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Macquarie University Foundation Program (MQFP) - Standard progam

DURATION: 12 months full time

ENTRY POINTS: February/June/October

LOCATION: Sydney

The program is suitable for students who have successfully completed the equivalent of Australian Year 11. Students study preparatory subjects in a small, supportive environment at Macquarie City Campus and have access to Macquarie City Campus and Macquarie University facilties. Once qualified, depending on the undergraduate program you wish to study, you can continue your bachelor degree at the North Ryde or city campus.

Course structure

The foundation course is offered as a standard course depending on a student's high school results. This qualification is made up of a number of core units and a select range of elective units.

Teaching methods

The standard program consists of 401 contact hours and additional 130 hours of Tertiary Preparation. An enhanced ‘western’ learning and teaching environment which provides students with the necessary skills and capabilities suitable for entry to Macquarie University and aligned with their own graduate capabilities

The program consists of the following:

  • Five scheduled course contact hours per week per unit (x 5 units = 25 hours)
  • Two scheduled contact hours per week per workshop (x five workshops = 4 hours)
  • Total face-to-face teaching per week of 26–29 hours each week (five hours per unit + two hours compulsory workshop).
  1. English Studies – compulsory
  2. Mathematics (optional)– elective but required for most undergraduate courses
  3. Four workshops in total– compulsory
  4. Three electives – based on course preference
    i. One elective MUST be a humanities (Economics, Society and Culture, Law)
  • Minimum credit points required for completion: 51 credit points
  • Total program scheduled course contact = 732 hours.
  • Each subject (two units ie English 1 and 2) is delivered in a total of 130 hours (scheduled class contact) including exams.
  • More tertiary preparation and academic english andcommunication skills workshops hours are offered throughout the standard program.

Greater focus on the development of academic English and communication skills required for further study at tertiary level, including writing, research and seminar presentation and participation skills.

    • English Studies 1 & 2
    • Academic English 1A & 1B
    • Advanced Academic Communication 2A & 2B

The table below is a sample study program only. The units may not be a true representation of what your
study program will look like for this course.

Assessment methods

Assessment encourages learning and indicates your level of achievement against set criteria, standards and learning objectives. Grades are awarded and are achieved by completing various assessments and tasks.


Assessment methods vary depending on the course and units selected. We use a combination of assessment techniques,
including individual and group assignments, essays, oral presentations, tutorial participation and formal examinations.

Entry into a bachelor degree

On successful completion of MQFP, students can marticulate into a bachelor degree at Macquarie City Campus or Macquarie University.
Students who pass foundation studies, but do not gain admission into a bachelor degree can apply to study an SIBT Diploma either at Macquarie University, North Ryde or Macquarie City Campus.

Academic requirements:

Students are required to successfully complete Year 11, or its equivalent, for entry into Macquarie University Foundation Program - standard program. The following is a guide to the minimum entry requirements for different countries.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic English only): 5.5 with 5.0 in each band
  • TOEFL (paper based test): 525
  • TOEFL (computer based test): 197

Sample guide of course structure

The table is a sample study program only. The units listed in this sample program may not be a true representation of what an official study program will look like for this course. This sample program shows an example of possible units, which could be taken under this area of study.

 

Semester one

Compulsory (C) or elective (E)

Hours per week

(13 weeks) 

English Studies 1

C

5

Academic English 1A

C

5

General/Intermediate/Advanced Maths 1

C

5

Economics 1

E

5

Computer Skills

Workshop

2

Tertiary Preparation 1

Workshop

5

Total semester one

27 hours

Semester one

Compulsory (C) or elective (E)

Hours per week

(13 weeks) 

Law 1

E

5

Society and Culture 1

E

5

Economics 2

E

5

General/Intermediate/Advanced Maths 1

C

5

Advanced Academic Communication 2A

C/Workshop

7

Academic English 1A

C/Workshop

5

Total semester two

29 hours

Semester one

Compulsory (C) or elective (E)

Hours per week

(13 weeks) 

English Studies 2

C

5

Law 2

E

5

Society and Culture 2

E

5

Advanced Academic Communication 2B

C/Workshop

6

Tertiary Preparation 2

C/Workshop

5

Total semester three

26 hours

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