International Foundation Program
Tertiary Access Courses
Humanities Tertiary Access Course (HuTac)
Postgraduate Qualifying Program (Business)
This program provides an alternative pathway into tertiary education programs for those 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 graduates with the skills and capabilities to enter tertiary study. The current program focuses on entry to Business, Hospitality Management and IT courses but, with expansion of specialist subjects in other areas, entry to other tertiary courses will also be possible.
It focuses on students who have successfully completed the equivalent of Australian Year 11 and who need to complete academic skills to a higher level which will facilitate their successful completion of tertiary studies.
The program is run over 30 weeks and consists of 720 hours of contact time not including assessment as is required by the latest Office of Higher Education guidelines for Foundation Programs for international students.
The program will be offered in Townsville and Cairns; the date of commencement is to be advised.
To gain entry to the International Foundation Program prospective students must:
be 18 years of age at the commencement of orientation;
have successfully attained the equivalent of Year 11 in the Australian secondary education system with a pass level that would allow progression to Year 12; international examples of equivalent qualifications include:
Singapore - GCE O Levels with grade 4 average in five subjects
Hong Kong - HKCEE Form 5 with Grade D in four subjects
Japan - Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate grade 3 average
South Korea - General Higher School Diploma grade C average
China - Senior Middle School 3 with 70% average
an overall IELTS score of 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each macro-skill).
To obtain a Certificate of Completion of the International Foundation Program students must achieve a passing grade for each subject in:
a sequence of core subjects; and
a sequence of specialist subjects.
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|FP0101:03||English for Academic Purposes|
|FP0106:03||Introduction to Mathematical Concepts|
|FP0108:03||Introduction to Information Technology|
|FP0107:03||Essential Management Skills|
Students who have obtained a Certificate of Completion of the International Foundation Program will meet the entry requirements of the Bachelor of Business and the Bachelor of Hospitality Management.
Students who have obtained a Certificate of Completion of the International Foundation Program and who have obtained a grade of credit or better in BR0106 (Introduction to Mathematical Concepts) and BR0108 (Introduction to Information Technology) will meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Information Technology.
UNIPREP is a preparatory course designed for mature-age people who are considering enrolling at JCU but who may feel they need additional skills, confidence and knowledge about university study before commencing a course. The program is open to people who have the potential to meet the ordinary or alternative entry requirements for James Cook University.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from a low socio-economic background, non-English speaking background, who are from a rural and remote area, who have a disability and women in non-traditional areas of study, such as engineering and IT, will be given preference in the course. The program is offered on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.
UNIPREP is offered twice a year, before the start of the next Study Period. In Cairns, the UNIPREP course runs over a two-week period from 9.15am-1.00pm weekdays usually in May-June and Nov-Dec each year. In Townsville, UNIPREP is offered in two stages, with the first week (‘Intro to Uni Life’) being offered in December and the second week (‘Academic Skills’) occurring in February of the next year and then usually again in June and July. During UNIPREP, prospective students are introduced to a variety of study skills, such as assignment writing, research and computer skills as well as developing a clearer insight into the course choices and support services available on campus.
UNIPREP costs $50 ($25 for Health Care Card Holders). For further information, please contact the student equity staff:
- Townsville: (07) 4781 4933
- Cairns: (07) 4042 1562
Applicants should note that the completion of UNIPREP does not guarantee entry to a course at James Cook University.
Many health science and science courses have prerequisites of Queensland Year 12 Chemistry and/or Maths B, in addition to the requirement of Year 12 English. Some also require the completion of Year 12 Physics. For those applicants who have not completed these Queensland Year 12 subjects or equivalents, JCU offers a range of bridging subjects at the Cairns and Townsville campuses.
Preparatory Chemistry -– CH1020
Preparatory Chemistry is a four week subject taught on-campus in intensive mode in late January/February each year. This subject is also available in Study Period 2, though not in intensive mode. It is designed for students who intend to study Chemistry at University and who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent, or who feel that their knowledge of Chemistry needs updating. This course can be used as a pre-requisite for JCU degree courses requiring Year 12 Chemistry. A student contribution amount is payable for this subject if taken as part of a degree course. A tuition fee is payable for this subject if taken as part of the Certificate of Science or as a Miscellaneous student.
Preparatory Mathematics -– MA1020
Preparatory Maths is designed for students who do not have a sound achievement or better in Queensland Year 12 Maths B or equivalent, and who require Maths B as a prerequisite for their degree course. The course is offered as an on-campus subject in Study Period 1 and as an intensive mode subject in late January/February each year. A student contribution amount is payable for this subject if taken as part of a degree course. A tuition fee is payable for this subject if taken as part of the Certificate of Science or as a Miscellaneous student.
Contacts for further information
Further information is available from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Information Technology on (07) 4781 6823 or by email at FacultySEIT.email@example.com
Preparatory Chemistry and Physics Foundations -– SC1021
This subject is designed for students who do not have a Sound Achievement or better in Queensland Year 12 Chemistry or Physics or equivalent and who require these as prerequisites for a degree course.
This subject is taught on-campus in Study Period 1 each year. A student contribution amount is payable for this subject if taken as part of a degree course. A tuition fee is payable for this subject if taken as part of the Certificate of Science or as a Miscellaneous student.
Preparatory Mathematics -– MA1020
Preparatory Maths is designed for students who do not have a Sound Achievement or better in Queensland Year 12 Maths B or equivalent, and who require Maths B as a prerequisite for their degree course. This subject is taught on-campus in Study Period 1. A student contribution amount is payable for this subject if taken as part of a degree course. A tuition fee is payable for this subject if taken as part of the Certificate of Science or as a Miscellaneous student.
Contacts for further information
Further information is available from the Student Enquiries Centre on 1800 246 446 or by email at EnquiriesCairns@jcu.edu.au
The Humanities Tertiary Course (HUTAC) provides an alternative pathway into undergraduate studies for potential university students. The course aims to equip students with the skills and capabilities to enter mainstream tertiary study. The course is offered through the School of Indigenous Australian Studies and is open to all students who meet the residency/citizenship requirements as per DEST Guidelines for Enabling Courses.
Candidates must successfully complete an Internal Selection Process (ISP) to gain admission to the course. This process assesses the student’s status in relation to their level of literacy and numeracy.
The normal completion time for the course is one year full-time or two years part time with students completing eight subjects with a total value of 24 credit points. It is possible however for students to apply for entry into a degree course after six months of study. This is dependent on their academic achievement and the entry requirement rules of the specific degree.
Contacts for further information
Further information may be obtained from the School of Indigenous Studies
Townsville Campus (07) 4781 4676
Cairns Campus (07) 4042 1046
James Cook University provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access and participate in studies at tertiary level.
HuTac aims to prepare students with the skills and capabilities to enter tertiary study. The course is of six months duration if studied full time or one year part time. It provides an alternate pathway into undergraduate courses for potential university students. The course is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
To gain entry into the Tertiary Access Course, potential students must sit a two-part examination testing (1) Literacy and (2) Numeracy, as well as undergo an interview.
Acceptance into a degree course depends on academic achievement and the entry requirements of the specific degree.
Subjects will be offered by internal and external mode in Townsville and Cairns in Teaching Period 1 and Teaching Period 2.
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Townsville, Cairns, Brisbane, Singapore
The Postgraduate Qualifying Program (Business) is a non-award course that, if successfully completed, may qualify a candidate for entry into a Postgraduate (Award) Coursework Program in the Faculty of Law, Business and Creative Arts as follows:
Master of Business Administration
Master of Economics
Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management
Master of Professional Accounting
Master of Tourism
other postgraduate courses as approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Entry is available to international students only. The entry criteria are English language proficiency and academic proficiency as follows:
IELT S of 6.0 or equivalent in accordance withe the current JCU policy specifications; and
qualifications or academic record determined by the Faculty PVC to be within 12 credit points of successful completion of an equivalent relevant undergraduate Australian business degree.
Entry equivalences by country are determined by the International Student Entry Requirements Committee.
Candidates completing this program do not receive any testamur, and may not use subjects successfully completed within the program for advanced standing towards a subsequent postgraduate course.
Concurrent enrolment with postgraduate level subjects is not permitted.
12 credit points of undergraduate subjects as follows:
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|BU1005:03||Personal and Professional Skills in Business|
|BU2008:03||Leadership and Strategic Thinking|
|BU2010:03||Business Research Methods|
|6 credit points of level 3 subjects (without prerequisites) offered by the School of Business and approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor.|