For 18+ students

For 18+ students

Read these guidelines carefully if you are 18+ and you intend to join JC.


  1. This programme is offered to prospective students who at the time of application are at least 18 years of age, henceforth referred to as 18+ students.
  2. This programme is also offered to applicants who are 23 years old or will turn 23 by the time they finish the course are considered as adult learners.
  3. This programme is aimed to offer prospective 18+ students the possibility of studying one or more subjects at advanced and/or intermediate level according to their needs.
  1. Prospective 18+ students enrolling in this programme must be in possession of three passes in the Secondary Education Certificate (SEC) Examination or when applicable, their equivalent at Grade 5 or better. The subjects must include: English Language, Maltese and Mathematics.
  2. Adult learners are exempted from presenting the entry requirements above. Ideally the adult learner is in possession of a SEC level pass in English or a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result, allowing the learner to follow the course with profit.
  1. 18+ students and adult learners may choose either one or the other of the following course options:
    a. Option A: Matriculation Course (Standard) aimed at obtaining the Matriculation Certificate in adherence to MATSEC regulations.  Students are therefore allowed to choose a maximum of six subjects, two at Advanced Matriculation (AM) level, three subjects at Intermediate Matriculation (IM) level and Systems of Knowledge. Matriculation Course (Standard) conditions apply.
    b. Option B: Matriculation Course (Extra) aimed at obtaining the Matriculation Certificate in adherence to MATSEC regulations.  Students are therefore allowed to choose a maximum of six subjects, three  at AM level, two subjects at IM level and Systems of Knowledge. Matriculation Course (Standard) conditions apply.
    c. Option C: My Choice Study Programme allows learners to take up to a maximum of four subjects of their choice.
  1. All 18+ students are expected to follow Junior College general regulations and guidelines.
  2. All 18+ students studying at the College will follow MATSEC syllabi only and will be prepared for MATSEC examinations only. Students will be able to sit successfully for the MATSEC examinations at the end of the respective course.
  3. Student will be able to sit for the MATSEC examinations at the end of the respective course.
  4. Applicants, who do not hold the entry requirements, may be called in for a selection interview to assess better the qualifications, the choice of subjects and to ensure that they will follow the course with profit.
  5. Prospective adult learners, who would like to present the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), are to contact the UM Students Advisory Services in order to start the RPL process and identify the learning outcomes achieved through prior certified and experiential learning. Applicants are advised to start this process eight months ahead of the deadline for submission of applications.
  6. Adult learners should be aware that for certain UM courses, special requirements may apply.
  7. The material covered in these study programmes presumes a SEC level of competence (if available) in the subject chosen.
  8. The Junior College reserves the right not to offer a particular combination of subjects, especially for the MyChoice Study Programme if the number of applicants does not justify it or if logistics and timetable arrangements do not permit it.
  9. Students who are at least 26 years old at the time of enrolment and who are living on social benefits may be given a stipend equivalent to a minimum wage in accordance with the 2018 Budget measures.
  10. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that the group of chosen subjects for Option A and B above, is in line with MATSEC regulations. The same applies if, at any time, a change of subjects is requested.
  11. Students may request to be exempted from studying a subject if they are already in possession of a pass in the subject but cannot replace it with another subject.
  12. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that prospective students can choose any combination of subjects, the Junior College reserves the right not to offer a particular combination of subjects if the number of applicants does not justify it or if logistics and timetable arrangements do not permit it.
  13. No changes to the timetable will be allowed once this is set at the beginning of the year.
  14. Students may only register for one study programme at a time, and cannot be registered at the Junior College concurrently with another institution.
  15. All Junior College students are entitled to use the facilities available on the College Campus normally free of charge.  Normally facilities need to be booked in advance and are available on a first-come-first-served basis
  16. Those students who have been exempted from Maltese as an entry requirement to Junior College, must hold a SEC pass at Grade 5 or better in this language by the time they apply for any undergraduate course at the University of Malta.
  17. Students must commit themselves to their programme of studies and attend all sessions.



https://www.jc.um.edu.mt/study/programmes/for18plusstudents