Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program

  • Overview

    The Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) is a program of academic study which has been helping international students achieve their study goals since 1993. WAUFP graduates have gone on to complete degrees at prestigious universities throughout Australia.

    WAUFP was established with the support of the four public Western Australian universities:

    These universities offer a comprehensive range of professional degree courses, which are recognised nationally and internationally.

    In the WAUFP program, you will study at least four subjects, including an extended English language subject which has been specially designed for international students: English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS). Success in ELACS means that you meet the English competency requirement necessary for university entrance in WA.

    International students who successfully complete WAUFP and who satisfy the course entry requirements are guaranteed a place at the university of their choice.

    Australian permanent residents are able to enrol in the program if they have completed most of their high school education outside Australia (ie not more than one year in Australia).

  • Programs offered

    Three programs are offered. These programs are:
    • February Entry WAUFP - an 11 month program commencing in February and finishing in November.
    • April Entry WAUFP - an 8 month program commencing in April and finishing in November.
    • August Entry WAUFP - an 11 month program commencing in August and finishing in June the following year.

    These three programs have the same structure and follow the same procedures. The only difference is when the programs start and end.

    You are required to study ELACS plus at least 3 other subjects.

    You will sit external examinations for each subject. The examinations aim to be sensitive to the fact that English may be your second language.

    Your performance in each subject is assessed by your college and your receive an internal assessment mark for each subject. Your internal assessment mark counts for 50% of your final subject mark. The other 50% comes from your final subject external examination mark.

  • Subjects offered

    The range of subjects offered depends on which program you enrol in, the demand for a particular subject, and the college which you attend.

    The following subjects may be offered in the different programs.
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Business Management and Enterprise
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Earth and Environmental Science
    • Economics
    • English Language and Australian Cultural Studies (ELACS)
    • Human Biology
    • Mathematics Applications
    • Mathematics Methods
    • Mathematics Specialist
    • Physics
    • Psychology

    All subjects (except ELACS) follow the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) syllabi for ATAR Course Units 3 and 4. For further information on each subject (except ELACS) visit the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. For a copy of the ELACS syllabus click here.

  • Entry requirements

    International Students
    You are eligible to apply if they have completed one of the following qualifications or an equivalent:
    • Brunei - O Levels
    • China - Senior Middle 2
    • Hong Kong - Form 5
    • Indonesia - Year 11
    • Japan - Kotagakko
    • Kenya - KCSE or O levels
    • Macau - Year 11
    • Malaysia - SPM or Senior Middle 2
    • Singapore - O levels
    • Thailand - MAT.5.

    You must also be able to demonstrate English language competency by having achieved one of the following:
    • IELTS 5.5 overall
    • TOEFL iBT 46
    • Pearson Test for English 42
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English 47
    • Grade of A in Year 11 English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) General
      Grade of A in Year 11 English General
    • Grade of C or higher in Year 11 English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) ATAR
      Grade of C or higher in Year 11 English ATAR.

    If you do not have this level of English competency, you may be required to undertake additional study prior to commencing the program.

    Each application will be assessed individually with consideration given to formal examination results, qualifications and/or work experience.

    Domestic Students
    Australian citizens and permanent residents are able to enrol only if they have completed most of their high school education outside Australia (not more than 1 year of high school in Australia), and meet the relevant entry requirements as stated above.

    Australian citizens and permanent residents will be required to pay the same fees as international students.

  • WAUFP Colleges

    Western Australia China
    • The Experimental School Affiliated to Nanjing Normal University
      February Entry
      28 Xueheng Road, Qixia District, Nanjing 210046, Jiangsu, China
      Tel: (86 25) 89891371, 85891350
      Email: waegnanjing@sina.com
      Web: http://fx.njnu.edu.cn/
    Applications forms and further information can be obtained by contacting any of the above colleges.

  • Entry to Western Australian universities

    A Combined Percentage Score (CPS) is calculated for all students.

    The CPS is calculated by averaging the best three scaled scores (excluding ELACS) OR averaging the sum of the best three scaled scores and ELACS score, whichever is highest, plus any bonuses*.

    The moderated college assessments and final external examination marks are combined on a 50:50 basis and then scaled using an ability test to produce the final scaled marks in each subject. Unacceptable subject combinations in the calculation of the CPS are the same as for calculating an ATAR ie Mathematics Applications and Mathematics Methods cannot both be counted as part of the CPS; Mathematics Applications and Mathematics Specialist cannot both be counted as part of the CPS.

    *A Mathematics bonus of 2.5% of a student's scaled score in Mathematics Methods and/or Mathematics Specialist will be added to the student's CPS, regardless of whether the scaled score for that subject is used in the calculation of the CPS.

    To meet the English competency requirement of the universities students must achieve a score of at least 50 in ELACS. If a student achieves a CPS of at least 50 and an ELACS score of at least 50 then they are deemed to have been successful in the program and receive a WAUFP Certificate of Achievement.

    The entry requirements for each course at each university vary from year to year. The universities publish the CPS requirement for each of their courses for the following year. If an International student achieves the required CPS score for their chosen course and meets the university English requirement (ie a score of at least 50 for ELACS) then they are guaranteed entry into that course.

    Domestic students completing the program would be required to compete with all other domestic applicants for a Commonwealth Supported place at university.

    A few courses have additional entry requirements such as tests, portfolios and interviews.

  • Entry to interstate universities

    The WAUFP is recognised by many leading Australian universities in other states. According to information provided by the WAUFP provider colleges, students have successfully enrolled at the following universities:

    Australian Capital Territory
    • Australian National University
    New South Wales
    • Macquarie University
    • University of New South Wales
    • University of Sydney
    • University of Western Sydney
    • University of Wollongong
    Northern Territory
    • Charles Darwin University
    Queensland
    • Bond University
    • Griffith University
    • Queensland University of Technology
    • University of Central Queensland
    South Australia
    • Flinders University
    • University of South Australia
    • University of Adelaide
    Tasmania
    • University of Tasmania
    Victoria
    • Deakin University
    • La Trobe University
    • Monash University
    • RMIT University
    • Swinburne University of Technology
    • The University of Melbourne
    Students wishing to study at an interstate university should contact the university direct and check the admissions requirements.

  • Entry to overseas universities

    The WAUFP is also recognised by many international universities. WAUFP students have enrolled in universities in the following countries.
    • Austria
    • Canada
    • Germany
    • Hong Kong
    • Indonesia
    • Ireland
    • Malaysia
      - IMU Malaysia
      - Uni Tungku Abdul Rahman
    • New Zealand
      - University of Otago
    • Singapore
      - National University of Singapore
    • South Africa
    • United Kingdom
      - Bristol University
      - Sheffield University
      - Sunderland University
    • USA

  • WAUFP CPS to ATAR comparison

    The following table gives an indication of the Combined Percentage Score (CPS) required to approximate a particular Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

    CPS approximate ATAR
    30 30.00
    40 50.00
    45 59.00
    50 66.00
    55 74.00
    60 81.00
    65 86.00
    70 90.00
    75 95.00
    80 97.00
    85 98.00
    90 99.00
    95 99.50
    100 99.80

  • What is TISC's role?

    TISC administers the WAUFP on behalf of the four public universities in Western Australia. TISC is responsible for:
    • organising, setting and marking the external examinations;
    • supervising the examinations;
    • calculating the students' final marks;
    • issuing results to students; and
    • keeping a historical record of the results.

    Each WAUFP student receives a Statement of Results at the conclusion of the program. These are posted out to the student's notification address either by late June or late December depending on which program they study. Results, when released, are also available through the TISC website. Students who meet certain course requirements also receive a Certificate of Completion.