Foundation Studies

Australian Catholic University


In response to COVID-19, the Australian Catholic University is moving courses online to enable students to continue their studies. Check the most up-to-date ACU advice about COVID-19 arrangements.

Foundation Studies offers a pathway into all ACU courses for students who might not otherwise qualify. For Australian domestic students, this may be because they have not achieved a Year 12 qualification or reached a sufficient ATAR score. For international students, it may be because they have not achieved a sufficient English language level. Upon completion of Foundation Studies, students will be guaranteed entry into ACU courses provided they reach a sufficient GPA average and meet any additional requirements as set out by the specific Faculty. International students will also be required to reach an English language level in accordance with the course they wish to enter. 

In Foundation Studies, students will be given a rich grounding in the fields of science, maths, humanities, digital literacy and academic skills. In addition to their specified units, students will be able to choose from a wide range of electives, including Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies, and English Literature and Language. Foundation Studies is a eight month course organised into three terms with 30 weeks of face-to-face and online teaching. It has been designed to familiarise students with academic skills and core knowledge and to make available the full range of ACU’s undergraduate courses.

Areas of study: English, mathematics, science and technology, society and environment/business and legal studies, the arts.

Career opportunities: Foundation Studies is a pathway into all ACU undergraduate degrees on offer in 2022. While this program is currently only offered to domestic students at our Blacktown campus, it will act as a pathway to degrees at any of our campuses. Search for your preferred degree and view career opportunities.

Fees and charges: Visit the ACU website for general information about tuition fees.


To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:

  • be 18 years or over by the census date of the first relevant study period of enrolment
  • have not achieved an adequate Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent for entry to ACU
  • have not completed other eligible qualifications that meet the minimum entry requirements for entry to ACU.

Student profile

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Further information

Read all details for this course on ACU's website.

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ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2020)


  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria