Study Foundation Studies at UniSA


Foundation Studies is a one year pathway program that prepares students with no previous qualifications for university study.

The program can lead to entry into a university degree at the University of South Australia


Foundation Studies

Who is it for?

  • people returning to study
  • no formal qualifications are required for entry (if you have completed Cert IV or higher you are ineligible)
  • students must be 18 by 1 February for semester 1 or 1 July for semester 2; OR have completed SACE
  • Australian citizens, permanent residents, humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand residents

Applicants who have prior qualifications (e.g. Selection Rank/TER, STAT or Certificate III) may wish to consider applying for a UniSA College Diploma in conjunction with their Foundation Studies application.

Key Features

  • Learn the skills required to study successfully at a tertiary level, such as how the University works, how to write academic assignments, how to reference and how to manage your time.
  • Gain important information discipline-specific skills and base knowledge with support from UniSA College staff,
  • Select electives related to your preferred field of study
  • Upon completion students can apply for entry to a degree at UniSA (competitive gradepoint average required)


Foundation Studies is offered at:

Adelaide (SATAC code: 427021)
Mt Gambier (SATAC code: 477011)
Whyalla (SATAC code: 467011)

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What will I study?

Courses include:

  • Applied Computing Practices
  • Australian Culture and Society
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Communication for Academic Purposes
  • Critical Thinking: Media and Academia
  • Digital Literacy: Screen, web and new media
  • English Language Studies
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Future Ideas: Information and the Internet
  • Human Health
  • Individual and Group Skills
  • Introduction to Anatomy
  • Introduction to Bioscience
  • Introduction to Global Issues and Identities
  • Introduction to Human Behaviour
  • Introduction to Human Physiology
  • Introductory Economics and Finance
  • Introductory Quantitative Skills
  • Maths Fundamentals
  • Science for Tertiary Learning
  • University Studies

Where can it lead you?

You can use your grades to apply for entry into the UniSA degree of your choice.  Entry is competitive.

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