Foundation Program

Foundation Program

Handbook year

2019

Course code

115350

Course type

Enabling (non-AQF course)

Division

Owned by International

Administered by Division of Tropical Environments and Societies (DTES)

Course Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

To gain entry to the International Foundation Program prospective students must:

  • have successfully attained the equivalent of Year 11 in the Australian secondary education system with a pass level that would allow progression to Year 12

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent.  The minimum English Language Proficiency requirement for the Foundation Program is an academic IELTS (or equivalent) 5.5 (with no component below 5.0).  For packaged courses the academic IELTS (or equivalent) score required for admission to the JCU Foundation Program is determined by the English Language Proficiency requirements of the subsequent JCU Diploma or JCU Bachelor Degree.  Refer Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

For packaged offers, subsequent direct entry to Undergraduate courses requiring;

Band 1 (IELTS 6.0) and Band 2 (IELTS 6.5) Proficiency

  • Foundation Program entry requires IELTS 5.5 (with no component below 5.0) or successful completion of JCU College English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Course Level 2 with a minimum score of 60%.

Band 3 (IELTS 7) Proficiency

  • Foundation Program entry requires IELTS 6.5 (with no component below 6.0) or successful completion of JCU College English for Academic Purposes Course Level 4 (ELP Level 4) with a minimum score of 60%

Students who enter the Foundation Program with an IELTS of 5.5 (or equivalent) (with no component below 5.0) and who are seeking to enter the Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway) will require an English Language test that shows the applicant meets the English Language Proficiency requirements of IELTS 6.5 (with no component below 6.5) before entry to the Diploma of Health (Nursing Pathway)

For packaged offers with subsequent entry to an undergraduate Bachelor level program requiring Band 3 level English proficiency (or higher), an English Language test that shows the applicant meets the English Language Proficiency requirements of the bachelor will be required before entry to the degree.

Additional Entry Requirements

Prospective students must be at least 17 years of age at the Foundation Program course commencement date or, if they are packaged with an ELICOS program, at the ELICOS course commencement date.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion
requirements

Students who successfully complete the JCU Foundation Program and who also comply with all relevant sections of the JCU Admissions Policy are required, under the Australian National Standards for Foundation Programs, to be granted entry to undergraduate degree courses at James Cook University.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Foundation Program, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and apply technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts in discipline areas within a broad field of learning.
  • Identify and apply a range of methods to complete learning activities
  • Apply theoretical and technical knowledge to develop and communicate ideas and solutions.
  • Develop discipline-specific skills and knowledge to meet prerequisite requirements for further studies in higher education.
  • Identify and apply a range of methods to complete learning activities.
  • Develop English Language proficiency to a level appropriate for undergraduate studies.
  • Demonstrate autonomy and responsibility in learning independently and decision making.
  • Apply knowledge of diversity and interpersonal and/or intercultural communication skills to work effectively in teams and achieve learning goals

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 4) and the Australian National Standards for Foundation Programs.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

FS0300:03 Developing Academic Skills 1

FS0301:03 Learning in a Digital Environment

FS0302:03 Essential Maths

FS0303:03 Developing Academic Skills 2

FS0304:03 Critical Thinking

FS0305:03 Intercultural Communications

OPTIONS

Select one of the following Discipline Streams

General Stream

Select 6 credit points of subjects from the following list:

FS0400:03  Preparatory Mathematics

FS0401:03  Introduction to Management Concepts and Application

FS0402:03  Preparatory Chemistry

FS0403:03  Fundamentals of Internet Technology

FS0404:03  Essential Science

Education Stream

FS0404:03 Essential Science or FS0402:03 Preparatory Chemistry

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of subjects from the following list:

FS0400:03 Preparatory Maths

FS0401:03  Introduction to Management Concepts and Application

FS0403:03 Fundamentals of Internet Technology

Health Stream

FS0400:03  Preparatory Mathematics

FS0402:03  Preparatory Chemistry

Information Technology Stream

FS0403:03  Fundamentals of Internet Technology

FS0400:03  Preparatory Mathematics or FS0401:03  Introduction to Management Concepts and Application

Science/Engineering Stream

FS0400:03  Preparatory Mathematics

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of subjects from the following list:

FS0402:03  Preparatory Chemistry

FS0403:03  Fundamentals of Internet Technology

FS0404:03  Essential Science

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

Intakes: Trimester 1 and 2

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 trimesters (1 year full-time )

The JCU Foundation Program can be completed in two trimesters

(8 months).

Each trimester consists of 12 teaching weeks; one exam week, and one week for a mid-term break. In total, each term is 14 weeks in length.

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year (under compassionate and compelling circumstances)

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Students must satisfactorily complete all subjects within the course.  Students will be permitted no more than two attempts at each subject.

Failure to pass a subject after the second attempt will result in the student’s suspension from the course.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment
requirements

Each subject for which a grade has been awarded will be included in the calculation of the student’s GPA.

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

Not applicable – this is a Non Award Course

Approved abbreviation

Not applicable – this is a Non Award Course

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Program will be eligible for admission to a Diploma or Bachelor program at James Cook University.

Admission to a specific course at JCU is dependent on meeting all entry requirements for that specific course.

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds course capacity for places, offers will be made on a competitive basis.

To gain entry to undergraduate degree courses at JCU, Foundation program students must achieve:

  1. A pass mark in all 8 subjects as per   course structure; and
  2. the   required Grade Point Average (GPA) for the specific program; and
  3. the   required English Language Proficiency

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of  Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy for the subsequent degree.

For further information on the entry requirements for subsequent Undergrad Courses at JCU visit JCU Undergraduate Courses