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Diploma of Foundation Studies

Overview of Diploma of Foundation Studies Programme

The Diploma of Foundation Studies programme (DFS) prepares HKDSE graduates for employment or further studies by equipping them with trade-related knowledge and skills. Offered in nine streams to suit different study interests, its curricula cover strong generic elements and skills to help students realise their potential and build a strong foundation for future studies.

Articulation Pathways


Graduates will be eligible to apply for VTC’s Higher Diploma programmes in which they may also apply for module exemptions if they pursue further studies in the relevant subject area. More than 80% of graduates have been enrolled in VTC’s Higher Diploma programmes.

Career Prospect


VTC’s Diploma of Foundation Studies has been accepted by the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) as meeting the academic entry requirements of grades in the civil service which requires Level 2 in five subjects including Chinese Language and English Language in the HKDSE Examination. Students may consider taking the optional module “Foundation Mathematics III” for the eligibility to apply for VTC’s Higher Diploma Programmes or related civil service jobs, which require Level 2 or above in HKDSE Mathematics as one of their general entry requirements.


Graduates will also gain a head start in career sectors like health and life sciences, business, community services, design, engineering, hospitality, digital media, information technology and retail & e-commerce.