USP Preliminary Programmes and courses provide preparation for entry into USP Foundation Programmes, which in turn provide a pathway to degree-level study at USP or other universities.
Preliminary programme students include mature entrants who have left school early but who now wish to re-commence studying. In addition students from USP member countries who have not performed well in their Form 6 (or equivalent) examinations can take courses for a USP Preliminary Programme in either science or social science, with the aim of then moving on to a Foundation Programme.
Students with the required total for admission to a Foundation Programme but who do not have a pass in Form 6 English (or equivalent), must successfully complete the Preliminary English course before enrolling in USP's Foundation Programme. Similarly students with the required total for admission to a Foundation Programme who gain a pass in Form 6 (or equivalent) English, but do not have a pass in other required Form 6 (or equivalent) subjects, may need to pass certain preliminary courses before gaining entry into a USP Foundation Programme.
Foundation Programmes form a pathway to degree-level study at USP. Students entering the USP Foundation Programmes will normally have passed a University Senate-approved Form 6 examination (or equivalent), or have completed a USP Preliminary Programme. Students enrol in either the Foundation Science Programme or the Foundation Social Science Programme, depending on the subjects they studied at secondary school (or in the Preliminary programme), and also the degree programme they want to pursue once they complete their Foundation studies. Students hoping to do a degree at USP or another university on completion of a Foundation programme should make sure they register for the prerequisite courses needed for their intended further studies.
The USP Foundation Science and Foundation Social Science Programmes are available by distance and flexible learning from all USP campuses, and face-to-face at Laucala Campus and at accredited schools in some USP member countries.
Students should contact the College of Foundation Studies for further details on the Preliminary and Foundation Programmes.
Admission and programme requirements for Pre-degree programmes: