University of Tasmania International Pathway College
Foundation Studies Program

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.

CRICOS Course codes:
Foundation Studies Program – Standard 0100808
Foundation Studies Program – Fast-track 0100809

University of Tasmania CRICOS Provider Code 00586B

UTAS- Foundation Studies

The University of Tasmania is one of the most unique study destinations in the world, and one that is rising fast in international rankings.

UP Education partners with the university to deliver a range of bridging programs to enable international students to pathway from their home country into an undergraduate degree.

University of Tasmania International Pathway College is where these programs are delivered and is based at the Sandy Bay Campus in Hobart, Tasmania.

01.

Foundation Studies program

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.

The 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.

02.

Program structure

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

  • Fast Track Foundation Studies Program (4 units over 1 semester)
  • Standard Foundation Studies Program (8 units over 2 semesters)

Core units

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

  • English 3
  • Foundation Mathematics

Students studying the Standard 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

 

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.

03.

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

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 fulfill 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
Arts
Compulsory stream units
Choose a minimum of three from:
Psychology, Design & Society, Statistics, Media Studies
Recommended other stream units Marketing Design & Strategy
Additional requirements for specific degrees none
Business
Compulsory stream units
Choose a minimum of three from:
Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Marketing Design & Strategy, Statistics
Recommended other stream units Media Studies, Design & Society
Additional requirements for specific degrees Bachelor of Economics requires Statistics
Law
Compulsory stream units
Choose a minimum of three from:
Psychology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics
Recommended other stream units Marketing Design & Strategy, Media Studies, Design & Society
Additional requirements for specific degrees none
Life Science
Compulsory stream units Chemistry, Statistics, Psychology
Recommended other stream units Calculus, Physics
Additional requirements for specific degrees 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
Compulsory stream units
Choose a minimum of three from:
Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics
Recommended other stream units Design & Society, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics
Additional requirements for specific degrees 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 percentageDescriptionGrade point value
80–100%High Distinction7
70–79%Distinction6
60–69%Credit5
59–50%Pass4
0–49%Fail0

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

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.

ProgramOverall IELTS score requiredNo bands less than
Fast-track6.05.0
Standard5.55.0
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
04.

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

Program length

1 semester
Start date*24 February 2020
End date23 June 2020
Start date*13 July 2020
End date10 November 2020
Start date*2 November 2020
End date12 February 2021
2020 Fees (AUD)18,000
Standard

Program length

2 semesters
Start date*24 February 2020
End date10 November 2020
Start date*13 July 2020
End date12 February 2021
Start date*2 November 2020
End date22 June 2021
2020 Fees (AUD)20,800

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

Age requirement

The minimum age for entry into the Standard 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.

Academic Entry Requirements

Country UTAS
Standard Program Fast track
Australia Year 11 – 65% in relevant subjects Year 11 – 70% in relevant subjects
Bahrain Tawjahiya or Shehadet AlThanawiya – overall 60% Tawjahiya or Shehadet AlThanawiya – overall 65%
Bangladesh Satisfactory completion of Bangladesh Year 11 – 60% Satisfactory completion of Bangladesh Year 11 – 65%
Bhutan Bhutan Year 11 with 60% in relevant academic subjects Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate (Year 12) – 46% average in relevant subjects Bhutan Year 11 with 65% in relevant academic subjects Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate (Year 12) – 51% average in relevant subjects
Brazil Certificado de Ensino Medio –  completion Certificado de Ensino Medio –  5.0 in final year results
Brunei 3 passes at O Level 4 passes at O Level
Cambodia Sucessful completion of Year 11 with an overall score of 60% Sucessful completion of Year 11 with an overall score of 65%
Canada Completion of Year 11 with 70% in 4 relevant subjects Completion of Year 11 with 80% in 4 relevant subjects
Chile Successful completion of Licencia de Education Media Successful completion of Licencia de Education Media  – GPA 4
China Senior year 2 or Senior 3 – 65% or above in relevant subjects Senior year 2 or Senior 3 – 70% or above in relevant subjects
Colombia Satisfactory completion of Bachillerato Academico Satisfactory completion of  Bachillerato Academico – 60%
Ecuador Bachillerato with 15 in 4 relevant subjects Bachillerato with 16 in 4 relevant subjects
Global Assessment Certificate Level 2 GPA 2.6 Level 2 GPA 3.3
Ghana 5 passes in SSCE 5 passes in SSCE at minimum grade D
Hong Kong Form 5: 4 passes Form 5: 5 passes
India Year 11 55% in relevant subjects Year 11 60% in relevant subjects
Indonesia SMA2 – GPA 7.0 in 4 academic subjects (private schools) SMA2 – GPA 7.5 in 4 academic subjects (government schools) SMA2 – GPA 8.0 in 4 academic subjects (private schools)
International Baccalaureate Completion of first year of IB diploma with Grade 4 in 4 relevant subjects Completion of first year of IB diploma with 2 x Grade 4 and 2 x Grade 5 in 4 relevant subjects
Iran Completion of Year 11 with 16/20 in academic subjects Completion of Year 11 with 18/20 in academic subjects
Japan Kotogakko / Upper Secondary School Certificate year 2 – Grade 4 – 5 in academic subjects Kotogakko / Upper Secondary School Certificate year 2 – Grade 5 in academic subjects
Kenya Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education with D- grade average Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education with D grade average
Kuwait Year 11  – 60% Year 11  – 65%
Laos completion of Baccalaureate with an overall score of 60% completion of Baccalaureate with an overall score of 65%
Macau Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 65% in academic subjects (Band 1 schools) Form 5/Senior Middle 2 70% in academic subjects (Other band schools) Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 70% in academic subjects (Band 1 schools)
Malaysia* SPM (forecast/prelim/actual) – aggregate* of 20 or less across 5 academic subjects SPM (forecast/prelim/actual) – aggregate* of 15 or less across 5 academic subjects
Mexico Successful completion of Bachillerato with an average grade 6 or better for academic subjects Successful completion of Bachillerato with an average grade 6.5 or better for academic subjects
Mongolia Completion of Certificate of Complete Secondary Education with 2 C grades and 2 D grades in 4 relevant subjects Completion of Certificate of Complete Secondary Education with C grades in four relevant subjects
Myanmar BEHS/Matriculation Exam with an overall 60% BEHS/Matriculation Exam with an overall 65%
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate – 60% average in relevant academic subjects Higher Secondary Education Certificate – 65% average in relevant academic subjects
New Zealand Completion of 40 credits at NCEA level 2 with no few than 12 credits in each of 3 subjects (including Maths) Completion of 48 credits at NCEA level 2 with no few than 12 credits in each of 3 subjects (including Maths)
Nigeria 5 passes in SSCE 5 passes in SSCE at minimum grade D
Oman General Education Diploma (Grades 10-12) – 60% General Education Diploma (Grades 10-12) – 65%
Pakistan HSC Year 11: 60% average HSC Year 11: 65% average
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea High School Year 11 with a 60% average Papua New Guinea High School Year 11 with a 65% average
Peru Successful completion of the Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education with an average grade of 14 Successful completion of the Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education with an average grade of 16
Philippines K-12 System: Year 11 – 75% in relevant subjects K-12 System: Year 11 – 80% in relevant subjects
Russian Federation Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) – Grade 3 in 5 subjects Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) – Grade 3 in 3 relevant subjects and Grade 4 in 2 subjects
Singapore Singapore O levels (or forecast) – aggregate of 25 or less across 5 academic subjects Singapore O levels (forecast/prelim/actual) – aggregate of 20 or less across 5 academic subjects
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiyah/General Secondary Education certificate – 60% in academic subjects Tawjihiyah or Shehadet AlThanawiya – overall 65%
South Africa Completion of Year 11 with 70% in four relevant subjects Completion of Year 11 with 75% in 4 relevant subjects
South Korea High School Certificate Year 2 – Rank 4 High School Certificate Year 2 – Rank 3
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka O level 2 x C, 2 X B grades in 4 academic subjects Sri Lanka O level 4 x B grades in 4 academic subjects
Taiwan Senior Year 2 – 65% or above in 4 relevant subjects Senior Year 2 – 70% or above in 4 relevant subjects
Thailand Matayom 5 GPA 2.3 in academic subjects Matayom 5 GPA 2.4 in academic subjects
Turkey Devlet Lise Diplomasi – Grade 2 in 3 subjects and Grade 3 in 2 subjects Devlet Lise Diplomasi – Grade 3 in 3 subjects and Grade 4 in 2 subjects
United Arab Emirates Completion of General Secondary School Certificate with a min avg. 70% in academic subjects Completion of General Secondary School Certificate with a min avg. 75% in academic subjects
United Kingdom 3 passes at GCSEs 4 passes at GCSEs
United States Completion of Year 11 with B/80-89/3.0 in 4 relevant academic subjects Completion of Year 11 with A/90-100/4.0 in 4 relevant academic subjects
Uzbekistan O’rta Ma’lumot To’g’risida Shahodatnoma -60% O’rta Ma’lumot To’g’risida Shahodatnoma -65%
Venezuela Bachiller with 14 in 4 relevant subjects Bachiller with 15 in 4 relevant subjects
Vietnam Year 11 – GPA 7.5 Year 11 – GPA 8.0
Zambia 3 passes at O Level 4 passes at O Level
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