Pathways to JCU

JCU provides study options for students who are unable to meet the academic or English entry requirements needed for direct entry into their preferred JCU degree, or for those  seeking to enhance their career prospects.

English Language Programs

James Cook University offers English language programs on both the Cairns and Townsville campuses. We offer English for Academic Purposes, with specialist teaching to give you the skills and knowledge needed to achieve the English language entry requirements for your preferred JCU degree. We also offer a General English program which can provide you with a pathway for further study or can increase career opportunities. Visit Study English to find out more.

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.