The University of Sydney Foundation Program

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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.

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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.

  • You study Academic English Skills and 4 academic subjects in each semester.
  • Typically, you study A subjects in your first semester and B subjects in your final semester. This does not mean that the A subjects are necessarily a pre-requisite for B subjects. For most subjects, you could study the B subject before the A subject.
  • The academic subjects are studied as majors and minors.  A major is when you study both the A and B in a subject (e.g. Economics A and Economics B is a major).  A minor is when you study only the A or only the B of a subject (e.g. Economics A and IT B would be 2 minors).
  • You must study at least 3 majors and can then choose to study either 2 minors or a 4th major to make up your 8 academic subjects.
  • Academic English Skills and at least 2 of the majors you study will be your core subjects.  This means they are either pre-requisite subjects or subjects you are assumed to have knowledge and skills in for your chosen degree.

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, 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 subjectsEnglish A and BAll students

Mathematics for Business A & BDepends 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 & BDepends 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.
Compulsory subjects dependant on your degreeMusic 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

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

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

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.

Subject selection guidelines

This program is taught over 2 semesters. There are 2 terms each semester and each term is 10 weeks long. You study the same subject for the full semester. 

The program is tailored to meet your needs and prepare you as much as possible for your degree at the University of Sydney.

  • You will study 10 subjects in total over the 2 semesters, 5 subjects in each semester.
  • You study Academic English Skills and 4 academic subjects in each semester.
  • Typically, you study A subjects in your first semester and B subjects in your final semester. This does not mean that the A subjects are necessarily a pre-requisite for B subjects. For most subjects, you could study the B subject before the A subject. 
  • The academic subjects are studied as majors and minors. A major is when you study both the A and B in a subject (e.g. Economics A and Economics B is a major). A minor is when you study only the A or only the B of a subject (e.g. Economics A and IT B would be 2 minors).
  • You must study at least 3 majors and can then choose to study either 2 minors or a 4th major to make up your 8 academic subjects.
  • Academic English Skills and at least 2 of the majors you study will be your core subjects. This means they are either pre-requisite subjects or subjects you are assumed to have knowledge and skills in for your chosen degree.

For example, a student with a Bachelor of Commerce offer could study 4 majors or 3 majors and 2 minors.


CoreCore
Major 1
Core
Major 2
Core
Major 3
Elective Major 4OR2 Minors
Semester 1English AMath AEconomics AAccounting AMedia AMedia A
Semester 2English BMath BEconomics BAccounting BMedia BITA

The subject selection guidelines provide further information on the core subjects for your degree and examples of some of the elective subjects you may choose from. A range of elective subjects are offered; however, these will vary depending on your degree, the number of students taking the subject and availability.

This program is taught over 1.5 semesters. There are 3 terms in total, of 10 weeks long. 

The program is tailored to meet your needs and prepare you as much as possible for your degree at the University of Sydney and is aimed at students requiring less English support.

  • You will study 10 subjects in total over the 1.5 semesters.
  • In your first term you study Academic English Skills and 3 academic subjects.
  • In your final semester you study Academic English Skills and 5 academic subjects.
  • The academic subjects are studied as majors and minors. A major is when you study both the A and B in a subject (e.g. Economics A and Economics B is a major). A minor is when you study only the A or only the B of a subject (e.g. Economics A and IT B would be 2 minors).
  • You must study at least 3 majors and can then choose to study either 2 minors or a 4th major to make up your 8 academic subjects.
  • Academic English Skills and at least 2 of the majors you study will be your core subjects. This means they are either pre-requisite subjects or subjects you are assumed to have knowledge and skills in for your chosen degree.

For example, a student with a Bachelor of Commerce offer could study 4 majors or 3 majors and 2 minors.


CoreCore
Major 1
Core Major 2Core Major 3Elective
Major 4
OR2 Minors
Term 1English AMath AEconomics AAccounting An/an/an/an/a
Semester 2English BMath BEconomics BAccounting BITAITBITAMedia A

The subject selection guidelines provide further information on the core subjects for your degree and examples of some of the elective subjects you may choose from. These will vary depending on your degree, the number of students taking the subject, availability and whether B subjects can be studied at the same time as an A subject.

This program is taught over 3 semesters. There are 2 terms each semester and terms are 10 weeks long. You study the same subject for the full semester. 

The program is tailored to meet your needs and prepare you as much as possible for your degree at the University of Sydney. It is aimed at students requiring a little more support.

  • You will study 12 subjects in total over the 3 semesters, 4 subjects in each semester.
  • In your first semester you study Extended English Skills, Essential Study Skills, Mathematics and one academic subject.
  • In your second and third semester, you study Academic English Skills and 3 academic subjects in each semester.
  • The academic subjects are studied as majors and minors. A major is when you study both the A and B in a subject (e.g. Economics A and Economics B is a major). A minor is when you study only the A or only the B of a subject (e.g. Economics A and IT B would be 2 minors).
  • To get the 3 majors you require to progress, you study A subjects in your first and second semester and B subjects in your final semester.
  • Academic English Skills and at least 2 of the majors you study will be your core subjects. This means they are either pre-requisite subjects or subjects you are assumed to have knowledge and skills in for your chosen degree. 

For example, a student with a Bachelor of Commerce offer could study 4 majors or 3 majors and 2 minors.


CoreCoreCore
Major 1
Core Major 2Core Major 3Core
Major 4
OR2 Minors
Semester 1Extended EnglishEssential Study Skills

Mathematics

A

Economics An/an/an/a
Semester 2English A
n/an/aAccounting AITAMedia A
Semester 3English B
Mathematics BEconomics BAccounting BITBITB

The subject selection guidelines provide further information on the core subjects for your degree and examples of some of the elective subjects you may choose from. These will vary depending on your degree, the number of students taking the subject and availability.

Andrew from Taiwan

“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
Orientation27, 28, 31 January 2022
Term 131 January 2022 - 8 April 2022
Holiday11 April 2022 - 25 April 2022
Term 226 April 2022 - 1 July 2022
Holiday4 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
Term 318 July 2022 - 23 September 2022
Holiday26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
Term 410 October 2022 - 16 December 2022

Intake July

Duration: 52 weeks


2022
Orientation14, 15, 18 July 2022
Term 118 July 2022 - 23 September 2022
Holiday26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
Term 210 October 2021 - 16 December 2022
Holiday19 December 2022 - 30 January 2023
Term 330 January 2023 - 6 April 2023
Holiday10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
Term 424 April 2023 - 30 June 2023

Intake April

Duration: 40 weeks


2022
Orientation21, 22, 26 April 2022
Term 126 April 2022 - 1 July 2022
Holiday4 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
Term 218 July 2022 - 23 September 2022
Holiday26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
Term 310 October 2022 - 16 December 2022

Intake October

Duration: 40 weeks


2022
Orientation29, 30 September & 3 October 2022
Term 110 October 2022 - 16 December 2022
Holiday19 December 2022 - 30 January 2023
Term 230 January 2023 - 6 April 2023
Holiday10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
Term 324 April 2023 - 30 June 2023

Intake February

Duration: 75 weeks


2022
Orientation10, 11, 14 February 2022
Term 114 February 2022 - 8 April 2022
Holiday11 April 2022 - 25 April 2022
Term 226 April 2022 - 1 July 2022
Holiday4 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
Term 318 July 2022 - 23 September 2022
Holiday26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
Term 410 October 2022 - 16 December 2022
Holiday19 December 2022 - 30 January 2023
Term 530 January 2023 - 6 April 2023
Holiday10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
Term 624 April 2023 - 30 June 2023

Intake August

Duration: 75 weeks


2022
Orientation4 August, 5 August, 8 August 2022
Term 18 August 2022 - 30 September 2022
Holiday3 October 2022 - 7 October 2022
Term 210 October 2022 - 16 December 2022
Holiday19 December 2022 - 30 January 2023
Term 330 January 2023 - 6 April 2023
Holiday10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
Term 424 April 2023 - 30 June 2023
Holiday3 July 2023 - 14 July 2023
Term 517 July 2023 - 22 September 2023
Holiday25 September 2023 - 6 October 2023
Term 69 October 2023 - 15 December 2023
Holiday20222023
New Year's DayMonday 3 JanuaryMonday 2 January
Australia DayWednesday 26 JanuaryThursday 26 January
Good FridayFriday 15 AprilFriday 16 April
Easter SaturdaySaturday 16 AprilSaturday 8 April
Easter SundaySunday 17 AprilSunday 9 April
Easter MondayMonday 18 AprilMonday 10 April
ANZAC DayMonday 25 AprilTuesday 25 April
Queen's BirthdayMonday 13 JuneMonday 12 June
Labour DayMonday 3 OctoberMonday 2 October
Christmas DaySunday 25 DecemberMonday 25 December
Boxing DayMonday 26 DecemberTuesday 26 December
Additional DayTuesday 27 Decembern/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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