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Direct School Admission


Graduating students from mainstream Singapore secondary schools can apply to enrol into the Yishun Innova Junior College (YIJC) based on their achievements and talents through DSA. Students admitted to YIJC via DSA are expected to honour their commitment in the relevant talent areas. 

Successful DSA-JC students are NOT allowed to participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE). They will NOT be allowed to transfer to another school and are expected to honour the commitment to the posted DSA-JC schools.

DSA Categories

Students may apply to YIJC through the following DSA talent areas:
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Selection Criteria

(I) Sports and Games

Candidates should satisfy one or more of the following:
  • Selected in National / Youth/ Singapore Schools OR
  • Achievement / Participation in the Zonal Inter-school ‘B’ Division Team Championships OR
  • Achievement / Participation in the National school ‘B’ Division Team Championships OR
  • Outstanding individual performance in sports.

Successful applicants will honour the commitment in the relevant CCA.

(II) Performing Arts

Candidates should satisfy the following where possible:
  • At least Certificate of Accomplishment in Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging OR
  • Participation in relevant competitions or festivals OR
  • Outstanding individual talent in the performing arts.

Successful applicants will honour the commitment in the relevant CCA.

(III) Digital Literacies

YIJC is committed to developing digital literacies and life skills for creative expression and innovation in the 21st century workplace. The Makers’ Academy CCA under the Digital Literacies Programme is a niche CCA that empowers students with more specialised digital media, coding and innovation skills that are increasingly valued in various tech and non-tech professional fields. Students will receive training in one of three areas and build a strong portfolio for university admission. There are also opportunities for like-minded students to initiate projects that involve a range of digital media and innovation skills.

We welcome students who have passion and experience in working with digital media and digital technologies to apply via DSA through the Makers’ Academy CCA. While the CCA is especially relevant to those considering higher education fields in art, design, media, computing and technopreneurship, it also develops computational thinking, project management and leadership skills that are relevant to other fields in the future workplace. 

All applications should be accompanied by an e-portfolio consisting of the following where possible:
  • An essay of not more than 300 words explaining your passion, experiences and abilities in any of the 3 areas of the CCA (Photography/Film, App Design, Digital Making - see below for further details of these areas)essay not more than 300 words explaining your passion in any of the 3 areas of the CCA (see above for the areas)
  • Personal portfolio comprising either: 
        Digital media related projects such as photographs, short films, storyboards and scripts, presentations, clips etc.
        - Digital innovation related projects such as robotics, Arduino, Micro:bit (or other microcontrollers), programming, coding, app development etc.
  • Awards / certificates from relevant competitions and events 
  • Related courses that you have completed 
  • Reference letters from teachers (if applicable)

Successful applicants will honour their commitment in the Makers Academy CCA. Whether you have an artistic streak or are inclined towards technology and engineering, you can find a rewarding experience developing yourself in one of the following areas:
1. Digital Photography and Filmmaking (photography, videography, photo editing, video editing, directing, storyboarding etc.)
2. Mobile App Design (programming/coding, app development, game design etc.)
3. Digital Making (Projects involving microcontrollers like Arduino, Micro:bit, Raspberry Pi, or other forms of robotics, programming/coding etc.)

(IV) Leadership

YIJC is committed to developing future-ready leaders and lifelong learners by providing leadership assignments, courses and mentoring as part of the holistic leadership development of our students. Experienced student leaders who aspire to be a better leader and hope to deepen their leadership competencies and knowledge are invited to apply.

Applicants should preferably 
  • have the experience in the Executive Committee of their secondary school Students’ Council, Uniformed Groups (such as NCC land, NPCC, Scout Group etc.) or 
  • have held the role of President or Vice-President of a club, society or physical sport. 

All applications should be accompanied by an e-portfolio consisting of the following where possible:
  • An essay of not more than 300 words to share your reflection of your leadership journey and how it has empowered you to be a better leader
  • Leadership position held 
  • Awards / certificates based on past leadership experience 
  • Related leadership courses that you have attended 
  • Reference letters from teachers 

Successful applicants will serve as student leader in YIJC. 

(V) Language and Humanities

English Debate 
Candidates should satisfy the following:
  • Participation/Experiences in theatre/ drama/ debates/ public speaking at various platforms
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills

Successful applicants will honour the commitment in the English Debate CCA. 

Malay Language Elective Programme (MLEP) 
Yishun Innova JC is one of the 5 Junior Colleges (JC) in Singapore to offer this programme.  It is a special programme for students who have the passion and keen interest for Malay Culture, Language and Literature.

The MLEP provides a wide range of activities to enhance students’ language learning and cultivate a deeper interest in Malay language and culture. The programme includes overseas immersion trips, creative writing workshop, publication of students’ work, literature camp, talks, forums and discussions with community leaders. The MLEP student will be developed to serve as a cultural leader within the Malay community, motivated to promote the Malay language and culture via service to the community.

All applications should be accompanied by an e-portfolio consisting of the following where possible:
  • An essay of not more than 300 words in Malay on why you would like to be part of the MLEP and what you can do to increase the joy of learning the Malay Language and culture for the students offering the Malay subjects in YIJC
  • Award/certificates from Malay Language and/or Cultural competitions/events/performances
  • Achievement and participations in Malay Language and/or Cultural competitions/ events /performances
  • Original literary pieces either published or not published if any

Successful applicants will honour their commitment in the Malay Language Elective Programme.

(VI) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Science Research Programme further supports students’ holistic development through a breadth of enrichment activities and depth of scientific research. Students who join us will have multiple opportunities to challenge and prove themselves throughout their two years in college. 

All applications should be accompanied by an e-portfolio consisting of the following where possible:
  • Awards / certificates from relevant science competitions 
  • Achievement and participation / involvement in Science Research 
  • Participation / involvement in Science Fairs / Exhibitions / school projects
  • Achievement  and participation in Science Olympiads 

Successful applicants will be considered for Science Research and attachment programmes.