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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


8 months
(Standard track)

12 months
(Extended track)


  • March
  • June
  • October


Melbourne Burwood
Geelong Waterfront



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 transfer requirements, 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.

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.

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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