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Foundation Program

SIBT has created the Foundation Program to bridge the gap between the qualifications students gain at high school and those needed to enter an SIBT Diploma. While completing the Foundation Program, you will study units that will prepare you for the SIBT Diploma (equivalent to 1st year University). This program is available from semester 1, 2016.
The units you study will be dependent upon the diploma you wish to study: Arts, Communications, Commerce, Computing, Engineering or Business Administration.

Your direct pathway to an SIBT diploma

High School

University degree

2016 Fees

Program International Students Australian Students
(FEE-help available)

Standard

A$20,600

A$20,600

Extended

A$26,475

A$26,475

Location

Duration

Standard program - Two semesters

Extended program - Three semesters

Intakes

February, June, October

CRICOS Code:

Standard 088486A

Extended 088487M

Program requirements

Students who achieve an IELTS of 5.5, with 5 in each band, and have completed the equivalent to year 11 in Australia, are eligible to study the Foundation Standard Program which takes two semesters to complete.

Students who achieve an IELTS of 5.0, and have completed the equivalent to year 11 in Australia, are eligible to study the Foundation Extended Program which takes three semesters to complete.

Standard program

Core units

  • FNDS013 Advanced Academic Communication Skills
  • FNDS014 Intercultural Studies
  • FNDS015 Information Technology
  • FNDS016 Advanced Academic Writing and Research

Extended program

Core units

  • FNDS010 Introduction to Academic Communication
  • FNDS011 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing
  • FNDS012 Computing Skills
  • FNDS013 Advanced Academic Communication Skills
  • FNDS014 Intercultural Studies
  • FNDS015 Information Technology
  • FNDS016 Advanced Academic Writing and Research
  • FNDH023 Essential Mathematics OR FNDA023 Mass Communication

Standard and Extended program elective units

Choose 4 units from the stream you would like to pursue.

Arts and Communications elective units

  • FNDA020 Society and Culture
  • FNDA021 Law
  • FNDA022 Media
  • FNDA023 Mass Communication*
  • FNDB022 Management
  • FNDB023 Marketing

*These units can only be undertaken as electives if not previously chosen as core subjects.

Commerce and Business elective units

  • FNDE020 Introduction to Systems Analysis
  • FNDB021 Economics
  • FNDH023 Essential Mathematics*
  • FNDE021 Mathematics 1
  • FNDE023 Mathematics 2
  • FNDB020 Accounting
  • FNDB022 Management
  • FNDB023 Marketing

*These units can only be undertaken as electives if not previously chosen as core subjects.
Note: If you are undertaking SIBT studies to enter further degree study in Finance, Accounting, Actuarial Studies or Economics, knowledge of HSC Maths is assumed. It is therefore recommended that if required, you undertake at least one of the Mathematics units and see a Student Advisor for assistance in choosing which is more appropriate.

Science, IT and Engineering elective units

  • FNDE020 Introduction to Systems Analysis
  • FNDH023 Essential Mathematics*
  • FNDE021 Mathematics 1
  • FNDE023 Mathematics 2
  • FNDE022 Physics
  • FNDB022 Management
  • FNDH021 Chemistry
  • FNDB023 Marketing

*These units can only be undertaken as electives if not previously chosen as core subjects.
Note: If you are undertaking SIBT studies to enter further degree study in Engineering or Computing, knowledge of Year 12 Maths is assumed. It is therefore recommended that if required, students undertake at least one of the Mathematics units and see a Student Advisor for assistance in choosing which is more appropriate. It is also recommended that the Physics unit be undertaken by students seeking to study Engineering, if you have not completed this unit in Year 12 studies.

Assessment methods

Assessment in the Foundation Program encourages learning and indicates your level of achievement against set criteria, standards and learning objectives. Assessment methods vary depending on the units selected. This program uses a combination of assessment tasks, including individual and group assignments, essays, oral presentations, tutorial participation and formal examinations.

English support

English support programs are available through SIBT and Navitas English.

Entry to a SIBT diploma

When you successfully complete your SIBT Foundation Program and obtain the required Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 (on a 10 point scale) for your preferred diploma, you will be guaranteed a place in this diploma. The Grade Point Average is an average score calculated across all of your units.