Foundation Program

Foundation Program

Course code

115350

Course type

Non-AQF Pathway Course

Division

Owned by Division of Global Strategy and Engagement

Administered by Division of Tropical Environments and Societies (DTES)

Award 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;

For further information on entry requirements visit (website link)

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). The academic IELTS score required for admission to this course is 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each component) or successfully complete JCU College English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Course Level 2.

Additional Entry Requirements

Prospective students must be at least 17 years of age at the Foundation Program course commencement date.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

30 credit points as per course structure

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 Academic Communications 1

FS0301:03 Communication across Cultures

FS0302:03 Statistics

FS0304:03 Introduction to Mathematics

FS0306:03 Academic Communications 2

Plus

Select one of the following options (Discipline streams);

  1. Arts
  2. Business or IT
  3. Science
Option 1 - Arts

FS0305:03 Human Perspectives on World Geography

FS0400:03 Legal Studies

FS0403:03 Critical Thinking

Plus

Select 6 credit points from List 1

Or

Option 2 - Business or IT

FS0303:03 Introduction to Information Technology

FS0400:03 Legal Studies

FS0401:03 Economics

Plus

Select 6 credit points from List 1

Or

Option 3 - Science

FS0303:03 Introduction to Information Technology

FS0402:03 Chemistry

FS0404:03 Mathematics 2

Plus

Select 6 credit points from List 1

List 1

FS0303:03 Introduction to Information Technology

FS0400:03 Legal Studies

FS0401:03 Economics

FS0402:03 Chemistry

FS0403:03 Critical Thinking

FS0404:03 Mathematics 2

FS0405:03 Physics

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Available for Mid-Year entry

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full-time

The Standard JCU Foundation Program can be completed in two study periods. Each study period consists of 13 teaching weeks; one exam week, and one week for a mid-term break. In total, each term is 15 weeks in length.

Between terms there are three weeks for finalising and publishing results and providing an enrolment/orientation period.

The two-term program therefore consists of 36 weeks.

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Nil

Special assessment requirements

Nil

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

The Foundation Program is taken by students in order to meet the admission requirements for undergraduate degree programs at James Cook University. Students who successfully complete the JCU Foundation Program and who also comply with all relevant sections of the JCU Admissions Policyare required, under the Australian National Standards for Foundation Programs, to be granted entry to undergraduate degree courses at James Cook University.

Successful completion of the Foundation program is a GPA of 4 and a 60% pass in FS0306 Academic Communications 2.

Admission into the undergraduate programs at JCU is assured if the associated requirements are met.

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

  1. the required Grade Point Average (GPA);
  2. English Language Proficiency; and
  3. have achieved   a 50% pass in each of the discipline stream specific prerequisite subjects (refer course structure).

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.

NOTE: There is no direct pathway from the JCU College Foundation Program into any programs/courses delivered by the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine (DTHM)

NOTE: The following Education programs have specific entry requirements that must be met before approval of application (refer website for the relevant undergraduate program):

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood   Education)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

For further information on Course Articulation requirements visit (website link)