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

2023 Fees

A$28,088 (Standard) / A$32,508 (Extended)

Domestic International

2023 Fees

A$28,088 (Standard) / A$32,508 (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

After passing all required Foundation units and successfully completing the Foundation Program, you will be eligible to enter the relevant Deakin College diploma.

Find out more about our diploma programs

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 Foundation Pathways Guidelines 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
     

* Engineering students will need to take FNDE021 Mathematics 1 in place of this unit
** Engineering students will need to take FNDE023 Mathematics 2 in place of this unit

 

Elective units

Choose from the elective units below

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

  • FNDA022 Media
  • FNDA040 Digital Design
  • FNDB020 Accounting
  • FNDB021 Economics
  • FNDB022 Management
  • FNDE021 Mathematics I
  • FNDE022 Physics
  • FNDE023 Mathematics II
  • FNDE024 Biology for Life Sciences
  • FNDH021 Chemistry

Geelong Waterfront campus has a limited selection of elective units available. 

Unit overview

This unit will explore content creation for the modern media landscape. Students will develop skills in viewing, analysing and composing diverse media, including social media, new and online media. Initially, students will focus on familiarising themselves with different media industries, how they are composed and how they function within culture. In this context, students will then be asked to produce their own forms of media and encouraged to read, reflect and engage with the tools of contemporary media. 

This unit introduces students to key principles and practices of visual design, media and communication in digital format.  It contextualises thinking and practice within the field of creative communications and explores problem-based learning approaches and applications. The unit investigates a range of fundamental concepts relating to design concepts, social media, and digital technologies in which students apply and reflect practice-based solutions and analyses. 

This unit provides an introduction to the operation of financial accounting systems. Together we will explore the accounting process predominantly for sole traders who buy and re-sell goods or provide services. We study some of the principles of Accounting, the Accounting Equation, entering business transactions into Journals; including balance day Adjustments and Closing entries, posting to Ledgers, extracting Trial Balance and preparation of Financial Statements. We also work with cash management including Bank Reconciliation. 

This unit provides students with a broad understanding of theoretical Micro and Macro-economic concepts and to introduce the relevance and importance of Economics in today's society. You will learn to apply these concepts to a modern market economic system. The unit explores basic economic issues and problems and apply policies to overcome these problems. You will develop skills and confidence to explain individual and firm decision-making and be provided with a basic understanding and ability to explain government policies that influence the workings of a modern economy like Australia, and its relation to the global marketplace. 

This unit provides students with a broad understanding of the principles and practices of management in the contemporary world. The course will cover background information on how theories of management have developed, the environment in which a manager operates, basic managerial principles and practices along with important issues related to organisational behaviour in the current context of management.  

This module introduces students to Calculus and prepares students for more advanced studies, for both academic and professional purposes.  Students will use critical thinking and cognitive skills to identify, analyse, compare and assess mathematical concepts in order to apply them to technical and engineering problems. 

This unit provides students with the knowledge of a broad range of physics concepts, and to help you appreciate the impact of physics on technology and our society. The practical investigations in this unit requires logical and analytical thinking, as well as the communication of scientific information and ideas. The basic principles of physics you acquire will be able you to explain many natural phenomena. You will also learn to apply these phenomena in technologies, which are important to modern-day society. 

This module provides a background in Calculus and prepares students for further studies academically and professionally.  Students will develop and apply critical thinking and cognitive skills to identify, analyse, compare and assess mathematical concepts for solving technical and engineering problems. 

This module seeks to imbue students with a broad scientific knowledge of the living world. It focuses on concepts relating to biological structure, function, diversity, distribution, genetics, and interactions of living organisms. 

This unit introduces students to the study of matter and its interactions, providing a link to other branches of natural science. The course is designed to assist students in coming to appreciate the impact of chemical knowledge and technology on society.  

This unit is designed to underlay students with a general mathematics knowledge base required for further studies in Business, Health Sciences and Computing/IT/Engineering courses. It includes the fundamental concepts of arithmetic, statistics, algebra, functions and their graphs, optimisation, sequences, series, growth and decay. 

This unit seeks to impart to students the fundamentals of communication skills – a necessity for a positive learning outcome, effective engagement in academic, business and social environments. You will develop and hone these skills through constant exploration and exercise of current topics and issues.  This unit is designed as a pre-requisite into FNDS011. 

This unit continuation of FNDS010.  It seeks to further develop students’ written skills through exploration of two key writing genres and academic writing. You will analyse key linguistic and organisational aspects of comparing texts as well as producing your own piece of writings. 

This unit is an introductory unit in computing and information technology.  This unit has the overall objectives of delivering an accurate snapshot of the state of IT as it exists in our current times, as well as to equip you with a useful set of skills in the use of common productivity software.  

This unit builds linguistic and tactical skills for participation in the academic contexts for the Australian tertiary education system.  It fosters a collaborative environment so that you can practise and apply your active listening, note taking and deliberative skills.  The main assessments include a presentation of a topic and leading a formal job interview. 

This unit is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of their own culture and encourages them to reflect on how their perspectives, values and beliefs are formed. Students will gain knowledge and skills about living in the multi-cultural Australian environment, so that they are able to effectively communicate in various social contexts: educational, health, legal, political, religion/faith, and human rights. Students will learn to identify the differences between these contexts in their own culture and those in the Australian culture, in order to come to a better understanding of their position in both. 

Information systems and technology are vital components of today’s business environment and everyday life. This unit imbues in students an understanding of the various computing systems and supporting technology and how they can be applied to different business environment.  The effects of these systems on society and the ethical issues associated with the implementation and use of these systems will also be explored. Upon completion of this unit students will be able to critically analyse business cases and develop needed skills to solve problems and recommend solutions using appropriate technology. 

This unit trains you in the academic literature review and the essay writing process, producing lengthy arguments and supporting the arguments via academic literatures.  You will develop the ability to retrieve, interpret and summarise academic journal articles, produce an annotated bibliography, and conducting a literature review to generate ideas for future research. This unit will thus provide you with a strong foundation in academic writing and research, which are pivotal in tertiary education. 

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 Thailand students:

  • 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.