Huafu International currently specialises in university pathway (preparation) courses. The company runs an AP (Advanced Placement) programme for progression to universities in the USA, Canada and other countries, as well as an NCUK validated course (the IFY) for progression to UK and Australian universities. In addition, there is an internally validated course, namely the pre-IFY. More details about each of these are given below.
AP (Advanced Placement)
The AP programme, added in 2009, is a intended to allow progression to universities in the USA, Canada, and other countries. Students on this programme continue their Chinese high school curriculum, as well as undertaking AP courses. The programme is three years in duration. During the first year, which is equivalent to grade 10, students continue to study core Chinese high school courses in Chinese, enabling them to attain a Chinese high school diploma. They also take classes in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) to help prepare them for their AP courses in the second and third years (grades 11 and 12), as well as for college study in the US. Students also take pre-AP English classes to prepare them for English in grades 11 and 12. They also take SAT and TOEFL preparation classes. During grades 11 and 12, students undertake AP courses, in addition to some Chinese classes. All students are required to take English, plus 2 to 3 other AP subjects. Currently, we offer the following AP subjects to students, though the exact courses we offer will depend on the staffing matrix of the school:
In order to graduate, students must take and pass one AP subject from each of the following four disciplines: English, Science, Social Science, Math.
To satisfy the needs of our students, HFI has also begun to offer advanced courses which go beyond the AP level. This area of the curriculum currently has only one course, Advanced Calculus, though offerings are expected to increase in future. Advanced Calculus, which was first offered in the 2016-17 academic year, is a complete second-year college level course in calculus. Its prerequisites are a 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam, plus completion of a course in AP Calculus BC at HFI, which can either be a regular course (which will be displayed on the transcript) or the in-house BC self-study course offered to 10th grade students (which does not show on the transcript). The Advanced Calculus course includes standard second year calculus topics, including complex numbers, linear algebra, multivariable calculus and vector calculus. The course uses a standard college advanced calculus text, namely Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences (3rd Ed) by Mary L. Boas.
Drama at HFI:
The drama program at HFI offers all students the chance to participate, either via the for-credit class, the drama club or the yearly production of a full-length play. The drama class, available to students in grades 11 and 12, combines all the fun and action of a theatre workshop, focusing on acting in the first semester and adding directing and technical theatre in the second, with a rigorous academic study of dramatic literature and theory. The class is assessed in the same way as other subjects in the school, with a combination of formative assessment (for guidance) and summative assessment; summative assessments for drama this year include reports of independently read plays, live performance reviews and a written examination in each semester. The drama club, open to all HFI students, puts on both large and small performances throughout the year. Some are student conceived and directed while others are conceived and directed by faculty. The major production is a school-wide endeavor with the drama students and drama club members providing the core, guiding force. Developing now, the future will see HFI students taking part in international drama competitions and festivals. Whether a student wishes to continue to study theatre in later life or not, being involved in drama allows him or her to develop many essential skills such as communication, collaboration, imagination, and resourcefulness. And it is fun!
NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY)
Students can progress directly to the following universities in the UK and Australia.
The University of Birmingham
Australian National University
The University of Bradford
The University of Canberra
The University of Bristol
La Trobe Univesity
The University of Huddersfield
Queensland University of Technology
The University of Kent
The University of Technology Sydney
University of Leeds
The University of Western Sydney
Leeds Metropolitan University
Liverpool John Moores University
The University of Liverpool
The University of Manchester
Manchester Metropolitan University
Queen Mary, University of London
The University of Salford
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University
Progression to other universities, particularly in the UK, is also possible, and expanding the range of universities which recognize the IFY, especially UK and US universities, is one of the current goals of the NCUK marketing team.
Other (in-house) courses: Pre-IFY II
This is a short course (5-6 weeks) directly before the IFY begins. It is taken by virtually all students who hope to study on the IFY. The Pre-IFY II course is an introduction to the style of teaching and learning students will experience on the IFY. As such it concentrates on improving students’ English level and study skills. Students study Academic English, Mathematics, Business, Finance, Physics, and Chemistry. At the end of the Pre-IFY II, the IFY Entry exams are held. These include an online EAP exam, Password, in which students must score at least 5.0 to be assured a place on the IFY. There are also exams for the subjects listed above, which help in deciding whether students are suitable for a given stream.