Course Information

The Trinity College Foundation Studies course is uniquely structured with exciting core and elective subjects.

What will you study?

The University of Melbourne's Trinity College offers a world-class Foundation Studies curriculum, designed to set you up for success at university. Our unique course structure ensures you develop the skills you need to excel in your future University of Melbourne studies.

Upon completion of Trinity College Foundation Studies, you'll be proficient at:

  • speaking in front of others
  • working in groups
  • developing an argument
  • being creative, constructive, analytical and critical.

The curriculum structure

As a Trinity College student, you'll study five subjects comprising:

This structure allows you to develop the core skills you need for future tertiary studies, while building complementary breadth in your knowledge and capabilities.

You'll choose elective subjects based on your particular study interests at the University of Melbourne. For example, certain electives, such as Mathematics 1 and science subjects are prerequisites for entry into some University of Melbourne courses, As such, you'll need to have prior knowledge of the subject if you're planning further study in the field.

GET TO KNOW CORE SUBJECTS

GET TO KNOW ELECTIVE SUBJECTS

Types of intakes

Trinity College admissions staff will assess your application and ensure you receive an offer for the intake that best suits your academic and English requirements.

Main intake

A majority of Trinity College students will commence studies in one of the two yearly Main ontakes, in February and August. This is the standard type of intake at Trinity College.

Fast Track intakes

Some students 'fast track' their studies by starting later than the usual Main ontake. Fast track study is an intensive study style with higher entry requirements than Main intakes.

Note: Music is not available in the Fast Track intake.

Comprehensive intakes

The Trinity College Comprehensive Foundation Studies program allows students from some countries to commence at Trinity College at a different phase of their secondary schooling.  It also allows students requiring additional preparation in mathematics to be considered.

Students remain in the same cohort throughout the 40-week program, fostering a sense of group cohesion and improving pastoral and educational outcomes. The program will provide flexibility in catering for students with varying academic backgrounds, ensuring they are ideally prepared for transition to the University of Melbourne.  Students will be better equipped to engage in their higher education studies from day one of their degree.

Note: Music is not available in the Comprehensive intake.

For further information on the Comprehensive program, click here.

To watch a video of our academics explaining the benefits of the new program, click here.

Comprehensive Plus intakes

The Trinity College Comprehensive Plus Foundation Studies program allows students from some countries to commence at Trinity College at a different phase of their secondary schooling. It also allows students requiring additional preparation in mathematics and English language development to be considered.  

Students remain in the same cohort throughout the 40-week program, fostering a sense of group cohesion and improving pastoral and educational outcomes. The program will provide flexibility in catering for students with varying English language backgrounds, ensuring they are ideally prepared for transition to the University of Melbourne.  Students will be better equipped to engage in their higher education studies from day one of their degree.

Note: Music is not available in the Comprehensive Plus intake.

For further information on the Comprehensive Plus program, click here.

To watch a video of our academics explaining the benefits of the new program, click here.

For further course information, read the Trinity College Foundation Studies Prospectus.