Extended Foundation

Extended Foundation helps you meet the academic and English language requirements to enter the first year of your QUT bachelor degree.
This course is only available for international students.
This course is only available for international students.

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Kelvin Grove
1 year full-time
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These thresholds are lower adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.




  • Pathway to bachelor and diploma programs for students who do not meet the academic or English language entry requirements.
  • Complete in one year full time.
  • Study at a slower pace, maximise success, and avoid a gap between your foundation and bachelor degree studies.
  • Study academic English, digital studies, literature studies and other units that are specific to your degree.

Why choose this course?

The Extended Foundation program will help you meet the academic and English language requirements for your undergraduate studies at QUT. It is similar to the Standard Foundation but includes an additional teaching period to help you maximise your academic success.

As an Extended Foundation student, you will learn the required knowledge and skills that you need to enter the first year of most undergraduate degree courses and be better prepared to achieve academic success at QUT.

You will develop:

  • knowledge based on your chosen discipline of study
  • written and oral academic English skills
  • digital literacy skills
  • and understanding of what it means to be a QUT student and the Australian learning style.

The program starts in February and ends in December so you can complete your studies at a slower pace and progress directly into your undergraduate program in February.

The QUT International College community will also offer you valuable co-curricular opportunities, such as the student mentor program and activities club, which will help you meet new friends and broaden your Australian learning experience.You will also be able to access a broad range of additional learning support.

When you have completed the Extended Foundation program, and met the faculty progression requirements, you will be guaranteed a place in the first year of your bachelor degree.

What to expect

Real-world facilities

Extended Foundation is taught at QUT International College which is located at QUT's Kelvin Grove campus. This is where you will spend most of your time going to classes and getting to know other international students. You will also receive a QUT student ID card so you can access all of QUT's outstanding facilities, and enjoy a fun and exciting university experience right from the start.

Progression to your related bachelor course

Progression requirements from Extended Foundation into QUT bachelor degrees are different depending on your chosen bachelor program.

To see these progression requirements, please refer to the requirements tab for your chosen bachelor degree, and select 'Australia' from the country list.

Foundation streams

There are three foundation streams to choose from, each with 10 units and a learning forum component.

You will be allocated to the stream based on your selected bachelor degree and progression requirements (i.e. degree pre-requisites). For example, students who will be studying Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) will be allocated to a stream where they will study mathematics and science, and a Bachelor of Creative Industries student will be learning about creative design and creative practice.

Course dates

We have 3 start dates a year. Find out more about our course start dates.

Details and units


OP 20
Rank 62

These thresholds are lower adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

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Course code
  • Kelvin Grove
1 years full-time
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Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.


Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
162 154 154 154 154
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
5.5 5 5 5 5
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
46 38 38 38 38
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
56 10 10 15 14

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre


Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2020 fees

2020 fees

2020: $25,125 per course (120 credit points)

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You can apply to study this pathway program only, or as a package with a QUT degree.

You must apply directly to QUT for the pathway program or degree package that you want to study.

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