International Foundation Program

Brisbane, Singapore

This program provides an alternative pathway into tertiary education programs for those international students who are disadvantaged by their geographical location, family situation, educational history or other circumstances whereby they are unable to participate in other entry mechanisms.

It equips graduates with the skills and capabilities to enter tertiary study. The current program focuses on entry to Business, Hospitality Management and IT courses but, with expansion of specialist subjects in other areas, entry to other tertiary courses will also be possible.

It focuses on students who have successfully completed the equivalent of Australian Year 11 and who need to complete academic skills to a higher level which will facilitate their successful completion of tertiary studies.

The program is run over 30 weeks and consists of 720 hours of contact time not including assessment as is required by the latest Office of Higher Education guidelines for Foundation Programs for international students.

The program will be offered in Townsville and Cairns; the date of commencement is to be advised.

Entry Requirements

To gain entry to the International Foundation Program prospective students must:

  • be 18 years of age at the commencement of orientation;

  • have successfully attained the equivalent of Year 11 in the Australian secondary education system with a pass level that would allow progression to Year 12; international examples of equivalent qualifications include:

    • Singapore - GCE O Levels with grade 4 average in five subjects

    • Hong Kong - HKCEE Form 5 with Grade D in four subjects

    • Japan - Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate grade 3 average

    • South Korea - General Higher School Diploma grade C average

    • China - Senior Middle School 3 with 70% average

  • have an overall IELTS score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each macro-skill).

Completion Requirements

To obtain a Certificate of Completion of the International Foundation Program students must achieve a passing grade for each subject in:

  • a sequence of core subjects; and

  • a sequence of specialist subjects.

Core Subjects

FP0100:03 Foundations in Communications


FP0101:03 English for Academic Purposes

FP0105:03 Legal Studies

FP0106:03 Introduction to Mathematical Concepts

FP0106:03 Introduction to Information Technology

Specialist Subjects

FP0102:03 Introductory Economics

FP0103:03 Contemporary Marketing

FP0104:03 Introductory Accounting

FP0107:03 Essential Management Skills

Entry to the Bachelor of Business

Students who have obtained a Certificate of Completion of the International Foundation Program will meet the entry requirements of the Bachelor of Business.

Entry to the Bachelor of Information Technology

Students who have obtained a Certificate of Completion of the International Foundation Program and who have obtained a grade of credit or better in BR0106 (Introduction to Mathematical Concepts) and BR0108 (Introduction to Information Technology) will meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Information Technology.

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