Pre-University Foundation Program

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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.

Start dates
March, July, November
8 months full time
Study mode
On campus


Course Structure

2 trimesters consisting of 4 months each

Study Program

Students are required to complete 10 subjects:

  • English Fundamentals 1
  • Communication Across Cultures
  • Statistics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Learning & Development
  • Introduction to Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Human Perspective on World Geography
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • English Fundamentals 2
  • Chemistry#

#Only studied if Bachelor Of Education (Early Childhood Education) is chosen as an undergraduate program. Commencement of classes is subject to minimum student numbers.

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

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

Singapore Singapore-GCE O Levels with grade C average in five subjects and be 17 years of age in the year of offer
Hong Kong Form 5 with a pass in 5 academic subjects
or HKCEE with a pass in 4 subjects
Japan Kotogakko Year 2 with 2.8 average
South Korea Senior High School Year 2 with C average
China Senior Middle School 2 with 60% average
Myanmar Completion of BEHS Exam with 40% average
in final year results (a pass in 6 subjects)
Vietnam Year 11 with GPA 6.0
Indonesia SMA Year 2 with GPA 7.0
Philippines Certificate of graduation Year 11 with 75% average
Taiwan Senior High School Year 2 with 60% average
India Year 11 with 60% average
Malaysia SPM/UEC with passes in 5 academic subjects with C average
Thailand Matayom 5 with 60% average

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

  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each of the 4 areas) or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP) Level 2.

International Students - IELTS Requirement

IELTS pathway for Foundation program

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.

Tuition Fees

Domestic* International
S$12,840 S$13,910

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

Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST)

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Download the Pathway Program brochure here.

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