College of Science, Technology, and Environment



The Preliminary Science programme (PSN) is designed for students who wish to take up studies in Foundation Science or certificate and diploma programs offered by Pacific TAFE.  Students will learn basic fundamental science concepts and principles, develop necessary laboratory skills and experimental procedures, problem solving and communication skills.  This programme provides opportunities for students to be creative, work collaboratively and use technology as a learning tool.

The Preliminary of Science programme (PSN) under the College of Science, Technology and Environment will offer the following disciplines:     

  • Biology                                  
  • Chemistry                            
  • Computing Science                          
  • Information Systems                       
  • Mathematics                      
  • Physics                                  
  • Geography                          

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

  • Secondary School leavers
  • 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 Science programme will offer the following courses:

Course Code Course Title Semester Offering Mode  of Learning Fees (FJD)
LLP14 Preliminary English A I and II Blended at L, LAB, LTK 545
LLP15 Preliminary  English B I and II Blended at L, LAB, LTK 545
MAP12 Preliminary Mathematics A I and II Blended atL, LTK & Print at LAB 545 330
MAP13 Preliminary Mathematics B I and II Print at L, LAB, LTK 330
BIPO2 Preliminary Biology A I Blended at L, LAB, LTK 565
BIP03 Preliminary Biology B II Print at L, LAB, LTK 350
CHP02 Preliminary Chemistry A I Blended at L and Print at LAB, LTK 565 350
CHP03 Preliminary Chemistry B II Print at L, LAB, LTK 350
ISP21 Introduction to Information, Communications & Technology I and II Online at L, LAB, LTK 330
GEP01 Preliminary Geography A: Physical Geography I Print at L, LAB, LTK 330
GEP02 Preliminary Geography B: Human Geography II Print at L, LAB, LTK 330
PHP02 Preliminary Physics A I Print at L, LAB, LTK 350
PHP03 Preliminary Physics B II Print at L, LAB, LTK 350

Key:  L: Laucala,  LAB: Labasa,   LTK: Lautoka


  • To complete the Preliminary Science Programme students must pass LLP14, LLP15, MAP12, MAF13 and four other courses from the list of courses under the Preliminary Science programme in the above table.  Other Preliminary courses can be chosen only with the approval of the Head of College of Science, Technology & Environment.

To be admitted to the Preliminary Science Programme:

Students would have successfully completed Form 5 or Year 11 with satisfactory school report and reference from school principal when applying for admission.

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 Science programme forms a pathway to the Foundation Science programme. 

Students who have completed the Preliminary Science programme may take up relevant certificate studies within Pacific TAFE.

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