IES College

IES Foundation Year

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The IES Foundation Year meets the requirements for Foundation Programs which have been registered on CRICOS for delivery in Australia to overseas students. It provides academic preparation for students seeking entry to first year undergraduate study.

Based on a student's academic background, English proficiency, desired undergraduate program and any additional needs, three programs within the IES Foundation Year are available.

Standard Program

(CRICOS Course Code 088290B)

The Standard program is recommended for students with good academic results and English language proficiency. It is the most popular of the three programs, with the majority of students choosing to study it. Students complete their studies in small class-sizes and have full access to student support services throughout the duration of their studies.

The program is 40 weeks in duration, with two weeks holidays, and is taught over two semesters in a face-to-face delivery format. The Standard program starts in February and August.

Start dates:
Academic Calendar Orientation Start date End date Graduation
February 2019 11-15 Feb 2019 18 Feb 2019 29 Nov 2019 6 Dec 2019
August 2019 5-9 Aug 2019 12 August 2019 22 May 2020 29 May 2020

Express Program

(CRICOS Course Code 088289F)

The Express program is designed for students who have stronger English language proficiency and are capable of handling a faster pace of tuition. It is also suitable for students who have completed a matriculation program in their own country but have not quite met the entry levels for undergraduate study or who need to gain assumed knowledge in certain subjects.
The program is 27 weeks in duration, with two weeks holidays, and is taught over three trimesters in a face-to-face delivery format. Students study both AE and Mathematics throughout the duration of their program and can choose three electives. The Express program starts in May and October.

Start dates:
Academic Calendar Orientation Start date End date Graduation
May 2019 20 May 2019 21 May 2019 6 Dec 2019 13 Dec 2019
October 2019 21 Oct 2019 22 Oct 2019 8 May 2020 29 May 2020

Extended Program

(CRICOS Course Code 088291A)

The Extended program offers additional support and services to help students maximise their success at foundation and university. The extended feature of this program consists of Mathematics and intensive English. On top of the Student Services available to them as part of the Standard and Express programs, Extended students have regular meetings with the program coordinator to ensure they are meeting the challenges present in their studies. The program is especially beneficial for younger students who need to increase their English language competency.

The program is 47 weeks in duration, with two weeks holidays, and is taught over two semesters in a face-to-face delivery format. The Extended program starts in January and June.

Start dates:
Academic Calendar Orientation Start date End date Graduation
January 2019 2 Jan 2019 3 Jan 2019 29 Nov 2019 6 Dec 2019
June 2019 24 Jun 2019 25 Jun 2019 22 May 2019 29 May 2020


CRICOS Course Code (10-Week EPP) 090350K | CRICOS Course Code (20-Week EPP) 090349C

If students have met the academic entry requirements for the IES Foundation Year Extended program, but require English instruction before commencing foundation studies, the IES English Pathway Program (EPP) will help meet their goals. Students can enhance their English competency before foundation through our EPP.

A 20 week and 10 week program in a face-to-face format and are available depending on the student's needs, providing intensive English instruction to help them gain confidence. Both programs guarantee entry into the Extended Program without the need for sitting an additional IELTS test.

Start dates:
ENGLISH PATHWAY PROGRAM FOR ENTRY INTO JUNE EXTENDED 2019 21 Jan 2019 1-5 Apr 2019 8 Apr 2019 26 Jun Extended 2019
ENGLISH PATHWAY PROGRAM FOR ENTRY INTO JANUARY EXTENDED 2019 23 Jul 2019 1-5 Oct 2019 8 Oct 2019 3 Jan Extended 2020


Students study five subjects over the duration of their foundation studies. Academic English for University Studies and Mathematics are compulsory subjects for all students. Students also study three elective subjects across a range of disciplines. Subject selection is based on the student's interests as well as entry requirements for their undergraduate preference.

Students may change undergraduate preference at any time during their foundation studies providing they have selected the relevant elective subjects.

Due to undergraduate requirements and potential scheduling conflicts, not all subject combinations may be available.

Compulsory Subjects

Elective Subjects (Choice of 3)

*Some subject combinations unavailable. Example: Accounting/Biology and Physics/Economics combinations are unavailable.


Throughout the program, academic achievement is carefully monitored and students are given regular feedback on their progress. Students study 20-25 contact hours per week. In addition to formal class time, students are expected to study for at least 20 hours per week in their own time.

Assessment depends on the subject, but normally comprises two examination papers, one or two assignments to be completed by a specified date during the course, laboratory practical work (if relevant) and seminar participation evaluation. Final assessment will take into account all of the above.

All subjects are graded on a 7-point scale:

7 High distinction 85-100%
6 Distinction 75-84%
5 Credit 65-74%
4 Pass/Competent 50-64%
3 Low pass 47-49%
2 Fail 25-46%
1 Low fail 1-24%