Foundation Studies

Department of Foundation Studies

Carla Burton
Head of Department:

The Department of Foundation Studies is committed in its mission to equip prospective BHCK diploma candidates with:

  • general four-skills English language communication,
  • critical thinking,
  • conduct, and
  • attitudes

that foster academic and professional achievement. A range of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) programs and preparatory courses exists for those from non-English-speaking backgrounds who need to reinforce fundamental skills required to succeed in their chosen program of study and beyond.

Students admitted to BHCK may qualify for direct entry into their selected program of study (mainstream) if TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or BHCK Placement as well as Math Skills Test scores reveal sufficient aptitude. Alternatively, admitted students may be required to complete at least one of three available semesters of Foundation Studies courses depending on their BHCK Admissions Test result.

Admissions Requirements

  • Year 12 graduate or equivalent
  • Minimum BHCK Admissions Test score required for admittance to EFL course E2

BHCK Admissions Test results and academic records help verify whether accepted students will need to complete at least one semester of Foundation Studies and, if so, into which level they should be placed.


Foundation studies offers three consecutive levels of intensive immersion study. These courses are sequential and cannot be studied simultaneously.

ENG010: E2

One semester of full-time study

BHCK’s preliminary general English course serves students along Common European Framework of Reference for Languages [CEFR] preA1-A2 and Australian Qualifications Framework [AQF] 1. E2 aims to enhance general listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills while introducing basic business and design terms to improve students’ access to further education or employment.

ENG020: E3

One semester of full-time study

This hybrid general and academic English course serves students along CEFR A2-B1 and AQF 2. E3 focuses on strengthening listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills while linking them to business and design ideas to ready students for further education or employment.

ENG030: SFND (Specialized Foundation) 

One semester of full-time study

The goal of Foundation’s final course is to make students along CEFR B1-B2 and up and AQF 3 and higher competent to fulfill the demands of studying their academic major or of employment. SFND seeks to expand and deepen listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills using business, design, and practical general concepts. Basic Math Skills and Basic Computer Skills courses accompany EFL at this level to arm students with everything needed to thrive in both mainstream and the workplace.


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