Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time


Program Code

427021 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

Entry Scores
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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 into 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 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

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

Studying 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's 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 access to virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library services and assignment 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 anatomy and physiology. Through teaching, I am passionate about sharing strategies to study effectively. As a program director of Foundation Studies I am grateful to be a part of providing an opportunity for so many students to experience and commence a journey in higher education. Within the role I am conscious of the challenges that students face when attempting to enter university study and to becoming a university student. Because I meet students from all walks of life, I am experienced and proud of the work I and the College do to support students as they navigate this journey and transition to becoming a successful university student.

Mr Tristan King

Program Director

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Mr Tristan King

Program Director


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