Foundation Year – standard

Pathway diagram Foundation Year Standard

The standard foundation year program is the most popular among our students. It offers you the widest range of subject choices (choose from 13), helping you to enter all 10 Monash faculties. After successfully completing the standard program, you’ll have guaranteed entry into first year at Monash University.

Foundation Year is taught over two semesters. Each semester you’ll complete a minimum of four units, including English which is compulsory. You'll also have the option to complete a bonus unit each semester which could help you increase your final score.

Standard program at a glance

Destination 1st year Monash University 
Campus Docklands
Duration 12 months
IntakesJanuary and July
What you will study Choose from 13 subjects, English is compulsory
Contact hours 5 hours per unit, per week
Other prerequisites None
What it costs See dates and fees page

How we teach



"In English, you'll be placed in a group to debate a topic with another group. The only difference – you're not allowed to talk! Because you cannot talk, you'll need to rely on writing, which helps you learn to translate your thoughts. It also helps you learn to collaborate with your classmates."

Course structure and subjects

The standard program is two semesters. In each semester you will study four subjects, and each subject is taught as two units. Your standard unit combination must

  • Unit 1 English and Unit 2 English (compulsory)
  • Unit 1 and Unit 2 of at least two other subjects
  • Two additional units

You also have the option to study one extra subject each semester and receive bonus points added to your final score. To be eligible for bonus points you must complete your Foundation Year within the expected completion duration of two semesters (three for the Extended program.)

How do I choose my subjects?

You’ll need to choose your subjects before you arrive. Here are some tips to help you decide:

  1. You must do English.
  2. You can choose three or four other subjects each semester.
  3. Check the prerequisites of your destination degree. See page 52.
  4. Consider studying a mathematics subject. This will give you more choice of what degree you can do at Monash University.
  5. If you’re unsure, the careers advisers can help you select your subjects when you arrive.

Read more about your subjects in the foundation year subject guide.

Sample structure

Here is an example of what you might study.

Semester 1: 18 weeksSemester 2: 18 weeks
4 or 5 subjects
Unit 1 English
Unit 1 Mathematics
Unit 1 Chemistry
Unit 1 Globalisation
+ optional bonus unit, eg Unit 1 Accounting
4 or 5 subjects 
Unit 2 English
Unit 2 Mathematics
Unit 2 Chemistry
Unit 1 Physics
+ optional bonus unit, eg Unit 1 Economics