The University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP) is designed for students who need support to reach the entry requirements for their desired undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney. You will gain an insight into relevant topics as well as the academic knowledge you’ll need to progress. Here, you can read about the variety of subjects you can study on each structure of this program.
USFP Standard and Intensive Programs:
Australian Studies |
Foundations of Social Science |
Foundations of Visual Arts and Design |
Government and Law |
Information Technology |
International Studies |
Media Studies and Communication |
USFP Extended program:
Extended English |
Extended Australian Identity
Advanced Mathematics |
Australian History |
Science Practicum |
English A and B aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable students to best achieve their academic potential at University.
The main aims for this module are:
To develop awareness and competency in the range of language-related skills required for successful study at Higher Education level. These include the processes and conventions of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures.
To develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language to enable students to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence.
To support students in reflecting on their learning and identifying how to improve their skills and language.
To ensure students are able to meet the requirements of the partner University through demonstrating a minimum English language level of IELTS 6.5 in the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Prerequisite: English A is a prerequisite for English B.
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The aim of this subject is to provide students with a basic understanding of the accounting process.
The aim of this subject is to provide students with a basic understanding of management accounting.
This subject explores the diversity of the Australian environment and the impact that people have on it. The course will help students to better understand the country they are
studying in, and to develop an informed perspective on current environmental issues.
Australian Studies B explores Australian history with a focus on Early Colonial Development (1770 – 1840) or Australia in Conflict (1901 – present day). Students will obtain knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values, and skills to develop informed perspectives on a range of historical issues. Students will undertake investigations through the analysis of historical sources and enhance their ability to think critically and problem solve. Students will be required to look for historical bias and formulate written responses to assess historical evidence. This course improves student literacy skills required for university study.
Students will also gain an understanding of very important contemporary issues facing Australia such as:
An introduction to the fundamental concepts and processes of living organisms, and a study of modern biology in the context of the world around us. Develops practical, research, analysis and presentation skills.
An introduction to the structures, processes and systems of plants and animals. Study of the origin of life will demonstrate the evolution of the unique Australian ecology. Develops practical, research, analysis and presentation skills.
Develops students knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts in physical and inorganic chemistry. Students learn laboratory and analytical skills required for undergraduate study.
Practical work is embedded within each topic.
Year 11 Chemistry or equivalent.
At least Mathematics for Business A, however Mathematics for Science A is recommended.
Builds on what students have learnt in Chemistry A and further develops their knowledge and understanding of key concepts in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. Students expand their laboratory and analytical skills acquired in Chemistry A needed for undergraduate study.
50% examination results.
Chemistry A and at least Mathematics for Business A.
At least Mathematics for Business B, however Mathematics for Science B is recommended.
Gain insight into the operation and regulation of the modern market based economy, including the main market models, government regulation polices, and the need for government intervention into the free market.
Discover the operation of the economy and the sectors and institutions within it. Understand why economic activity contracts and expands, and how policies support the achievement of goals and targets.
An introduction to personal development, social change and research skills; which are key to the undergraduate study of Psychology and Sociology.
Conducts the Personal Interest Project whereby students research a contemporary social issue using research methods and sampling techniques. The focus is on compiling data and strong report writing skills.
Foundations of Social Science A.
The course is an introduction to a wide variety of media and art techniques for students who wish to study Visual Arts and Design at University. It develops practical, creative, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Approximately 70% of class time is devoted to practical art making.
Foundations of Visual Arts and Design Elective A.
This elective course allows students to develop their practical art making skills, plus their independent research and problem solving abilities.
This course extends the skills students have learned in Core A. Students develop a body of work in their preferred form (Visual Arts or Design) based on the research of artists, designers, concepts, techniques and media.
Foundations of Visual Arts and Design – Elective A and Foundations of Visual Arts & Design – Core A.
Foundations of Visual Arts and Design – Elective B.
Note: The final body of work and the portfolio is assessed by Taylors College and the Sydney College of Arts (University of Sydney).
Extends the skills developed in Elective A, plus the techniques, critical language and understanding of art works gained throughout the course. Students produce a body of work in their preferred form.
Foundations of Visual Arts and Design – Elective A.
Note: The final body of work and the portfolio is assessed by Taylors College and the Sydney College of Arts (Sydney University).
(Development of Australian Law)
This subject gives students an understanding of the influences of the British parliamentary system on the development of Australian law and the system of government as it now exists. It also gives an introduction to the criminal justice system operating in Australia.
This subject introduces students to current issues related to the protection and enforcement of human rights and the effectiveness of legal and non-legal measures in promoting peace and resolving conflict between states.
Government and Law A.
This 'hands on' course complements the theory learned in the Accounting / Business course by providing the technical skills needed to customise programs, and use software to set up an internet based company.
This subject will appeal to creative students wishing to develop their own software and video games. Students will learn screen design and how to write an actual program 'code' using common programming languages. Students will learn game design and development and how to build 3D characters and virtual worlds.
An introduction to modern international and global politics. Explore the factors that shape politics, learn research and analysis skills, and present orally in student seminars.
Preparation for the undergraduate study of a wide range of international economics, business and politics studies. The focus is on practical problem solving through real case studies from the modern world of business.
This course is intended to give students an understanding of, and competence in, aspects of Mathematics that are applicable to the real world. It provides students with the background and skills necessary for University study requiring some mathematics. Mathematics for Business A may be studied as a minor.
Year 11 Mathematics or equivalent.
This subject extends the mathematical studies of Mathematics for Humanities A with particular emphasis on applications to problems in Economics and Finance.
Mathematics for Humanities A or Mathematics for Science A.
This course is intended to give students an understanding of and competence in, aspects of Mathematics that are applicable to the real world. It provides students with the background and skills necessary for university study requiring a significant level of mathematics. Mathematics for Science A may be studied as a minor.
This course extends the mathematical studies of Mathematics for Science A with particular emphasis on applications to physical problems.
Mathematics for Science A.
The Advanced Mathematics course is designed for students with a special interest in mathematics who have shown that they possess special aptitude for the subject. It provides students with the background and skills necessary for university study requiring a high level of mathematics. Advanced Mathematics A may be studied as a minor, subject to the prerequisite below.
Students must achieve a high standard in the Mathematics test held during Orientation at the College and be concurrently studying Mathematics for Science A or have achieved a high level in Mathematics for Science A. Science A or Mathematics for Humanities A.
This subject extends topics from the core Mathematics for Science course. The material is treated in considerable depth. Advanced Mathematics B may be studied as a minor, subject to prerequisites below.
Advanced Mathematics A or high achievement in Mathematics for Science A or Mathematics for Humanities A. Students must be concurrently studying the Mathematics for Science B course.
This subject is for students who wish to enter the world of public relations and the mass media, journalism, TV, radio, film and digital media. It examines the meaning of language, media and communication, and takes a historical view of the media in Australia, compares newspapers and magazines and the power of media ownership. Digital media is another important part of this course.
Here we focus on the ethical issues facing journalists, then we learn to identify and analyse the most common types of stories in newspapers like hard news and soft news, as well as learn how to analyse and read images in the media.
Media Studies and Communication A.
This subject aims to prepare students who want to take music for a tertiary subject or degree at a university.
An equivalent to ABRSM or AMEB Grade 6 practical for instruments.
In person or USB stick or via a web link or DVD.
Students have the options to choose either the Con pathway or the Taylors Pathway in this subject. The students who select Con pathway will need to follow the university calendar and start their individual tuitions on a later date (about 2 weeks) than the Taylors pathway. An additional fee for individual tuition is payable for this subject.
This subject aims to prepare students who want to take Music for a tertiary subject or degree at a university. It enables students to increase their aural awareness and musicianship skills.
50% final examination.
An equivalent to ABRSM or AMEB Grade 5 theory or a further placement theory test
This subject aims to develop a fundamental understanding of Music. Students will gain the opportunity to perform in concert (solo, duo and ensemble), attend concerts, meet professional musicians and widen their music repertoire.
This subject assumes students have some knowledge of musical notation. An audition and interview are required. An additional fee for individual tuition is payable for this subject.
Music Core Performance A. An additional fee for individual tuition is payable for this subject.
Music Core Theory A.
Pass Music Elective A or special audition and theory test. An additional fee for individual tuition is payable for this subject.
This subject will offer learning experiences that help students develop an understanding of physicists' work. Students will be introduced to the knowledge and applications which results from the work of physicists.
Experiments form a major component of the course and are designed to develop practical skills and introduce students to new technology.
Year 11 Physics or equivalent.
At least Mathematics for Business, but Mathematics for Science is strongly recommended.
Develop practical, research and critical thinking skills. Subjects include Astronomy (the study of the Universe) and the real-life applications of waves. Experiments and computer data analysis form a major part of this course.
Extended English focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening. Skills are linked to a thematic topic.
This subject focuses on the human characteristics of contemporary Australian society, on the factors that have influenced the creation of an unique Australian identity and a diversity of Australian communities. The course aims to promote knowledge, skills, understanding and values regarding Australia’s physical and human environments and aspects of Australian society and its individuals, families and communities.
* As well as Extended English and Australian Identity, in the first 19 weeks students choose two subjects from Accounting A, Australian Studies A, Chemistry A, Economics A, Mathematics for Humanities A from the Standard Program. Science and Economics stream students must study Mathematics for Humanities.
The Advanced Mathematics course is designed for students with a special interest in mathematics who have shown that they possess a significant aptitude for the subject. It provides students with the background and skills necessary for university study requiring a high level of mathematics. Application of mathematics to theoretical and real world problems and the ability to communicate mathematical ideas is emphasised throughout the course.
Year 12 Mathematics or equivalent.
This subject provides training in the English Language and aims to enhance speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in English. Through a selection of topic areas-Group Structures in Society, The Family, Culture, Global Issues, Gender and The Media – students will achieve confidence in academic text analysis.
This course investigates the major economic, social and political issues that dominate Australian History between the immediate post World War II period and today. During this time Australia has developed from a largely agricultural and manufacturing society to a multi-cultural and highly urbanised country with political and social links to Asia becoming increasingly significant. During this period Australian rights and freedoms have been critical issues that have shaped the national outlook and sense of what it means to be an Australian in the 21st Century.
This course investigates the contemporary social and cultural world. The course will explore the interactions between people, culture, society and the environment across time with the view of explaining why some issues stay the same and why some change in the modern world. This course draws upon cross-disciplinary concepts and social research methodologies from anthropology, communication, cultural studies, media studies, philosophy, psychology and sociology. By taking this course you will learn to conduct social research and to analyse your findings about the modern world.
Science Practicum assists in the development of language skills necessary for tertiary study. It also aids the development of the research, analysis and laboratory skills necessary for undergraduate study in biology, chemistry and physics.
This subject aims to investigate and consolidate academic skills in Research, Communication, Work Submission and Examination Techniques.