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Education and Career Guidance

Careers, Scholarships and Higher Education (CSHE) 


The College has a comprehensive CSHE curriculum that includes structured guidance lessons, career fairs, job shadowing programme, internship opportunities and scholarship talks. Students are well supported and guided by a dedicated team of ECG tutors, ECG Counsellor and alumni mentors.

The CSHE Fair takes place annually and it consists of various career talks and an exhibition with over 50 participating organisations/agencies from both public and private sectors. The talks-cum-fair aims to raise our students’ awareness in the various careers and higher education options available for them and different scholarship opportunities. Thereafter, students can make an informed choice and take positive steps to achieve their aspirations.

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The annual ECG Parents Forum consists of talks on local universities’ admission criteria and course requirements, as well as their programmes. The forum aims to help parents in guiding and advising their child on university courses.

The College also organises regular sharing sessions by Temasek Talent Network (TTN). TTN is a network of outstanding alumni across different fields and organisations. As part of the College’s CSHE effort, we have alumni from STEM, Medicine, Law, Mass Communications, Social Sciences and other fields to share on their university, scholarship and working experiences.

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Temasek Internship Programme

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).

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Local University Admission

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. 

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


Overseas University Admission

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.schoolsincanada.com/index.cfm