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Foundation Program

  • Direct entry to the 1st year of a range of Deakin University degrees
  • Supportive learning environment provides the best possible preparation for Deakin University
  • Study on a Deakin University campus with full access to accommodation, support services

Key Information

Duration

8 months
(Standard track)

12 months
(Extended track)

Intakes

  • March
  • June
  • October

Location

Melbourne Burwood
Geelong Waterfront

Fees


Overview

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.

Course Outline

The course comprises of a standard or extended track program. The standard track program consists of eight academic units: four core units and four elective units. The Extended track program has an additional four core units, one of which is chosen from two alternative core units.

Various support services focusing on language, literary and numeracy assistance are also available to help you in your studies. Each unit includes four hours of class contact 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.


Course Structure

Standard Program

Complete and pass eight units.


Extended Program

For students who do not meet the entry requirements of the standard track program, an extended track program is also available with an additional four units that need to be completed before continuing with the standard track program.

Complete and pass four units.

 

*If students are undertaking the Business or Engineering / IT stream, it is suggested they undertake Essential Mathematics.

Students then progress to the standard track upon successful completion.


Elective Units

Choose one stream below

** Not offered at all locations


Progression from Foundation to Diplomas and Degrees

Foundation to Deakin College Diploma Entry

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

Foundation to Deakin University First Year Entry

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 that do not follow directly from Deakin College’s diploma courses.

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

Single degrees

  • A300 Bachelor of Arts
    B WP WB T1 T2 (Pathway excludes major sequences in Design, Journalism, Media Studies, Photography and Public Relations)
  • A301 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
    B WP WB T1 T2
  • A316 Bachelor of Creative Writing
    B T1 T2 T3 WP T1 T2
  • A329 Bachelor of Criminology
    B WP T1 T2
  • A329 Bachelor of Criminology
    B WP T1 T2
  • S342 Bachelor of Design (Architecture)
    (quota applies) WF T1 T2
  • E330 Bachelor of Education (Early Years)**
    B T1
  • E359 Bachelor of Education (Primary)**
    B WP WB T1
  • E377 Bachelor of Health and Physical Education**
    B WP T1
  • A326 Bachelor of International Studies
    B WP T1 T2
  • M312 Bachelor of Laws
    B T1 T2 WF T1
  • H326 Bachelor of Nursing
    (quota applies) B WF WB T1
  • H355 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
    WF T1
  • H330 Bachelor of Social Work
    WF T1
  • S464 Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)
    B T1 T2

Double degrees

  • D313 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce
    B WP WF T1 T2
  • D311 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    B WP T1 T2
  • D380 Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security
    B WP T1 T2
  • D390 Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science
    B WP T1 T2
  • S342 Bachelor of Design (Architecture)/Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)
    (quota applies) WF T1 T2
  • D329 Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology
    WP T1 T2
  • D338 Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce
    B WP T1

Legend

B – Melbourne Burwood Campus
WP – Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
WF – Geelong Waterfront Campus
WB – Warrnambool Campus
T1 – Trimester 1 Entry
T2 – Trimester 2 Entry
T3 – Trimester 3 Entry

**To meet the numeracy requirement for entry to Education courses Deakin College students must complete any two of the units FNDH013 Essential Mathematics, FNDE021 Mathematics 1, and FNDE023 Mathematics 2. It is recommended that the remaining electives are chosen from FNDE022 Physics, FNDH021 Chemistry, and one of FNDE024 Biology or FNDH022 Human Biology

Foundation to Deakin University First Year Alternative Pathway

After successfully completing the Foundation program and meeting specified entry requirements, you may be eligible to enter into the first year of selected Deakin University bachelor’s degrees instead of taking the relevant Deakin College diploma.

Single degrees

  • A300 Bachelor of Arts
    B WP T1 T2 T3
  • A325 Bachelor of Communication Public Relations
    B T1 T2 T3 WP T1 T2
  • A331 Bachelor of Communication Journalism
    B T1 T2 T3 WP T1 T2
  • A333 Bachelor of Communication Digital Media
    B T1 T2 T3 WP T1 T2
  • A334 Bachelor of Communication Advertising
    B T1
  • A343 Bachelor of Design 3D Animation
    B T1 T2 T3
  • A344 Bachelor of Design Digital Technologies
    B T1 T2 T3
  • A345 Bachelor of Design Visual Communication
    B T1 T2 T3 S T1 T2
  • A351 Bachelor of Film Television and Animation
    B T1 T2 T3
  • H300 Bachelor of Health Sciences
    B T1 T2 T3 WP T1 T2
  • H313 Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
    B T1 T2
  • H315 Bachelor of Nutrition Science
    B T1 T2
  • H343 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
    B WP T1 T2
  • H344 Bachelor of Psychological Science
    B T1 T2 WP T1
  • M300 Bachelor of Commerce
    B T1 T2 T3 S T1 T2
  • M320 Bachelor of Sport Development
    B T1
  • M325 Bachelor of Business
    B S T1 T2
  • M340 Bachelor of Business Analytics
    B T1 T2
  • M348 Bachelor of Property and Real Estate
    B T1 T2
  • M391 Bachelor of Business Sport Management
    B T1 T2

     

     

  • S306 Bachelor of Computer Science
    B T1 T2

     

  • S320 Bachelor of Science
    B WP T1 T2

     

  • S323 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
    B WP T1 T2

     

  • S324 Bachelor of Forensic Science
    WP T1 T2

     

  • S326 Bachelor of Information Technology
    B WP T1 T2

     

  • S334 Bachelor of Cyber Security
    B WP T1 T2

     

  • S369 Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science
    WP T1 T2

     

  • S393 Bachelor of Environmental Science Wildlife and Conservation Biology
    B T1 T2

     

  • S398 Bachelor of Environmental Science Environmental Management and Sustainability
    B T1 T2

     

  • S399 Bachelor of Environmental Science Marine Biology
    WP WF T1 T2

     

  • S460 Bachelor of Civil Engineering Honours
    WP T1 T2

     

  • S461 Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Honours
    WP T1 T2

     

  • S462 Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Honours
    WP T1 T2

     

  • S463 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering Honours
    WP T1 T2

Double degrees

  • D322 Bachelor Commerce/Bachelor of Laws
    B T1 T2 T3 WF T1 T2
  • D366 Bachelor Commerce/Bachelor of Business Analytics
    B T1 T2
  • D325 Bachelor Property and Real Estate/Bachelor of Commerce
    B T1 T2

Legend

B – Melbourne Burwood Campus
WP – Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
WF – Geelong Waterfront Campus
WB – Warrnambool Campus
T1 – Trimester 1 Entry
T2 – Trimester 2 Entry
T3 – Trimester 3 Entry
**The preferred pathway for the Engineering Stream is choosing 2 of the following: FNDH021 Chemistry, FNDE024 Biology or FNDH022 Human Biology and two of the mathematics units (FNDH023/FNDE021/FNDE023).

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 international students.


Entry Requirements

Academic entry requirement

English entry requirement


More information

For more details about course plans, accepting your offer, subject availability, streams and unit overviews, please download the course and unit outline PDF.

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