Programmes & Courses



Pacific TAFE Foundation and Preliminary Studies Alternative Pathways and Additional Information

Foundation and Preliminary Programmes are offered in all regional USP member countries where there are qualifications offered at schools that are regarded as equivalent to the USP Preliminary and Foundation  programmes and these are listed below:

COUNTRY

FORM 6/ Year 12 OR PRELIMINARY LEVEL

FORM 7/ Year 13 OR FOUNDATION LEVEL

Cook Islands

NZ NCEA* Level 2

NZ NCEA* Level 3

Kiribati

KSSC

South Pacific Form 7

Fiji

Fiji Year 12 Certificate

Fiji Year 13 Certificate

Marshall Islands

No equivalent

RMI Foundation

Nauru

QSCE

QSCE

Samoa

Samoa Senior Secondary Certificate

NUS Foundation Certificate

Solomon Islands

SISSC

South Pacific Form 7

Tokelau

No equivalent

Form 7

Tonga

TFSC

TNFSC

Tuvalu

TSSC

No equivalent

Vanuatu

VSSC

South Pacific Form Seven Certificate

* NZ National Certificate of Educational Achievement Key: Level Equivalence

  • Level 1: Form 5/ Year 11
  • Level 2: Form 6/ Year 12
  • Level 3: Form 7/ Year 13

 


FORM 6/ YEAR 12 AND EQUIVALENT EXAMINATIONS

The general admission requirements from the equivalent examinations are as follows:

Form 6/ Year 12 Equivalent Examinations

(a) A person seeking admission on the basis of a Form 6 or equivalent examination shall have:

(i) in the Fiji Year 12 Certificate Examination in 2015 and thereafter, achieved:

  • an aggregate of not less than 200 marks out of 400; and
  • at least 50% in each of four subjects, one of which is English; or

(ii) in a National Senior Secondary Certificate or Form Six Certificate equivalent, achieved:

  • an aggregate of not more than 3 in English plus three other subjects; and
  • not more than 4 in any of the four subjects; or

(b) Persons Scoring Between 180 – 199 and Passed Less Than Four Fiji Y12 Subjects

(i) Persons who have taken the Senate-recognised Fiji Y12 Examination in 2015 and thereafter and obtained a score between 180 and 199 and failed to obtain:

  • 50% or more in one or more of the Fiji Y12 subject(s) and/ or
  • the required subject pass mark(s) shall be admitted to Unclassified Preliminary Studies. Such persons will be required to register for the equivalent Preliminary year-long course(s) equivalent to the Fiji Y12 subject(s):
  • failed and/or may be eligible register for Foundation semester-long course(s) equivalent to the Fiji Y12 subject(s) passed provided their semester registration does not exceed four courses.

(ii) In addition persons scoring in Fiji Y12 English:

  • between 40% and 49% will be required to do LLP13 (this course will become LLP15 in Semester 2, 2018)
  • less than 40% will be required to take LLP13 (this course will become LLP15 in Semester 2, 2018) and LLP14.

(c) Persons Admitted to the Unclassified Preliminary Programme Persons admitted to the Unclassified Preliminary Programme must meet the following requirements:

  • Persons who in Fiji Y12 English failed and/or failed to attain the required subject pass mark must first register in the Preliminary English course(s) equivalent to the Fiji Y12 English before registering in any other Foundation course(s) provided their semester registration does not exceed four courses.
  • In addition, such persons must first pass the Preliminary English course(s) in the first semester before attempting Foundation course(s) in the following semester.

(d) Met the mature student admission criteria.

Science Laboratory Classes

Preliminary Science courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics a component required laboratory work. Attendance at laboratory classes is compulsory. Students who fail to complete at least three-quarters of the practical requirements of a course shall be awarded a fail grade notwithstanding the fact that the student may have total marks for the continuous assessment and final examination that are equal to or greater than the pass mark.

Progression from Preliminary to Foundation

Students intending to pursue Foundation Studies must pass LLP13 (this course will become LLP15 in Semester 2, 2018) and LLP14 and must be fully aware of admission requirements to the Foundation programme of their choice before registering for Preliminary courses.


ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY TO FOUNDATION STUDIES FROM USP PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

  • (i) Persons who have attempted and passed 8 Preliminary courses but failed English, or Math or any other relevant Preliminary course(s) shall be required to repeat the failed course(s). Such a person may subject to satisfying prerequisites be allowed to register for up to 2 Foundation courses.
  • (ii) Persons who have attempted 8 Preliminary courses and passed between 6 and 7 courses will be required to repeat the failed courses. Such a person may subject to satisfying prerequisites, be allowed to register for 1 Foundation course.
  • (iii) Persons who have attempted 8 Preliminary courses and passed a maximum of 5 courses in the Preliminary programme will not be allowed to register for any foundation course.

 


ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY TO SKILLS BASED QUALIFICATIONS FROM USP PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

  • (i) Persons who have scored a mark between 40% to 49% in Year 12/ Form 6 English, will be required to do LLP13 (this course will become LLP15 in Semester 2, 2018)
  • (ii) Persons who have scored a mark less than 40% in Year 12/Form 6 English will be required to do LLP13 (this course will become LLP15 in Semester 2, 2018) and LLP14.
  • (iii) Persons who score a mark less than 50% in a Non-English subject will be required to do the Preliminary year- long courses equivalent to Year 12 Non- English subject failed or required.
  • (iv) Persons in the Unclassified Skills Based Qualification Programme will be required to do skills based courses equivalent to the number of Year 12/ Form 6 subjects that they have passed.

 


ALTERNATE PATHWAY TO DEGREE STUDIES FROM FIJI YEAR 13 OR FORM 7 THROUGH FOUNDATION

Alternate Pathway to Degree Studies from Fiji Y13 or equivalent Persons who wish to be admitted to a Bachelor’s Degree but fail to meet the requirements must first comply with the following requirements:

(a) Persons Scoring 200 or More But Passed Less Than Four Fiji Y13 subject(s):

Persons who have taken the Senate-recognised Fiji Y13 Examination in 2015 and thereafter and obtained 200 or above but failed to obtain 50% or more in 1 or m`ore of the Fiji Y13 subject(s) and/or the required subject pass mark(s) shall be admitted to Unclassified Foundation Studies.

Such persons will be required to register for the Foundation course(s) equivalent to the Fiji Y13 subject(s) that they failed and/or that they failed to attain the required subject pass mark(s) may be eligible to register for degree course(s) equivalent to the Y13 subject(s) passed provided their semester registration does not exceed 4 courses.

(b) Persons Scoring Less Than 200 and Passed Less Than Four Fiji Y13 Subject(s)

(i) Persons Scoring Between 180 – 199 and Passed Less Than Four Fiji Y13 Subjects Persons who have taken the Senate-recognised Fiji Y13 Examination in 2015 and thereafter and obtained a score between 180 and 199 and failed to obtain:

  • 50% or more in 1 or more of the Fiji Y13 subject(s) and/or
  • the required subject pass mark(s)

shall be admitted into Unclassified Foundation Studies.

Such persons will be required to register for the equivalent Foundation year-long course(s) of the Y13 subject(s) failed and/or that they failed to attain the required subject pass mark(s) may be eligible to register for degree course(s) equivalent to the Y13 subjects passed provided their semester registration does not exceed 4 courses.

    Special Admission Requirements apply to:

  • specific major(s) and/ or minor where applicable such as Economics, Law, Science and
  • programmes such as Bachelor of Net-Centric Computing, etc. as listed under the Faculty in which they are offered.

Those applying for:

  • a major(s) and/or minor where applicable in Literature, Linguistics and Journalism and
  • Literature & Language as a teaching subject major

will be required to score at least 60% in Fiji Y13 English.

In addition persons scoring in Fiji Y13 English:

  • between 40 and 49% will be required to do LLF11
  • less than 40% will be required to take LLF11 and LLF14.

(ii) Persons Scoring Less Than 180 in the Fiji Y13 Certificate Examination

Persons who have taken the Senate-recognised Fiji Y13 Examination in 2015 and thereafter and obtained less than 180 in 4 subjects irrespective of whether or not the person attained 50% or above in 1 or more of the Fiji Y13 subject(s) will be required to register for the Foundation programme.

(iii) Persons Admitted to the Unclassified Foundation Programme

  • failed and/or
  • failed to attain the required subject pass mark must:

first register in the Foundation English course(s) equivalent to the Fiji Y13 English before registering in any other Foundation and/ or Degree course(s) provided their semester registration does not exceed 4 courses.

In addition, such persons must first pass the Foundation English course(s) in the first semester before attempting degree course(s) in the following semester(s).

To be eligible for admission to Bachelor’s Degree studies the following criteria should apply to those who are admitted from the Foundation Programme:

(a) To enter the BA, the BCom, the LLB (other than as a graduate), or the BA/ LLB or BCom/LLB combined programmes, a person must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • (i) a grade of C in LLF11 (C+ for LLB) and LLF14; and
  • (ii) a grade of C in 6 other semester-long courses, provided that in the case of Mathematics, an average C grade in 2 courses MAF11 and MAF12 (considered a year-long sequence), may be credited as 2 of the 6 required courses.
  • (iii) Prerequisites and Recommended courses for students completing the Foundation Programme and intending to study at degree level are listed below:

DEGREE AND MAJOR

COMPULSORY

RECOMMENDED

Management major

CSF12, ISF21

Bachelor of Engineering

C+ in MAF11 and
MAF12, PHF02, PHF03

Bachelor of Laws

C+ in LLF11

Bachelor of Science

MAF11, MAF12

Bachelor of Net- Centric
Computing

C+ in MAF11 and
MAF12; pass in CSF12

Bachelor of Software
Engineering

C+ in MAF11 and
MAF12; pass in CSF12

Biology major

BIF02, BIF03

Chemistry major

CHF02, CHF03

BIF02, BIF03

Computing Science major

CSF12, C+ in MAF11
and MAF12

ISF21

Information Systems
Majors

ISF21

CSF12

Mathematics major

C+ in MAF11 and MAF12

CSF12, ISF21

Physics major

PHF02, PHF03, MAF11,
MAF12

CHF02, CHF03

(b) Alternate Pathway to Degree Studies from USP Foundation Programme

(i) Persons who wish to be admitted to a Bachelor’s Degree but fail to meet the requirements above must first comply with the following Unclassified Foundation Programme requirements:

  • a) Persons who have attempted and passed 8 Foundation courses but failed English, or Math or any other relevant Foundation course(s) shall be required to repeat the failed course(s). Such a person may subject to satisfying prerequisites be allowed to register for up to 2 degree courses.
  • (b) Persons who have attempted 8 Foundation courses and passed between 6 and 7 courses will be required to repeat the failed courses. Such a person may subject to satisfying prerequisites, be allowed to  register for 1 degree course.
  • (c) Persons who have attempted 8 Foundation courses and passed a maximum of 5 courses in the Foundation programme will not be allowed to register for any degree course.

(ii) For disciplines that require the completion of the Foundation courses in both semesters, (e.g. MAF11 and MAF12 for the Sciences), registration in degree courses will be restricted until these requirements are met.

(iii) For the complete listing of prerequisites and Recommended Foundation courses for the relevant Degree or Discipline, please refer to the clause in 5.2 (a) (iii) above.

(iv) The USP Pacific TAFE Foundation Programmes are available by flexible learning from all USP campuses, and face-to-face at Laucala Campus and at accredited schools in some USP member countries.

(v) All Foundation courses have an ‘F’ as the third character of their course code.

Science Laboratory Classes

Some Foundation Science courses include a component of required laboratory work. Attendance at laboratory classes is compulsory. Students who fail to complete at least three-quarters of the practical requirements of a course shall be awarded a fail grade notwithstanding the fact that the student may have total marks for the continuous assessment and final examination which are equal to or greater than the pass mark.

Progression from Foundation to Bachelor Degree Programmes

Students planning to continue to Bachelor’s Degree studies at USP on completion of a Foundation Programme need to take into consideration the special admission requirements for certain majors (Accounting, Economics, Law, Information Systems, etc.) and seek academic advise on these before registering for Foundation courses. A pass in LLF11 and LLF14 is required for admission to degree studies from the full Foundation Programme.

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