The University of Sydney Foundation Program

Your pathway to the University of Sydney

Take the most effective pathway to the University of Sydney. The University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP) is a rigorous, focused program. It provides you with the training you need to succeed at Australia's most prestigious university.

We offer a range of start dates and programs throughout the year to suit your timing, your academic level and your planned university degree. The combined educational expertise of both the University of Sydney and Taylors College has been employed to create this foundation program.

Number of semester: 2
Number of subjects per semester: 5
Total hours in class per week: 25
Intake start dates: February, July 

University of Sydney Foundation Program - Standard Course. CRICOS Course Code: 022310D.

Number of study periods: 2
Study period 1:

  • 10 weeks
  • 4 subjects

Study period 2:

  • 20 weeks
  • 6 subjects

Total hours in class per week: 30
Intake start dates: April, October

Note: you need a higher level of English for this program. View our entry requirements.

Please note subject offering is limited for the Intensive program. It is directed towards Science/Commerce degree students. All Intensive students must complete Mathematics A in their first study period regardless of degree choice.

University of Sydney Foundation Program - Standard Intensive. CRICOS Course Code: 036126M.

Number of semester: 3
Duration: 72 weeks
Intake start dates: February, August

The Extended Program consists of two parts:

Part 1:

  • In the first 19 weeks you will study Extended English, Australian Identity, and the Essential Computing Skills and Essential Student Skills Course, PLUS two subjects from Accounting A, Australian Studies A, Chemistry A, Economics A, Mathematics for Business A and Mathematics for Science A.

Part 2:

  • At the end of the first 19 weeks you must pass Extended English and Australian Identity, and meet the academic requirements of the elective subjects to continue with the remaining 40 weeks of the program.

University of Sydney Extended Foundation Program. CRICOS Course Code: 048302A.

Did you know...?

In 2019, 97% of USFP students received offers to the University of Sydney


Course structure

Mode of study: Full time, on campus.

Compulsory online and/or work-based training: Compulsory online tutorial on Academic Integrity generally completed in Orientation but of no mark value.

Placements, other community-based learning, collaborative research training arrangements: Not applicable.

Award: Transcript indicating statement of Course Completion, Course Mark/Exam Mark/Final Mark for each subject including English B , Overall GPA and letter grade for English B.

Once enrolled with the University of Sydney Foundation Program, you will receive a conditional offer to a degree at the University of Sydney.

All students must study English A and English B during the Foundation Program.

If your degree at the University has a University of Sydney prerequisite for Mathematics then you must study Mathematics during the Foundation Program.

Keeping in mind the subjects recommended to you, you are then welcome to choose your elective subjects.

Compulsory subjects English A and B All students
Compulsory subjects dependant on your degree Mathematics for Business A & B Depends on University of Sydney Bachelor degree requirements. Please note all Intensive program students must complete Mathematics A in their first study period regardless of degree choice.
Mathematics for Science A & B Depends on University of Sydney Bachelor degree requirements. Please note all Intensive program students must complete Mathematics A in their first study period regardless of degree choice.
Music Core Theory A & B and Music Core Performance A & B (only available for January Standard and Extended August students) Bachelor of Music students
(entry dependant on audition)
Foundations of Visual Arts and Design Core A & B
(only available for January Standard and Extended August students)
Foundations of Visual Art and Design Elective A & B
Bachelor of Visual Arts students (entry dependant on a portfolio
Elective subjects Accounting A* & B
Advanced Mathematics A* & B*
Australian Studies A* & B*
Biology A* & B*
Chemistry A* & B
Economics A* & B*
Foundations of Social Science A* & B
Foundations of Visual Art and Design Elective A* & B
Government and Law A* & B
Information Technology A* & B*
International Studies A* (Politics)
International Studies B* (Economics)
Mathematics (Business) A* & B
Mathematics (Science) A* & B
Media Studies and Communication A* & B
Music Elective A* & B
Physics A* & B*
Choose 2-4 subjects (A and B) depending on compulsory subjects and using the Recommendations as a guide
Subject Minors Subjects marked with a * can be taken as one semester long minor. Only 2 minors can be taken for each program.
Note: Subjects offered are conditional on student numbers/preferences.

Extended Program semester 1

Compulsory Subjects

  • Australian Identity
  • Extended English
  • Essential Computing Skills (ECS)
  • Essential Student Skills (ESS)

Elective Subjects (choose 2 subjects)

  • Accounting A
  • Australian Studies A
  • Chemistry A
  • Economics A
  • Mathematics for Business A
  • Mathematics for Science A

Then, Semester 2 and 3 with English A and B and a choice from all Standard subjects

Note: These courses are delivered by Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as Taylors College on behalf of the University of Sydney


Subjects

We recognise that you are most likely to do well in the subjects that interest you, so after completing your compulsory subjects, you can choose different elective subjects to study towards your chosen stream, which can help build the foundation for your future undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.  

Learn more about our subjects

A Taylors College Sydney graduate Andrew.

“USFP is a really good program designed not only to allow you to study at a prestigious uni, but also to be able to do well in it.”

Andrew, from Taiwan
Graduated from USFP
Now studying a combined degree – Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney

Entry requirements

Learn about the required level of English and academic grades you need to achieve to be accepted into our foundation program.

View entry requirements.

Term dates

Intake February

Duration: 52 weeks

  2020 2021
Orientation 04 February 2020 27 January 2021
Term 1 04 February 2020 - 9 April 2020 27 January 2021 - 1 April 2021
Holiday 10 April 2020 - 26 April 2020 02 April 2021 - 18 April 2021
Term 2 27 April 2020 - 3 July 2020 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021
Holiday 4 July 2020 - 19 July 2020 26 June 2021 - 11 July 2021
Term 3 20 July 2020 - 25 September 2020 12 July 2021 - 17 September 2021
Holiday 26 September - 11 October 2020 18 September 2021- 04 October 2021
Term 4 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020 05 October 2021 - 10 December 2021

Intake July

Duration: 52 weeks

  2020 2021
Orientation 20 July 2020 12 July 202
Term 1 20 July 2020 - 25 September 2020 12 July 2021 - 17 September 2021
Holiday 26 September 2020 - 11 October 2020 18 September 2021 - 04 October 2021
Term 2 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020 05 October 2021 - 10 December 2021
Holiday 19 December 2020 - 26 January 2021 11 December 2021 - 31 January 2022
Term 3 27 January 2021 - 1 April 2021 01 February 2022 - 08 April 2022
Holiday 2 April 2021 - 18 April 2021 09 April 2022 - 25 April 2022
Term 4 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021 26 April 2022 - 01 July 2022

Intake April

Duration: 39 weeks

2020 2021
Orientation 27 April 2020 19 April 2021
Term 1 27 April 2020 - 3 July 2020 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021
Holiday 4 July 2020 - 19 July 2020 25 July 2021 - 11 July 2021
Term 2 20 July 2020 - 25 September 2020 12 July 2021 - 17 September 2021
Holiday 26 September 2020 - 11 October 2020 18 September 2021 - 04 October 2021
Term 3 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020 05 October 2021 - 10 December 2021

Intake October

Duration: 39 weeks

  2020 2021
Orientation 12 October 2020 05 October 2021
Term 1 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020 05 October 2021 - 10 December 2021
Holiday 19 December 2020 - 26 January 2021 19 December 2021 - 31 January 2022
Term 2 27 January 2021 - 1 April 2021 01 January 2022 - 08 April 2022
Holiday 2 April 2021 - 18 April 2021 09 April 2022 - 25 April 2022
Term 3 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021 26 April 2022 - 01 July 2022

Intake February

Duration: 72 weeks

  2020 2021
Orientation 10 February 2020 01 February 2021
Term 1 10 February 2020 - 9 April 2020 01 February 2021 - 01 April 2021
Holiday 10 April 2020 - 26 April 2020 02 April 2021 - 18 April 2021
Term 2 27 April 2020 - 3 July 2020 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021
Holiday 4 July 2020 - 19 July 2020 26 June 2021 - 11 July 2021
Term 3 20 July 2020 - 25 September 2020 12 July 2021 - 17 September 2021
Holiday 26 September 2020 - 11 October 2020 18 September 2021 - 04 October 2021
Term 4 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020 05 October 2021 - 10 December 2021
Holiday 19 December 2020 - 26 January 2021 11 December 2021 - 31 January 2022
Term 5 27 January 2021 - 1 April 2021 01 February 2022 - 08 April 2022
Holiday 2 April 2021 - 18 April 2021 09 April 2022 - 25 April 2022
Term 6 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021 26 April 2022 - 01 June 2022

Intake August

Duration: 72 weeks

  2020 2021
Orientation 10 August 2020 02 August 2021
Term 1 10 August 2020 - 2 October 2020 02 August 2021 - 24 September 2021
Holiday 3 October 2020 - 11 October 2020 25 September 2021 - 04 October 2021
Term 2 12 October 2020 - 18 December 2020 05 October 2021 - 10 December 2021
Holiday 19 December 2020 - 26 January 2021 11 December 2021 - 31 January 2022
Term 3 27 January 2021 - 01 April 2021 01 February 2022 - 08 April 2022
Holiday 2 April 2021 - 18 April 2021 09 April 2022 - 25 April 2022
Term 4 19 April 2021 - 25 June 2021 26 April 2022 - 01 July 2022
Holiday 26 June 2021 - 11 July 2021 02 July 2022 - 17 July 2022
Term 5 12 July 2021 - 17 September 2021 18 July 2022 - 23 September 2022
Holiday 18 September 2021 - 04 October 2021 24 September 2022 - 09 October 2022
Term 6 5 October 2021 - 10 December 2021 10 October 2022 - 16 December 2022
Holiday 2020 2021
New Year's Day Wednesday 1 January Friday 1 January
Australia Day Monday 27 January Tuesday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 10 April Friday 2 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 11 April Saturday 3 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 12 April Sunday 4 April
Easter Monday Monday 13 April Monday 5 April
ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April Sunday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 8 June Monday 14 June
Labour Day Monday 5 October Monday 4 October
Christmas Day Friday 25 December Saturday 25 December
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December Sunday 26 December
Additional Day Monday 28 December Tuesday 28 December

Assessments

Whether you wish to understand how your English and academic progress are graded, or what GPA is required for you to get into the degree program of your choice at the University of Sydney, learn more about assessments today. 

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