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Tuesday 19-Jul-2016
【The Standard:Boarding Insider】Lay the right foundation

THERE IS AN intriguing range of International Foundation Programme courses in the UK available to students with the potential and will to succeed at undergraduate level.


This means that Hong Kong students who miss out on a place to study for their desired bachelor's degree because of insufficient HKDSE scores can look on the bright side.


For international students who fail to satisfy a university's requirements for entry to undergraduate degree programs, the International Foundation Year, as the qualification is also commonly known, is an intensive program tailored to help students develop their academic and subject-specific skills in order to study for a bachelor's degree.


There are numerous advantages to studying on an IFP course.


Firstly, in comparison with shorter pre-sessional courses, longer foundation courses ensure that students can adapt to the style of teaching they will experience on their degree.


Secondly, universities run courses in such a way so as to combine the study of academic subjects, develop study skills and hone students' English language skills so that they can handle their chosen degree courses.


With a description of the International Foundation Year in place, let us look at two UK universities that offer distinct IFP courses:


1) The University of Warwick

Warwick's IFP, which is delivered on Warwick's main campus, is one of the longest-running in the UK. Warwick's IFP affords guaranteed conditional offers for a range of programs run at the university.


Five focused academic streams make up Warwick's IFP: business studies and economics; law; mathematics and economics; science and engineering; and social sciences.


2) INTO Newcastle University

INTO University Partnerships was founded in 2005 with the express aim of setting up long-term joint ventures with some of the world's most reputable universities - including the University of East Anglia, the University of South Florida and Nankai University, China.


INTO Newcastle University is an exciting option owing to the thriving nature of the city and the university's reputation for cutting-edge research.


There are five foundation programs offered at INTO Newcastle University, including architecture and business and management.


Overall, Hong Kong students may reap the rewards of the exemplary pastoral support offered by such organizations as INTO or propel themselves deeper into a university's culture by taking courses organized outright by the institution.


Other exciting destinations for foundation programs include Kent, Sussex and Nottingham universities.


Samuel Chan is the managing director of Britannia StudyLink.

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Samuel Chan, the winner of Alumni Awards 2017, is the founder of Britannia. He had studied in the UK since the age of 9 for 15 years and achieved his master degree in International Political Economy at University of Warwick. Now he shares his experiences and professional advice in education columns in Hong Kong’s major newspapers.


Mabel Chan is the Principal Consultant of Britannia. Having studied in both the UK and the US, she is an expert in school matching for overseas education. She writes education columns for Sing Tao Daily and The Standard, and answers questions arising from parents and students patiently.


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