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Foundation Studies Program

CRICOS course codes: 0100808 (Standard), 0100809 (Fast-track), 0100810 (Extended)

The Foundation Studies Program is a nationally recognised course that equips international students with the skills to enter first-year undergraduate degree courses at the University of Tasmania.

From October 2019, University of Tasmania International Pathway College will offer:

  • Standard Foundation Studies Program (12 units over 3 terms)

In 2020, we will also offer:

  • Extended Foundation Studies Program (12 units over 4 terms)
  • Fast-track Foundation Studies Program (8 units over 2 terms)

Entry dates and fees are further down this page.

A Foundation Studies program guarantees entry into a first-year UTAS undergraduate degree course provided the student:

  • Completes all program course requirements
  • Achieves a minimum of 50% in all units, including English units
  • Achieves the GPA required by the undergraduate degree course
  • Achieves any additional English language proficiency required by the undergraduate degree course

Teaching style

Teaching is face to face and utilises a ‘blended’ approach in a classroom setting. Classes introduce and develop knowledge and skills, with follow-up activities such as discussion, investigation, assignments and appropriate web-based and digital resources.

Academic English

Foundation Studies programs in Australia are bound by the accrediting authority (TEQSA) to include dedicated English studies to develop students’ English language proficiency required for entry into higher education studies.

Development of academic English skills is integrated into all activities. Individual projects, scaffolded learning and monitored small group discussions are encouraged, as well as tertiary skills such as listening to academic lectures, taking effective notes, reading academic texts in an effective and timely manner, and research and referencing skills.

Program structure

Core units

The following units are compulsory for the Fast-track Foundation Studies Program:

  • English Part 3
  • English Part 4
  • Critical Thinking
  • Australian Society and Culture

Students studying the Standard Foundation Studies Program must take all the above units, plus:

  • English Part 2
  • Foundation Mathematics

Students studying the Extended Foundation Studies Program must take all the above units, plus:

  • English Part 1

Elective units

The number of elective units a student takes is determined by the Foundation Studies Program they enrol in:

  • Fast-track: Choose four elective units
  • Standard: Choose six elective units
  • Extended: Choose seven elective units

Each Foundation Studies program can be undertaken in one of five content streams. In addition to core units, students select a number of elective units to fulfil the requirements for a stream.

Elective units required for each stream

Streams Compulsory stream units (Choose up to five) Recommended other stream units Additional requirements for specific degrees
Arts Choose a minimum of three from: Psychology, Design & Society, Statistics, Media Studies Tourism, Marketing Design & Strategy
Business Choose a minimum of three from: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Marketing Design & Strategy, Statistics Media Studies, Design & Society, Tourism Bachelor of Economics requires Statistics
Law Choose a minimum of three from: Psychology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics Marketing Design & Strategy, Media Studies, Tourism, Design & Society
Life Science Choose a minimum of three from: Physical Chemistry, Chemistry: Organic Compounds, Statistics, Psychology Calculus, Physics: Mechanics, Physics: Electromagnetism Bachelor of Agricultural Science requires Statistics, Bachelor of Applied Science requires Statistics, Bachelor of Biotechnology requires Statistics, Bachelor of Surveying and Spatial Sciences requires Statistics and Calculus
Physical Science Choose a minimum of four from: Calculus, Statistics, Physical Chemistry, Chemistry: Organic Compounds, Physics: Mechanics, Physics: Electromagnetism, Foundation Mathematics (Fast-track only) Design & Society, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics Bachelor of Engineering requires Calculus, Bachelor of Lab Medicine requires Statistics and a Chemistry unit, Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science requires Statistics, Bachelor of Medical Research requires Chemistry, Bachelor of Pharmacy: cannot articulate into July intake

Note: Combined degrees may have additional requirements. Please contract us for advice on Foundation Studies unit selection.
All streams are available in all intakes.

Progressing to an undergraduate degree

Successful completion of a Foundation Studies Program enables students to progress to an undergraduate degree course at the University of Tasmania. Each undergraduate degree requires applicants to have achieved a specific GPA score in the Foundation Studies Program. The score varies from program to program.

GPA and other requirements for each degree course can be viewed here.

Explanation of grade points

Grade percentage Description Grade point value
80–100% High Distinction 7
70–79% Distinction 6
60–69% Credit 5
59–50% Pass 4
0–49% Fail 0

A grade point average (GPA) is calculated from the results of all units studied.

Intakes and fees

Program Program length Start date* End date 2020 Fees (AUD)
Fast-track 2 terms 3 February 2020 3 July 2020 18,000
Fast-track 2 terms 20 July 2020 18 December 2020 18,000
Standard 3 terms 14 October 2019 3 July 2020 19,900 (2019 fee)
Standard 3 terms 27 April 2020 18 December 2020 20,800
Standard 3 terms 12 October 2020 2 July 2021 20,800
Extended 4 terms 3 February 2020 18 December 2020 27,700
Extended 4 terms 20 July 2020 2 July 2021 27,700

*Start dates not inclusive of Orientation (the Friday before start date)

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

Students must have completed Year 11 of Australian secondary school, or equivalent in another country. Please see this document for a complete list of equivalent education levels by country.

English language requirements

Students must provide evidence of English language proficiency with an IELTS qualification, or agreed equivalent.

Program Overall IELTS score required No bands less than
Fast-track 6.0 5.0
Standard 5.5 5.0
Extended 5.0 5.0
Equivalent language assessments of IELTS 5.5 (min. 5.0 in all bands):
  • TOEFL (iBT) – 52, with a minimum Writing score not less than 14
  • PTE Academic 42, with no score lower than 36
  • A Level results
  • GCE ‘0’ level English – C6
  • India – CBSE/CISCE English – B
  • SPM/STPM English C
  • Successful completion of secondary studies in Singapore
  • Matriculation (TCE) English as a Second Language – good pass
  • GCSE/iGCSE – C
  • UTASAccess Level 5: 60% (no individual score less than 50%)*

*Students planning to start a Foundation Studies Program at the University of Tasmania who do not yet met English language entry requirements can complete UTASAccess – English Level 5. This meets minimum English language requirements for the Standard Foundation Studies Program. Information on English language courses at UTAS is available at: utas.edu.au/international/studying/english-language-courses and ielts.org

Age requirement

The minimum age for entry into the Standard, Extended or Fast-track Foundation Studies Program is 17. Students close to their 17th birthday may be admitted, if approval is granted by the Head of the International Pathways College.