UK education options for F.7 students (HKALE)
The old Hong Kong education system is similar to that of the UK. Students holding the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) qualification can apply for year-1 entry to UK universities. Requirements are normally three passes in HKALE and a good level of English. If the requirements of year-1 entry are not met, students can consider pathway courses such as International Diplomas, University Foundation Courses or Higher National Diplomas. All of these can lead to degrees at universities.
UK’s university education has a long history of over hundreds of years. The combination of good traditions and multiculturalism as well as the excellence in research and teaching are recognized and well-respected all around the world. Housing over one hundred universities, academic disciplines in the UK are so diverse that most students are able to choose to study the subject of their interest.
International Year One (also formerly known as International Diploma in some universities) is equivalent to that of year 1 of an undergraduate degree. Upon satisfactory completion of this 1-year course students can progress to year 2 of a specific undergraduate degree in the associated university. This course is suitable for students whose results do not meet the requirement of their desired university but at the same time want to complete a degree in the shortest way possible.
UK foundation programmes provide an opportunity for students to progress to year one of undergraduate degrees in UK universities. UK foundation programmes usually last for one year. Some of the UK foundation programmes station in university campus, offering you full benefit as an UK university student. Find out more about UK foundation courses choices and pathways.
National Diploma and Higher National Diploma are vocational courses suitable for students who have little interest in traditional academic subjects. Focuses are on practical trainings of professional knowledge and skills for a specific profession, equipping students with industrial knowledge and practical skills that help them in work places.