Programmes & Courses



Combined Programmes: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE)

The University offers five specific combined programmes where students can concurrently enrol for two programmes. In each combined programme, the two qualifications are awarded only when all the requirements below have been fulfilled. The programmes are:

  • a) Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (BA/LLB)
  • b) Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (BCom/LLB)
  • c) Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Education (BA/GCEd)
  • d) Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Certificate in Education (BCom/GCEd)
  • e) Bachelor of Science and Graduate Certificate in Education (BSc/GCEd)

Students who have already completed the requirements for either a BA or an LLB degree are not eligible to be admitted to the combined BA/LLB programme. Instead, BA graduates can seek admission to the LLB under the graduate admission clause, and LLB graduates can seek admission to a BA degree and apply for up to 10 credit transfers.

Similarly, students who have already completed the requirements for either a BCom or an LLB degree are not eligible to be admitted to the combined BCom/LLB programme. Instead, BCom graduates can seek admission to the LLB under the graduate admission clause, and LLB graduates can seek admission to a BCom degree and apply for up to 10 credit transfers.

In summary, the requirements for BA/LLB and BCom/LLB are:

Special Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws combined degree, or the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws combined degree a person shall have:

  • a) passed a Senate-recognised Form 7 or equivalent examination with 60% (or equivalent) in English; or
  • b) met the mature student admission criteria.

Programme Requirements:

  • 1. Each of the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor Commerce/Bachelor of Laws programmes consists of 40 courses, of which 16 courses are towards the BA or BCom component, and 24 courses are towards the LLB component.
  • 2. The BA or BCom component either:
    • a) a single major structure:
      i) has to the BA or BCom requirements for a single major in one of the allowed disciplines; and
      ii) includes elective courses from those allowed for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Commerce degree to make up the total of 16 courses for the BA or BCom component; or
    • b) a double major structure
      i) has conforming to the BA or BCom double major requirements for majors in each of two of the allowed disciplines; and
      ii) includes elective courses from those allowed for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Commerce degree to make up the total of 16 courses for the BA or BCom component.
  • 3. The LLB component consists of:
    a) 16 compulsory LW courses of the LLB; and
    b) 8 elective LW courses.
  • 4. Students must successfully complete and attain a GPA of at least 2.0 in all 100-level LW courses plus UU100 and UU114 before being able to progress to any 200-level LW courses.

Courses for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Commerce: Students must select courses from the disciplines in the above degrees fulfilling the requirements for either a single major or a double major plus sufficient elective courses to make up a total of 16.

Courses for the Bachelor of Laws:

Core: LW110, LW111, LW112, LW113, LW201, LW202, LW203, LW204, LW205, LW206, LW300, LW301, LW304, LW306, LW308, LW309.

Elective: Eight other 300-level LW courses.

BACHELOR OF ARTS AND GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION OR BACHELOR OF COMMERCE AND GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION OR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION

This four-year combined pre-service programme is designed to prepare specialist graduate teachers for teaching in secondary schools throughout the South Pacific region. After completion of a Form 7 qualification or a USP Foundation Programme, students will enrol in a four-year combined programme. Depending on their selected majors, on completion of all the requirements graduates will be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Education and either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Science degree. They will be equipped not only to teach two subjects at secondary level; they will also have the academic experience to contribute to other areas of study within regional secondary schools.

Special Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Education combined programme a person shall have:

  • a) provided a character reference from the head or a senior teacher of their last high school; and
  • b) met the mature student admission criteria; or
  • c) passed a Senate-recognised Form 7 or equivalent examination.

To be admitted to a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Certificate in Education combined programme a person shall have:

  • a) provided a character reference from the head or a senior teacher of their last high school; and
  • b) met the mature student admission criteria; or
  • c) passed a Senate-recognised Form 7 or equivalent examination.

To be admitted to a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Certificate in Education combined programme a person shall have:

  • a) provided a character reference from the head or a senior teacher of their last high school; and
  • b) met the mature student admission criteria; or
  • c) passed a Senate-recognised Form 7 or equivalent examination and in that examination have passed English and Mathematics, plus two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Technology.

Programme Requirements:

  • 1. The combined BA/GCEd, BCom/GCEd and BSc/GCEd programmes normally comprises 31 courses, including:
    a) 4 University courses
    b) 11 Education courses including ED300 Practicum
    c) 7-8 courses in the first discipline major
    d) 7-8 courses in the second discipline major
    e) sufficient electives from the relevant discipline major to make up 31 courses.
  • 2. To enter the second year of the programme, a student must:
    a) normally have a GPA of 2.5 or better in Year I; and
    b) pass the end-of-year student-teacher interview.
  • 3. A student with a GPA marginally below 2.5 but who has a strong character reference and has performed well at the interview may be permitted by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education to enter the second year of the programme.
  • 4. A student who has not been allowed to continue in the combined programme may seek admission to a BA or BCom or BSc degree programme.
  • 5. Students must achieve a satisfactory performance in all the components of ED300 in order to be eligible for the award of the GCEd.

Note: Students are strongly advised to seek academic counselling with the Head of School or Nominee.

Courses: Students are encouraged to follow the guidelines below for their programme:

Year 

Practicum

Semester I and II

Year I

No practicum in Year I

UU100 and UU114; plus the 100-level compulsory and service courses from the two selected subject majors.

Year II

No practicum in Year II

ED153 and ED152; plus UU200 and UU204; plus four 200-level courses from two selected subject majors.

Year III

Three-week home-based

ED208, ED250, ED252, ED350; plus 1 or 2 x 200-level courses; plus 2 or 3 x 300-level courses required for the two selected subject majors.

Year IV

ED300 (a 17-week practicum)

ED354, ED359; plus 3 or 4 x 300 level courses from the two selected subjects majors.

The two discipline majors must be selected from those listed below:

Discipline Major

No. of Courses

Courses

Accounting

7

FM101, AF101, AF102, AF201, AF210, AF301, AF304.

Biology 

8

BI102, BI108; plus CH105 (except with a double major in Chemistry); plus two 200-level BI courses; plus three 300-level BI courses.

Chemistry 

8

CH101, CH102; plus PH106 (except with a double major in Physics); plus MA102; plus two of: CH201, CH203, CH204; plus two 300-level CH courses.

Computing Science

8

CS111, CS112, MA161, CS211, CS240/215, CS/IS222, CS311; plus one of: CS310, CS317, CS324, IS333.

Economics 

7

EC101, EC102, EC201, EC202, EC203; plus two 300-level EC courses.

Fijian Studies

7

LL161, LL162, LL261, LL262, LL362, LL215, LL331.

Geography 

8

GE101, GE102, GS100; plus GE201 or GE205; plus GE202; plus GE203 or GE207; plus GE304; plus one of: GE301, GE302 GE303 and GE306 courses.

Hindi Studies

7

LL171, LL172, LL215, LL271, LL272, LL371, LL372.

History

7

HY101, HY102; plus two or three 200-level HY courses; plus two or three 300-level HY courses.

Literature and Language

8

LL102, LL122, LL118, LL202, LL204, LL211, LL311, plus LL305 or LL307.

Mathematics 

8

MA111, MA112, ST130, MA211, MA221, MA313, MA321; plus one of: MA312, MA341, MA391, MA392, ST301.

Physics 

8

MA111 or MA112; plus PH101, PH102; plus three 200-level PH courses; plus two PH 300-level courses.

Technology 

7

TE151, TE155, TE156, TE251, TE256, TE351, TE356.

Food and Nutrition Studies

7

TE113, TS109, TE213, TS209, GE202, TE313 and TS309.

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