Pathways to ANU

The ANU College Foundation Studies – a bridging pathway into university – has been designed to provide students with appropriate academic preparation for their intended ANU degree program.

Upon completion, and subject to meeting ANU entry requirements, acceptance into the student’s chosen university undergraduate degree program is guaranteed (current success rate of 98%).

There are two programs offered: FS Standard (2 semesters) and FS Extended (3 semesters).

FS Standard (2 semesters) - Comprises nine courses: Academic English, Advanced Academic English, Computer Applications and six academic content courses.

Students are assigned an academic stream according to their intended ANU degree pathway. This ensures all necessary prerequisites and assumed knowledge are completed before matriculation to university. 

  • Approximately 20 hours of face-to-face class time per week
  • Students must pass all first semester subjects (minimum grade of 50%) to be eligible to progress to semester two. 

FS Extended (3 semesters) - Requires students to successfully complete these compulsory subjects in their first semester: Foundation English; History of Maths; Communication Studies; and History Makers. 

  • Approximately 20 hours of face-to-face class time per week.
  • A minimum grade of 60% in each subject is required to continue the extended pathway.

The second and third semesters follow a similar ‘streamed’ structure and progress rules as the Foundation Studies Standard program.