University of Tasmania International Pathway College
Foundation Studies Programme

Foundation Studies programmes are a direct academic pathway to first-year undergraduate degree study, or equivalent. The programmes 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

Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Nautical Science) (22Q) – 093278M

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 programmes to enable international students to pathway from their home country into an undergraduate degree.

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

01.

Foundation Studies programme

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

  • Completes all programme 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 programmes 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.

Programme structure

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

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

Core units

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

  • English 3
  • Foundation Mathematics

Students studying the Standard Foundation Studies Programme 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 Programme they enrol in:

  • Fast-track: Choose two elective units
  • Standard: Choose four elective units

Each Foundation Studies programme 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 Programme they enrol in:

  • Fast-track: Choose two elective units
  • Standard: Choose four elective units

Each Foundation Studies programme 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 Programme 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 Programme. The score varies from programme to programme.

^Due to the entry requirements of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science), students are unable to progress to this undergraduate degree after completing the Foundation Studies Programme. The recommended pathway is to progress to the Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (Nautical Science) 22Q instead.

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.

04.

Intakes and fees

The pricing below is only for enrolments in 2021. Fees for 2022 enrolments will be published in due course. 

Programme Programme length Intakes dates (2021) 2021 Fees (AUD)
Fast-track 1 semester 22 February
12 July
15 November
18,000
Standard 2 semesters 22 February
12 July
15 November
20,800
Fast-track
Programme length 1 semester
Intakes dates 2021 22 February,
12 July,
15 November
2021 Fees (AUD) 18,000
Standard
Programme length 2 semesters

Intake dates 2021

22 February,
12 July,
15 November
2021 Fees (AUD) 20,800

Please note that textbook requirements for individual units are not included in the fee price. It is expected that students buy textbooks separately at an additional cost. Requirements are dependent on each course. For more information, please email: International.Pathway@utas.edu.au

English language requirements

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

ProgrammeOverall 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 Programme 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 Programme. Information on English language courses at UTAS is available at: utas.edu.au/international/studying/english-language-courses and ielts.org

05.

Entry requirements

Age requirement

The minimum age for entry into the Standard or Fast-track Foundation Studies Programme 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

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.

CountryUTAS
Standard ProgrammeFast track
AustraliaYear 11 – 65% in relevant subjectsYear 11 – 70% in relevant subjects
BahrainTawjahiya or Shehadet AlThanawiya – overall 60%Tawjahiya or Shehadet AlThanawiya – overall 65%
BangladeshSatisfactory completion of Bangladesh Year 11 – 60%Satisfactory completion of Bangladesh Year 11 – 65%
BhutanBhutan 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
BrazilCertificado de Ensino Medio –  completionCertificado de Ensino Medio –  5.0 in final year results
Brunei3 passes at O Level4 passes at O Level
CambodiaSucessful completion of Year 11 with an overall score of 60%Sucessful completion of Year 11 with an overall score of 65%
CanadaCompletion of Year 11 with 70% in 4 relevant subjectsCompletion of Year 11 with 80% in 4 relevant subjects
ChileSuccessful completion of Licencia de Education MediaSuccessful completion of Licencia de Education Media  – GPA 4
ChinaSenior year 2 or Senior 3 – 65% or above in relevant subjectsSenior year 2 or Senior 3 – 70% or above in relevant subjects
ColombiaSatisfactory completion of Bachillerato AcademicoSatisfactory completion of  Bachillerato Academico – 60%
EcuadorBachillerato with 15 in 4 relevant subjectsBachillerato with 16 in 4 relevant subjects
Global Assessment CertificateLevel 2 GPA 2.6Level 2 GPA 3.3
Ghana5 passes in SSCE5 passes in SSCE at minimum grade D
Hong KongForm 5: 4 passesForm 5: 5 passes
IndiaYear 11 55% in relevant subjectsYear 11 60% in relevant subjects
IndonesiaSMA2 – 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 BaccalaureateCompletion of first year of IB diploma with Grade 4 in 4 relevant subjectsCompletion of first year of IB diploma with 2 x Grade 4 and 2 x Grade 5 in 4 relevant subjects
IranCompletion of Year 11 with 16/20 in academic subjectsCompletion of Year 11 with 18/20 in academic subjects
JapanKotogakko / Upper Secondary School Certificate year 2 – Grade 4 – 5 in academic subjectsKotogakko / Upper Secondary School Certificate year 2 – Grade 5 in academic subjects
KenyaKenyan Certificate of Secondary Education with D- grade averageKenyan Certificate of Secondary Education with D grade average
KuwaitYear 11  – 60%Year 11  – 65%
Laoscompletion of Baccalaureate with an overall score of 60%completion of Baccalaureate with an overall score of 65%
MacauForm 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 subjectsSPM (forecast/prelim/actual) – aggregate* of 15 or less across 5 academic subjects
MexicoSuccessful completion of Bachillerato with an average grade 6 or better for academic subjectsSuccessful completion of Bachillerato with an average grade 6.5 or better for academic subjects
MongoliaCompletion of Certificate of Complete Secondary Education with 2 C grades and 2 D grades in 4 relevant subjectsCompletion of Certificate of Complete Secondary Education with C grades in four relevant subjects
MyanmarBEHS/Matriculation Exam with an overall 60%BEHS/Matriculation Exam with an overall 65%
NepalHigher Secondary Education Certificate – 60% average in relevant academic subjectsHigher Secondary Education Certificate – 65% average in relevant academic subjects
New ZealandCompletion 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)
Nigeria5 passes in SSCE5 passes in SSCE at minimum grade D
OmanGeneral Education Diploma (Grades 10-12) – 60%General Education Diploma (Grades 10-12) – 65%
PakistanHSC Year 11: 60% averageHSC Year 11: 65% average
Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea High School Year 11 with a 60% averagePapua New Guinea High School Year 11 with a 65% average
PeruSuccessful completion of the Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education with an average grade of 14Successful completion of the Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education with an average grade of 16
PhilippinesK-12 System: Year 11 – 75% in relevant subjectsK-12 System: Year 11 – 80% in relevant subjects
Russian FederationCertificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) – Grade 3 in 5 subjectsCertificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) – Grade 3 in 3 relevant subjects and Grade 4 in 2 subjects
SingaporeSingapore O levels (or forecast) – aggregate of 25 or less across 5 academic subjectsSingapore O levels (forecast/prelim/actual) – aggregate of 20 or less across 5 academic subjects
Saudi ArabiaTawjihiyah/General Secondary Education certificate – 60% in academic subjectsTawjihiyah or Shehadet AlThanawiya – overall 65%
South AfricaCompletion of Year 11 with 70% in four relevant subjectsCompletion of Year 11 with 75% in 4 relevant subjects
South KoreaHigh School Certificate Year 2 – Rank 4High School Certificate Year 2 – Rank 3
Sri LankaSri Lanka O level 2 x C, 2 X B grades in 4 academic subjectsSri Lanka O level 4 x B grades in 4 academic subjects
TaiwanSenior Year 2 – 65% or above in 4 relevant subjectsSenior Year 2 – 70% or above in 4 relevant subjects
ThailandMatayom 5 GPA 2.3 in academic subjectsMatayom 5 GPA 2.4 in academic subjects
TurkeyDevlet Lise Diplomasi – Grade 2 in 3 subjects and Grade 3 in 2 subjectsDevlet Lise Diplomasi – Grade 3 in 3 subjects and Grade 4 in 2 subjects
United Arab EmiratesCompletion 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 Kingdom3 passes at GCSEs4 passes at GCSEs
United StatesCompletion of Year 11 with B/80-89/3.0 in 4 relevant academic subjectsCompletion of Year 11 with A/90-100/4.0 in 4 relevant academic subjects
UzbekistanO’rta Ma’lumot To’g’risida Shahodatnoma -60%O’rta Ma’lumot To’g’risida Shahodatnoma -65%
VenezuelaBachiller with 14 in 4 relevant subjectsBachiller with 15 in 4 relevant subjects
VietnamYear 11 – GPA 7.5Year 11 – GPA 8.0
Zambia3 passes at O Level4 passes at O Level
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