Students in the Foundation Program will study two core courses and three elective coursesThe Foundation Program is a ‘streamed’ program. A Foundation Program Stream details the core and elective courses that relate to your target undergraduate degree.

During Orientation, students will have the opportunity to choose their three electives from a limited selection according to their stream. Electives can also be changed anytime prior to the end of Week 2.  

For details of Foundation Program streams, click here. 

Students in the Extended Program will study additional Academic English and Maths courses prior to commencing the Standard Program.

Core courseElective courses
Academic English

General Mathematics
Mathematical Methods

Choose 3 Elective Course

Academic English

This course focuses on enabling students to develop the required academic literacies and English language proficiency for entry into their chosen UQ course of study. Learners develop fundamental skills required for effective reading, writing, listening, and oral presentations in academic contexts. In addition to these skills, the course aims to foster students' independent learning, critical thinking, and effective study habits in preparation for undergraduate study at UQ.

General Mathematics

This course provides the knowledge, skills and techniques required in an every-day life application of mathematics as appropriate to the skills needed when encountering mathematics in a non-mathematically based tertiary course. This course covers basic calculations, linear algebra, geometry, trigonometry, financial mathematics, growth and decay, statistics and network analysis.

Mathematical Methods

This course develops your understanding of basic mathematical ideas of calculus and statistics and the manipulative skills required for solving mathematical problems. These skills are applied with technological tools to solve problems related to real-life situations. Topics covered include algebra, computation, sequences and series, logarithmic functions, geometry, trigonometry, differential and integral calculus, vectors and matrices, statistics and probability, set theory and the application of mathematics in society.


This aim of this course is to provide an introduction to accounting concepts, including the accounting equation and accounting process, the preparation of end of period reports, accounting for cash, accounting for credit, control of inventories and assets, and company accounting. 

Business Management

This course covers a broad range of management concepts and business operations that contribute to the success of businesses large and small. These include an understanding of business principles, planning (strategic and operational), marketing, organisational behaviour, finance and human resource management. Throughout the course the theory is discussed in the context of business cases which can include domestic and global businesses. You will apply the theory learnt in class to plan your own business enterprise, as well as developing a business enterprise within a project team.

Behavioural Science

This course provides a general introduction to the social sciences through examining human behaviour and the role that the individual plays in the wider community. The course will initially address the psychology of the individual, covering memory, social influence, learning and research. It will introduce sociology by exploring how the broader community responds to some of these issues, with a focus on interpersonal and intercultural communication. This course is recommended for students wishing to progress to programs within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


This course will provide you with knowledge of scientific concepts and facts in biology, and experience with experimentation in a biology laboratory. Biology is the study of life, which encompasses origin, development, diversity, functioning and evolution of living systems and consequences of intervention in those systems. This course prepares you to engage in creative scientific thinking and to apply your knowledge in practical situations.


This course examines the experimental and theoretical basis for understanding the structure and function of all forms of matter. This course introduces you to the basic principles, processes and skills of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. You will study the concepts of matter, including classification and description, measurement, mathematical concepts applicable to chemistry, atomic theory and structure, chemical formulas. You will also learn about nomenclature, mass and energy relationships in reactions, reactions in aqueous media, gases, thermochemistry, quantum theory, and periodic relationships of the elements. 


This course provides an introduction to the fundamental processes and methods of design as it applies to built environment, engineering, and business disciplines. The course examines topics such as thinking styles, the work of designers, problem solving, stakeholder engagement, generating design solutions, communicating solutions and reflective learning about self as designer.


This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to broad based Economic issues. It focuses on how decision makers within the economy (e.g. consumers, firms, government departments) make choices to satisfy their wants given their limited resources. In this course you will develop  your ability to make economic decisions based on analysis of economic information.

Health and Nutrition

This course will introduce you to the influence of diet and exercise on health, fitness and well-being. You will develop and apply the knowledge and skills to understand the function of nutrients in the body and how the body responds to exercise. You will learn how to use diet and exercise to maintain a healthy body weight and how nutrition can be used to enhance exercise performance.

Humanities and Social Sciences

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The course examines topics such as Global Strategies and Perspectives, and Creative Arts and History, to develop skills in critical and creative thinking, research and evaluation, argument mapping, problem solving and reflective learning. This course is recommended for students wishing to progress to programs within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Information Technology

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills related to the utilisation of information and communication technology and their application to contexts such as work and study environments. This course will examine the key areas of computing hardware, software, and the application of the technology to problem solving. 


This course aims to develop an understanding of key concepts in physics and their application in modern society. The course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply the concepts of motion and force when conducting practical investigations and solving physics problems. You will examine the fundamentals of measurement, vectors, kinematics and dynamics.


This course provides the opportunity to research a topic of your own choosing. This will involve a structured, supervised and academically rigorous process. You will develop skills to apply concepts, terminology and principles of research to develop and complete a research on an agreed topic within a chosen discipline.