Friendly and supportive teachers on the UWAFP

UWA Foundation Program summary

A strong academic foundation for UWA

The University of Western Australia Foundation Program (UWAFP) provides an academic preparation for students seeking entry to first year undergraduate study or its equivalent. The UWAFP prepares you with a comprehensive skill set to ensure you achieve the strong academic foundation you need to progress towards The University of Western Australia (UWA). It has been registered on CRICOS for delivery in Australia to overseas students. 

Quick facts

  • Prices from: AU$24,550. View our UWA Foundation Program course fees
  • Start in: January or July (Standard and Extended program), April or October (Advanced program)
  • Assessment: a combination of coursework assessment and final examinations
  • Duration in weeks: 40 (Standard), 30 (Advanced) or 60 (Extended)
  • Entry requirements: see our entry requirements page

About this program 

A supportive stepping-stone to undergraduate year one

The UWA Foundation Program provides international students with a supportive steppingstone to the first year of a Bachelor degree at The University of Western Australia. The program brings together the collective expertise, experience and passion for education held by UWA and Taylors College Perth.

Expert teaching and effective preparation

Supportive and experienced teaching staff help you develop your skills and abilities. You will study independently, work in groups, learn to lead, carry out research and deliver presentations. These are all essential ingredients for success at UWA.

Keeping you on track for success

Throughout the program, your academic achievement will be carefully monitored, and you’ll be given regular feedback on your progress. Every UWAFP unit is made up of coursework (50%) and a final examination (50%).

Flexible study options

Depending on your life plans, academic level and preferred degree subject, the UWA Foundation Program offers advanced, standard and extended options to suit your individual needs.

The foundation for your future

Foundation Program student, Shirley from Vietnam, wants to be a teacher in the future. Her journey starts with our Foundation Program.

Three course options


Intakes January and July
Course length 40 weeks
Study units 11
English units (total) 4
Total units 15


Intakes April and October
Course length 30 weeks
Study units 11
English units (total) 4
Total units 15


Intakes January and July
Course length 20 weeks 40 weeks
Study units 6 11
English units (total) 4 4
Total units 10 15


View the UWA Foundation Program subjects units.

Recommended units

Your choice of subjects for Foundation Program are dependent on the degree program you want to progress to at the University of Western Australia. Here are the recommended units of study for the UWAFP Standard, Advanced and Extended programs based on your intended degree at UWA:

Compulsory units

UWA Degree Compulsory unit
Arts (including humanities & comms)

All English units

1 Broadening unit


All English units


1 Broadening unit


All English Units

1 Broadening unit


All English units


1 Broadening unit

Science (Engineering Science)

All English units




1 Broadening unit

Haven't decided yet?

All English units

Please highlight and UWA degree major that may be of interest to you and we will confirm if an prerequisite may exist

Recommended subject areas

UWA Degree Recommended subject areas
Arts (including humanities & comms)


Global Literature


Media & Comms








Computer Science






Human Biology

Science (Engineering Science) Computer Science
Haven't decided yet? Select units from subject areas that you may find of particular interest or suit your career pathway

Other subject areas to consider

UWA Degree Other subject area to consider
Arts (including humanities & comms)



Commerce Computer Science
Design Media & Comms
Science* Geography
Science (Engineering Science) Biology
Haven't decided yet? -

*Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics and Physics majors have additional prerequisites

What is a Broadening unit?

To effectively prepare students for UWA and to encourage a broader style of learning in UWAFP, all students are required to study at least one Broadening unit from the following subject areas: Geography, Global Literature, History, Media and Communication or Philosophy.

Sample unit enrolment: Standard UWAFP student

This example is for a student interested in studying Commerce at UWA:

Term 1

10 weeks - 4 units

Term 2

10 weeks - 4 units

Term 3

10 weeks - 4 units

Term 4

10 weeks - 4 units

Oz: The land and its people Theme: Conflict and power Information and cultural literacy Information literacy
Mathematical techniques Predictive mathematics Mathematical modelling Marketing research
Classification and presentation The accounting records Management accounting, planning and control Macroeconomics in a global economy
How markets work Organisation of markets Print media and advertising Networks and databases

Key = Compulsory units / Elective units

Academic Skills units (compulsory)

The Academic Skills units will expose you to a range of learning skills that can be transferred and applied to other units of study across a range of courses. Using relevant theory and applied activities, you will examine your personal learning styles and will be introduced to essential academic writing and oral communication practices, critical thinking, note taking, referencing conventions, effective teamwork skills, information technology systems and time management.

Employability Skills units (compulsory)

Learn more about our Employability Skills (ESK) units that are provided for all Foundation Program students.

Top Scholars program

This Program identifies six academically able students each year early in their Foundation Program and provides them with the opportunity to study an appropriate Level 1 UWA unit concurrently with the balance of their UWAFP studies.

This Program applies to all students entering the UWAFP. Students are eligible to enter if, during their first one or two terms of study, they:

  • achieve an overall average of 80% or more;
  • achieve an average of 55% or more in all English units;
  • are formally recommended by a College Faculty;
  • are subsequently selected by the Director of Academic Programs.

One student from each of the three College Departments (English/Humanities, Maths/Science, Business/IT) will be selected.

The two UWA intakes per year will enable six students to access this opportunity annually.


Learn more about how you will be assessed throughout your studies.

UWA student Mohammad from Iran

I heard the companies get the students from UWA straight when they graduate, so it’s a really good point to graduate from UWA, especially if you are a good student.

Mohammad from Iran UWAFP

Broadening units

Helping you prepare for the broad style of university education at UWA, you’ll study at least one unit from an area outside of your main subject area on the UWA Foundation Program.

CRICOS course codes

UWAFP (Advanced) - 081997A

UWAFP (Extended) - 081998M

UWAFP (Standard) - 081999K