Diploma, Foundation and Intensive programs

Diploma, Foundation and Intensive programs

Your pathway to a degree at Macquarie University

Our diploma, foundation and intensive programs build your skills and knowledge, so you are ready to enter the first or second year of an undergraduate degree.

You’ll study two units each term, allowing you to deeply engage with your chosen area of interest. Each term is seven weeks in duration, including six teaching weeks and an exam period. Our small class sizes ensure you get personalised support from our highly qualified teachers, and specially designed teaching and learning activities will improve your university-level study skills and academic knowledge. You will have the option of completing free, non-credit bearing English and Mathematics Advantage Modules to support your progression and academic success.

When you successfully complete your program, you can seamlessly transition into a selected range of Macquarie University bachelor degrees, as long as you meet the relevant entry requirements.

Programs available

Diploma programs

Diploma programs are eight-unit programs potentially delivered over five terms of study, with Advantage Modules built into the 44 weeks duration if you need them. If you don't need the Advantage Modules and pass all their credit-bearing units, you will complete their eight units of study in four terms. Upon successful completion you will gain guaranteed entry into the second year of a relevant degree provided you meet the entry criteria.

Who you are

You must at least:

  • hold a Year 12 (or equivalent) qualification with a minimum Selection Rank of 60; or
  • HSC (or interstate) board exam with minimum average mark* of 60.

*Other factors including your ATAR and other attempted studies are taken into consideration with your average mark. Therefore achieving the average mark does not guarantee you an offer. Only relevant State Board approved academic subjects are included when reviewing your average. For instance, in the New South Wales HSC, only results from Category A and B Board Developed courses are considered.

Entry and adjustment factors

For 2020 entry, current school leavers are eligible for our Academic Entry Program which considers performance in individual subjects and matches your strengths to a course that suits you.

Adjustment factors may also make you eligible for additional points. Explore our Academic Advantage adjustment factors that recognise your achievements in subjects that correspond to certain courses. You can receive up to six additional points for diploma programs.

How you apply

Apply via University Admissions Centre (UAC).

Diploma Portfolio Entry Form

Non-current Year 12 Applicants who do not have an adequate formal education but have informal learning or relevant work experience can submit the portfolio form and additional information for alternative entry consideration into one of the programs offered by the Macquarie University International College.

Criteria

To be considered you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident Australian Permanent Humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
  • you have not previously enrolled in a diploma/degree at a higher education provider, and
  • you have not completed an Australian Year 12 study or equivalent but have some informal learning, training and/or relevant work experience.

How to apply

Applications for study in Term 1 and Term 2, 2020 are currently open.

Important Notes

Before filling out the above Portfolio form you should do the following:

  • submit a 2020 UAC undergraduate application and add your preferred Diploma courses in your preference list
  • prepare personal statement in a word document as plain text
  • prepare resume/CV and employment letters
  • You must submit the portfolio form by relevant course application closing dates published on UAC website

Further information for holders of overseas entry requirements and English language requirements.

COLLEGE TERM DATES

Standard Foundation and Intensive program

To fit your field of interest and future degree, the Standard Foundation Program and Intensive Program are divided into three specialist streams:

  • Arts
  • Business and Commerce
  • Science and Engineering

Standard Foundation Program: The four term program allows you to gain access into the first year of a range of degree programs, provided you meet the entry criteria.

Intensive Program: The two term program allows you to gain access into the first year of a range of degree programs, provided you meet the entry criteria.

Who you are

  • For the Standard Foundation Program you must have completed a Year 11 (or equivalent) qualification with an overall average mark* of 50 or,
  • for the Intensive Program you must hold a Year 12 (or equivalent) qualification with a minimum Selection Rank of 50 or HSC (or interstate) board exam with minimum average mark* of 50.

*Other factors are taken into consideration with your average mark. Therefore achieving the average mark does not guarantee you an offer. Only relevant State Board approved academic subjects are included when reviewing your average. For instance, in the New South Wales HSC, only results from Category A and B Board Developed courses are considered.

How you apply

Apply via University Admissions Centre (UAC).

Portfolio Entry Form

Non-current Year 12 Applicants who do not have an adequate formal education but have informal learning or relevant work experience can submit the portfolio form and additional information for alternative entry consideration into one of the programs offered by the Macquarie University International College.

Criteria

To be considered you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident Australian Permanent Humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
  • you have not previously enrolled in a diploma/degree at a higher education provider, and
  • you have not completed an Australian Year 12 study or equivalent but have some informal learning, training and/or relevant work experience.

How to apply:

Applications for study in Term 1 and Term 2, 2020 are currently open.

Important Notes

Before filling out the above Portfolio form you should do the following:

  • submit a 2020 UAC undergraduate application and add your preferred Foundation/Intensive course in your preference list
  • prepare personal statement in a word document as plain text
  • prepare resume/CV and employment letters
  • You must submit the portfolio form by relevant course application closing dates published on UAC website

Further information for holders of overseas entry requirements and English language requirements.

COLLEGE TERM DATES

Hear from our students

I had always aspired to attend university, however a health issue that prevented me from completing secondary school made achieving this goal seem unlikely. Macquarie's Intensive Program facilitated my path into tertiary education and provided me with the core academic skills required to succeed in my future studies. The Intensive Program allowed me to achieve my goal and articulate into my dream degree.

Lennox Hemingway - Intensive Program graduate, Bachelor of Actuarial Studies

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