• CIRP International Foundation Diploma in Psychology CIRP International Foundation Diploma in Psychology

Foundation Programs

Traditional entry path to university is completing your school education with A/L.  All reputed universities require a minimum of two A/L passes to entry bachelor’s degree programs. However more and more students now, are interested in entering university as early as possible. As a result they resort to foundation programs, another path to university entrance.  Students enter foundation diploma programs after completing their O/L and within an year they are able to complete the foundation and start their first degree in the university.

These are some of the reasons why students and parents prefer foundation instead of A/L

Expedient – Students could save up to 3 years ( Gap after O/L + 2 years A/L + A/L results release) through a foundation which is only 1 year

Economical – Students are able to save millions of rupees spent on school fees, examination fees, tuition, daily transport to school

Qualify Young  – After foundation,  students could start their bachelor’s degree around 17 years and  complete their bachelor’s degree by 20.

Become Independent - By starting to work early, not only they become financially independent at a young age, work experience they gain will progress their career much faster than others.

Guaranteed Entry – Through a foundation program, their chance of entering the degree program is much more higher compared to the fail rates of A/L examinations

Complete Focus – In foundation programs you usually learn only what is essential for your bachelor’s degree.


Benefits of CIRP International Foundation in Psychology

International Curriculum – Our curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of international universities. As a result you will be exposed to the latest content based on the changes in the university curricula. It is designed to provide students with 120 UK credits and RQF level 4.

Psychology Focus – This is a foundation focused on preparing students to take up bachelor’s degrees in psychology. Therefore you will not be distracted by doing multiple irrelevant subjects. Having few but the essential subjects make students concentrate and perform better.

Transferrable knowledge – Though the focus is on psychology, subjects you follow for the foundation is relevant to bachelor’s degrees in other areas such as sociology, criminology, education, child care and pre- school teaching.

Academic Writing – You will learn academic writing module that provides you with the ability to engage in university assessments such as assignments, argumentative essays, reflective writing, reports and presentations. Referencing and in text citations that you learn here will be very much useful in your degree. Compared to teaching English, our program covers academic writing skills comprehensively.

Accreditation – CIRP international foundation diploma is the only foundation registered at TVEC (Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission ) in Sri Lanka, therefore can be presented as a qualification recognized by the Sri Lankan government.

University Options – Compared to a foundation awarded by a specific university, which is designed to cater to that particular university, our foundation meets the criteria of international universities in general. Therefore you are able to apply to a range of foreign universities for psychology and related degrees with CIRP international foundation.

Academic Progression – CIRP offers psychology qualification from Foundation to degree and then masters. Therefore if you plan to complete your studies in Sri Lank, starting at CIRP allows you to progress within the same campus all the way to your Masters degree.

Alumni Discounts – You are eligible for attractive alumni discounts when you are applying for the BSc (Hons) psychology program at CIRP. Alumni discounts at each level with reduce you course fee significantly.

Scholarships – Foundation students who complete their program with good grades are eligible to apply for a range of scholarships at CIRP and partner universities for their degree programs.

Skill Development – CIRP has a very active student body and institute organized co-curricular and extra-curricular activities often to improve skills, talents and confidence of students. You can take part in sports, dancing, singing, internships and placements based on your preference.



 Assessments are designed to ensure that the students have achieved the required learning outcomes. Students are provided opportunity to take a range of assessments including  written examinations, essays and assignments submitted online, individual and group presentations, social media projects, mini research projects and case studies. These will empower students to face the various different challenges and demands of their work life upon graduation.

Award & Certificate

CIRP International Foundation Diploma is a qualification awarded by CIRP and is recognized by TVEC Sri Lanka. Certificate is issued by CIRP and you are able to get the certificate attested by TVEC Sri Lanka as a registered qualification when you apply for foreign universities.


  • Duration        : 01 Year
  • Semesters     : 3
  • RQF Credits   : 120
  • Schedule        : Weekdays
  • Intakes:          : February & September
Modules Credits
General Sciences 30
Academic Writing 30
Social Sciences 30
Mathematics 30

Standard Entry 

Completed O/L  (SL / Edexcel / Cambrdige / Recognized examinations body)  in any Stream 

Be less than 21 years of age

Entrance path for mature students 

Students who are older than 21 years, who do not possess A/L qualifications are able to join the Degree programs after following the Access Diploma to Higher Education at CIRP.

Language Requirement

A high level of English Proficiency (Equal to IELTS 5.5)  is required to successfully complete this program.

English Proficiency of the students will be assessed in the beginning of the programs and students who do not meet the expected standard will be asked to follow the English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP) offered by CIRP and obtain the required level of mastery before commencing their studies.



CIRP Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) facilitates students to engage in studies from anywhere in the world. CIRP Online Library which holds the largest collection E- textbooks, research papers and journal articles could be accessed through  Virtual Learning Environment. You no longer have to borrow print versions, you can read and refer to these resources though your computer or phone.

Click her to : Check out CIRP VLE 

You can request for a guest tour in the CIRP VLE from a student admissions officer. 

Psychology Library 

If you like printed books you have access to the largest collection of psychology textbooks in Sri Lanka at CIRP Library. You could study at the library or borrow books to study at your convenience. 


Academic Writing Centre

Students have access to a dedicated academic writing center to guide and train students in scientific communication to improve writing, referencing and in-text citation. Students could visit the center by making an appointment and receive one on one support on their academic writing skills.

Internships & Training

CIRP offers a range of internship, placement and training opportunities to make them globally employable graduates. You are able to enhance your social, PR, leadership, organizing skills by taking part in these programs. You are able to select these opportunities based on your interests and future career ambitions. 

Watch Radhika and Udara Talk about their Research Internship

Explore Community Psychology Projects by CIRP students



Course Fee may vary based on the intake, please contact CIRP for fee and funding information. 

For information on Fees and application process please contact

  • Manager - Student Admissions 
  • Mobile : +97 070 341 8002
  • Whatspapp : +94 070 431 8001
  • Direct Line +94 117 221 727
  • Email : [email protected]


Funding through Banks

Many leading banks in Sri Lanka have collaborated with CIRP to offer various forms of funding options for Sri Lankan students including student loans, credit card installments ect. . You may find out the details of the banks speak to a student adviser to get more information.


CIRP offers a range of scholarships to both Sri Lankan and international students. You may find out the details of the scholarships Here or speak to a student adviser to get more information.


Students are also offered various discounts. You may find out the details of the discounts relevant to the current intake Here or speak to a student adviser to get more information.