Foundation program

Sydney TAFE’s University Foundation Program (Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation) prepares students for entry into a first year bachelor degree at Australian universities or TAFE diploma and advanced diploma programs.

  • One-year course.The University Foundation Program takes half the time of the two-year school-based program. Plus students only need to complete three subjects for an ATAR Australian university ranking.

  • Free tutorial support. Students have assistance in all subject areas.

  • Assessment throughout the year. Students’ skills and knowledge are assessed on a continual and holistic basis with regular feedback in small groups. For most subjects, there are no final exams.

Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Campus: Ultimo
Duration: 1 year full-time
Intake: February
Total tuition fee: $11,670
CRICOS Code: 065599D

Our University Foundation Program is very flexible; you choose the subjects most relevant to you and your further study plans:

  • Semester one subjects provide the opportunity for students to develop their research skills, essay and report writing skill, and seminar presentation skills.
  • Semester two subjects focus on Australian culture, politics and economics – providing international students with a thorough introduction to Australia’s academic system and the Academic English skills and knowledge required to succeed at an Australian university.

When you successfully complete the University Foundation Program, your study skills and knowledge will be at the level of someone who as graduated from and Australia high school with ‘Year 12’ or the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

You will received a Tertiary Entrance Score (TES) Mark out of 300 which the University Admission Centre (UAC) deems as having an equivalent rank to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) our of 100. It is this mark you use when applying for a degree.

Apply online or get more information about the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation.

Excellent reputation

Developed over more than 25 years in conjunction with universities, Sydney TAFE’s University Foundation Program has established an excellent reputation. Teachers are highly qualified with postgraduate diplomas, masters and PhDs in education.

As well as the Australian university system, our University Foundation Program is recognised by both the Australian Government and private organisations.


Our CRICOS Provider Code is 00591E and CRICOS Provider Name is TAFE NSW - Technical & Further Education Commission.