A. English Language?
All the subjects at UJC are delivered in English language thus the language proficiency is very important. UJC Entrance Test will identify your English proficiency level. If the result is not sufficient and make you struggle to follow our lessons then you are required to join the intensive English support and or remedial classes. BUT – experience has shown us that Indonesian students often under-rated themselves on their English ability. Provided you have some of the basics on English language, we should be able to support you during your study at UJC and also help you achieve the level needed for IGCSEs.
Students from national schools often have develop some basic ability in the English language although it tends to be passive. It works as a foundation of the language, and thus can be useful. In UJC you will constantly have opportunities, and be expected, to be active in using the English language. In other words, you will get a lot of practice in English at UJC and this will help you to quickly develop as an active user of the English language.
Additional classes may be provided if the Academic Team determines that such classes are needed and appropriate. Sometimes ‘more adds up to less’ and so adding classes and study time can become too much and prove counter productive. The curriculum, syllabus materials, lesson plans and schemes of work for the studies all have targeted learning outcomes, if it is determined that a learner (or learners) is having difficulty keeping up additional supportive sessions may be provided but, again, such additions will only be made after careful analysis of needs and benefits.
B. International versus Local? What about the Curriculum?
Yes, it is possible for you to be accepted at UJC. The Academic Team will be assessing your academic records (school reports) and review your academic progress and you will have to sit and pass our Entrance Tests in English and Mathematics.
Yes, we accept transfer students on a case by case basis. The Academic Team will be assessing your academic records and ask you to sit in a series of tests to assess your knowledge in the subjects offered at UJC. Your placement at UJC will be carefully considered to give you the best chance of success.
At UJC the aim is for students to learn by doing, to be active and independent students. The IGCSE curriculum requires that students are able to show their own thinking, not only memorize. The local context for schools tends to emphasize on theories, memorizations and responding to questions that do not require you to come up with your own answers (multiple choice). The UJC IGCSE curriculum challenges learners to think for themselves and develop skills.
IGCSE examinations at UJC will not be held at the end of semester 1 or semester 2 of Year 10 like other schools. It has been a continuous concern of the management and the academic team to ensure students are not too young when they take the IGCSE examinations. Based on our experiences running Uniprep – UNSW Foundation Studies for 23 years and the UIC College for 11 years, we found many students wishing to enroll into the university preparatory phase (foundation studies or college) are required to postpone their study progression plans because they are too young at the time of the completion of Year 10 / IGCSE.
Age limit regulation is strictly enforced in many countries and universities for several reasons. One of the most important ones being to assure the prospective students are psychologically prepared to enter the next stage of their studies. Since many of these students will live away from parents, they must also be able to make adult decisions on their own. In many cases, in-country laws prohibit minors to make such decisions on their own.
Another difference between UJC and other schools with international GCSE curriculum in Jakarta, is that most of the other schools refer to the Singapore tailored United Kingdom (UK) education system which conducts express 4 year system for secondary schools. UJC refers directly to the UK education system, which runs the secondary school over 5 year period where students must be at least 16 years old when they take the IGCSE examinations. Within our system, students will meet the minimum age of 17/18 years old when they enter the university.
We will be able to assist you to register for and complete the local examinations for an Indonesian high school certification. However, most of our students use this is an additional option for when they decide not to continue to the international pathways that are made available to you at UJC.
C. Subjects, Studies and Exams?
UJC offers two streams, which are Business and Science. In Business stream, students will take the following subjects: Mathematics A, English Language A, Economics, Commerce, Accounting, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Global Citizenship. As for Science stream, students will have to take the following subjects: Mathematics A, Mathematics B, English, Physics, Chemistry, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Global Citizenship.
That really depends on the pathway you choose. You will approximately have to study for about 3 years at UJC. For the first 18 months, you will study for your International GCSEs. Once you have completed the International GCSE examinations, we can make decisions about which pathways you can choose to progress with your studies. You may choose a pathway to study for 10 months to 1 more year and obtain a Foundation Certificate to gain entry into the first year of a university or a Higher National Certificate to gain entry into the second year of a university. Alternatively, you might also continue to for an additional 2 years to obtain a Higher National Diploma to gain entry into the third year of a university, which in a lot of cases in the UK, will be your final year towards obtaining a bachelor’s degree.
This is a possibility. UJC can register you “early” for an exam if we agree that you are ready to take the exams. However, the International GCSE programs of study are consistently recognized to be about 1.5 to 2 years in duration – so this must be considered. The curriculum identifies and teachers map out the learning outcomes that need to be covered. If you go too fast, you may have difficulties covering the required outcomes/ material. That said, UJC will naturally support the ambitions of capable and talented students to progress and achieve.
The system of teaching and learning at UJC is one that aims to ensure that learners are active participants in the learning process. We do not want students to be passively attending “lectures” – sitting listening to the teacher and not really engaging with the learning. Much of the study in UJC will involve project work and assignments that require the students to actively apply what they are learning. Students should get a sense of fulfillment and ownership of their learning.
UJC adopts an on-going assessment procedure that is intended to make sure that all parties (student, parents, teachers & college) are aware of progress being made and needs that remain. Feedback and reporting are central to this process and so students and parents will receive regular reports (that is Term Report Cards at or near the end of each term). The ultimate assessment for the IGCSE program is the exams that are set by Edexcel at the end of the program of study. Through the on-going assessment and reporting procedure and practice examinations to help students be aware of and prepared for the exams, UJC expects to be able to fairly accurately predict what results students may achieve in the final examinations for the program.
D. Getting to University?
UJC provides pathways to international qualifications, colleges and universities. It is important to remember that IGCSEs alone are not sufficient to get into university – that is why UJC offers further and higher education programs to get you into university. The IGCSEs plus one of our other programs are sufficient to give you entry to universities all around the world.
It would be nice to say yes to this question but that really wouldn’t be an honest answer. The truth is, if you want to get into a university you have to achieve appropriate grades to be accepted by a university. UJC will provide you with the education programs and qualifications that can get you accepted into universities all around the world and UJC will give the support you need to achieve good grades. UJC, with its Student Counseling Center – will consistently guide and counsel learners about where they may or are likely to go with their expected grades. Mostly it is hoped that learners will progress directly to university but it is also possible that some learners may go on to College Diploma programs first. We must determine what pathways best suit the learner, but clearly UJC is targeting the continued development of its students. UJC is looking beyond its own programs of study to what the learners can and will progress on to.
The fastest pathway that you could take to university would take 2.5 to 3 years. This pathway would be IGCSEs for 18 months plus a Foundation Certificate Program for 9 months to get you into the first year of a university degree or HNC (Higher National Certificate) for 16 months that could get you into the second year of a degree program at certain universities.
The list of ‘links’ provides examples of where our students’ progress when they already completed our program and also the programs or universities that have already created pathways and/ or recognition for the qualifications with the institutions at the education group that UJC become part of. However, UJC through SSC will assist students to apply to the universities of their choice – along with all appropriate guidance on the possibilities of success of such applications. The list of ‘links’ includes a range of universities but it does not exclude any university; UJC can and will support its students throughout the university application process – we already have decades of experience of this and thousands of students have been assisted by our group of education institutes.
Going to a local university in Indonesia is generally a second option as most learners and their parents are targeting an International pathway. However some of our alumnus did progress their tertiary education to local universities. Apart from the IGCSE results, students must provide additional academic results such as Paket C which is an equivalent with SMU UAN Certificate to enroll to local universities in Indonesia.
E. Where and What is UJC?
UJC is located at the Summit Apartment Building, Gading Walk area.
Gading Walk provides a convenience for the parents and students in terms of location. The area presents students with a diverse amount of options while at the same time located in a controlled environment. UJC wants its students to live and learn in the real world and prepares them to study internationally where the school setting is different than the ones they are normally in.
UJC is a provider of a high school education program that leads directly on to higher education, whether at a college or university, internationally. UJC is able to deliver a series of internationally recognized qualifications that both equip learners with relevant and practical skills and give them entry points to universities around the world. Some of the qualifications that UJC provides will give learners advanced standing and entry to university degree programs (that is – credits may be transferred so that degrees may be achieved in less time). UJC aims to combine the best practices of international education with international recognition to allow its graduates to progress to higher education as well rounded, well- prepared independent and capable students.
UJC applies a careful recruitment and selection process that includes testing, demo-teaching sessions and interviews. Teachers are then selected on the basis of experience, knowledge and assessment of their ability to deliver an interesting and challenging program of study leading to an international qualification. The teachers at UJC are expected to teach and mentor not just lecture students.
All UJC teachers are required to have a university degree related to the subject that they are teaching. In addition, UJC will maintain a program of teacher training and development that ensures that teachers achieve good practices and meet the standards set by our international partners.
UJC follows a policy of employing expatriate native-speaker teachers for the teaching of English. Such teachers have to be holders of a degree in English and they must have a genuine commitment to teaching and education. Other subjects within the curriculum are taught by Indonesian teachers that have appropriate levels of English, subject knowledge and awareness of and ability in the delivery of international qualifications.