Undergraduate Foundation

Don’t have the qualifications for entry into a Degree programme? Enrol in one of our Foundation programmes and develop the necessary skills to succeed at University.
After successful completion of your Foundation Year, you are guaranteed automatic progression into the 3-year degree programme in your chosen subject pathway, all on a single visa.


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University of Bedfordshire
International College

St Mary's University London
International College

University of Worcester
International College

University for the Creative Arts
International College



1 year


A Foundation pathway programme means you only need to apply for one visa covering 4 years of study. No need to re-submit your visa application. After successful completion of your Foundation year, you are guaranteed automatic progression into the 3-year degree programme in your chosen subject pathway.

Programme Details

Who is this programme for?

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The Foundation programme is designed for international students who have completed a secondary education but are not eligible for direct entry into their chosen Undergraduate programme.

The Foundation programme uses small class sizes and personalised attention to help students reach their potential and progress to tertiary studies at their chosen University.

What will you study?

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Throughout your Foundation programme, you will study essential modules to build your skillsets and confidence within your chosen study area.

Our Foundation programmes include a blend of essential academic skills alongside specific training in your chosen degree subject. Students will develop core skillsets across communication, presentation and analysis whilst also exploring elements of their main degree.

How will you be assessed?

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You will be assessed at regular intervals throughout your Foundation year to ensure you are progressing toward successful completion of the programme. You'll be assessed in a variety of different ways including reports, essays, exams and presentations.

Course structure

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You'll learn through lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Please note: these will be held online until it is safe to return to in-person learning.

Degree options available

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There are a range of degree options available. These vary depending on your chosen University. Please visit your chosen University page to view all available degrees.

Your Study Pathway

High School

Stage 1

Foundation Year

Stage 2

Further University studies

Stage 3

Last Year University Studies


For entry into a HIP Foundation programme, you need to demonstrate a commitment and ability to study at this level. You will also be required to take a literacy and numeracy test to be eligible for the programme. If you are an overseas student, you will be required to hold a valid study visa.


  • You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification).
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in any English, or equivalent studies.
  • Rankings and adjustment factors Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement plus any adjustment factors.
  • Adjustment factors include equity access schemes and/or subject adjustments.
  • We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

Selection Task

If you are not currently studying year 12 you must submit a personal statement by 30 September 2020 (VTAC Early round) or 6 November 2020 (VTAC Main round) outlining:

  • Your reasons for wanting to study this program
  • Your awareness of significant trends in contemporary media
  • Details of any professional or community media production experience.

Some applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Interviews will be held in November (VTAC Early round) and November/December (VTAC main round). For all subsequent rounds and direct applicants, interviews will be arranged after you have submitted your application.

Interstate or overseas applicants may be interviewed via telephone or video call.

Advisory emails will be sent to interviewed applicants in late December (VTAC Main round).

Applicants who do not submit the personal statement will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only, e.g. ATAR.

Universities offering Foundation Programmes



University of Bedfordshire International College

University of Bedfordshire



University of Creative Arts


St Mary's University London International College

St Mary's University of London


University of Worcester International College

University of Worcester

Jenny Lind

Foundation Programme for international students

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