General Questions

1. How does the Government’s revised Sixth Form Integration Pathways Programme work at UCC/UCCA?

Every grade 11 Jamaican secondary high school student is now mandated to complete seven years of secondary schooling (grades 12-13) designed to allowing them to matriculate up to Grade 13 at age 18 with an Associate degree or its equivalent.

Students entering Grade 12 will be able to pursue one of two pathways during the course of the additional two years at UCC & UCCA- Pathway 1 (The Traditional Associate Degree or TAD and Pathway 2 (The Technical or Occupational Associate Degree or OAD).

Students will be exposed to multiple qualification options and will be able to pursue advanced studies on/ via any of our five tertiary campuses, acquire college credits on their high school campuses and/ or an Associate degree within the partnership between the Ministry of Education and Youth (MOEY) and tertiary institutions/colleges.

2. What are the requirements for private institutions like UCCA and UCC to participate in the revised Sixth Form Integration Pathways Programme?

All Private Institutions must be registered with the Independent Schools Unit of the MOEY to be able to access the programme. Such Institutions will also need to demonstrate that they have all the necessary resources in place to support the programme.

3. Will secondary schools continue to graduate students at Grade 11?

While secondary schools can host transition exercises, high schools will now conclude at Grade 13 for all students. Students are therefore expected to transition unhindered from Grade 11 to 13 in the same way students transition from Grade 7 to 11. In essence, high school is now for 7 years – Grade 7 to 13.

4. What can I do with a K-13 UCCA Occupational Associate Degree?

The   UCCA K-13 Occupational Associate Degrees are targeted to specific expanding and emerging industries such as Business Process Outsourcing,     Cyber Security and Computer Programming and are offered in the following areas:

Occupational Associate Degrees

  • Agro Processing
  • Allied Health Care
  • Business Process Management
  • Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
  • Construction Site Management 
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management(LSCM)
  • Renewable Energy Technology

These Associate degrees make students marketable and attractive to potential   employers. They are also a great stepping stone towards a Bachelor Degree.    

In addition, these Occupational Associate Degrees are designed to guide high school students/ learners in making informed career choices.

5. How do I apply?

Qualified candidates can apply online at or by completing   the application form at any of our five campus locations in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, May Pen, Mandeville and Kingston.

6. How will I know that I have been accepted into the programme?

Applicants will receive a response within twenty four hours of applying. 

7. What are the benefits of placement with a company as part of my studies?

Potentially paid internship and mentoring from an industry leading company with the possibility of permanent employment and furthermore, a deep pool of highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce for whom the cost of tertiary level education may be prohibitive.  

8. How do I secure placement with a company as part of my studies?

The UCC/UCCA will support the process by providing the necessary linkages with our corporate partners. Students can then be placed with organizations aligned with the type of Associate Degree being undertaken. At UCC/UCCA we train students in specific areas that are intended to prepare them for a career immediately after graduation.

9. When I complete my Associate degree (in Grade 13) what options will I have?

Graduates who have successfully obtained a UCCA Associate degree have several options, including continuing their studies towards a UCC Bachelor Degree, starting their own businesses or gaining employment in various sectors of the economy. 

10. Are the UCC Associate and the UCCA Occupational Associate Degrees accredited?

The UCC Traditional Associate Degrees are accredited by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) while the UCCA Occupational Associate Degrees are in the process of being accredited by the UCJ.

11. Do students need to have school insurance?

 Yes. School insurance is built into the cost of the K-13 scholarship grant.


Diploma in Business Administration

The Diploma in Business Administration is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in general business. Students will be provided with a fundamental knowledge of business functions, processes, and an understanding of business organizations in today’s global economy.

Investment: JMD $100,000.00/year

Occupational Associate's Degrees (OADs)
  • Allied Health Care 
  • Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
  • Construction Site Management
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Renewable Energy Technology

Investment: JMD $90,000.00/year

Certificate Programmes

Marketing and Promotions 

Marketing and Sales Promotions is an attitude, philosophy, and perspective that stresses customer and client relationships in business. This Diploma provides training and development that is recognised by a broad spectrum of industries.

Essentials of Accounts

This foundation course is an essential building block required for performing financial modelling. It guides students to learn how to read financial statements properly and to grab meaningful information from balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements and other accounting instruments.​

Customer Service

Frontline Associates, Sales Representatives, and Customer Service Professionals among others will benefit from this course; designed to engender exceptional customer service among students, working in diverse industries.

Investment: JMD $20,000.00