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Foundation Studies Program

CRICOS course codes: 032551D (Standard), 0100809 (Fast-track), 0100810 (Extended)

Foundation Studies programs are a direct academic pathway to first-year undergraduate degree study, or equivalent. The programs act as a bridging course for international students who wish to study a university undergraduate degree course but don’t yet meet academic requirements and/or English language skills for tertiary study.

From 2020, University of Tasmania International Pathway College will offer:

  • Standard Foundation Studies Program (8 units over 2 semesters)
  • Extended Foundation Studies Program (9 units over 3 semesters)
  • Fast-track Foundation Studies Program (4 units over 1 semester)

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 3
  • Foundation Mathematics

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

  • English 1
  • English 2

Elective units

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

  • Fast-track: Choose two elective units
  • Standard: Choose four elective units
  • Extended: Choose five 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 Recommended other stream units Additional requirements for specific degrees
Arts Choose a minimum of three from: Psychology, Design & Society, Statistics, Media Studies Marketing Design & Strategy none
Business Choose a minimum of three from: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Marketing Design & Strategy, Statistics Media Studies, Design & Society Bachelor of Economics requires Statistics
Law Choose a minimum of three from: Psychology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics Marketing Design & Strategy, Media Studies, Design & Society none
Life Science Chemistry, Statistics, Psychology Calculus, Physics 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 three from: Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics Design & Society, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) with Honours 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 with Applied Honours cannot articulate into July intake

Fast-track students are only required to complete two units from the compulsory stream units column in order to fulfil the requirements of a stream.

Combined degrees may have additional requirements. If you have any questions about unit selection, please contact the International Pathway College for advice.

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 exam results of all units studied.

Intakes and fees

Program Program length Start date* End date 2020 Fees (AUD)
Fast-track 1 semester 24 February 2020 23 June 2020 18,000
Fast-track 1 semester 13 July 2020 10 November 2020 18,000
Fast-track 1 semester 2 November 2020 12 February 2021 18,000
Standard 2 semesters 24 February 2020 10 November 2020 20,800
Standard 2 semesters 13 July 2020 12 February 2021 20,800
Standard 2 semesters 2 November 2020 22 June 2021 20,800
Extended 3 semesters 13 July 2020 22 June 2021 27,700
Extended 3 semesters 2 November 2020 9 November 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.