Published on 18 April 2020

What are the requirements for admission to GCHSS? 

You must be in possession of five passes in:

(i) the Secondary Education Certificate (SEC) at Grade 5 or better or at Level 3 (as awarded in July 2020) OR

ii) at SSC&P level 3 (as awarded in July 2020) OR

(iii) at DQSE accredited GEM 16+ level 3 (as awarded in July 2020) . 

The subjects must include: Maltese, English Language, Mathematics and any other two subjects. If you are in possession of these qualifications, you will be accepted as a regular student. 

What if I do not obtain the required qualifications?

For this year only, if you obtain at least any three of the five passes required, you will be accepted as a probationary student. This means that should you obtain three passes from the Secondary Education Certificate (SEC) at Grade 5 or better or at Level 3 (as awarded in July 2020) or the Secondary School Certificate and Profile (SSC&P) at level 3 or DQSE GEM 16+ awards at level 3, for this year only, GCHSS will admit you as a probationary student

The institutions will help you make a sound decision on whether to join the course depending on your actual qualifications. However, you will be the one to decide whether to join as a probationary student or not. 

What happens if I was sick for one or more secondary school mock examinations or if the school did not hold mock examinations due to the pandemic? 

If you missed your school’s mock examinations for these reasons, should you obtain a Level 3 in your Secondary School Certificate and Profile (SSC&P) or in the DQSE accredited GEM 16+ level 3 (as awarded in July 2020) in the following 5 subjects, Maltese, English Language, Mathematics and any other two subjects, for this year only, you will be eligible to start the scholastic year as a regular GCHSS student. 

You will also still be eligible to sit for the September SEC 2020 session if you had registered for the same subject/s in the Main Session and we recommend that you do so. Kindly note that for future entry into the University of Malta, SEC passes in Maltese, English and Maths will still be required. 

If you obtain passes in at least 3 subjects at Level 3 in your Secondary School Certificate and Profile (SSC&P) or DQSE GEM 16+ awards, for this year only, GCHSS will admit you as a probationary student. 

What does it mean to be a probationary student at GCHSS?

This means that you would be required to be successfully promoted to Year II on the basis of your GCHSS results and performance in Year I at the end of academic year 2020/21; otherwise, you will need to re-join Year I but with full entry requirements (i.e. passes in five and not just in three subjects). 

How can I change from probationary to regular student?

You will either have to obtain the missing passes in the new September 2020 session or be successfully promoted to the Second Year of the course. 

Will GCHSS accept other (overseas) qualifications instead of SEC qualifications?

Yes, the institutions will accept comparable overseas qualifications for admission as a regular or (for this year only) probationary student. 

Will the University of Malta require me to obtain either SEC Grades (1-5) or SEC Level 3 in SEC Maltese, English Language and Mathematics?

Yes. These passes are required for admission to the University of Malta, even though you might have obtained the Matriculation Certificate. 

When will GCHSS start operating during scholastic year 2020/21?

GCHSS will start on the date state schools will be asked to re-open. 

A note for students with a disability:

Prospective students whose qualifications fall short of those required due to a significant disability may submit a request to the Director General , Curriculum and Lifelong Learning at the Ministry for Education and Employment, [email protected], for consideration.