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 2021-22, the college is offering 42 Arts combinations and 47 Science combinations (including 'hybrid' options). The EJC Subject Combination Proposal Exercise 2021 information sheet can also be downloaded in PDF format.

A-Level Requirements


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



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

French, German, Japanese or Spanish 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).



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.

H2 Knowledge & Inquiry is considered a contrasting subject for both Science and Arts streams, and offered as the fourth H2 subject.



Students intending to offer H2 Art, H2 Music, H2 Knowledge & Inquiry or H2 Further Mathematics must pass a selection test / audition administered by the college.

Students intending to offer H2 Translation (Chinese) must have obtained a minimum of A2 for English Language and B3 for Higher Chinese or A2 for Chinese at the GCE O-Level Examination, based on centrally-stated prerequisites.

Students intending to offer French, German, Japanese or Spanish at H2 or H1 Level must have studied the respective language at MOELC in Secondary 4 or Year 4 prior to joining the college.

If a subject is oversubscribed, students will be selected based on academic merit, including (i) L1R5 aggregate score or equivalent, excluding bonus points, and (ii) performance in the relevant subject(s).

The indicative cut-off point for H2 Biology, H2 Chemistry and H2 Physics is B3 for the respective subject at the GCE O-Level Examination or equivalent, or A1 for Combined Science at the GCE O-Level Examination.

The indicative cut-off point for H2 Further Mathematics is A1 for Additional Mathematics at the GCE O-Level Examination or equivalent.



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.



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(C)] scholars must offer China Studies in Chinese (H2).



Students intending to offer 2 Mathematics and Sciences subjects and 2 Humanities and the Arts subjects may refer to page 7 of this information booklet. The college offers 16 ‘hybrid’ subject combinations in the Science stream: S4-1 to S4-8, and S5-1 to S5-8.



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.



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.