College of Business & Commerce



The Preliminary Business Studies programme (PBS) is designed for students who wish to pursue foundation studies in the commerce stream or take up certificate or diploma studies in the skills based programmes of Pacific TAFE. Students will learn the basic rules, concepts and theories required for further studies in Accounting and Economics at the Foundation level as well as communication skills in an academic context. This programme provides opportunities for students to be creative, work collaboratively and use technology as a learning tool.

The Preliminary Business programme (PBS) under the College of Business, Tourism and Hospitality will offer the following disciplines:         

  • Accounting      
  • Economics                                       

The Preliminary Business programme is available by distance and flexible learning from all USP campuses, and at accredited schools in some USP member countries.

  1. Secondary School leavers
  2. Mature Students
Full Time 1 year (8 courses – maximum of 4 courses per semester)
Part time Flexible: students are also given the option to complete the programme at their own pace.

The Preliminary Business Programme will offer the following courses:

Course Code Course Title Semester Offering Mode of learning  
LLP14  Preliminary English A I and II B at L, LAB, LTK, SI, TON, E, K and P at C  
LLP15 Preliminary English B I and II B at L, LAB, LTK, SI, TON, E, K and P at  C  
AFP01 Preliminary Accounting I I P-C  
AFP02 Preliminary Accounting II II P-C  
ECP01 Preliminary Economics I and II P -C  
ISP21 Introduction to Information, Communications and Technology I and II O – C  
MAP11 Basic Preliminary Mathematics I and II P – C  
MAP12 Preliminary Mathematics A I and II B atE,  K, L, LTK, SI, TON and P at C  
MAP13 Preliminary Mathematics B I and II P – C  

Model of Learning:                                                                

B: Blended, P: Print, O: Online                              

Key: L: Laucala, SI-Solomon Is, E-Emalus, LTK, Lautoka, E- Emalus, Ton-Tongs, K- Kiribati, LAB- Labasa C-all other campuses not identified


  • LLP14 and LLP15 are compulsory for all full time Preliminary students 
  • MAP12 and MAP13 are compulsory for commerce students who will pursue a degree in Economics or Finance.
  • In addition, students will be required to select from the list of courses under the Preliminary Business programme.

To be admitted to the Preliminary Business Programme:

  1. Students would have successfully completed Form 5 or Year 11 with satisfactory school report and reference from school principal when applying for admission.
  2. Those that scored below 180 in the Fiji Year 12 Examinations or equivalent

The award of a grade shall take into account performance in coursework and examination, or coursework only without any final examination for a course approved by Senate to be assessed in that manner.  The final examination and the work assessed during the semester shall each constitute not less than 40% and not more than 60% of the allocation of marks upon which the final grade is based.


The Preliminary Business programme forms a pathway to the Foundation Business programme.  Students who have completed the Preliminary Business programme may take up relevant certificate studies within Pacific TAFE.

Preliminary Fee Schedule, Regional          
  Fiji     FJ$ Cook Is Niue Tokelau NZ$ Kiribati Nauru Tuvalu AUS$ Marshall Is   US$ Samoa     TALA Solomon Is   SI$ Tonga     PA’ANGA Vanuatu     VATU
Preliminary (blended mode) 545 530 470 350 970 1,345 470 34,575
Preliminary (Print mode)  330 310 295 210 575 810 285 26,190

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EOI 2020