Foundation Studies Program (Standard) (X0F)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 36 Weeks, up to a maximum of 36 Weeks

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 36 Weeks
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2, IPC Semester 2, IPC Semester 3
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 have the English language skills for tertiary study.

To successfully complete the program, students must achieve a 50% pass in all units, including English.

Successful completion means graduates can enter one of the University of Tasmania’s undergraduate degree courses.

Program options

* Fast-track: 4 units over one semester (2 core + 2 elective)
* Standard: 8 units over two semesters (4 core + 4 elective)

Entry to the Foundation Studies program requires the completion of the equivalent of Year 11 of Australian secondary school. A full list of equivalent qualifications is available at partnerships.up.education/utas. The minimum age for entry into the program is 17.

Course structure

All units are worth 12.5 credit points.

Core units:

  • XDP001 – English One
  • XDP002 – English Two
  • XPD003 – English Three
  • XDP010 – Foundation Mathematics

Elective units:

  • XPD007 – Calculus
  • XPD008 – Design & Society
  • XPD009 – Chemistry
  • XPD011 – Macroeconomics
  • XPD012 – Marketing Design & Strategy
  • XPD013 – Media Studies
  • XPD014 – Microeconomics
  • XDP016 – Physics
  • XPD018 – Psychology
  • XPD019 – Statistics

Structure over two semesters

Semester 1, four units:

  • XDP001 – English One
  • XDP010 – Foundation Mathematics
  • Elective One
  • Elective Two

Semester 2, four units:

  • XDP002 – English Two
  • XPD003 – English Three
  • Elective Three
  • Elective Four
FSP Standard Structure is two semesters, with 2 core units (English 1 and Foundation Mathematics) in the first semester and 2 core units (English 2 and English 3) in the second semester.

This is a core unit designed to (i) promote knowledge and understanding of English language skills and techniques (ii) develop content knowledge, subject didactic knowledge and knowledge about academic learning and practice in preparation to fit the pedagogical requirements of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartIPC Semester 1
HobartIPC Semester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

English Part 2 is a core subject designed to continue on from English Part 1 to (i) promote knowledge and understanding of English language skills and techniques for future study at The University of Tasmania (ii) develop content knowledge, subject…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartIPC Semester 1
HobartIPC Semester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

English 3 is a core unit designed to continue on from English 2 to (i) promote knowledge and understanding of English language skills and techniques for future study at The University of Tasmania (ii) develop content knowledge, subject didactic knowledge…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartIPC Semester 1
HobartIPC Semester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Foundation Mathematics aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods that can be applied in any degree stream. Students are encouraged to gain confidence in developing their language around expressing mathematical ideas in a real-world context.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartIPC Semester 1
HobartIPC Semester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

FSP Standard Structure is two semesters, with 2 elective units in the first semester and 2 core units and 2 electives in the second semester. Choice of electives depends on the area of study the student wishes to pursue in the first year degree at UTAS.Students studying the Standard Foundation Studies Program must take :English 1English 2English 3Foundation Maths

Mathematics with Calculus aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods that can be applied to the sciences and commerce. Typically, students already have a good understanding of Mathematics to take this subject. Students are encouraged gain…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartIPC Semester 1
HobartIPC Semester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Design and Society aims to examine the history of design since the mid-18th Century and the impact of new technologies on societies, and to enable students to evaluate contextual and historical issues that in¿uence design in society. Students come to…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Chemistry aims to (i) promote knowledge and understanding around the central concepts and theories appropriate to the study of chemistry at a pre-tertiary level, (ii) explore the language of chemistry, including symbols and models used to describe, explain and predict…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartIPC Semester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Macroeconomics aims to provide students with an understanding of the framework for macroeconomic analysis, including the circular-flow model and aggregate demand aggregate supply model and government macroeconomic goals including price stability, economic growth and full employment. Students will describe how…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit defines the marketing concept, the marketing management process, the marketing environment and marketing research. Students define and apply knowledge of various markets in which organisations operate and the ways in which they identify and select particular customer groups.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartIPC Semester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Media Studies aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of key theories and concepts relating to the study of mass communication in a historical, local and global perspective. Students critically analyse news media and social media and their roles…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartIPC Semester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the ‘economic problem’, the need for economic decision making and the framework for the microeconomic analysis. This includes analysing how consumers and producers make decisions, and understanding the operation of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartIPC Semester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of physics, as well as interacting with data, applying and evaluating information and solving problems. Students gain experimental skills through practical investigations and interaction with concepts and experimental information.The content…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartIPC Semester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims for students to know and understand some of the historical, social, group and individual issues in the study of Psychology and appreciate how Psychology can be applied to other disciplines, for outcomes and problem solving. An increased…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartIPC Semester 1
HobartIPC Semester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims for students to demonstrate an understanding of sampling, summary statistics and data displays, and to identify and analyse continuous bi-variate data, to use algebraic methods to solve systems of linear equations and to apply methods, concepts and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
HobartIPC Semester 1
HobartIPC Semester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Completion of the equivalent of Year 11 of Australian secondary school, plus IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent.

Academic Entry Requirements By Country*

Country Entry Requirements*
Australia Year 11 - 65% in relevant subjects ATAR 45
Bangladesh HSC 60% average
Bhutan Bhutan Year 11 with 60% in relevant academic subjects Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate (Year 12) – 46% average in relevant subjects
Brazil Certificate de Ensino Medio - 7.0 in four relevant subjects
Cambodia Diploma of Uppper Secondary Education with C grade in four relevant academic subjects
Canada Completion of Year 11 with 70% in four relevant subjects
Chile Successful completion of the Chilean Higher Secondary Schooling (Licencia de Educacion Media) with a GPA of 5.0
China Senior year 2 or Senior 3 - 65% or above in relevant subjects
Colombia Bachillerator with 7.0 in four relevant subjects
Ecuador Bachillerato with 15 in four relevant subjects
GAC Level 2 GPA 2.6
Hong Kong HKDSE: Three relevant subjects at Level 2 or successful completion of Secondary 5
India Year 11 55% in relevant subjects
IB Completion of first year of IB Diploma with Grade 4 in four relevant subjects
Indonesia SMA2 - GPA 7.0 in four academic subjects (private schools) SMA2 - GPA 7.5 in four academic subjects (government schools)
Iran Completion of Year 11 with 16/20 in academic subjects
Japan Kotogakko / Upper Secondary School Certificate year 2 - Grade 4–5 in academic subjects
Kenya KCSE C grades in four relevant subjects
Kuwait Shahadat Al-Thanawaya AlAama/General Secondary School Certificate - 75% in four relevant subjects
Laos Completion of Baccalaureate with 65% in four relevant academic subjects
Macau Form 5/Senior Middle 2 65% in academic subjects (good schools) Form 5/Senior Middle 2 70% in academic subjects (other schools)
Malaysia SPM (forecast/prelim/actual) - aggregate of 20 or less across five academic subjects Senior Middle 2 - 75% in four relevant subjects Senior Middle 3 - 65% in four relevant subjects
Mexico Completion of Bachillerato with 7.0/70% in four relevant subjects
Mongolia Completion of Certificate of Complete Secondary Education with two C grades and two D grades in four relevant subjects
Myanmar BEHS/Matriculation Exam - 65% average in four relevant academic subjects
Nepal Year 11 (10+1) - 55% average in relevant academic subjects
New Zealand Completion of 40 credits at NCEA Level 2 with no fewer than 12 credits in each of three subjects (including Maths)
Pakistan Successful completion of the 12th year of schooling
Peru Successful completion of the Certificate of Completed General Secondary Education with an average grade of 14
Philippines High School Diploma - 85% in relevant subjects
Russia Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) - Grade 3 in five subjects
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiyah/General Secondary Education certificate - 75% in academic subjects
Singapore Singapore O levels (or forecast) - aggregate of 25 or less across five academic subjects
South Africa Completion of Year 11 with 70% in four relevant subjects
South Korea High School Leaving Certificate Year 2 with Grade D
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka O level two C grades and two B grades in four academic subjects
Taiwan Senior Year 2 - 65% or above in four relevant subjects
Thailand Matayom GPA 2.5 in academic subjects
Turkey Devlet Lise Diplomasi/State high school diploma - Grade 2 in three subjects and Grade 3 in two subjects
Venezuela Bachiller with 14 in four relevant subjects
Vietnam Year 11 - GPA 7.5
UAE Secondary school certificate Year 12 - 75% in relevant subjects
UK O Level/IGSCE/GCSE Two B grades and two C grades in four relevant subjects
USA Completion of Year 11 with B/80- 89/3.0 in four relevant academic subjects OR pass General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

*Please note these entry requirements are pending approval at Academic Senate and may be subject to change.

English Language Proficiency 

Applicants whose previous study has not been in English are required to demonstrate their ability by results of an approved test.

  • UTASAccess Level 5: 60% (no individual score less than 50%)
  • IELTS - minimum overall band 5.5 with no score below 5.0
  • 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

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $20,800 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $20,800 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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