Trinity's subjects provide a fantastic knowledge base for areas you’d like to pursue in further study at the University of Melbourne.
As part of the in-depth Foundation Studies course offered by Trinity College, you'll complete two compulsory core subjects: English and History of Ideas. These subjects are specifically designed to immerse you in core English writing and speaking activities, giving you the confidence and ability to achieve success in future studies at the University of Melbourne.
The English subject consists of three components:
EAP is part of the core subject of English. You must achieve a score of at least 50 per cent in EAP. However, a score of less than 70 per cent in EAP may require you to do a bridging subject at the University of Melbourne.
EAP is designed to help you develop study skills in the following areas:
This subject develops communication skills and will help you learn how to use English language within the Australian social and cultural context. It promotes group skills, fosters creativity and imagination, develops self-confidence and encourages initiative, responsibility and leadership.
Drama will help you develop:
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Mr Steven Smith BA, DipArts(Drama) VCA
English Literature is designed to improve your English and academic skills by providing instruction in reading, analysing, discussing and writing about a variety of literary texts.This subject will help you develop a nuanced understanding of different uses of language and various English-speaking cultures. The study of English literature prepares you for life in English-speaking environments, including universities and the broader Australian community. It will also assist you in developing critical thinking, communication and writing skills, which are essential in all tertiary subjects. In English Literature, you will study texts including:
These texts will develop your ability to interpret and use sophisticated forms of language, such as symbolism, connotation, metaphor and narrative.
This subject is an intensive university preparation subject that examines Western society and the ideas that affect our lives. Through this subject, you will develop the specific academic skills required in all university faculties, including academic communication through oral and written discussion, research and correct use of published material, critical use of data and analysis of complex issues. You will read about and discuss important philosophers, scientists and religious and political writers, and formulate your own responses.
Within these themes, History of Ideas examines:
All students must pass History of Ideas in order to pass Foundation Studies.
Elective subjects are designed to add breadth to your Trinity College Foundation Studies program. You'll choose three elective subjects based on what interests you, and any study pathway requirements of the University of Melbourne course you plan to progress on to.
This subject introduces you to fundamental accounting tools to provide a basis for analysing and interpreting financial statements and internal management documents throughout your career. The educational philosophy used is based on the ‘building blocks’ approach (the accounting cycle), a sequence of steps or procedures related to a firm’s accounts and account entries, which culminates in the ultimate objective of financial reports.
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While the Accounting subject is not a prerequisite for a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne, the skills and knowledge you'll learn in this elective will greatly assist in future commerce studies.
Biology aims to foster an understanding of major biological concepts, an awareness of how such concepts are connected within the biological sciences and an appreciation and interest in biological science as an integral part of society and everyday life. The subject provides a strong foundation for further study of the biological sciences and related disciplines.
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This subject is a valuable pathway into further studies in medicine, biomedicine, dentistry, optometry, food science, pharmacy, veterinary science and agriculture. It can also be used as a prerequisite for the Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne.
This subject provides a foundation for further study in chemistry and related disciplines. The course focus is on understanding chemical concepts and calculations, development of laboratory and reporting skills, awareness of safety protocols, fluency in terminology and an appreciation of the role of chemistry in understanding our world.
To study chemistry at Trinity, students will have studied chemistry previously at high school.
Chemistry is a prerequisite subject for Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne.
This subject covers major issues and institutions related to the Australian economy. It aims to help you:
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Economics will provide a foundational knowledge for studying the Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne.
The concept of environmentally sustainable development is at the heart of this subject, and is increasingly becoming the focus of government policy, business and educational institutions. You will become familiar with environmentally sustainable development and its application globally and will come to understand how different environments and societies interact. We investigate design solutions to many current global challenges. This subject is recommended for students wishing to study a Bachelor of Design at the University of Melbourne.
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This subject is recommended for students wishing to study the Bachelor of Design at the University of Melbourne.
This subject develops mathematical knowledge and skills in pre-calculus, calculus, matrices, statistics and probability, as preparation for a wide variety of university courses.
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This subject is a specialised mathematics subject that aims to provide you with the skills to succeed in university courses requiring a high level of analytical and logical thought, such as mathematics, statistics, data science, computer science and actuarial studies.
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Mathematics 2 is strongly recommended if you're wishing to study engineering at the University of Melbourne. It can also be used as a prerequisite for the Bachelor of Science and for courses with actuarial majors.
In this subject, you will be introduced to the dynamic world of the media and associated industries, and their influence on society and the individual. Through a combination of theory, application and practice, you will emerge with a greater understanding of how the media works and an ability to design and produce a range of media products.
Ms Joanne Boyle BA Monash, GradDipEd Deakin
This subject provides a foundation for further studies in physics and related analytical-type disciplines, such as science and engineering. You will learn to develop problem-solving strategies and laboratory skills, as well as quantitative physical models, and will become aware of the assumptions upon which these models are based. You will also learn to apply electronic, mechanical and optical techniques of measurement in the laboratory, and record quantitative data with associated uncertainties. The laboratory measurement techniques also include computer-interfaced experiments for collecting and analysing data.
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To study Physics at Trinity, you need to also study Mathematics 1, as well as having studied physics at high school. This subject can be used as a prerequisite for the Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. It's strongly recommended for those studying engineering or biomedicine.
This subject will introduce you to a broad range of psychological theories and principles that explain human behaviour, as well as the diversity of human experience. Practical demonstrations and experiments, both in and out of the classroom, are designed to help you understand and explore the theoretical concepts underlying human cognition (thinking) and behaviour.
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This subject is available to students who wish to prepare for university study in either the Bachelor of Music or Diploma in Music. It is designed to enable you to reach an advanced level of skill and mastery of a particular musical instrument, and to give you a broad understanding of music performance. The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) at the University of Melbourne allocates the teachers for this subject.
You will attend 24 individual 45-minute practical lessons with your teacher across the course of one year. Lessons include a study of selected repertoire on your instrument, principles of interpretation, style and technical work. In addition to these lessons, students are required to undertake extensive individual practice.
Applicants are required to have a minimum of Grade 6 practical in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), or Trinity College London exams, or Grade 6 (Grade 5 for singers) in the exams of the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) or to perform at a minimum equivalent level. Students intending to take this subject must pass an audition before enrolling in TCFS.
End of year 15–20 minute practical examination consisting of a solo repertoire studied throughout the year. The performance exam is graded out of 100, as both a TCFS subject and simultaneously as an audition for the University of Melbourne’s Bachelor of Music.
Note: You can only select Music if your University of Melbourne chosen degree is the Bachelor of Music. Results in this subject cannot be used in the calculation of entrance scores for other faculties of the University of Melbourne. This subject is only offered in Standard intakes.
This elective is compulsory if you wish to study in the Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne.
Students intending to take this subject must pass an audition before enrolling.