certificate in foundation studies

Course Information


The 7-module course is designed for students who have completed at least 10 years of formal education and wish to further their studies in courses taught and examined in the English language.  The course also equips students with the basic learning and research skills to better prepare them for their pursuit in higher education.

The English Language modules will improve students in their English vocabulary and grammar, reading, writing and speaking skills. Cultural studies gives an appreciation of different cultural norms to foster a tolerance, understanding and empathy.  The course also prepares students in their further education through modules like Learning Skills, Critical Thinking Skills and Foundation Mathematics. In order to graduate successfully, students must pass all 7 modules. Upon successful completion of all 7 modules, students will receive the Certificate in Foundation Studies awarded by SHRM.

The 7 modules are conducted over 3 terms in 9 months. Each term consists of 10 study weeks and 3 break weeks.

The course is fully conducted on a face-to-face basis. Students will attend lectures and tutorial classes. Class size for English Language Level I and English Language Level II are generally kept to a maximum of 18 students for lecture classes. Other modules are kept to a maximum of 66 students per class.

Upon passing all the modules, students will be awarded the Certificate in Foundation Studies

9 months

  1. English Language Level I
  2. English Language Level II
  3. Learning Skills
  4. Critical Thinking Skills
  5. Academic Research Skills
  6. Foundation Mathematics
  7. Culture Studies
Please click here for module  Synopsis.

Students are assessed with a mixture of continuous assessments throughout each term in the form of case studies, discussions, presentations or group and individual assignments.

In the event a student fails a module, the student will be given a chance to take a supplementary paper. Failing a supplementary paper will result in the student having to retake the module.

  • IELTS score of 5.0
  • or an equivalent English Language qualification