If you do not meet the entry requirements of an undergraduate degree program at Australian universities, there are a few options. Depending on your previous studies and the final qualification you want to achieve, you can enrol in a secondary school or a Foundation Studies program.
Foundation Studies is typically a one-year intensive preparatory course that will give you the skills you need to enter an undergraduate course. They are categorised into streams such as business studies and science studies. Within each stream are both compulsory and elective subjects; and English language support is usually available.
Many schools, vocational education and training institutions, and universities offer Foundation Studies courses. The common feature of Foundation Studies is that a university will allocate you a provisional place in an undergraduate program, allowing you to achieve the prescribed grades.
Upon completion of the foundation program, students should achieve the comparable standard as an Australian year 12 high school qualifications.