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Temasek Internship Programe

Begin with the end in mind – that’s the philosophy of the Temasek Internship Programme (TIP), which gives promising JC 1 students the opportunity to immerse themselves in careers that they are interested in.

Through this internship programme, held during the Nov-Dec school holidays, students gain valuable first-hand experience of their chosen careers. They are mentored and nurtured by leading practitioners in their respective fields – many of whom are ex-TJCians!

The agencies involved in the TIP represent a broad spectrum of careers and specialities, including architecture, bio-technology, law, social work, theatre, infocomm technology, the media, veterinary sciences, and many others. This exciting and dynamic programme not only gives students a deep understanding of their chosen industry, learn the ropes of leadership and entrepreneurship but also enables them to imagine and envision their futures, now.

The College continually invite TJ alumni to be involved as mentors (please access TIP_FAQs.pdf & TIP Mentor Reply Form.pdf).



Local University Application

2013 - 2016 Comparative 10 percentile IGP

Indicative Grade Profile provided is for reference only; while care has been taken to ensure that the information contained in the document is accurate, the College does not take responsibility for any errors in data, information is correct as of time of print. Kindly check University Sites for detailed information on admissions and cut off points/grades.


University Admission Score (UAS)

The UAS will be computed based on the following subjects:
a) General Paper (GP) or Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) (Maximum 10 points)
b) Project Work (Maximum 10 points)
c) Best 4 content-based subjects – 3 H2 & 1 H1, with at least 1 contrasting subject. i.e. 3 H2 and 1 H1 / 3 best H2 and the worst H2 counted as H1 with half the points / 3 H2 and KI counted as 2 H1 (one in place of GP and one for H1 requirement) / 3 H2 & better of H1 or KI counted as H1, KI in place of GP
(Maximum points: 20 for H2, 10 for H1)

  • The best MTL subject grade (e.g. H1 MTL or ‘O’ Level higher MTL) will be considered only if you provide the result for consideration. The University will include it in the scoring only if it raises the UAS of the candidate.

Brief Summary on Admission Criteria

Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement

Applicants should have one of the following:
  • minimum of D7 for 'O' Level higher MTL
  • minimum of ‘S’ grade for H1 MTL or General Studies in Chinese
  • minimum of 'S' grade for H2 MTL taken at the 'A' Level examination
  • a pass in the MTL 'B' Syllabus paper at the 'A' Level examination

Applicants who have been exempted from MTL as approved by MOE, the MOE-approved subject-in-lieu will be considered as your MTL subject.

If you are unable to fulfil the MTL requirement for admission but satisfy all other admission requirements, you will be admitted on a provisional basis. During your course of study, you will be required to attend the MTL course conducted by the University or attain the minimum requirement as listed above by retaking the MTL paper at the ‘A’ Level examination before you are allowed to graduate.

Subject requirements

Refer to the respective university websites for the minimum subject requirements for different courses.
General Information from the University sites

A) NUS

Applicants (regardless of nationality) presenting the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Levels (H1/H2/H3 curriculum) are required to meet the following minimum academic requirements:

A. Pass in at least two subjects at H2 Level and offer either General Paper (GP) or Knowledge and Inquiry (KI) in the same sitting.

B. Meet the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement for admission by having one of the following:
  • minimum of D7 for 'O' Level higher MTL
  • minimum of ‘S’ grade for H1 MTL or General Studies in Chinese
  • minimum of 'S' grade for H2 MTL taken at the 'A' Level examination
  • a pass in the MTL 'B' Syllabus paper at the 'A' Level examination

If you have been exempted from MTL, the MOE-approved subject-in-lieu will be considered as your MTL subject.

If you are unable to fulfill the MTL requirement but satisfy all other admission requirements, you will be admitted to the University on a provisional basis. During your course of study, you will be required to attain the minimum requirement as listed above by retaking the relevant MTL paper as a private candidate at the ‘A’ Level examination or by attending the MTL (Chinese/Malay/Tamil) course conducted by the University as an alternative last resort before you are permitted to graduate. Please note that the MTL (Chinese/Malay/Tamil) course conducted by the University is not subsidised and you will be required to pay a prevailing fee equivalent to what a Non-Graduating student would pay for a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences module. You are strongly advised not to wait till the final year of study to attempt to fulfill your MTL requirement. If the late attempt is unsuccessful, you will have to bear the consequences of a delay to your graduation.

Meeting the above minimum admission requirements does not guarantee a place in the university as admission to the University is based on open competition and would depend on the applicant's academic standing, course selection and competition among applicants. In exceptional cases, work experience and other achievements may be considered.

B) NTU

You are offering the Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' level Examination in the English medium and must have obtained all of the following:
  • At least two passes in subjects at H2 level and attempted General Paper (GP) or Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) in the same sitting;
  • Meet one of the following Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement:
  • A minimum of 'S' grade in H1 MTL or General Studies in Chinese or H2 Mother Tongue Language & Literature (MTLL) taken at 'A' level
  • Pass in MTL ‘B’ syllabus taken at ‘A’ level
  • A minimum of D7 in Higher MTL taken at 'O' level

A Mother Tongue subject (Chinese/Malay/Tamil) taken at a separate sitting of the GCE 'A' level examination is acceptable for purpose of admission. H1 non-Tamil Indian Language (Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu) or H1 Foreign Language (French, German, Japanese) may be taken in lieu of MTL.

Candidates who do not satisfy the MTL requirement may still submit an application for admission. If selected, he/she will be admitted on a provisional basis. During their course of study, they will be required to meet the minimum MTL requirement before they are allowed to graduate.

C) SMU

For Applicants With H1/H2 Level Subjects:
  • Good passes in at least 3 H2 content-based subjects, 1 H1 content-based subject, Project Work (PW) and General Paper (GP)/Knowledge & Inquiry (KI). Other acceptable subject combinations include : 4 H2 content-based subjects, PW and GP; or 3 H2 content-based subjects, PW and KI. Click here for information on the Indicative Grade Profile
  • Interview for shortlisted applicants. Law shortlisted applicants must also take a writing test

GP / KI Requirements For Law Applicants:
Law applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:
  • GP / KI grade of A or B (H1 / H2 level syllabus)
  • GP of B3 or better (A / AO syllabus)

Mathematics Requirement:
A significant number of courses in the Accountancy and Economics programmes are of a highly quantitative nature. As such, applicants are expected to meet additional requirements in the form of a good pass in Mathematics at H2 Level/A-Level/Additional Mathematics at O-Level. Applicants who do not meet this requirement can still apply for consideration if they have alternative Mathematics content background. The School of Accountancy and School of Economics make the final decision on admission.

Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Requirement:
Unless exempted from Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement, applicants must meet one of the following MTL requirements:
  • 'S' grade or better in MTL or General Studies in Chinese at H1 Level or Mother Tongue Language and Literature at H2 Level
  • D7 grade or better in Higher MTL at O-Level
  • Pass in MTL Syllabus B at A-Level

Successful applicants who have not met the MTL requirement will be offered Conditional Admission and are required to satisfy this requirement before graduating from SMU

D) SUTD

Applicants (regardless of nationality) who have complete results for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level or are taking the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level examinations in Year 2014 may apply.

a. New A-Level Curriculum (H1/H2/H3 Subjects)
Applicants should possess good passes in at least 3 H2 content-based subjects, 1 H1 content-based subject, Project Work and General Paper (GP) or Knowledge & Inquiry (KI). Other acceptable subject combinations include: 4 H2 content-based subjects, Project Work and GP; or 3 H2 content-based subjects, Project Work and KI.

SAT scores (optional) can be used to meet the minimum subject requirement for General Paper (GP) or Knowledge & Inquiry (KI).

Please visit the US College Board website at HTTP://WWW.COLLEGEBOARD.ORG for details on SAT and registration. Applicants should indicate 6532 (SUTD Institution Code) on their SAT registration forms, so that the scores will be sent directly to SUTD by US College Board.

b. Mother Tongue Language (MTL)
Applicants should meet the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement for admission by having one of the following:
  • minimum of D7 for the higher MTL paper taken at the O-Level examination
  • minimum of ‘S’ grade for the H1 MTL paper or General Studies in Chinese
  • minimum of 'S' grade for the H2 MTL paper taken at the A-Level examination
  • a pass in the MTL 'B' Syllabus paper at the 'A' Level examination

Applicants who have been exempted from MTL as approved by MOE, the MOE-approved subject-in-lieu will be considered as your MTL subject.

Potential applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements as indicated in items a) and b) above do not automatically gain admission to the University. Admission to the University is based on competition and merit. It would be dependent on the applicant's academic standing, competition amongst the applicants and other achievements.




Overseas University Application

A) Applications to US Universities

  • Register your interest at tjusadmissions@gmail.com for mailers on university outreach talks conducted in TJC/beyond, and other important announcements/guide packages. General enquiries within TJC can also be sent to the email address.
  • There will be 2 compulsory briefings in JC2 – one in July during the Careers and Higher Education Week, and the other immediately after Preliminary Examinations.
  • You may like to download and refer to the previous year’s guide package when making preparations before the release of the current year’s package, which typically is in mid-August. Do this by logging onto the school portal à Resources à Files à File sharing archive, and search for ‘US Universities’ under the previous year.
  • Start all research early and do not wait till the last minute as the timeline for application and internal deadlines (mid-October) will be very tight after Prelims. Be realistic and aim for a range of schools within your ability, from reach, to possible and likely schools.
  • SAT scores provide a good gauge as to your chances, though for many of the top schools your C.V. matters more – these universities value holistic development and place great importance upon leadership ability, initiative and depth of engagement in activities.
  • SATs and/or TOEFL are required for US universities
    • Sign up for SATs here: http://sat.collegeboard.com
    • SAT I is usually mandatory while SAT Subject Tests are optional for some universities
    • TOEFL – usually optional for Singaporeans and students with 4 years of education in English, check with the university if unsure
    • You should consider taking the SATs as early as possible (even in JC1). Most students retake the SATs at least once before getting a ‘satisfactory’ score. Registration deadlines are one month before the test date itself and places at Singapore test centres are competitive, so apply early.

B) Applications to UK Universities

The UK operates a centralised application system. A key element of the UK system is the writing of a Personal Statement that gives students the opportunity to explain the reasons they wish to study a particular discipline and to highlight aspects of their application that are not revealed elsewhere. This is a piece of writing that requires early preparation for students applying to prestigious UK universities. It is also important to note that Oxbridge (Oxford & Cambridge), medicine and veterinary science applications must be completed much earlier than other UK university applications. The Cambridge application deadline is early September and the other courses, outlined above, early October.

All UK university applications require references and applicants should bear in mind that some teachers may be asked to write multiple references. Reference requests to teachers should be made as early as possible; the construction of a reference can also be a time consuming activity. It is possible the quality of the reference will also have a bearing on the decisions of the university admission teams.

C) Applications to Australian Universities

Application to Australian Universities can be done either through agents (e.g. IDP Singapore, OAL Singapore) or to the university directly. Please check the individual university or agency websites for deadlines and requirements.

Standard Admission requirements
  • Best of 3 H2 Subjects
  • Best of H2s & H1s (The Australian National University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, Macquarie University)
  • Pass in General paper
  • Pre-requisite subjects for some courses, for example:
    • Medicine (Chemistry, Maths, Physics)
    • Business/Commerce (Maths)
    • Veterinary Science (Chemistry, Maths)
    • Law (GP Minimum B)
    • Dentistry (Chemistry, Maths, Physics)
  • Calculation of points:
    • H2 Subjects: A = 5; B = 4; C = 3; D = 2; E = 1
    • H1 Subjects: A = 2.5; B = 2; C = 1.5; D = 1; E = 0.5

The Group of Eight (Australian Universities)
  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of New South Wales
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Western Australia

*Kindly check with the individual university sites as the admission criteria may vary between years/institutions.
Websites

More information on overseas education can be obtained from the following websites:

Country
Websites
US
http://www.collegeboard.com
http://www.useic.org/
http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges
UK
http://www.britishcouncil.org/singapore.htm
http://www.ucas.ac.uk/students/apply/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/universityguide
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/
http://www.educationuk.org/
http://www.ukcoursefinder.com
http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/
Australia
http://www.singapore.idp.com/
http://www.oal.com.sg/services.htm
http://www.australia.org.sg/
http://www.curriculum.edu.au/ozjacweb/
Canada
http://www.studycanada.ca/singapore/
http://www.aucc.ca/
http://www.schoolsincanada.com/index.cfm