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.



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 Intakes, 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 Intake. 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.

Main Plus intakes

The Main Plus intake is a five-week bridging program run prior to the Main intake, designed for students requiring additional preparation in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. Students must meet an academic hurdle at the end of the five weeks in order to continue studying the relevant subject.

Extended intakes

These intakes allow students from some countries to commence the program during their secondary schooling. They can replace the final year of schooling in their home country with Trinity College Foundation Studies.

Over 20 weeks, students consolidate and develop their language skills and other curriculum areas to provide opportunity for success in the following Main intake program.

Note: Music cannot be taken in the Extended pre-semester. While Mathematics 2 is not available in the pre-semester, Mathematics, Data and Technology is offered.

For more information on intake types and upcoming intake dates, read the Trinity College Foundation Studies Prospectus.