Subject Combinations

The A-Level Curriculum

Our students undertake the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level Curriculum, offering 10 to 12 units of study including two Knowledge Skills subjects, Mother Tongue and four content-based subjects. Each H2 subject carries 2 academic units. H1 and H3 subjects carry 1 unit each.

All subjects listed are offered at H2 level unless otherwise stated. Students may propose their preferred subject combination if it is not featured in the list of subject combinations, subject to approval.

For the academic course of 2018-19, the college is offering 51 Arts combinations and 51 Science combinations. The 2018 Subject Combination Proposal Exercise information sheet can also be downloaded in PDF format.

A-LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS

All students offer General Paper (H1) or Knowledge & Inquiry (H2). In their first year, students must offer Project Work (H1).

 

LANGUAGES

Students must offer Mother Tongue (H1) unless they have obtained a minimum of D7 for Higher Mother Tongue at O-Level.

French, German or Japanese can be offered as an H2 subject for Arts students and a contrasting H2 subject for Science students. These subjects are offered at the Ministry of Education Language Centre (MOELC).

 

CONTRASTING SUBJECT

Students must offer a contrasting subject as one of the four content-based subjects. Science students must offer at least one subject from the Humanities & the Arts. Students in the Arts stream offer Mathematics at H1 or H2 level. Knowledge & Inquiry is considered a contrasting subject for both Science and Arts streams, and offered as the fourth H2 subject.

 

PREREQUISITES AND CONDITIONS

SUBJECT PREREQUISITES

Students intending to offer ArtMusic or Knowledge & Inquiry have to pass a selection test / audition administered by the college.

Students intending to offer Further Mathematics must pass a selection test and have obtained a distinction in Additional Mathematics at the GCE O-Level Examination or equivalent.

Only students who have passed BiologyChemistry and Physics at the GCE O-Level Examination or equivalent are eligible to offer the subject at H2 level.

Students intending to offer General Studies in Chinese (H1) must have obtained a minimum of C6 for Higher Chinese Language at the GCE O-Level Examination.

Students intending to offer French, German or Japanese must have studied the respective language at MOELC in Secondary 4 or Year 4 prior to joining the college.

 

H3 SUBJECTS

Designed for outstanding students, H3 subjects are offered in JC2 together with the stipulated subject at H2 level. Students will be informed of the application process and eligibility criteria in JC1.

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

Humanities Scholarship Programme (HSP) students must offer subject combinations prescribed by the Ministry of Education, which will include Literature in English (H2).

Music Elective Programme (MEP) students must offer Music (H2).

Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP) scholars must offer China Studies in Chinese (H2).

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

In the event that there is insufficient student subscription in a particular subject or subject combination, the college reserves the right not to offer that subject or subject combination. If a subject is oversubscribed, students will be selected based on academic merit.

 

UNIVERSITY COURSE PRE-REQUISITES

Your future career may require you to undertake certain degrees and/or courses at the undergraduate level. In turn, these undergraduate courses in the universities may or may not have course-specific subject pre-requisites. As such, you are advised to check the minimum requirements on the university websites directly before making a decision on the subject combination to offer.