the secondary level, students will have the choice of three courses designed to
suit their learning abilities and interests. Students undergo either four or
five years of studies with different curricular emphasis. Majority of students
undergo the Special Course or the Express Course while the rest will enter the
Normal Course. Students in the Normal course will have the option of taking
either Normal (Academic) course or the Normal (Technical) Course. Students in
these two courses will have to sit for the Singapore-Cambridge General
Certificate of Education "Normal", GCE "N" Level at the end
of four years. Those who are competent will go on to take the
Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education "Ordinary", GCE
"O" Level at the end of fifth year.
four-year course gives students the opportunity to study higher English and
mother tongue at a higher level. At the end of the four years, they will sit for
the GCE "O" Level examination.
students in the express course are the same as those in the special course, just
that they take English and mother tongue instead of higher English and higher
mother tongue. At the end of the four years, they also sit for the GCE
"O" Level examination.
Students in this course have to take up compulsory English, Mathematics and
mother tongue. At the end of the four years, they will sit for the CGE
"N" Level examination. Those who meet the criteria will go on to the
fifth year and sit for the GCE "O" Level examination. Students who do
well in this examination will qualify to go to junior colleges, polytechnics or
technical institutes. Many students who have taken the "N" Level after
the fourth year are likely to take up technical and vocational education at
the secondary level, the curriculum for the Special, Express and Normal
(Academic) courses include English, Mother Tongue, Mathematics, Science,
History, Geography, English Literature, Art and Craft, Design and Technology,
Home Economics, Civics and Moral Education, Physical Education and Music. In
Secondary Three, students can opt for subjects of their choice, apart from the
core subjects (English Language, the Mother Tongue, Mathematics, Physical
Education and Civics and Moral Education).
electives depend on whether they are in the Arts, Science, Commerce or Technical
stream. Pupils do at least one Humanities subject if they are in the Science
stream. They can also do a third language, such as French, German or Japanese.
Pupils in the Normal
(Technical) stream can do electives such as Technical Studies (or Design and
Technology), Basic Science, Food and Nutrition, Fashion and Fabrics, Art and
Craft and Elements of Office Administration, apart from the core subjects of
English, basic Chinese/ Malay/ Tamil, Mathematics and Computer Applications.
the completion of their secondary schools, students can either opt to enroll for
a 2-year pre-university course in a junior college or a 3-year pre-university
course at a centralized institute. The admission is based on a point system that
is determined by the aggregate of the students GCE "O" Level result.
the end of the 2-year pre-university education, students are required to sit for
the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education "Advanced"
Level (GCE "A" Level) examination. Their eligibility for entry into
tertiary institutes are determined by their "A" Level results.
curriculum for pre-university students comprises two compulsory subjects,
namely, General Paper and the Mother Tongue, and a maximum of four GCE
"A" Level subjects. Subjects offered in the Arts Stream include
Literature, Economics, History, Geography, Art and Mathematics. Students in the
Science Stream can opt for Physics,
Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Mathematics, Further Mathematics,
Economics, Art and Computing.