Business, IT and Humanities

This Foundation Studies program will allow you to gain direct access into the 1st year of a range of La Trobe Bachelor degrees.

Key Information

Duration

8 months

Intake Dates

February, June, October

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Campus Location

Melbourne

Sydney

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2024 Fees

A$27,272

CRICOS 085026J

Degree pathway

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Global Studies
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts
  • Bachelor of Criminology 
  • Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Cybersecurity/Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Digital Business
  • Bachelor of Finance
  • Bachelor of International Business
  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Accounting/Master of Financial Analysis 
  • Bachelor of Business (multiple majors)
  • Bachelor of Business Analytics
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  • Bachelor of Outdoor and Sustainability Education
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Criminology
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Global Studies
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Media and Communication
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  • Bachelor of Media and Communication

*Entry requirements may be subject to quotas and additional criteria for entry in some courses. See the relevant course page for more information. 

Find more information on transitioning to your degree program on our Transferring to La Trobe University page.

Course structure

Trimester 1

In your Foundation Studies program, you’ll study four subjects in each of your two trimesters. You’ll also undertake independent learning to develop learning and research skills to prepare you for university.

The main aims of the Academic Communication 1 course are the consolidation and extension of students’ understanding of, and ability to use, written and spoken English for the purposes of tertiary study. It will specifically extend language skills through thinking, reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will be assessed on their ability to communicate ideas, feelings, observations and information effectively both in writing and orally.

Assessment Type When Weighting
On-going assessment of reading, writing and listening skills referred to as Assessment Task Weekly50%
Final Assessments: Part 1 - 20% and Part 2 - 30%Week 1350%

In order to pass this subject, students are required to achieve an overall result of at least 50%. In addition, students are required to achieve a minimum result of 50% in the end of semester examination component of assessment.

Accounting is the process of recording, reporting, analysing and interpreting financial data and information which is then communicated to internal and external users of the information. It plays an integral role in the successful operation and management of a business.

This subject focuses on the financial recording, reporting and decision-making processes of a sole proprietor.

Assessment TypeWhenWeighting
Tests (Five) Weeks 3, 4, 6, 9 and 11 100%

In order to pass this subject, students are required to achieve an overall result of at least 50%. In addition, students are required to achieve a minimum result of 50% in the end of semester examination component of assessment. 

Economics involves a study of how a nation organises to provide the material things which its population needs to live. It involves a study of markets, producing, buying and selling goods and services and allocating resources (microeconomics). It also involves a study of how a nation’s economic system operates, and how its performance can be measured and monitored (macroeconomics). This subject introduces students to economics terms, concepts and theories and provides an opportunity to research an economic issue.

Assessment TypeWhenWeighting
Tests x 4Weeks 4, 7, 9, 12 80%
Research Week 1020%

In order to pass this subject, students are required to achieve an overall result of at least 50%. In addition, students are required to achieve a minimum result of 50% in the end of semester examination component of assessment

The major objective of this course is to provide students with the necessary mathematical knowledge and skills required to proceed to further studies in mathematics for both entry to tertiary studies and for general life and employability skills.

The main topics studied include financial arithmetic, statistics, geometry, graphs and matrices. Technology including graphics calculators and spreadsheet software are used to enhance the learning process.

Assessment TypeWhenWeighting
Five topic tests (Test One, etc) Weeks 2, 3, 6, 9, 11 70% 
Subject review quizWeek 13 30% 

In order to pass this subject, students are required to achieve an overall result of at least 50%. In addition, students are required to achieve a minimum result of 50% in the end of semester examination component of assessment.

Independent Learning is a supervised 2-hour weekly session. It is designed to give students time to complete additional work from other subjects; help promote the acquisition of good study skills; and to improve English language skills by encouraging group and informal discussions. Various seminars may be introduced from time-to-time such as “Aussie Slang” or “Creating a Resume”. It also provides students with an additional point of reference with a teacher mentor.

Assessment TypeWhen Weighting
Attendance  100% 

Trimester 2

The main aims of the Academic Communication 2 subject are the consolidation and extension of students’ understanding of, and ability to use, written and spoken English for the purposes of tertiary study. It will specifically extend language skills through thinking, reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will be assessed on their ability to communicate ideas, feelings, observations and information effectively both in writing and orally. Students will be exposed to a wide range of text types from a variety of sources such as websites, academic journals, newspapers, magazine and television programmes, etc. Emphasis will be placed on helping students to question, interpret and critically analyse these texts. Students will use this in- depth analysis as the basis for their own writing, demonstrating the ability to integrate sources and synthesise ideas.

Assessment Type When Weighting
On-going assessment of reading, writing, listening and presentation skills referred to as Assessment Task 1, 2 etc.Weekly50%
Final Text response 10% and Final assessment 40%Week 1350%

In order to pass this subject, students are required to achieve an overall result of at least 50%. In addition, students are required to achieve a minimum result of 50% in the end of semester examination component of assessment.

This subject builds on the concepts introduced in Accounting 1 with a focus on financial recording, reporting, and decision-making processes of a sole proprietor. Accounting is the process of recording, reporting, analysing and interpreting financial data and information which is then communicated to internal and external users of the information. It plays an integral role in the successful operation and management of a business. 

Assessment TypeWhenWeighting
Tests and group assessmentWeeks 3, 4, 6, 10 and 13100%

In order to pass this subject, students are required to achieve an overall result of at least 50%. In addition, students are required to achieve a minimum result of 50% in the end of semester examination component of assessment. 

This subject builds on the fundamental economic knowledge and concepts introduced in Economic 1. These concepts/skills are utilized to analyse economic systems, operation of markets and the Australian economy. The interaction between economic agents (firms, individuals, governments, financial, overseas sectors) is further developed.

Assessment TypeWhenWeighting
Tests x 5Weeks 3, 4, 7, 13 100%

In order to pass this subject, students are required to achieve an overall result of at least 50%. In addition, students are required to achieve a minimum result of 50% in the end of semester examination component of assessment

The major objective of this course is to provide students with the necessary mathematical knowledge and skills required to proceed to further studies in mathematics for both entry to tertiary studies and for general life and employability skills.

The main topics studied include statistics, number patterns, graphs and relations and business related mathematics. Technology including graphics calculators and spreadsheet software are used to enhance the learning process.

Skills gained should include the ability to define and explain key terms and concepts, obtain skills which can be applied to solve simple problems, and extrapolate these skills to solve given practical situations which may involve analysis, problem solving, modelling or investigative techniques. 

Assessment TypeWhenWeighting
Five topic tests (Test One, etc) Weeks 3, 4, 6, 9, 115 x 8% = 40%
Final ExaminationWeek 13 25% 

In order to pass this subject, students are required to achieve an overall result of at least 50%. In addition, students are required to achieve a minimum result of 50% in the end of semester examination component of assessment.

Independent Learning is a supervised 2-hour weekly session. It is designed to give students time to complete additional work from other subjects; help promote the acquisition of good study skills; and to improve English language skills by encouraging group and informal discussions. Various seminars may be introduced from time-to-time such as “Aussie Slang” or “Creating a Resume”. It also provides students with an additional point of reference with a teacher mentor.

Assessment TypeWhen Weighting
Attendance  100% 

*Academic Communication 1 and 2, Essential Maths 1 and 2 and Independent Learning 1 and 2 are compulsory subjects for all students, while other subjects are compulsory depending on your chosen Bachelor’s degree.

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