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La Trobe College Australia

Foundation Studies for Health and Life Sciences

Foundation Studies is a bridging course to prepare international students for their University studies. Successful completion of the Foundation Studies program with a 60% grade point average will provide you with a guaranteed pathway into the  first year of an undergraduate degree at La Trobe University. To find out more about the minimum Foundation Studies grade point average required for your preferred degree see the entry requirements document*.
*Entry requirements may be subject to quotas and additional criteria for entry in some courses. See the relevant course page for more information.  Please see here for more information on transferring to La Trobe University.
The Foundation Studies program has been specifically designed to meet the needs of international students thereby giving them the best opportunities for academic success.


Year International Student





Two trimesters


February, June




Students will complete 4 subjects in the first trimester and 4 subjects in the second trimester. Students will also undertake independent learning throughout the course to develop learning and research skills in preparation for university.

Academic Communication 1 and 2 are compulsory subjects.

Other subjects are compulsory dependent on chosen bachelor degree.

Trimester 1

  • Academic Communication 1 (LFS00AS1)
  • Essential Maths 1 (LFS00EM1)
  • Advanced Maths 1 (LFS00AM1) or Biology 1 (LFS00BY1)
  • Physics 1 (LFS00PY1)
  • Independent Learning 1 ((LFS00IN1)
  • Chemistry 1 (LFS00CY1)

Trimester 2

  • Academic Communication 2 (LFS00AS2)
  • Physics 2 (LFS00PY2)
  • Advanced Maths 2 (LFS00AM2) or Biology 2 (LFS00BY2)
  • Essential Maths 2 (LFS00EM2)
  • Independent Learning 2 (LFS00IN2)
  • Chemistry 2 (LFS00CY2)

Entry into 1st Year of

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences

  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

  • Bachelor of Biological Sciences

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science

  • Bachelor of Biomedicine

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science

  • Bachelor of Health Science

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Classification ) / Bachelor of Health Information Management

  • Bachelor of Nutrition Science

  • Bachelor of Nursing ( pre-registration)

  • Bachelor of Oral Health Science

  • Bachelor of Paramedic Practice with Honours

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy ( Honours)

  • Bachelor of Psychological Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy ( Honours)

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

  • Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours)

  • Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours)

  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) (Bendigo)


Popular careers for graduates

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Agronomist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Conservationist
  • Criminologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Veterinary Scientist
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Pharmacist
  • Psychologist
  • Anthropologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Plant pathology and plant taxonomist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Nutritionist

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