If you haven't got an ATAR, or your ATAR isn't what you were hoping for, don't stress – our Foundation Studies program provides you with another path into university. Develop the skills and confidence to thrive at university and gain guaranteed entry in to a range of ACU undergraduate degrees. This fee-free program will prepare you for study at ACU by immersing you in university life while introducing you to a range of foundation units.

Please note, this course is currently offered at our Blacktown Campus only. Applications open April 2020 via UAC.

Why study this course?

Open to school leavers and non-school leavers, this course offers a range of benefits.

  • ACU will cover the full cost of your course fees.
  • Guaranteed entry in to an eligible undergraduate degree if you achieve the grade point average and English proficiency level required for your degree.
  • You’ll develop the skills and confidence to pursue tertiary education, such as a bachelor degree.
  • Support from dedicated teachers and student advisers.
  • Small classes.
  • You will develop friendships and study networks that stay with you throughout your university journey.
  • You’ll be an ACU student from day one, with a student ID card and access to all campus facilities including free Wi-Fi, library resources, student welfare and support services, as well as lots of fun activities and events.

Pathways to further study

Foundation Studies is a pathway to a range of ACU undergraduate degrees. While this program is currently only offered at our Blacktown Campus, it will act as a pathway to eligible degrees at any of our Sydney campuses.

The eligible degrees offered at our Blacktown Campus include:

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Educational Studies
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of High Performance Sport
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Midwifery

Entry requirements

To apply for this program for 2021, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older (by 31 March 2021).
  • Not have achieved an adequate Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent for entry to ACU.
  • Not have completed other eligible qualifications that meet the minimum entry requirements for entry to ACU.

All ACU students are subject to the Policy on Admission to Coursework Programs Policy which includes English language proficiency for all applicants.

Applications open August 2020.

Course structure

The course is offered over three 10-week terms. Each term is followed by an exam week and a break week. You will have 22–25 hours of scheduled class per week, which is a total of 720 hours over 30 weeks.

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