Pre-University Foundation Program

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Pathway Course (Non-AQF)





Course Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants 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; international examples of equivalent qualifications include:

  • Singapore –  GCE O Levels with Grade C average in 5 subjects and to attain minimum age of 17 years in the year of commencement; OR Higher NITEC; OR NITEC with 2 years of work experience + interview; OR MYP Certificate (IB Middle Years Programme) (Year 10) with at least 32 points
  • Hong Kong –  HKCEE Form 5 with Grade C in four subjects
  • Japan – Kotogakko 2 with 2.5 average
  • China – Senior Middle School 2 with 60% average
  • Malaysia – SPM/UEC with passes in 5 academic subjects with C average
  • Indonesia – SMA 2 with GPA 7.0
  • India – Year 11 with 60% average
  • Thailand – Matayom 5 with 60% average
  • Korea – Senior high school leaving certificate Year 2 with C average
  • Vietnam – Year 11 with GPA 6.0
  • Myanmar – Completion of BEHS with 40% average /matriculation (pass in 6 subjects)
  • Laos/Cambodia –  High School Year 12 Diploma
  • Philippines – Certificate of Graduation Year 11 with 75% average
  • Taiwan – Senior High School year with C average
  • Kazakhstan –  Certificate of UNT (Unified National Testing) -  11 years of schooling which is comparable to GCE "AS" level. To gain entry with overall final grade of minimum 75%; OR Certificate of Basic Secondary Education 11 years of schooling (without taking UNT). To gain entry with grade average of 4.0 (80%)

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 IELTS score required for admission to this course is 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each macro-skill) or complete JCU Singapore English Language Preparatory Program Level 2.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

30 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Students need to successfully complete all ten (10) subjects with an average pass of 50% per subject and need to secure an overall 65% to progress to the JCU undergraduate program

Course learning outcomes

The JCU Singapore Foundation Program is designed to ensure that students with a secondary education qualification equivalent to Queensland, Australia Year 11, are delivered a pre-university program to ensure they qualify at Year 12 thus being able to gain entry to Band 1 undergraduate degrees.

The objective of the Foundation Program is to provide an alternative pathway to tertiary education programs for those students including international students who are disadvantaged by their geographical location, family situation, educational history or other circumstances whereby they are unable to participate in other entry mechanisms.

It equips students with the skills and capabilities to enter tertiary study.

Course Structure


FS0100:03 English Fundamentals 1

FS0101:03 Communication Across Cultures

FS0102:03 Statistics

FS0103:03 Critical Thinking

FS0104:03 Introduction to Learning and Development


Select 15 credit points of specified subjects from List 1

List 1

FS0200:03 Introduction to Mathematics

FS0201:03 Economics

FS0202:03 Human Perspective on World Geography

FS0203:03 Introduction to Information Technology

FS0204:03 English Fundamentals 2

FS0205:03 Chemistry







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time (two study periods) or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Not applicable

Maximum allowed

Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

Not applicable – this is a non-award course