Start Date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

427021 (Internal)
427031 (Packaged)
427041 (Packaged)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
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2021 Cut-Offs
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Degree overview

  • Get a taste of university – designed for people without other entry qualifications, or for school leavers without an ATAR.
  • Prepare for your future degree and learn the skills you’ll need to succeed.
  • UniSA College is providing pathways to degrees for 90% of students.
  • 1329 College students have gone on to enrol in UniSA undergraduate programs.
  • Seamless transition - only 1 SATAC application is required. Once in the College, students receive direct internal transfer application for their dream degree. No second SATAC application is required.
  • Satisfies eligibility requirements for Centrelink benefits to assist you while studying.


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.

Please note the below 'destination degree' requirements:


  1. To meet entry requirements, applicants to the Nursing pathway must consider the professional registration requirements, including the English Language Skills standard, and complete a declaration stating how they will demonstrate their English language competency, as determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Further details can be accessed via the undergraduate program pages.
  2. Undergraduate degrees in health may have pre-placement requirements that must be met prior to commencement. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit website for details:


  1. Students pursuing an education pathway must meet the required standard in the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as a prerequisite for their final Professional Experience Placement course within their undergraduate degree.
  2. Undergraduate degrees in education have pre-placement requirements that must be met prior to commencement. For more information, visit

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 five elective courses for an introduction to the study areas you may be interested in. The study areas are:

  • 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  
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): 3 Rule(s): 3
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Literacy Course 2 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 3
Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 3
Elective 5 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 3

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).

Why UniSA Foundation Studies

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

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

You will have full access to our student support services to help you settle in to university life before you begin studying a bachelor degree. We want you to be successful, and if you need help you’ll have it. We provide a full range of support services, including: 

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • library services
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • wellbeing resources and advice
  • accommodation
  • community health clinics
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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 have a strong background in health sciences, with a focus in human health and more specifically human physiology. I strongly advocate for equity and access to education through pathway programs. I am keen to improve the transition of students into university study, and also more broadly into STEM.

Mr Tristan King

Program Director

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Mr Tristan King

Program Director


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