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ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES AT UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN

REGULAR ADMISSION

NOTE: Before 1998, a CXC pass at the general level was indicated by grades 1 or 2. Beginning June 1998, a CXC/CSEC pass at general level is shown as 1, 2, or 3.

Regular admission to baccalaureate and associate degree programmes (minors not included) shall be on the basis of any certificate giving regular university entrance status for the country of origin of the student making the application. This may include one of the following:

Five O-Level GCE/ CSEC passes, including English language.
  • Business students are also required to present Mathematics as one of the five passes.
  • Biology students are also required to present Biology and Mathematics as two of the five passes.
  • Computing students are also required to present Mathematics as one of the five passes.
  • Elementary Education students are also required to present Mathematics and a Science subject as two of the five passes.
An A-Level (GCE/CAPE) pass may be used to replace a lacking O-Level (GCE or CSEC) pass.
  • Business students are also required to present Mathematics as one of the five passes.
  • Biology students are also required to present Biology and Mathematics as two of the five passes.
  • Computing students are also required to present Mathematics as one of the five passes.
  • Elementary Education students are also required to present Mathematics and a Science subject as two of the five passes.
  • Students pursuing a B.S. Nursing degree are required to have English, Mathematics and a Science subject among their five O-level passes. Additionally, they must have a nursing permit from the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago
Three O-Level GCE or CSEC passes and a transcript and diploma from an approved accredited tertiary institution. Students will be required to take six remedial credits for each missing O-Level pass.
  • Business students are also required to present Mathematics as one of the three passes.
  • Biology students are also required to present Biology and Mathematics as two of the three passes.
  • Computing students are also required to present Mathematics as one of the three passes.
Bachelor of Science in Educational Service.

This B.S. degree is designed to serve a unique clientele, namely, educators who have earned the two-year teacher diploma, and the University of the West Indies continuing education diploma of 475 contact hours. Additionally the student must have five O-level GCE or CSEC passes or equivalent

  • Students with a two-year University of the West Indies continuing education diploma may enter the programme, but must take 14 additional credits of course work at USC.
High School diploma and transcript with a minimum GPA of 2.00.
Three O-level GCE/CSEC passes, which include English, mature age of 21 and above, and successful completion of the PUC programme.

 

Provisional Admission-Pathways to Regular Admission

Provisional admission to baccalaureate and associate degree programmes may be given if a student has one of the following

Three O-Level GCE or CSEC passes, and recognized mature age in his/her country of origin.

Individual evaluations will be made based on such evidence as examination results and prior academic work.

For Trinidad and Tobago applicants, the mature age is 30 years. For applicants from Caribbean countries outside Trinidad and Tobago, the mature age recognized for university entrance in the country of origin will apply.

  • To achieve regular status, the student must earn 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and no grade lower than a C within the first two semesters with a concession of a third semester to acquire a GPA of 2.00 or above.
  • A student who lacks Mathematics as one of the three O-Level passes must additionally complete 6 MATH none-degree related credits within his/her first three semesters of attendance.

There will be a reduction of six (6) credits for each missing O-level.

Three O-level GCE or CSEC passes and a GED certificate with an average composite score of 45, with no single score below 40 on the GED examination.

To achieve regular status, the student must earn 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and no grade lower than a C within the first two semesters with a concession of a third semester to acquire a GPA of 2.00 or above.

A GED certificate with an average composite score of 50, with no single score below 45 on the GED examination

To achieve regular status, the student must earn 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and no grade lower than a C within the first two semesters with a concession of a third semester to acquire a GPA of 2.00 or above.

Mature age and a GED certificate with an average composite score of 45, with no single score below 40 on the GED examination.

To achieve regular status, the student must earn 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and no grade lower than a C within the first two semesters with a concession of a third semester to acquire a GPA of 2.00 or above.

Five O-Level GCE or CSEC passes but lacks required Mathematics.

To achieve regular status, the student must earn Mathematics O-level GCE or CSEC within the first year.

Pre-University Certificate (PUC)

Persons who are twenty-one (21) years and over and have three (3) CSEC passes including English can apply to do this programme. The courses to be completed are: Foundation Mathematics, Academic Skills & Study Preparation, College Success & Career Planning, and Information Technology. The programme will be offered from May to August. Students can access this programme through the Student Advisement Center (SAC). A Certificate of Achievement will be given to students who successfully pass the course with a C+ or above. Students receiving a passing grade of C+ will be offered pathways to degrees in Social Sciences, Humanities, Business and Theology. The Pre University Courses taken are not transferrable to any degree programme at USC.

Please note that students who pursue this programme will not be employed as teachers in the Teaching Service Commission of Trinidad and Tobago.

Complete missing CSEC subjects at the Student Advisement Centre (SAC)

Students who lack the required number of CSEC passes for regular admission into a programme of choice, can register with the SAC for instructional support to write the CSEC examination

Four (4) CSEC passes plus six (6) university credits

Any applicant, who possesses four (4) CSEC passes including English, may be provisionally accepted to pursue programmes of study at USC. In order to complete the matriculation requirements, that is, to compensate for the missing subject, the accepted applicant will be required to register and successfully complete six (6) credits under advisement by the Student Advisement Centre (SAC). These six (6) credits will count towards matriculation/admission and cannot be applied to fulfill any degree requirements. Any specific entry requirements in any program must be met in the four (4) CSEC passes obtained.

The accepted applicant will be required to pay the regular tuition and fees for the six (6) credits since GATE funding is not available to meet University entrance requirements. On successful completion of the six (6) credits, the student can apply for regular admission to his/her programme of choice and then qualify for GATE funding if he/she is a national of Trinidad and Tobago. Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago who will require employment as teachers by the Ministry of Education are not eligible to use this pathway.

Students Continuing After Completion of a Degree

Students who graduate from USC and wish to take additional courses, must apply for readmission before additional course work can be recorded on the transcript.

Undeclared Status

Normally, upon admission into a programme, a student declares an emphasis. However, a student may be granted “undeclared status.” This normally is used by students who opt or continuing education and who do not seek a degree.

This status is permitted for as long as a student desires, but with the following understanding:

  1. Courses taken as an undeclared student do not automatically apply to any degree.
  2. If a student decides at a later date to enter a degree programme, he or she should complete and submit a request form for a change of programme.
  3. The student may petition for courses taken as an undeclared student to be accepted toward the degree programme as appropriate. In some cases, if there has been a significant interval between the time a course was taken and the request for a change of programme, a course may need to be “updated” (repeated). This is especially true in technology areas such as Computer Science, where course content can change significantly.
  4. A student may be admitted under undeclared status and take the requirements for a minor

i.    The transcript would include the courses taken but the minor would not be listed.

ii.    If the student graduated previously, the minor cannot be added to the previous degree.

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