This is a form pre-university education and is equivalent to Year 12 or high school. This program is normally undertaken by students who have just completed their secondary education. Foundation studies often provide courses that are more in line with university curriculum and offer more support for student to excel in their studies. Student who have completed this program can gain entry into either a university or vocational institute if their results meet the requirement.
This is offered by a college affiliated with the university and can be completed within one to two years, depending on your qualifications. Diploma programs often more personal teaching and support to students (for example, diploma class size and more contact hours with lecturers/tutors). For example, diploma classes are made up of a three-hour lecturers and three-hour tutorial ratio (as compared to a two-hour lecture and one-hour tutorial in university). Thus, A diploma program will provide a stronger base for international students to learn and adapt to the Australian environment.
Foundation & Diploma Pathway