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
2023 Guaranteed Entry
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2022 Cut-Offs
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Degree overview

  • Great start to university life, preparing you for further studies in the discipline you’re interested in.
  • Designed for people who don’t meet entry requirements for their desired degree, including school leavers without an ATAR
  • Seamlessly transition into the degree of your choice upon successful completion of the 12-month program, using a competitive Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Satisfies eligibility requirements for Centrelink benefits to assist you while studying.
  • 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 one-year program aimed at students with no previous qualifications, or for school leavers without an ATAR, with the added bonus of being fee-free1.

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 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 use your competitive grade point average (GPA) to apply for any UniSA degree.

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. 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:

Nursing and Midwifery

  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.


  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
  3. Education students also need to submit a written statement as part of their transition process.

What you'll learn

296x202_whatyoulllearn.pngYou will study core courses to develop your critical writing, study skills, communication skills and research skills. The remaining elective courses will provide an introduction to the study areas you may be interested in. 

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 Rule(s): 5,6
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 the time you spend attending classes and watching lectures as well as independent study, including your personal research and assignment work. Generally, full-time study is equivalent to 40 hours per week.


296x202_assessment.pngYour 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

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 your desired area of study. You will also be taught by highly experienced academics from UniSA.

Online study

296x202_online.pngStudying externally (online) gives you the flexibility to study where and when you want, at your own pace. All 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 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 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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