The University of Sydney Foundation Program

Your pathway to the University of Sydney

What is the University of Sydney Foundation Program?

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. The combined educational expertise of both the University of Sydney and Taylors College has been employed to create this foundation program.

Who is this program for?

The USFP is designed to assist students who want to study an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney, but don't meet the necessary entry requirements. We will support you whatever your academic needs, through one of our three specially-designed program structures. Additionally, we offer a range of start dates throughout the year to suit your timing and your planned university degree. 

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: 75 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
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
Further Mathematics A* & B*
Government and Law A* & B
Information Technology A* & B*
International Studies A* (Politics)
International Studies B* (Economics)
Mathematics for Business A* & B
Mathematics for 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

1st Semester (4 subjects in 10 Weeks)

  • 2 Compulsory:- English A and Mathematics (a choice of Science or Business Maths)
  • 2 Elective from:- Chemistry A, Physics A, Foundations of Social Science A, Accounting A & Economics A

2nd Semester (6 subjects in 20 weeks)

  • 1 Compulsory:- English B
  • 5 Electives from:- Maths for Science B, Maths for Business B, Further Maths A, Further Maths B
    • Chemistry A & B, Physics A & B, Biology A & B
    • Economics A & B, International Studies B.
    • Accounting A & B, Foundations of Social Science A & B, Australian Studies A & B, International Studies A & B
    • Media and Communications A, Government & Law A.
    • Music Elective A, Visual Arts Elective A
    • Information Technology A & B (ITA & B)

NOTE: Some exceptions.

  • Economics A & International Studies B are considered a Major subject.
  • Students who score 7 or more in English A may study Media & Communications A & B or Government & Law A & B together.

IMPORTANT: Requirements of the Course.

  • Students must complete a total of 10 subjects comprising of English A & B plus 8 elective subjects.
  • The 8 elective subjects must contain both A & B components of at least 3 subjects. Eg Maths A & B, Accounting A & B, Economics A & B (3 Majors). The other 2 subjects may be different eg
  • Music A and ITA (2 minors)
  • Or, the 8 elective subjects may contain A & B components of all 4 subjects. Example, Maths A & B, Physics A & B, Chemistry A & B, Biology A & B- hence 4 Majors.

Subjects with prerequisites (must study and pass the A component before studying the B component)

  • Maths for Science B, Maths for Business B.
  • Chemistry B
  • Accounting B
  • Foundations of Social Science B

Subjects with NO prerequisites (No need to study and pass the A component before studying the B component)

  • Australian Studies, Economics, International Studies, Biology, Physics, Information Technology, Further Maths (high Maths for Science/Business mark required for eligibility)

Note that the A & B components can be studied concurrently, or the B component can be studied alone as a Minor subject.

Corequisites

  • Chemistry & Physics have Maths as a corequisite. Students studying Physics or Chemistry must also study Maths.
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

2022
Orientation 31 January 2022
Term 1 31 January 2022 - 8 April 2022
Holiday 11 April 2022 - 25 April 2022
Term 2 26 April 2022 - 1 July 2022
Holiday 4 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
Term 3 18 July 2022 - 23 September 2022
Holiday 26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
Term 4 10 October 2022 - 16 December 2022

Intake July

Duration: 52 weeks

2022
Orientation 18 July 2022
Term 1 18 July 2022 - 23 September 2022
Holiday 26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
Term 2 10 October 2021 - 16 December 2022
Holiday 19 December 2022 - 30 January 2023
Term 3 30 January 2023 - 6 April 2023
Holiday 10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
Term 4 24 April 2023 - 30 June 2023

Intake April

Duration: 40 weeks

2022
Orientation 26 April 2022
Term 1 26 April 2022 - 1 July 2022
Holiday 4 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
Term 2 18 July 2022 - 23 September 2022
Holiday 26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
Term 3 10 October 2022 - 16 December 2022

Intake October

Duration: 40 weeks

  2022
Orientation 10 October 2022
Term 1 10 October 2022 - 16 December 2022
Holiday 19 December 2022 - 30 January 2023
Term 2 30 January 2023 - 6 April 2023
Holiday 10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
Term 3 24 April 2023 - 30 June 2023

Intake February

Duration: 75 weeks

  2022
Orientation 14 February 2022
Term 1 14 February 2022 - 8 April 2022
Holiday 11 April 2022 - 25 April 2022
Term 2 26 April 2022 - 1 July 2022
Holiday 4 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
Term 3 18 July 2022 - 23 September 2022
Holiday 26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
Term 4 10 October 2022 - 16 December 2022
Holiday 19 December 2022 - 30 January 2023
Term 5 30 January 2023 - 6 April 2023
Holiday 10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
Term 6 24 April 2023 - 30 June 2023

Intake August

Duration: 75 weeks

  2022
Orientation 8 August 2022
Term 1 8 August 2022 - 30 September 2022
Holiday 3 October 2022 - 7 October 2022
Term 2 10 October 2022 - 16 December 2022
Holiday 19 December 2022 - 30 January 2023
Term 3 30 January 2023 - 6 April 2023
Holiday 10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
Term 4 24 April 2023 - 30 June 2023
Holiday 3 July 2023 - 14 July 2023
Term 5 17 July 2023 - 22 September 2023
Holiday 25 September 2023 - 6 October 2023
Term 6 9 October 2023 - 15 December 2023
Holiday 2022 2023
New Year's Day Monday 3 January Monday 2 January
Australia Day Wednesday 26 January Thursday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 15 April Friday 7 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 16 April Saturday 8 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 17 April Sunday 9 April
Easter Monday Monday 18 April Monday 10 April
ANZAC Day Monday 25 April Tuesday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 13 June Monday 12 June
Labour Day Monday 3 October Monday 2 October
Christmas Day Sunday 25 December Monday 25 December
Boxing Day Monday 26 December Tuesday 26 December
Additional Day Tuesday 27 December n/a

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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