Foundation Program

The Foundation Program is equivalent to Year 12 and prepares you for entry into first year degree studies.

Key Information

Duration

8 or 12 months

Intake Dates

March, June, October

Campus Location

Melbourne Burwood

Geelong Waterfront

Fees

A$26,750 (Standard) / A$30,960 (Extended)

Domestic International

Fees

A$26,750 (Standard) / A$30,960 (Extended)

Course overview

Your pathway to university-level studies

The Deakin College Foundation Program is equivalent to upper secondary school (Year 12) and university foundation programs. It aims to prepare you for further study in a Deakin College Diploma or for entry into the first year of a selected Deakin University bachelor degree.

The course consists of either a standard or extended track program. The standard track program consists of eight academic units: five core units and three elective units. The extended track program has an additional four units.

Various support services focusing on language, literacy and numeracy assistance are also available to help you in your studies. Each unit includes four hours of classes per week. Assessment for all units is continuous and includes tests, assignments and case study analysis. Most units have a final two-hour examination. To graduate from the Deakin College Foundation Program, you must complete and pass all eight units in the standard program or 12 units in the extended program.

Who should apply?

The Foundation Program is aimed at students who have completed the equivalent of Australian high school Year 11.

Download your course and unit outline

For more details about course plans, subject availability, streams and unit overviews, please download the course and unit outline PDF for your campus of study.

Download Course and Unit Outline (Burwood)

Download Course and Unit Outline (Geelong)

Progression to Diplomas and Degrees

Transfer requirements

For more information on transfer requirements from the Foundation Program into Deakin College diplomas and Deakin University degrees, please refer to the Transferring to Deakin University pages for Australian and for international students.

After successfully completing the Foundation Program and provided you have met the transfer requirements, you will be eligible to enter a Deakin College diploma course.

After successfully completing the Foundation Program and meeting specified entry requirements, you may be eligible to apply for entry into the first year of selected Deakin University bachelor degrees.

View the list of degrees and transfer requirements.

Note: Some Foundation to degree pathways are only available to international students. Please contact Deakin College for more information.

Standard course structure

Required units for standard program

To complete the standard Foundation Program, students must complete and pass 8 units.

Unit selection for first trimester

  • FNDS013 Advanced Academic Communication Skills (Core)
  • FNDS014 Intercultural Studies (Core)
  • FNDH023 Essential Mathematics*
  • FNDS015 Design and Technologies

Unit selection for second trimester

  • FNDS016 Advanced Academic Writing and Research (Core)
  • Elective**
  • Elective
  • Elective

Extended course structure

Required units for extended program

For students who do not meet the entry requirements of the standard track program, an extended track program is also available. To complete the extended Foundation Program, students must complete and pass 12 units.

Unit selection for first trimester

  • FNDS010 Introduction to Academic Communication (Core)
  • FNDS011 Introduction to Academic Writing (Core)
  • FNDS012 Computer and Study Skills (Core) and
  • FNDH023 Essential Mathematics (Core)

Unit selection for second trimester

  • FNDS013 Advanced Academic Communications
  • FNDS015 Design and Technologies
  • FNDS014 Intercultural Studies
  • Elective*

Unit selection for third trimester

  • FNDS016 Advanced Academic Writing and Research (Core)
  • Elective**
  • Elective
  • Elective

Elective units

Choose from the elective units below

Electives are subject to change and may be offered in alternate trimesters.

  • FNDA020 Society and Culture
  • FNDA022 Media
  • FNDA023 Mass Communication
  • FNDA040 Digital Design
  • FNDB020 Accounting
  • FNDB021 Economics
  • FNDB022 Management
  • FNDB023 Marketing
  • FNDE021 Mathematics 
  • IFNDE022 Physics
  • FNDE023 Mathematics 
  • IIFNDE024 Biology
  • FNDH021 Chemistry

Entry requirements

Australian Entry Requirements

The following is required for Australian students:

  • Successful completion of Year 11 or equivalent

Bangladesh Entry Requirements

The following is required for Bangladeshi students:

  • Completion of Year 11 (10 + 1) with a 70%

Brunei Entry Requirements

The following is required for Brunei students:

  • Successful completion of Form 5 (GCE O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with minimum E grade)

Cambodia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Cambodia students:

  • Successful completion of year 11 with a C grade average
  • Successful completion of O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

China Entry Requirements

The following is required for Chinese students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 2 (Gao Er) with 55%.
  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 2 (Gao Er) with 60%.
  • Vocational Technical Program – 60%
  • Successful completion of O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

Fiji Entry Requirements

The following is required for Fiji students:

  • Successful completion of Form 6 School Leaving Certificate with an overall score of 260

France Entry Requirements

The following is required for French students:

  • Completion of the French Baccalaureate

Ghana Entry Requirements

The following is required for Ghana students:

  • Successful completion of O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

Hong Kong Entry Requirements

The following is required for Hong Kong students:

  • Completion of Form 5 with passes in 4 academic subjects

Indonesia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Indonesia students:

  • SMA II with an average grade of 7.0 in 4 academic subjects
  • Successful completion of O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

Japan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Japanese students:

  • Successful completion of Kotogakko Year 2 with a B grade average

Kenya Entry Requirements

The following is required for Kenya students:

  • Completion of KCSE with a D grade average
  • GCE O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

Korea Entry Requirements

The following is required for Korea students:

  • Senior High School Leaving Certificate Year 2 with D grade average in 4 academic subjects

Kuwait Entry Requirements

The following is required for Kuwait students:

  • Completion of Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) with minimum overall grade of 60%

Macau Entry Requirements

The following is required for Macau students:

  • Completion of Senior Middle 2 with an average of 80% in 4 subjects

Malawi Entry Requirements

The following is required for Malawi students:

  • Successful completion of O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

Malaysia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Malaysian students:

  • Successful completion of Form 5 (SPM)
  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 2

Myanmar Entry Requirements

The following is required for Myanmar students:

  • Completion of Basic Education High School Exam with overall pass
  • GCE O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

Nepal Entry Requirements

The following is required for Nepalese students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Year 11) with a GPA of 2.0

Oman Entry Requirements

The following is required for Oman students:

  • General Secondary Education Certificate/Thanawiya Amma

Pakistan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Pakistani students:

  • Successful completion of O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

Papua New Guinea Entry Requirements

The following is required for Papua New Guinea students:

  • Higher School Certificate with a grade average of 60%

Philippines Entry Requirements

The following is required for Philippines students:

  • GCE O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade
  • Successful completion of Year 11 with an 80% average in relevant subjects

Saudi Arabia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Saudi Arabia students:

  • General Secondary Education Certificate/Thanawiya Amma

Singapore Entry Requirements

The following is required for Singapore students:

  • GCE O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade
  • GCE N levels with aggregate points of no more than 14 (based on best 3 academic subjects) and no more than 3 in English Syllabus A
  • Successful completion of National ITE Certificate (Nitec) with a GPA of between 1 and 2
  • Higher National ITE Certificate (Higher Nitec) with a GPA of less than 1

South Africa Entry Requirements

The following is required for South Africa students:

  • Successful completion of Year 11

Sri Lanka Entry Requirements

The following is required for Sri Lankan students:

  • Successful completion of Year 11 (GCE O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade)

Sweden Entry Requirements

The following is required for Sweden students:

  • Contact the Deakin College Admissions team

Taiwan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Taiwan students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 2 with an average of 60% in 4 academic subjects

Tanzania Entry Requirements

The following is required for Tanzania students:

  • Successful completion of O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

Thailand Entry Requirements

The following is required for Thailandstudents:

  • Successful completion of Matayom 5 with a GPA of 2.5
  • Successful completion of O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

Turkey Entry Requirements

The following is required for Turkey students:

  • Contact the Deakin College Admissions team

Uganda Entry Requirements

The following is required for Uganda students:

  • Successful completion of O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

USA Entry Requirements

The following is required for USA students:

  • Successful completion of Grade 11 or equivalent

Vietnam Entry Requirements

The following is required for Vietnamese students:

  • Successful completion of Year 11 with a 6.0 GPA
  • Successful completion of O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

Zambia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Zambia students:

  • Successful completion of O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

Zimbabwe Entry Requirements

The following is required for Zimbabwe students:

  • Successful completion of O-levels: passes in 3 subjects with a minimum E grade

English Language Entry Requirements

International students must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency before being admitted to this course.