13 weeks
Delivery mode: 
In person
This course is fully government funded, and you will not incur a debt for tuition fees. You will need to pay non-tuition fees, including the annual student services & amenities fee.
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 4 June 2023


Study the fully-funded Foundations at Victoria University, to reach your goal of studying a higher education undergraduate or diploma course.

It could be that your study scores were significantly lower than you expected, or that your final year of secondary school was particularly challenging.

With the successful completion of our Foundations 13-week course, you can get your higher-education plans back on track.

Foundations at VU is for domestic students (Australian citizens or permanent residents) who have attempted an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent) and have successfully completed an Australian Year 11 (or equivalent).

On successful completion of the Foundation Studies course you will have:

  • learnt how to plan, research, and present written, verbal, visual and multimodal texts for a range of contexts respecting academic standards and conventions and discipline specific guidelines
  • gained practical skills to evaluate, analyse, synthesise and interpret data/text in order to make judgement, form an argument, problem solve or reach a conclusion
  • chosen appropriate ICT and digital technologies to satisfactorily engage and complete coursework tasks in a safe, legal and collaborative manner respecting established protocols for online interaction
  • established which Victoria University higher education course you would like to study
  • built on your academic knowledge and skills, developing the confidence and study habits required to successfully continue tertiary education
  • become familiar with Victoria University and its excellent support structures and have a positive experience through overcoming educational disadvantage arising from cultural, social, economic, health or emotional factors

The Foundations at VU course is a non-award program. You will be presented with certificate on program completion. A record of results will also be provided to you.

During the course, you'll be supported in your learning by talented, experienced and caring staff.

One of our program educators, Brigitte Friedrich, has over 30 years of experience in senior school, foundation programs and higher education in Australia and overseas.

Brigitte is enthusiastic and passionate about creating units of study which:

  • maximise the use of learning technologies
  • connects learning with the real world
  • develops the potential of each individual.

Brigitte makes her class materials relevant, current and engaging. She builds trusting relationships with her students which values and nurtures their social, cultural and emotional needs and cultivates a love of learning.

You will need to pass all four units of study and will need to meet certain conditions in order to pathway into a degree or diploma studies.

The units of study completed will not be credit bearing for undergraduate or diploma studies.

Each unit of study will be delivered through interactive e-learning model with five hours face-to-face. You will be required to complete approximately 90 minutes of online activities through VU’s learning management system, for each unit.

For more information contact VU College:

Level 13, City Tower
Phone: +61 3 9919 1175
Email: [email protected]

Course contents

To satisfactorily complete the Foundations at VU course students will need to pass four units:

  • two core units
  • two discipline specific units

Students will be advised that it may be a requirement to undertake a Mathematics unit in order to satisfy the conditions of entry into some Victoria University undergraduate degrees or higher education diplomas.

Foundations at VU is an alternative entry pathway leading to higher education undergraduate and higher education diploma studies. It is designed specifically for domestic students who have not met direct entry requirements and are pursuing future studies in higher education.

Foundations at VU will:

- Provide a guaranteed entry upon meeting certain conditions to a Victoria University undergraduate degree or higher education diploma course on successful completion of the course
- Provide a contemporary curriculum that introduces discipline specific content utilising learning technologies which develop the skills and multiple literacies required for successful engagement with tertiary study
- Provide regular guidance regarding progress and alternative VU entry options for those who are not achieving success in the course
- Connect students to VU services, systems and processes which facilitate a positive student experience and overcome educational disadvantage arising from cultural, social, economic, health or emotional factors.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Have attempted an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent) program of study and have successfully completed an Australian Year 11 or a comparable educational level.

How to apply

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications are due on 4 June 2023

Apply direct to VU

Already a VU student?

If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

After you apply

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  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

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