What you'll study

There are lots of courses to choose from, however they do vary depending on the location and delivery of your studies. To successfully complete Open Foundation, you’re required to complete two course areas, each worth 20 units, for a combined total of 40 units.

It’s important to consider what undergraduate degree you’d like to study upon the completion of Open Foundation, as the courses you choose can help prepare you for that area of study.

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If you're studying Intensive, both course areas are worth 20 units each and are completed in a single semester (Semester Two).

If you're studying Part-time or Online, you’ll study Part 1 of both course areas (10 units each) in Semester One, and Part 2 of both course areas (10 units each) in Semester Two.

If you can't find an existing option that fits, you can mix and match to create your own program through a combination of face-to-face and online classes. Contact us for advice on this study option.


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You may like to use your time in Open Foundation to explore topic areas that you have never considered before.

In-class time

Unlike high school, University is not 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday.
Your face-to-face time varies between each course and is made up of the following:

  • Lectures

    Lectures are large classes taught by passionate academics and provide the theory of your area of study. It’s common for several hundred people to attend a lecture. Lectures are a time for listening and taking notes.

  • Tutorials

    Tutorials are classes that give you a chance to explore what you are learning and the opportunity to ask questions. Tutorials expand on the material in your lectures, and provide help in an intimate group environment.

  • Face-to-Face days

    (Online students only)
    Meet and take classes with your Lecturers, Study Advisers, and fellow online students. Face-to-face days are highly recommended and held at our Newcastle campus (Callaghan). History shows that students who participate tend to do better in their assessments and final exam.

Your own study

At university, you’re in charge of your own learning, handing in your assignments and keeping on top of your work. To successfully complete Open Foundation you will need enough quality time in a quiet space to independently focus on your studies.

The amount of time you need to put in depends on the delivery method you have chosen. You’ll have to dedicate time to reading, preparing for classes, summarising, completing assessments, conducting independent research and preparing for examinations.

It’s important to think about how you will fit your own study into your life. You may find it a challenge at first, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time through commitment and organisation.

Convenience of online study

Whether studying face-to-face or online, you’ll use UONline to communicate with staff and fellow students, access your learning materials and assessment information, view your recorded lectures and use video-conferencing and instant messaging tools.

Access it anywhere, on or off campus. Available on your mobile, tablet or computer, all you’ll need is a fast internet connection.

If you’re studying online and don’t have regular access to a computer or a reliable internet connection, let us know and we will assist in making special arrangements for you.


It’s natural to feel a degree of anxiety, stress or apprehension about university assessments, they are a normal part of university life. We understand that everyone performs differently in different situations and have a range of assessment methods throughout each course to give you every opportunity to succeed.

What to expect

Your assessments will be made up of the following:

Held at different stages through each semester, ongoing assessments might include tasks such as completing written assignments, essays, oral presentations, in-class or online quizzes and mini-exams.

Ongoing assessments are a great tool to highlight any area where you may need extra help or revision prior to the end-of-semester exams.

To successfully pass a subject, you may have to sit an exam at the end of each semester. Each exam could be worth up to 50% of your final mark for the semester and runs for 2-3 hours. You will be assessed on the content you have learned within the previous semester.

To assist with your planning, we recommend you keep the entire exam period free from unavoidable commitments. You’ll need to set aside at least two days of final revision prior to sitting each exam. A final timetable will be available six weeks before the exam period.

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