Pre-University Foundation Program

Pre-University Foundation Program

Course overview

The Foundation program provides an opportunity for students who do not meet our rigorous entry requirements to a Bachelor's degree to upgrade their skills through a pre-university entry program.

The objective of the foundation program is to provide an alternative pathway to tertiary education for students who are disadvantaged by their geographical location, family situation, education history or other circumstances. It equips students with the skills and capabilities to enter tertiary study. The program focuses on entry to undergraduate degrees in Business, Business and Environmental Science, Psychology and Information Technology.

January*, May, September (Commencing in Trimester)
Carousel/Block**: N.A
8 months full time
Study Mode
On campus

*In 2024, the intake will commence in February
**Carousel/Block intakes are for commencing students only, subsequently, students will progress with the trimester.


Course Structure

2 trimesters (5 subjects per trimester)

Study Program

Students are required to complete 10 subjects:

  • English Fundamentals 1
  • Communication across cultures
  • Statistics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Learning and Development
  • Introduction to Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Human Perspective on World Geography
  • Fundamentals of Psychology
  • English Fundamentals 2
  • Chemistry *
    * Currently not offered

For a comprehensive listing and outline of the respective course subjects, please click here.

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

A secondary education qualification equivalent to Australia Year 11, for example:

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
Sri LankaGCE O Levels with Grade C average in 5 subjects
BruneiGCE O Levels with Grade C average in 5 subjects
MauritiusGCE O Levels with Grade C average in 5 subjects
Hong Kong HKCEE Form 5 with Grade C in 4 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%)

Progression Requirement

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

Language Requirement

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of IELTS 5.5 (no component lower than 5.0) / TOEFL (Internet Based) 56 (no component less than 16) / Pearson PTE Academic 46 (no component less than 42); or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP); or
  • Successful completion of other qualifications completed in English Language deemed comparable to Australian standards within the last two years on a case-by-case basis

Attendance Requirements

International students holding a valid Student’s Pass are required to attend at least 90% of scheduled classes per month. Failure to attend classes is a breach of the student visa conditions. Being absent from classes for a continuous period of seven days or more, or attendance falling below 90%  without valid reasons will result in the student needing to surrender their Student's Pass for cancellation.

Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

*Any advanced standing for recognition for prior learning will be based on a case by case basis

Tuition Fees

Domestic** International
S$15,532.50 S$17,167.50

**Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass).


  • All course fees include the corresponding Singapore Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is 9% in 2024.
  • The details of the instalment breakdown will be provided in your Student Contract. Please contact us for further details.

Note: International students in Singapore on a Student Pass are not permitted to work. For more information please visit

James Cook University is EduTrust Certified. The EduTrust certification scheme is administered by the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). EduTrust requires all students to be covered under a Fee Protection Scheme. In James Cook University, this is provided through an insurance protection scheme. Further, EduTrust also requires that the students must be covered under a medical insurance coverage which has provision for hospitalisation, surgery and treatment costs throughout their course duration. James Cook University will advise in the Standard Student Contract the total amount of insurance payable.

For more details please visit the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) website:

Although James Cook University endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.


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