色。Kings Education 為人稱道的,則是它為學生提供大量選舉,這裏既有黃金標準課程如A level 及 GCSE,但也有各門專科基礎課程,由醫學及科學、工程、電腦及數學、商業及管理、經濟及金融、法律、心理及社會科學、旅遊及款待、美術設計及媒體、建築、政治及國際關係、人文不等。當然它還有一大吸引處,還在於其學生的成績表非常耀眼,Kings有一大傳統,就是將學生送到英國最頂尖三十間大學去。

 

讀基礎課程和讀A level 的一大不同處,就是A level 究竟是個國際認可的考試,乃英國的黃金標準,相對有彈性。同學仔在取得了A level 成績後,可以才決定報甚麼大學入甚麼科。然後基礎課程就大不同,同學仔報讀時已經要揀商業、法律、甚至醫學等的學科分流。所以決定讀基礎課程後,同學仔無論是大學,抑或要選讀的學科,都要有清晰的目標,有意識地透過基礎課程向這個目標邁進,以終點行先。

 

我想重申,水能載舟,亦能覆舟。基礎課程可以為同學仔提供捷徑賺番入大學時間,但同時亦可能令人白白浪費九個月時間,無功而還。同學仔謹慎選擇基礎課程之外,心態調整也非常重要。要記得基礎課程其實已經不再屬於中學教育一部分,它一般不會再以小班教學作招徠,且講究同學的自理自律能力,同學仔要以讀大學的成熟獨立心態去面對,心無旁騖專注專心,方能殺出入大學的一條血路。如需查詢有關Kings Education的課程,可致電9182 1908或電郵至Cathy.Cheung@kingseducation.com

 

作者:Samuel Chan

原文:http://www.ohpama.com/270881/overseas/%E3%80%90samuel-chan%E3%80%91%E5%9F%BA%E7%A4%8E%E8%AA%B2%E7%A8%8B%EF%BC%9A%E5%8D%87%E5%AD%B8%E6%8D%B7%E5%BE%91%E6%8A%91%E6%88%96%E6%AD%BB%E8%83%A1%E5%90%8C%EF%BC%9F/

 

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