International Foundation Programme


Students studying the IFP are required to take one compulsory tutorial course and select three elective tutorial courses.


The course offers a broad overview of the key economic concepts and their applications to everyday situations and current economic affairs. Course topics include: an introduction to the nature and scope of economics; competitive markets; market failure and government intervention; managing the economy; development and sustainability and the current financial and economic crisis.

Mathematics and Statistics (compulsory)

The course offers an overview of key mathematical methods and statistical concepts frequently applied to economics, management, finance and related areas. Topics include: an overview of arithmetic, algebra and calculus; insight into concepts of probability; an introduction to financial mathematics; basic knowledge of how to summarise, analyse and interpret data and an introduction to modelling the linear relationships.


This course provides an introduction to the discipline, its theories and key empirical issue areas that are the focus of political thought. The course introduces the history of political thought, outlining how key thinkers have contributed to the development of the discipline. It then covers political concepts and theories and explores these in the context of real-life issues.

Pure Mathematics

This course develops proficiency in workingwith a range of mathematical methodsincluding logic and proof by contradiction,algebraic equations, trigonometric functionsand expressions, coordinate geometry,vectors and calculus. The theoreticalconcepts underlying these areas areexplored and related to working methodsand application which together build on theelementary techniques of mathematics.

Programme Details

Students on the IFP will gain invaluable exposure to the UK educational system and style of teaching ahead of undertaking an undergraduate degree.

  • Study at an approved institution: This is a taught programme and must be studied at an institution that has been approved to teach the International Foundation Programme by the University of London. Studying at an institution provides students with face-to-face academic support and the opportunity to interact with fellow students in person.
  • Specially written online study materials: Your online study materials, coupled with the tuition you receive at your institution and the essential textbooks, will guide you through your studies. The study materials we provide include: a subject guide for each course you study, access to a VLE which contains supplementary learning resources and opportunities including audio-visual tutorials, academic interviews, self-testing activities and online discussion forums, a student handbook containing practical information and advice; examiners' commentaries which provide guidance on how sample and past examination questions should have ideally been answered, a University of London email account and web area which you can use to manage your personal information.
  • Estimated study hours: The programme can be completed in a minimum of one academic year. You institution will be able to advise on the number of hours per week you will need to devote to your studies. As a guide, each course requires 150 hours of combined in-class and self-study time.
  • Prestige: The University of London provides academic direction for this programme. The University has a long history of providing international education and is regarded as a centre of academic excellence. 


  • Upon completion of the tutorial courses, students may enroll to sit the University of London International Foundation Programme examinations in late April.
  • Examinations are administered at an approved local examination centre independently managed by specialist bodies in Hong Kong.
  • Upon successful completion of their studies, students will be awarded a University of London International Foundation Certificate.
  • The parchment that they receive will state that they were registered with the University of London.

Entry and Fees

Ideal Candidates:

This programme is suitable for:

  • Students who are enrolled in the final two years of a senior secondary curriculum (e.g. HKDSE or IBDP) and find that it is not the most suitable for their academic interests or strengths. They would like to switch out of their current curriculum without repeating a year.
  • Students who have graduated from secondary school and may have just missed the grades or minimum requirements to pursue further studies in social sciences at their desired universities and who wish to explore an alternative route that will qualify them to re-apply.
  • High achieving students who have just completed their GCSE or equivalent examinations and would like to accelerate their progression to read social science subjects at university undergraduate level.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for the International Foundation Programme, students should:

  • Typically be aged 17 or over before 31 December in the year of registration; and
  • Have passes in a minimum of at least four separate subjects at GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level, with grades A-C (or the international equivalent), or HKDSE 334; and
  • Have acceptable examination results equivalent to GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level English language at grade C, or demonstrated fluency in academic English (for example, IELTS at 6.5 overall).

Students must receive acceptance from approved teaching institute ARCH, who will select students according to school grades, IELTS, interview and level of written English. Exceptional cases will be reviewed on a case by case basis.


How to Apply

To apply for the programme, please contact us and request an application form at 3568-0406 or

Once we receive an application, we will invite students to attend an interview and ARCH will review whether the programme is suitable for the student. Upon confirmation of placement with ARCH, students also need to register with University of London via (ARCH will follow up with students and help with registration).