Pathways to JCU

Some students may not meet the required academic or English language entry requirements for direct entry into James Cook University degrees. JCU offers a number of academic and English language pathway programs and options for international students seeking entry into a JCU degree.

English Language Programs

James Cook University offers English language courses on both the Cairns and Townsville campuses. They provide specialist English teaching that meets the English entry requirements for JCU courses. These pathways, known as English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Programs,are delivered by JCU Pathways Pty Ltd (JCUP).

Students who meet the academic entry requirements for entry into a JCU degree, but not the English language entry requirements, receive a ‘packaged offer’ consisting of a period of academic English language studies, plus an offer into their chosen JCU degree program.

JCU’s EAP programs (CRICOS course code 089159G) develop the skills and proficiency required for your chosen course. You will learn to read academic texts and demonstrate critical thinking on academic topics through speech and writing, and produce academic reports and essays.

Diploma of Higher Education

The Diploma of Higher Education (CRICOS 082840C) is a 1-year introductory course designed to provide students with a supported pathway to higher education success. This course is primarily for students who do not qualify for direct entry into a Bachelor degree, or for those seeking additional support and preparation before moving into Bachelor degree study. For more information, visit Diploma of Higher Education.

Postgraduate Qualifying Program - Business

The Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP) – Business is an academic semester program designed for students whose academic qualifications are marginally below the standard entry requirements.

Upon successful completion of the PQP – Business program, students are eligible for entry to JCU’s postgraduate coursework degrees in Business, Accounting, Economics and Tourism.

Research Pathways

For students who have a Bachelor degree but do not have sufficient research experience, JCU offers research qualifying courses known as Research Methods courses as a pathway to research higher degrees. These courses include the Postgraduate Diploma of Research Methods (for students who have completed a 3 year degree) and Graduate Certificate of Research Methods (for students who have completed a 4 year degree). The courses are individually tailored programs of study as determined by the Head of School, to meet the University’s requirements for a research Masters degree.

Credit for Previous Studies

JCU has flexible advanced standing arrangements with other educational institutions including universities and vocational education providers, including TAFE Queensland. If you have completed a degree, diploma or university subjects, you may be entitled to advanced standing. Visit the Advanced Standing Calculator, which details advanced standing arrangements between JCU and various institutions in Australia and around the world.

International Baccalaureate Credit International Baccalaureate (IB) students, who have achieved a grade of 6 or 7 for IB subjects taken at the Higher Level (HL) in their final year, may be offered advanced standing of up to 6 JCU credit points towards subjects in certain JCU Bachelor programs.