Start Date


0.5 year(s) full-time


Program Code

467011 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

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Degree overview

  • Great start to university life, setting you up for success for further studies in the discipline you’re interested in. You will be confident and ready to embark on your future study journey.
  • Designed for people who don’t meet entry requirements for their desired degree, including school leavers without an ATAR or those looking to return to study.
  • Successful completion allows you to progress into an Undergraduate Certificate in University Studies. From there, you can competitively apply for many UniSA or UniSA Online degrees using your competitive Grade Point Average (GPA). 
  • Successful completion also allows you to progress to a Diploma with many specialisations on offer. From there, you can competitively apply for any UniSA or UniSA Online degree using your competitive Grade Point Average (GPA). 
  • Receive support from enrolment through to program completion with enrolment help sessions, mentoring, small class sizes and access to peer-assisted study sessions. More information can be found here



UniSA Foundation Studies is a six-month program aimed at students with no previous qualifications, or for school leavers without an ATAR, with the added bonus of being fee-free*.

 You’ll get a great start to university life by learning the skills needed to study for your degree, including:

  • How to write academic assignments
  • Effective time-management
  • How to reference to a university-standard
  • How to research and form topic analysis

As a Foundation Studies (Whyalla) student, you will take courses on campus or online 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 progress into an Undergraduate Certificate in University Studies or a Diploma with a chosen specialisation. From there, you can use your competitive grade point average (GPA) to apply for a UniSA bachelor's degree.

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

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will study core courses to develop your academic writing, communication, numeracy, research, and study skills – including how to write academic assignments, how to reference and effective time management. These skills and experiences will give you the right launchpad to navigate your future at university.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Language and Literacy for Effective Communication LANG 1069 9 Rule(s): 5,6
Introduction to Academic Writing LANG 1067 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 7
Developing Academic Skills EDUC 1114 4.5 Note(s): 1
Learning Mathematics at University MATH 1082 4.5 Note(s): 1

Study hours

Your study schedule will be divided into the time you spend attending classes and watching lectures as well as independent study, including your personal research and assignment work.



Your assessments may include:

  • research papers
  • presentations
  • 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

After successfully completing this six-month program, you can progress into an Undergraduate Certificate in University Studies with a chosen specialisation in Business, Creative Studies, Education Studies, Health, Social Sciences or STEM. You can also choose to progress from UniSA Foundation Studies to a Diploma with many specialisations on offer. From here, you can then competitively apply for many UniSA or UniSA Online degrees using your competitive Grade Point Average (GPA).

Why UniSA Foundation Studies (Whyalla)

Why this Degree

You will be fully supported when choosing courses within your program so that you are confident and ready to transition into either an Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma. You can book one-on-one appointments with the helpful UniSA College staff for enrolment/study support, or access individual Program Director appointments and consultations with academic staff in the UniSA College Common Room. You will also be taught by highly experienced academics from UniSA.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

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 are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

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 modern facilities including 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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