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Foundation Program

The Deakin College Foundation Studies 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 into first year of selected Deakin University bachelor’s degrees.

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 three hour examination.

To graduate from the Deakin College Foundation Studies Program, you must complete and pass all eight/twelve units.

Your pathway to Deakin University

Fees

Year Duration International Students Australian Students

2017

2 trimesters (Standard)
3 trimesters (Extended)

A$23 800 (Standard)
A$28 560 (Extended)

A$23 800 (Standard)
A$28 560 (Extended)

Locations

Campuses

  • Melbourne Burwood Campus
  • Geelong Waterfront Campus

Duration

  • Standard: Eight months
  • Extended: Twelve months

Intakes

  • March, June and October

CRICOS Code

  • Standard: 089916J
  • Extended: 089917G

Course structure – Standard Program

Complete and pass eight units

Unit selection for first trimester
  • FNDS013 Advanced Academic Communication Skills (Core)
  • FNDS014 Intercultural Studies (Core)
  • FNDS015 Information Technology (Core)
  • Elective
Unit selection for second trimester
  • FNDS016 Advanced Academic Writing and Research (Core)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Note:MME101 Business Academic Skills will be replaced by MWL101 Personal Insight from T1, 2017 onwards.

Course structure – 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

Unit selection for first trimester

    • FNDS010 Introduction to Academic Communication (Core)
    • FNDS011 Introduction to Academic Writing (Core))
    • FNDS012 Computer Skills (Core)
    • Elective

and

    • FNDH023 Essential Mathematics (Alternative core)*

OR

  • FNDA023 Mass Communication (Alternative core)

*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)

Arts Electives Not offered at all locations

  • FNDA020 Society and Culture
  • FNDA021 Law
  • FNDA022 Media
  • FNDA023 Mass Communication
  • FNDB022 Management
  • FNDB021 Economics
  • FNDB023 Marketing

Business Electives Not offered at all locations

  • FNDE020 Introduction to Systems Analysis
  • FNDB021 Economics
  • FNDH023 Essential Mathematics
  • FNDE021 Mathematics I
  • FNDE023 Mathematics II
  • FNDB020 Accounting
  • FNDB022 Management
  • FNDA021 Law
  • FNDB023 Marketing

Engineering/IT/Science Electives Not offered at all locations

  • FNDE020 Introduction to Systems Analysis
  • FNDH023 Essential Mathematics
  • FNDE021 Mathematics I
  • FNDE023 Mathematics II
  • FNDE022 Physics
  • FNDB022 Management
  • FNDH021 Chemistry
  • FNDE024 Biology
  • FNDH022 Human Biology

Health Electives Not offered at all locations

Choose three units

  • FNDH023 Essential Mathematics
  • FNDE021 Mathematics I
  • FNDE023 Mathematics II
  • FNDE022 Physics
  • FNDB022 Management
  • FNDH021 Chemistry
  • FNDE024 Biology
  • FNDH022 Human Biology

Foundation to Deakin College diploma entry

After successfully completing the foundation, you will be eligible to enter a Deakin College diploma course which leads into the second year of the relevant bachelor's degree course at Deakin University.

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’s degrees that do not follow directly from Deakin College’s diploma courses*. The Deakin University bachelor degrees for which you may be eligible to apply after completing the foundation and the entry criteria are listed below:

*This pathway is only available to international students.

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 WritingB WP T1 T2 
    • S346 Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)(quota applies) WF 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
    • A351 Bachelor of Film, Television and Animation 
      B T1 T2 T3
    • E377 Bachelor of Health and Physical Education** B WP T1
    • A326 Bachelor of International Studies B WP T1 T2
    • H326 Bachelor of Nursing (quota applies) B WF WB T1
    • H330 Bachelor of Social Work  WF T1
    • H355 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy 
      WF T1

Double degrees

  • D313 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce B WP WF T1 T2
  • D317 Bachelor of Arts (Chinese)/Bachelor of Commerce B T1
  • 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 (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
  • **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 Transfer Requirement document here. Please note there is additional information regarding the transfer conditions in the attached document. Please contact Deakin College for more information.