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’ or Preliminary level

‘Form 7’ 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
  • Level 2: Form 6
  • Level 3: Form 7

FORM 6 AND FORM 7 EQUIVALENT EXAMINATIONS

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

Form 6 Equivalent Examinations

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

  • (a) in the Fiji Year 12 Certificate Examination in 2015 and thereafter, achieved:
    • (i) an aggregate of not less than 200 marks out of 400; and
    • (ii) at least 50% in each of four subjects, one of which is English; or
  • (b) in a National Senior Secondary Certificate or Form Six Certificate equivalent, achieved:
    • (i) an aggregate of not more than 3 in English plus three other subjects; and
    • (ii) not more than 4 in any of the four subjects; or
  • (c) passed the two preliminary English and six other courses in the USP Preliminary Programme; and
  • (d) completed studies at Form 6 level deemed equivalent to the above.

Form 7 Equivalent Examinations

A person seeking admission on the basis of a Form 7 or equivalent examination shall have:

  • (a) in the Fiji Year 13 Examination in 2015 and thereafter, achieved:
    • (i) an aggregate of not less than 200 marks out of 400; and
    • (ii) at least 50% in each of the four subjects, one of which is English; or
  • (b) in the South Pacific Form Seven or Year 13 Certificate, achieved:
    • (i) at least three ‘B’ grades and one ‘C’ grade in four subjects; and
    • (ii) at least a ‘C’ grade in English; or
  • (c) in the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), achieved at least 62 credits at Level 3 or higher, including at least 16 credits at Level 3 in each of three subjects and 14 credits at Level 3 in English.
  • (d) been awarded a National University of Samoa Foundation Certificate; or
  • (e) completed the requirements for a USP Certificate in Foundation Studies; or
  • (f) completed studies at Form 7 level deemed equivalent to the above.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

Through the three Colleges of Pacific TAFE, Preliminary studies can be pursued in either Arts, Business or Science. Achievement of this programme allows a student to enter the Foundation programme or a relevant Certificate programme for employment in either of the three Colleges of Pacific TAFE. Students who do not achieve the entry mark into foundation will have an opportunity to continue with studies through the Unclassified Preliminary studies.

Admission Requirements for Preliminary Programme

(a) To be admitted to a Preliminary Programme, a person shall have successfully Completed Form 5 or an equivalent examination. Such persons must submit a satisfactory school report and reference from the School Principal when applying for admission.

(b) Alternative Pathways to Foundation Studies and Preliminary Studies

(i) Persons Scoring 200 or More but Passed Less Than Four Fiji Y12 Subjects

Persons who have taken the Senate-recognised Fiji Y12 Examination in 2015 and thereafter and obtained a score of 200 or above but 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 Preliminary course(s) equivalent to the Fiji Y12 subject(s):
  • failed and/or may be eligible to register for Foundation course(s) equivalent to the Fiji Y12 subject(s) passed provided their semester registration does not exceed four courses.

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

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 course(s) equivalent to the Fiji Y12 subject(s):
  • failed and/or may be eligible register for Foundation course(s) equivalent to the Fiji Y12 subject(s) passed provided their semester registration does not exceed four courses.

In addition persons scoring in Fiji Y12 English:

  • between (40 and 49)% will be required to do LLP13
  • less than 40% will be required to take LLP13 and LLP14.

(iii) 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 and or Degree 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.

(c) Met the mature student admission criteria.

Science Laboratory Classes

Some Preliminary 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 that are equal to or greater than the pass mark.

Progression from Preliminary to Foundation

Students intending to pursue Foundation Studies must pass LLP13 and LLP14 and must be fully aware of admission requirements to the Foundation programme before registering for Preliminary courses.


FOUNDATION PROGRAMME

Pacific TAFE's three Colleges of Arts Business and Science offers Foundation Studies in either Arts, Business or Science. Students enrol in the Foundation programme that will enable them to enter the relevant degree studies in the faculties or diploma studies in Pacific TAFE.

Admission Requirements for the Foundation Programme

Students who have the required aggregate for admission to a Foundation Programme but who do not have a pass in Form 6/Y12 Certificate (or equivalent) English must successfully complete the Preliminary English course(s) 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/Y12 Certificate (or equivalent) English but do not have a pass in other required Form 6/Y12 (or equivalent) subject(s), may need to pass certain preliminary courses before gaining entry into a USP Pacific TAFE foundation programme.

(a) To be admitted to a Foundation Programme a person shall have:

  • (i) passed a Senate-recognised Form 6/Y12 Certificate Examination or equivalent examination; or
  • (ii) met the mature student admission criteria.

(b) A person admitted under clause (a) above with:

(i) A Fiji Y12 Certificate in 2015 and thereafter must have:

  • an aggregate of not less than 200 marks out of 400 with at least 50% in English and in three other subjects;
  • for entry into the Foundation Science Programme, a person must have an aggregate of not less than 200 marks out of 400 with at least 50% in English, Mathematics and in at least two subjects from agricultural science, biology, chemistry, geography, physics and technical drawing or any other approved subject.
  • for entry into the Foundation Arts and Foundation Business stream, a person must have an aggregate of at least 200 out of 400 with at least 50% in English and in any three of the following subjects: accounting, agricultural science, economics, geography, history, mathematics or any other approved subject.

(ii) A Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate or National Senior Secondary Certificate or National Form 6, must have:

  • not more than 4 in English; and
  • for entry into the Foundation Science Programme, individual attainment in mathematics, and at least two subjects from agricultural science, biology, chemistry, geography and physics shall not be above a grade of 5; or
  • for entry into the Foundation Arts and Foundation Business stream, individual attainment in English and in any three subjects from accounting, agricultural science, economics, geography, history, mathematics and sociology shall not be above a grade of 5.

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.

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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