Foundation Studies Program

Our Foundation Studies Program provides you with a pathway to follow your dreams of studying business, IT, engineering, medicine, nursing and much more at the University of Adelaide. If your qualifications need a boost, we are here for you!

Our Foundation Studies Program is for you if you:

✔ Have completed the equivalent of Australian Year 11
✔ Just missed out on direct entry to the University of Adelaide
✔ Want to study at the University of Adelaide

 

Find out from our students the benefits of how this foundation program will help you prepare for your future career.

 

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Why study with us?

 

  • Guaranteed entry* to the University of Adelaide (when you successfully complete your program).
  • Curriculum designed in conjunction with the University of Adelaide specifically for international students.
  • Successful preparation for entry into first year of your packaged bachelor’s degree at the University.
  • You will develop your academic and English skills and can select the prerequisite subjects to prepare you for your future undergraduate degree (streamed subject selection).
  • Highly qualified teachers, experienced in teaching international students.
  • Highly supportive environment to enable you to succeed academically and personally.

Program formats

Foundation Studies Program Standard

  • Intakes in March and August
  • Entry to a wide range of packaged degrees
  • Duration of 39 weeks

Foundation Studies Program Accelerated

  • Intakes in April and October
  • Ideal if you are an advanced student
  • Duration of 36 weeks

Program benefits

  • Guaranteed entry* to your packaged degree.
  • Intensive support to understand additional entry requirements for dentistry, oral health, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and veterinary science.
  • Packaged Confirmation of Enrolment for the entire duration of study at the College and the University.

Program snapshot

 Foundation Studies Program Standard Foundation Studies Program Standard Foundation Studies Program Accelerated Foundation Studies Program Accelerated
IntakesMarchAugustAprilOctober
Intake datesView our academic calendar for intake dates and other key dates
Study weeks40 weeks39 weeks36 weeks36 weeks
Weekly contact hours*39 hours20 hoursFirst semester 25 hours, second semester 20 hoursFirst semester 25 hours, second semester 20 hours
Class structureClasses both online and face-to-face
English entry requirementsIELTS 5.5 (all bands 5.0 or above) or equivalent, or completion of the College’s English Language Programs
Academic entry requirementsAustralian Year 11 or equivalent.
Domestic and international student entry requirements
Compulsory subjectsCritical Thinking

English for Academic Purposes
SubjectsOur College staff will assist you to select the subjects that meet your packaged degree requirements

Accounting
Australian Studies
Biology
Chemistry
Computing and Information Systems
Design Studies
Economics
General Mathematics
Mathematical Methods
Nutrition
Physics
Specialist Mathematics

Read more about our Foundation Studies subjects below:
CRICOS course codes ^041530A (Standard) and 041531M (Accelerated)
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Study Subjects

This subject has two aims. The first aim of this subject is to introduce students to the accounting literacy and problem-solving skills that are required by professionals to prepare and analyse financial reports and make appropriate decisions about the future of the business. The second aim is to adequately prepare students to successfully undertake first-year university level accounting studies.

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Australian Studies aims to provide students with a socio-cultural analysis of a changing nation and its people. This subject brings together a wide range of topics from the humanities, education and social sciences to give students a broad perspective of Australian culture and society and the opportunity to investigate aspects of both in considerable detail.

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Biology aims to provide students with an appreciation for the phenomenon of life at levels ranging from the interactions of molecules to the interactions of organisms within the biosphere. The subject provides students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of basic biological concepts: the structure and function of living things, their interdependence, and their place in the environment. The subject provides the student with a broad introduction to biological terminology and concepts. Biology also aims to provide the student with practical skills, especially microscopy, suitable for the study of living organisms and includes basic skills in understanding scientific communication and methodology.

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Chemistry is the study of matter and energy, involving a consideration of the composition of substances, their preparation and their effects on one another. This course familiarises students with a wide range of chemicals and processes – both organic and inorganic, with particular emphasis being given to those involved in everyday living, in biological systems and in the activities of industry.

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The subject is designed to take students from many backgrounds and language settings and give them the skills necessary to successfully use and manage information technology in their academic studies at an Australian university. To this end students are exposed to a range of topics similar to those studied at Year 12 level as well as developing their subject-specific English literacy skills to the required level.

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This subject is designed to take students from many backgrounds and language settings and give them the skills necessary to successfully study a range of subjects at an Australian university. Critical thinking specifically addresses learning areas to assist students who have had little exposure to western style education and whose first language is not English. To this end, students are taught concepts and methodologies that promote the development of independent analytical thinking skills via lecture listening, note taking and interactive tutorial style classes.

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Design studies aims to introduce students to fundamental concepts in design by developing students’ understanding of basic design principles and processes to analyse and develop creative and innovative solutions in various design contexts. The course facilitates a deeper understanding and awareness of how and why design works, and how it may affect and influence both the designer and the end user/s.

Students develop visualisation skills and learn how to effectively communicate ideas, intentions and purposes to specific audiences through various visual media forms. This subject aims to achieve these goals by exposing students to a variety of challenging design projects set in ‘real world’ contexts.

Transferable skills and vocational competencies are developed through multi-modal forms of communication, problem-solving, critical thinking skills, and analysis and evaluation of students’ own work and that of other designers and architects. The course aims to equip students with a general understanding of Architecture and Urban Design to facilitate student transition into the first year of the Bachelor of Architectural Design at The University of Adelaide.

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This subject has two aims. The first aim is to introduce students to the economic literacy skills that are required by professionals, especially those in business, management and commerce, by providing students with opportunities to develop an understanding of the key microeconomic principles, theories, models and laws. The second aim is to adequately prepare students to successfully undertake first-year university level introductory microeconomics subjects.

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English for Academic Purposes provides an opportunity for students to explore, respond to, analyse and produce a range of academic and non-academic texts. Text is understood to be any meaningful written, spoken, visual or multimodal message. Through reading, viewing, writing, listening, speaking, and using information and communication technologies (ICT), the course develops students’ confidence and competence in using the English language; their understanding of how different text-types are constructed for particular academic purposes and audiences; and their competence in key academic literacies.

The course takes an integrated skills approach to language learning, using authentic texts, and with an emphasis on reflection and collaborative learning. Assessment tasks model a range of academic practices and are staged so that students can use feedback to gradually build key academic skills, always with an overarching focus on academic integrity.

In Semester 1, students consolidate and develop their knowledge of grammar and lexis through exploring texts related to an overall theme of ‘sustainability’, allowing them to develop ethical and intercultural understanding through the lens of global literacy. In Semester 2, the focus shifts to critical literacy. Students develop research skills; the ability to ask critical questions about the texts which they encounter; and the skills and confidence necessary to participate in academic argument, and to express their own views with clarity and accuracy, whilst also valuing and respecting different perspectives.

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The aim of the General Mathematics course is to prepare students for tertiary study in a variety of areas where an ability to critically analyse information and work with data is inherent. Students with tertiary pathways into areas such as Health, Science, Psychology and Commerce would benefit from studying this course.

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Mathematical Methods introduces the students to calculus and statistics and then develops an increasingly complex and sophisticated understanding of these topics. By using functions and their derivatives and integrals, and by mathematically modelling physical processes, students develop an understanding of the physical world through a knowledge of relationships involving rates of change. Students use statistics to describe and analyse phenomena that involve uncertainty and variation.

Mathematical Methods provides the foundation for further study in mathematics, economics, computer sciences, and the sciences. It prepares students for courses and careers that may involve the use of statistics, such as health or social sciences. When studied together with Specialist Mathematics, this subject can be a pathway to engineering, physical science, and laser physics.

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Good nutrition is vital to a healthy and active lifestyle. Students are presented with current scientific data on the importance of nutrients and exercise for the body as well as social and environmental issues that are related to good health. Students will apply their knowledge gained to design and perform investigations that link ideas between food and health. From the knowledge gained, students will be able to evaluate and modify their own diet and lifestyle.

Students will examine fad diets and learn to critically analyse the effectiveness of these on their health. Students will investigate different methods of food production, labelling and marketing and consider how these ways can influence the health of the individual and community. Students will investigate environmental issues surrounding food and research ideas to improve food security and sustainability for future generations.

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Learning about and working in physics gives people an understanding of the processes that direct the universe and the world, so that they may appreciate and respect them. Through exploring the processes that shape the universe, physicists debate and advance understandings of its workings and of the ways in which actions may affect the future of the world. In Physics, students can engage with the work of classical and modern physicists and to join in and initiate debates about how physics affects their own lives, society, and the environment.

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The aim of the Specialist Mathematics subject is to prepare students for higher university mathematics, such as that required in engineering degrees. It would also be advantageous for students entering degree programs with an emphasis on mathematical skills such as Mathematics, Computer Science, Finance, Design Studies and some Science courses, such as Chemistry and Physics that have a substantial mathematical content. This subject satisfies the mathematics prerequisite requirements of the University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering degree programs.

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Study Pathway

 

Select your area of study in the menu to find your pathway option at our Adelaide Campus. Once you’re enrolled, our Student Services team are here to assist you with subject selection to ensure you meet the requirements of your packaged degree.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE COLLEGE

 
Area of studyBachelor degrees at the University of AdelaideRequired progression score from the University of Adelaide CollegeIntakesRecommended subjects
StandardAccelerated
MarchAugustAprilOctober
ArchitectureBachelor of Architectural Design (additional 2 years when combined with the Masters)74%Design Studies

Maths Methods
OR
General Mathematics

Computing and Information Systems
OR
Australian Studies

Critical Thinking

English for Academic Purposes
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THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE COLLEGE

 
Area of studyBachelor degrees at the University of AdelaideRequired progression score from the University of Adelaide CollegeIntakesRecommended subjects
StandardAccelerated
MarchAugustAprilOctober
ArtsBachelor of Arts70%Australian Studies (Feb and July)

Computing and Information Systems

Critical Thinking

English for Academic Purposes

One of:

Maths Methods
OR
General Mathematics

Economics
OR
Biology
OR
Nutrition
OR
Chemistry
Bachelor of Creative Arts70%
Bachelor of Criminology74%
Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management70%
Bachelor of International Development70%
Bachelor of International Relations70%
Bachelor of Languages*70%
Bachelor of Media70%
Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics70%
Bachelor of Sociology74%
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THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE COLLEGE

 
Area of studyBachelor degrees at the University of AdelaideRequired progression score from the University of Adelaide CollegeIntakesRecommended subjects
StandardAccelerated
MarchAugustAprilOctober
Business and EconomicsBachelor of Business73%Economics
OR
Accounting

Maths Methods
OR
General Mathematics

Computing and Information Systems
OR
Australian Studies

Critical Thinking

English for Academic Purposes
Bachelor of Commerce74%
Bachelor of Economics70%
Bachelor of Finance740
Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship70%
Bachelor of Project Management70%
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THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE COLLEGE

Area of studyBachelor degrees at the University of AdelaideRequired progression score from the University of Adelaide CollegeIntakesRecommended subjects
StandardAccelerated
MarchAugustAprilOctober
Computer Science /ITBachelor of Computer Science70%Computing and Information Systems
OR
Physics

Maths Methods

Specialist Maths

Critical Thinking

English for Academic Purposes
Bachelor of Information Technology65%Computing and Information Systems

Critical Thinking

English for Academic Purposes

General Mathematics
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THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE COLLEGE

Area of studyBachelor degrees at the University of AdelaideRequired progression score from the University of Adelaide CollegeIntakesRecommended subjects
StandardAccelerated
MarchAugustAprilOctober
EngineeringBachelor of Construction Management70%Maths Methods
Specialist Maths
Critical Thinking OR Physics OR Biology
English for Academic Purposes








Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Architectural and Structural)77%
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)77%
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)77%
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic)77%
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) ((Environmental and Climate Solutions)77%
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)77%
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining)77%
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum)77%
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Flexible Entry77%
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THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE COLLEGE

Area of studyBachelor degrees at the University of AdelaideRequired progression score from the University of Adelaide CollegeIntakesRecommended subjects
StandardAccelerated
MarchAugustAprilOctober
HealthBachelor of Dental Surgery*83%Chemistry

Maths Methods
OR
General Mathematics
Physics
OR
Biology
OR
Nutrition

Critical Thinking

English for Academic Purposes
Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences77%
Bachelor of Medical Studies / Doctor of Medicine*83%
Bachelor of Nursing*70%
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)*83%
Bachelor of Oral Health*70%
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)*83%
Bachelor of Psychological Science74%
Bachelor of Psychology (Advanced) (Honours88%
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)*83%
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THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE COLLEGE

Area of studyBachelor degrees at the University of AdelaideRequired progression score from the University of Adelaide CollegeIntakesRecommended subjects
StandardAccelerated
MarchAugustAprilOctober
LawBachelor of Laws80%Economics
OR
Accounting

Maths Methods
OR
General Mathematics

Computing and Information Systems
OR
Australian Studies

Critical Thinking
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THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE COLLEGE

Area of studyBachelor degrees at the University of AdelaideRequired progression score from the University of Adelaide CollegeIntakesRecommended subjects
StandardAccelerated
MarchAugustAprilOctober
Mathematical SciencesBachelor of Mathematical Sciences77%Maths Methods

Specialist Maths

Critical Thinking

Computing and Information Systems

English for Academic Purposes
Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences and Computer Sciences70%Maths Methods

Specialist Maths

Critical Thinking

Computing and Information Systems
OR
Physics

English for Academic Purposes
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THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE COLLEGE

Area of studyBachelor degrees at the University of AdelaideRequired progression score from the University of Adelaide CollegeIntakesRecommended subjects
StandardAccelerated
MarchAugustAugustOctober
ScienceBachelor of Agricultural Sciences70%Chemistry

Maths Methods
OR
General Mathematics

Physics
OR
Biology
OR
Nutrition

Critical Thinking

English for Academic Purposes
Bachelor of Applied Data Analytics70%
Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science (Honours)77%
Bachelor of Science70%
Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)74%
Bachelor of Science (Animal Science)77%
Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)74%
Bachelor of Marine and Wildlife Conservation74%
Bachelor of Science (Mineral Geoscience)74%
Bachelor of Science (Space Science and Astrophysics)74%
Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)*83%
Bachelor of Veterinary Technology77%
Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology74%
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THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE COLLEGE

Area of studyBachelor degrees at the University of AdelaideRequired progression score from the University of Adelaide CollegeIntakesRecommended subjects
StandardAccelerated
MarchAugustAprilOctober
TeachingBachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Arts77%Our Student Services team can assist you
with the required subjects for teaching
degrees and secondary degrees
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences77%
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science77%
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THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE COLLEGE

Area of studyBachelor degrees at the University of AdelaideRequired progression score from the University of Adelaide CollegeIntakesRecommended subjects
StandardAccelerated
MarchAugustAugustOctober
TechnologyBachelor of Biotechnology74%English for Academic Purposes
Critical Thinking
Physics
Maths Methods
Chemistry
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Note: Not all elective subjects will be offered in every intake and are subject to demand. Students should consult adelaide.edu.au.degree-finder for degree prerequisites. There are advanced degrees and double degrees which may be available to students, dependent on meeting progression score requirements. You can also talk to us! Our Student Services team are here to help you.

* Additional admission requirements, additional English proficiency testing, selection criteria and/or quotas apply to selected degrees – please contact our Student Services team for the most up to date and accurate information.

^ Students must transfer into a Bachelor of Engineering degree at the completion of the first year of the bachelor degree.

Last updated: Thursday, 06 Oct 2022
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