Choose a stream

The Foundation Studies Program has 3 Streams of study. These are linked to undergraduate degree choice and are designed to equip students with essential academic pre-requisites to satisfy admission requirements.

StreamFebruary IntakeOctober Intake
ArtsAvailable Available 
Business and LawAvailable Available (Business stream only)
Science, Health and EngineeringAvailable  

From the table below, find the name of the degree or course code which you intend studying to find out which FSP stream(s) you can choose from.

Note which stream(s) are appropriate for your chosen degree. You will need this for your application.

You can now find out more about the FSP curriculum and stream plans on our course and unit site.

Intake: February and October

The Arts stream of study leads into a range of undergraduate degree programs such as:

  • Arts (e.g. contemporary arts, fine arts, music, social science)
  • Education
  • Environmental Design

Note: Not all degrees have a mid-year commencement and students starting FSP in October should check.


Full list of programs and recommended streams

Subjects

2 Compulsory UnitsUnit Codes
English for Tertiary Studies (1 & 2)EUS025 / EUS026
Ideas & Critical Thinking (1 & 2)EUS027 / EUS028
3 Elective Units 
Foundation Mathematics (1 & 2)EUS013 / EUS014
Understanding Sociology and Understanding PsychologyEUS031 / EUS036
Computing (1 & 2)EUS029 / EUS030

Note: Pre-requisite subjects for entry into a degree program must be studied in the Foundation Studies Program.

Find out more about the individual subjects listed above

Business Stream Intake: February and October

Law Stream Intake: February

Within this Stream there are two options Business and Law.

The Business option of study leads into a range of undergraduate degree programs such as:

  • Business (including maritime and logistics management)
  • Economics
  • Information and Communication Technology

The Law option leads into the Bachelor of Laws.

*Note that there is no mid-year commencement for the Bachelor of Law and students wishing to enrol in this degree should choose the February intake for FSP.

Note: Not all degrees have a mid-year commencement and students starting FSP in October should check.


Full list of programs and recommended streams

Subjects

2 Compulsory Units Business Law*Unit Codes
English for Tertiary Studies 1 & 2AvailableAvailableEUS025 / EUS026
Ideas & Critical Thinking 1 & 2AvailableAvailableEUS027 / EUS028
3 Elective Units   
Foundation Mathematics (1 & 2)AvailableAvailable EUS013 / EUS014
Computing (1 & 2)AvailableAvailableEUS029 / EUS030
Business (1 & 2)Available EUS015 / EUS016
*Business (1) and Legal Studies  AvailableEUS015 / EUS034

Note: Pre-requisite subjects for entry into a degree program must be studied in the Foundation Studies Program.

Find out more about the individual subjects listed above

Intake: February only

Within this Stream there are two options Life Science and Physical Science.

The Life Science option leads into a range of undergraduate degree programs such as:

  • Nursing
  • Science (agricultural, applied science, biomedical, health including Medicine and Pharmacy)

The Physical Science option leads into a range of undergraduate degree programs such as:

  • Engineering
  • Marine and Antarctic Science
  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences

Full list of programs and recommended streams

Subjects

2 Compulsory Units Life Science*Physical Science* Unit Codes
English for Tertiary Studies 1 & 2AvailableAvailableEUS025 / EUS026
Ideas & Critical Thinking 1 & 2AvailableAvailableEUS027 / EUS028
3 Elective Units(choose 3 only)(choose 3 only) 
Foundation Mathematics (1 & 2)Available EUS013 / EUS014
Chemistry (1 & 2)Available AvailableEUS007 / EUS008
Physics (1 & 2) AvailableEUS009 / EUS010
Mathematics - S, H & E (1 & 2) AvailableEUS011 / EUS012
Computing (1 & 2)AvailableAvailable EUS029 / EUS030
Understanding Sociology and
Understanding Psychology 
Available  EUS031 / EUS036

*Students in Life Science  or Physical Science must choose 3 of the 4 elective units offered.

Note: Pre-requisite subjects for entry into a degree program must be studied in the Foundation Studies Program.

Find out more about the individual subjects listed above

Important Note: Check your Degree Offer to see if you have prerequisite subjects that you must complete to meet admission requirements. If so, you must study the subject, or subjects, as an elective in the Foundation Program. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet all degree conditions, including prerequisite subjects.

Compulsory Units

English for Tertiary Studies 1 & 2 (EUS025/EUS026)

This two semester course equips you with knowledge and skills to improve your academic performance at University. Attention is given to reading academic texts; research and referencing; note-taking; summarizing and paraphrasing; academic writing and participation in presentations and formal discussions. You will be taught effective study techniques and time management methods to help you maximise your academic success. For most chosen degrees, a pass at Credit level for this subject is the minimum requirement to progress. It’s important to check your offer to see if your degree requires a higher grade for English.

Ideas and Critical Thinking 1 & 2 (EUS027/EUS028)

The Ideas & Critical Thinking 1 & 2 units develop essential critical thinking and academic skills required in all UTAS faculties and disciplines. They are compulsory units within the Foundation Studies Program. You will consider different views on a range of complex issues and process evaluate and synthesise information to form your own conclusions. You will learn to construct strong arguments and develop your skills in communicating your ideas. These skills are practised through regular debates and class discussions. You will be required to participate in and lead tutorial discussions on current issues.

Electives

Business (EUS015/EUS016)

This two semester course covers Business Management and Business Marketing. In Business Management you will investigate the nature of management, roles managers play and the skills they need, plus the importance of effective management to an organisation.  In the Business Marketing unit, you will explore the roles of markets and marketing in a globalised environment.

Chemistry (EUS007/EUS008)

Taught over two semesters, the Chemistry units will provide you with a thorough understanding of the subject matter covered in Year 12 in Australian schools.  Chemistry Dynamics is taught in Semester 1 followed by the Chemistry of Materials in Semester 2.  You will participate in lecture/tutorial style classes where theoretical foundations are established; and also in laboratory classes where practical skills are developed. These electives provide the required prerequisite knowledge and skills for degrees in Engineering, Pharmacy and Medical Research. Be sure to check your degree details to see if Chemistry is a required pre-requisite.

Computer Studies (EUS029/EUS030)

In Semester one, Computer Essentials introduces you to the fundamental applications required for undertaking study at University.  You will learn to apply your developing use of these software programmes to generate reports and databases. The following semester explores Creative Computing where your applied use of web-design and movie-making software provides creative output through technology.

Legal Studies (EUS034)

This elective is offered as a one-semester unit. In this unit you will learn about the Australian legal system and you will visit a courtroom to witness court processes and personnel. Exploring social justice and human rights is also an important part of the unit. You will learn relevant legal jargon, engage in common law discussions and learn how to use language effectively in making legal arguments.

Foundation Mathematics (EUS013/EUS014)

Foundation Mathematics is a two-semester course. Foundation Mathematics 1 covers essential concepts and skills in mathematics and algebra.  Foundation Mathematics 2 builds on the concepts developed earlier in the course and applies them to the fields of trigonometry, vector and matrix algebra, differential calculus, probability and statistics.  As a general rule, Foundation Mathematics is a prerequisite for most degrees within the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics.

Mathematics of Science, Health & Engineering (EUS011/EUS012)

Mathematics of Science, Health and Engineering is a two-semester course. Mathematics of Science, Health and Engineering 1 covers concepts and skills in calculus, as a preparation for University degree subjects with a strong mathematical component. It begins with a revision of basic knowledge, including index laws, logarithms, sequences and series before moving onto trigonometry, functions, graphing of functions and limits as preparation for Differential Calculus. Mathematics of Science, health and Engineering 2 builds on this learning and applies it to the fields of Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Probability and Statistics and Linear Algebra. Mathematics for Science, health and Engineering is required for entry into most Science and Engineering degrees.

Physics (EUS009/EUS010)

The two-semester course in Physics provides the pre-requisites if you are preparing to study Medicine, Engineering and Science degrees.  Physics is taught at a level equivalent to Year 12 in Australian schools and is not suitable for those who have not studied Physics successfully at Year 11. The Physics 1 and Physics 2 units aim to provide those eligible with the skills and knowledge needed to proceed with confidence to undergraduate degrees requiring Physics as a prerequisite.

Understanding Psychology (EUS036)

This elective is offered as a one-semester unit and introduces you to key theories and concepts. Along with developing a greater understanding of human behaviour, you will build skills in writing in a scientific discipline and raise your awareness of the scientific method of enquiry. Topics covered include; research methods, memory, intelligence, stress and coping behaviours, and social psychology.

Understanding Sociology (EUS031)

In this one-semester unit you will investigate the concept of national identity and global citizenship through social, cultural, legal, political and historical viewpoints. You will have the opportunity to broaden your perspective on issues ranging from local to international. Such investigation will help you to develop your social and cultural literacy. Topics covered include exploration of personal and social identity, change, belief systems, social inclusion and exclusion, equality and social conformity and non-conformity.

Additional Information

Please note that you will need to purchase textbooks and workbooks for use during the course. A booklist will be made available at the beginning of the program.

Also note that a subject may not be run if there are insufficient numbers to form a class.

Your work will be continually assessed through assignments, group activities, presentations and tests. Your marks are converted to a Grade Point Average (GPA), which is a score out of 7.

MarkGradeCode
80% >High DistinctionHD
70% >DistinctionDN
60% >CreditCR
50% >PassPP
< 50%FailNN

To enter your degree you need the GPA required by your faculty and GPA 4.2* or above in English for Tertiary Studies. *Note that some degrees may require a higher GPA.