Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) about the 4-Year Integrated Programme
1. What is the TJC 4-Year Integrated Programme? When do I apply?
The 4-Year Integrated Programme of Temasek Junior College takes in students at Year 3 (the equivalent of Secondary Three) through to JC2, when they will sit for their GCE ‘A’ levels. Applications for this programme will be opened to Secondary Two students from June this year. Be part of our mailing list for more information and updates!
2. Is the application into TJC 4-Year Integrated Programme open to all students from all schools?
Secondary Two students from all secondary schools can apply.
3. What is the selection criteria for the programme?
Secondary Two students who fulfill the following criteria should apply:
- Good PSLE results
- Good Secondary 1 and 2 results
- Good CCA/CIP records (with outstanding achievements, leadership experiences and service to community)
4. What is unique about the TJC 4-Year Integrated Programme?
The design of the 4-Year IP curriculum supports integrative and inter-disciplinary learning extending 'Beyond Basics' through the core curriculum, 'Beyond Boundaries' through extended learning and student development through 'Beyond Self'. It aims towards ‘Temasek Excellence’, achieving greatness in intellect and character and leadership.
TJC 4-Year IP is a seamless progression of learning taking students beyond the fundamental basics of learning by exposing them to both breadth and depth. Our customized approach to student holistic development comes with strong emphasis on character and leadership development through our 4-Year character and leadership roadmap, allowing students to look beyond themselves and reach out to serve the needs of those around them through our Temasek Stewardship Programme, challenge themselves through local and overseas Outward Bound experiences, and CCAs. In addition, they are able to reach upward in their own leadership development through student initiated projects and be involved in our pinnacle leadership programme - The Mazarin programme.
Learning is not done in isolation. Students have many opportunities to engage in inter-disciplinary learning through integrative subjects (such as Language Arts) and project tasks. Our customized curriculum, designed by our experienced JC tutors well versed in the A level curriculum, have adopted many student centered learning approaches. One of which is our unique copyrighted teaching and learning approach, THINK© Cycle, for the teaching of sciences, which made learning fun, meaningful and authentic for the students. Learning is not confined to the boundaries of the classroom. Students select from various Inter-Disciplinary Electives (IDE) of their choice where they learn by engaging in different tasks with greater hands-on emphasis outside the usual classroom environment. Students are exposed and challenged both in breadth and depth through our stretch programme, Temasek Academy Unbound (TAU) and many other enrichment electives. Our special attachment experience through the Wonder.Observed.Weave! (WOW!) programme allows all Year 5 students to move out of classrooms to the various industries, research centres or institutions of higher learning, both local and overseas.
TJC prides itself for a warm environment and a caring culture. In Year 3, we dedicate 2 form teachers to each class of a small class size of not more than 25 students to engage them at a more in depth and personal level to better understand their development needs. Our student welfare team consisting of full time counselors and a strong team of teacher counsellors work together closely to ensure that students are provided with effective support to handle the rigour and demand of the programme.
5. Will the integrated curriculum put my child at a disadvantage for the A-levels since my child has not sat for the GCE ‘O’- levels?
We started off as an ‘A’ level institution, and designed the integrated programme with this end in mind. The Years 3 and 4 syllabus is carefully designed to help your child level up to the ‘A’ level standard and requirements over the course of 4 years. Furthermore, without the distraction of the ‘O’ levels, our teachers can focus more on the teaching and learning process and developing deeper understanding of concepts instead of mere drilling and rote learning. Our first four batches of IP students graduated with outstanding ‘A’ level results. Hence, if your child is found to be university bound and has the potential and the willingness to be stretched through a rigourous programme, the 4-years in our Integrated Programme will definitely stand him or her in BETTER stead to realize his potential and excel in both academic and non-academic areas.
6. Does TJC offer any MOE endorsed elective programmes for the IP students?
TJC 6 year IP offers both Music Elective Programme and Chinese Language Elective Programme. Both the elective programmes are MOE endorsed.
7. What happens to students who do not do well in the Integrated Programme?
Our IP students are monitored very closely and supported by a strong team consisting of the Dean of IP, Key Personnel and tutors. Regular feedback is given to the students and parents on their progress in TJC.
However, if a student is found not suitable in the Integrated Programme, it would be recommended for him/her to consider the O level route in another school at the soonest possible time.
8. Is TJC a science school? (for eg. My child wants to go into the Science stream)
We still offer breadth in terms of subject offerings. Your child will be exposed to all the sciences, and the humanities. Should your child wish to concentrate more on the sciences or humanities, he will be able to do so from Year 4 onwards, though subject offerings of both sciences and humanities will still be required at a higher level.
9. Does TJC 6 Year IP offer Mother Tongue Languages?
TJC offers only Higher Mother Tongues to our IP students to provide the adequate stretch and exposure in the aspect of mother tongue language and culture. Students offering other mother tongue languages such as the Non-Tamil Indian Languages, Third languages can still offer that at the various language centers in Singapore.
10. With all the enrichment programmes, attachments and specialized courses on offer, in addition to the small class size and highly qualified teachers; does your school therefore charge high school fees like that of independent schools?
Our school fees are very affordable, just like any other government school. Click here for more details.
11. Are there financial aid programmes available to students who cannot afford the fees for courses and enrichment programmes?
Yes, subject to approval based on specific criteria.
12. How many IP students are accepted each year?
We accept not more than 100 per year, depending on the number of suitable candidates selected.
13. Can my child apply to enter the Integrated Program after O levels at Secondary 4?
Our 4-Year Integrated Programme takes in students only after Secondary 2, to ensure that sufficient time is spent in TJC to nurture the whole child's development (both academic and non-academic areas) However, if your child is unable to enter our Integrated Programme at Secondary Two, he or she can still then apply to our 2-year Junior College after his/her O levels.
Application to TJC 4-Year IP
1. How does my child apply to join the TJC 4-Year IP? What is the selection process like? When can my child apply into the Integrated Programme?
Please click here to more information about admission to TJC 4-Year IP
2. Can a student apply for two different IP programmes simultaneously?
3. What if an applicant encounters difficulty in obtaining references from their respective secondary schools?
As references are optional, the applicant is encouraged to apply first, if needed, we will then contact the school for a verbal referral or comments on the applicant.
4. Can I ask for referral letters from more than one teacher (eg. secondary school teacher, primary school teacher) on top of the referral letters for the academic and non-academic teachers?
Yes, if it enables us to understand you better. But this is not compulsory.
5. Can Chinese teachers write in Chinese for the reference form?
For other enquires regarding the 4-Year IP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org