UPC Programmes & Admission Requirements

PROGRAMMES


SINU Preparatory College currently offers two university preparatory programmes, one at certificate level 3 and the other at certificate level 4 of the SINU Qualification Framework. These programmes go by the programme name as follow:

  1. University Preparatory Certificate Level 3

    • Also known as UPC3 for short

    • Programme of study is equivalent to Year 12 education studies on the Solomon Islands Qualification Framework

    • Target audience – Those who completed Year 11 studies, or equivalent


    Click here to see the Level 3 - PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND FEE SCHEDULE
    Click here to see the Level 3 - Unit Prescription


  2. University Preparatory Certificate Level 4

    • Also known as UPC4 for short

    • Programme of study is equivalent to Year 13 or University Foundation studies on the Solomon Islands Qualification Framework

    • Target audience = Those who completed Year 12 studies, or equivalent


  3. Click here to see the Level 4 - PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND FEE SCHEDULE
    Click here to see the Level 4 - Unit Prescriptions 
For prospective students who wish to know more about the programmes we offer, outline below are information that you might need to know before you decide to apply.

1.0 PROGRAMME CHARACTERISTICS, AWARD & DURATION


 1.1    University Preparatory Certificate Level 3

  • Instructions offered under 3 study majors – i.e. Arts, Business, and Science majors

  • Comprised of 10 units – English and Maths as core subjects, plus 3 subjects from student’s subject major.

  • Name of the Award:– University Preparatory Certificate Level 3 

  • Duration: 1 year (2 semesters) on FT study or 2 years (4 semesters) on PT study.  

 1.2    University Preparatory Certificate Level 4

  • Instructions offered under 3 study majors – i.e. Arts, Business, and Science majors

  • Comprised of 10 units – English and Maths as core subjects, plus 3 subjects from student’s subject major.

  • Name of the Award:– University Preparatory Certificate Level 4 

  • Duration: 1 year (2 semesters) on FT study or 2 years (4 semesters) on PT study. 

2.0 CREDIT POINT SYSTEM


2.1    Each unit in UPC3 and UPC4 programmes is 14 weeks long, which is equivalent to one academic semester.
2.2    Each unit carries a total of 18 credit points. A credit point is equivalent to 10-student learning hours, therefore one unit requires 180 learning hours.
2.3    To be eligible for an award in the Certificate Level 3 and/or Certificate Level 4, a student must earn a minimum of 180 credit points, which is equivalent to a total of 1800                    hours of study.

3.0 MODE OF STUDY


3.1   Face-to-Face (F-F) mode

       The programmes are offered via face-to-face delivery mode. All subjects taught under science major are delivered on Panatina Campus at the School of Science, Faculty of          Science and Technology; whilst subjects taught under Arts and Business majors are delivered at Kukum Campus.

3.2   Hybrid Mode
         
        Given the challenges presented by the covid-19 pandemic that restricted the large gathering and movement of individuals, our teaching team has taken up the challenge to                employ a hybrid mode of teaching. This mode of delivery combines both face to face and online teaching to help students achieve the desired learning outcomes. Since this              is a new initiative, training will be provided for both staff and students to ensure that they effectively utilize this novel mode of teaching and learning experience to their                        advantage.

4.0 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


 4.1    University Preparatory Certificate Level 3

  1. Completion of Solomon Islands Year 11 education studies, and has attained a minimum aggregate of 350 or above; or

  2. Has completed UPC2 or equivalent with a B grade in English, Maths and the subject major of candidate’s choice

  3. Consideration is also given to applicants who did not meet the continuous education progression requirements but have displayed maturity, or possess work experience or prior learning.

 4.2    University Preparatory Certificate Level 4

  1. Completion of the Solomon Islands Year 12 education studies with an aggregate within the range of 5 to 18;  or

  2. Has completed UPC3 with a B grade in English, Maths and the subject major of candidate’s choice

  3. Consideration is also given to applicants who did not meet the continuous education progression requirements but have displayed maturity, or possess work experience, or prior learning.

Note A prospective candidate who failed to satisfy admission criteria no. 1 can still apply. You will be put through our upgrading programme to help you meet the admission requirement before you progress on to the programme of your choice. Your UPC staff will give you relevant academic counselling during the enrolment week.