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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.


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
  • Biology 1 or Advanced Maths 1
  • Chemistry 1
  • Physics 1
  • Essential Maths 1
  • Independent Learning 1

Trimester 2

  • Academic Communication 2
  • Biology 2 or Advanced Maths 2
  • Chemistry 2
  • Physics 2
  • Essential Maths 2
  • Independent Learning 2

Entry into 1st Year of

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences

  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Audiology

  • Bachelor of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours)

  • Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice

  • Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

  • Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours)

  • Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice

  • Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology

  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Health Sciences 

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science

  • Bachelor of Biological Sciences

  • Bachelor of Dental Sciences (Honours) (Bendigo only)
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce

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

  • Bachelor of Human Nutrition

  • Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work

  • Bachelor of Nursing

  • Bachelor of Paramedic Practice (Honours) (Bendigo only)
  • Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) 
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (Bendigo only)

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science

  • Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Business

  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Commerce

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Nanotechnology

  • Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)

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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