Start Date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

477011 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

Entry Scores
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Degree overview

  • Prepare for your future degree and learn the skills you’ll need to succeed.
  • Get a taste of university – designed for people without other entry qualifications, or for school leavers without an ATAR.
  • Small class sizes, meaning more one-on-one support from teaching staff.
  • Some City West courses can be studied online while in Mt Gambier.
  • Access to the new Learning Centre with state of the art technology.
  • Apply for the Cowan Regional Grant, value of up to $2,000.


296x202_mffswhy.pngUniSA Foundation Studies is a free1, one-year program for students with no previous qualifications, or for school leavers without an ATAR. You will get a taste of university and learn the skills you need to study for your degree, including:

  • how UniSA works
  • how to write academic assignments
  • how to reference
  • how to manage your time

As a Foundation Studies student you will take courses on campus and will have access to our full range of support services. Flexible study options are available, such as full-time or part-time and external (online) studies, depending on your course selection. Upon successful completion, you can use your grade point average (GPA) to apply for any UniSA degree (a competitive GPA is required).

1 You will be required to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee as determined by the Australian Government.

What you'll learn

296x202_whatyoulllearn.pngYou will study core courses to develop your critical writing, study skills, communication skills and research skills. You will also study six elective courses for an introduction to the study areas you may be interested in. There are a range of electives available to study internally (on campus) at Mount Gambier. You can also study electives offered through City West campus online, in areas such as:

  • Business
  • Allied Health and Human Performance
  • Clinical and Health Science
  • Creative
  • Education Futures
  • Justice and Society
  • STEM

You can specialise in any of these areas, but you must make sure to include any prerequisite subjects for your future degree among the courses you choose.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Regional strand - Mount Gambier
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
University Studies EDUC 1075 4.5
Literacy Course 1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 4
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 4
Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 4
Elective 5 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 4
Elective 6 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 4

Study hours

Your study schedule will be divided into contact hours (the time you spend doing lectures and tutorials) and independent study, including your personal research and assignment work. Study hours depend on the courses you choose and the amount of additional work you put in. Generally, full-time study is equivalent to 40 hours per week.


296x202_assessment.pngYour assessments will include:

  • research papers
  • tests (in person and online)
  • assignments
  • take home examinations
  • group assignments
  • participation and attendance
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Further study

Upon successful completion, you can use your grade point average (GPA) to apply for any UniSA degree (a competitive GPA is required).

Degrees offered in Mount Gambier include:

Why UniSA Foundation Studies (Mount Gambier)

296x202_whymffs.pngYou will be supported when choosing courses within your degree so that you are ready to transition into tertiary study. You will also be taught by highly experienced academics and industry professionals from UniSA.

Online study

296x202_online.pngStudying externally (online) gives you the flexibility to study where and when you want, at your own pace. Some of the courses offered through UniSA College can be studied online. You can choose your study mode when you enrol. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 digital environment, you can also:

  • access your lectures online, plus study and course resources
  • submit your assignments and get feedback
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Pathways into university study in Mount Gambier

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll discover that your journey at UniSA is also about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. Depending on your campus, you’ll find student gyms, pools, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you’re keen to explore the social side of university life, there’s movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am passionate about teaching, empowerment, and social justice. It is a privilege to help students follow their goals and guide them in becoming stronger communicators, critical thinkers, and enthusiastic lifelong learners. My research is focussed on enabling education, social sciences, popular culture, and youth culture. 

Dr Nazz Oldham

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Nazz Oldham

Dr Nazz Oldham

Program Director


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What others are saying

Having grown up in Mount Gambier, Foundation Studies at UniSA’s Mount Gambier campus allowed me to study close to family and friends and gave me the opportunity to re-enter the education scene, test my limitations and prepare myself for further University study.

Lauren Baum

UniSA Foundation Studies (Mount Gambier)

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Lauren Baum

UniSA Foundation Studies (Mount Gambier)