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Pre-University Foundation Program Extended

Pre-University Foundation Program Extended

Course overview

The objective of the JCU Foundation program, Extended is to provide an alternative pathway into 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 knowledge, skills and attitude to enter tertiary study.


March, July, November
Carousel/Block**: N.A
14 months full-time (Commencing in English Study Period)
Study Mode
On campus

**Carousel/Block intakes are for commencing students only, subsequently, students will progress with the trimester.


Course Structure

3 trimesters and 1 block study

Study Program

Students are required to complete 3 trimesters/ terms namely:

Term 1

  • English Language Preparatory Program Level 3

Term 2

  • Maths

Term 3 and 4

Students are required to complete 10 of the following subjects:

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

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

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

Singapore GCE ‘O’ level or IGCSE qualification with a minimum FOUR O level passes with a minimum 11 points aggregate score

NITEC + Interview

MYP Certificate with at least 28 points
Hong Kong HKCEE Form 5 with grade C in 3 subjects
MalaysiaSPM/UEC with passes in 4 academic subjects with C average
Korea Senior High School leaving certificate Year 2 with D average
Vietnam Year 11 with GPA 5.0
Indonesia SMA Year 2 with GPA 6.5
India Year 11 with 55% average
Thailand Matayom 5 with 50% 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 70%; or

Certificate of Basic Secondary Education -11 years of schooling (without taking UNT). To gain entry with grade average of 3.5 (70%)

English 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

Progression Requirement

Students must pass English Language Preparatory Program Level 3 and Maths in order to progress to Term 3 & Term 4.  Students need to successfully complete ten (10) subjects from
Term 3 and Term 4 with a minimum pass of 50% per subject and secure an overall 65% to progress to the JCU undergraduate 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.

Career Outcomes

It’s a pathway program giving students the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate program. There is no exit certificate.

Tuition Fees

Domestic** International
S$21,282.25 S$23,189.75

**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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