THE 'A' LEVEL EXPERIENCE
The ‘A’ Level curriculum is aimed at preparing students well for the rapidly changing world of the 21st century. It will emphasise breadth of learning and flexibility. Most people will change jobs at least a few times in their careers, sometimes switching to jobs in entirely new fields. What will give advantage is being able to adapt to new situations, to draw on insights from different fields, and to think on your feet. It is in this spirit that the ‘A’ level curriculum has been developed. It will emphasise breadth of learning, multi-disciplinary learning, and enhance your capacity to learn independently. It will prepare you well for the approaches being taken in university education, and for the demands of an innovation-driven world. The real measure of your education goes well beyond your examinations and grades. It comes years later in your courage to try the untested, your determination to overcome challenges, your willingness to stand in a team and your ability to lead. It ultimately lies in your ability to live life to the fullest.
The ‘A’ LEVEL CURRICULUM will give you:
More Breadth, More Options You will get a multi-disciplinary grounding in your ‘A’ level years, which is essential in a knowledge-based economy. To acquire this, you will undertake Project Work, and study at least one subject outside your area of specialisation, i.e. acontrasting subject. Subjects have also been redesigned and pitched at three levels of study, so you have more combinations to choose from in your subject selection. More Focus on Thinking and Communication Skills You will be encouraged to think critically and innovatively. You will also be able to develop your communication skills. To provide more room for these skills, content in the academic curriculum has been reduced by 10 to 15 percent compared to the pre-2006 curriculum. A Holistic Education You will have more opportunities in the non-academic curriculum to engage in activities that will help you cultivate important qualities such as initiative and leadership skills, as well as strength of character. Your involvement in Co-Curricular Activities (CCA), the Community Involvement Programme (CIP) and other out-of-curriculum pursuits will matter. All will be described in a single ‘A’ level certificate, known as the School Graduation Certificate, along with your academic grades. They will also be considered by our universities under their special admission schemes.
THE ‘A’ LEVEL CURRICULUM
The curriculum comprises: Life Skills The holistic curriculum of the school, including non-academic activities, that helps develop in you the values and skills to take you through life as responsible and active citizen. Knowledge Skills The part of the curriculum that focuses on developing your thinking, process and communication skills. These skills are also developed through the content-based subjects described below. Content-based Subjects The part of the curriculum that gives you grounding in content disciplines in three different areas: Languages, Humanities & the Arts, and Mathematics & Sciences. If you are a Humanities & the Arts student, you will take at least one contrasting subject from the Mathematics and Sciences disciplines, and vice versa.
Legend: CCA CDP Co-Curricular Activities Character Development Programme National Education
PCCG Pastoral Care & Career Guidance PE GP PW KI Physical Education General Paper Project Work Knowledge & Inquiry
A contrasting subject helps provide a broad base of learning. It prepares you for the multi-disciplinary approaches being taken in university education. Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) gives you the opportunity to explore different methods of inquiry in fields like the sciences, the humanities, mathematics and the aesthetics.
You can take KI in place of General Paper. As KI is multi-disciplinary, it can be taken as a contrasting subject for students whose main specialisation is in either the Humanities & the Arts or the Mathematics & Sciences disciplines.
THE 'A' LEVEL EXPERIENCE
THREE LEVELS OF STUDY You can select subjects from three levels of study: H1 Half of H2 in terms of curriculum time. H2 Equivalent to ‘A’ level subjects prior to 2006. H3 Subjects with diverse learning opportunities for in-depth study (e.g. advanced content, research paper, university module). You must offer the corresponding subject at H2 level.
You get more choice with the H1, H2 & H3 levels of study. It replaces the previous system of ‘AO’, ‘A’ and ‘S’ papers. The H1 level offers more subject options than the previous ‘AO’ papers. The H3 level allows for a greater range of learning and research options than the previous ‘S’ papers.
SUBJECTS OFFERED AT ‘A’ LEVEL Students can select their subjects from the options below in 2016. These options may be revised over time. You can view or download the subject synopses here. Disciplines Subjects MOE-Developed Syllabuses Knowledge Skills
General Paper Project Work Knowledge & Inquiry
Mother Tongue (Chinese, Malay, Tamil)
Mother Tongue (Chinese, Malay, Tamil) 'B'* French German Japanese
Humanities & the Arts
Art Economics Geography History Literature in English China Studies in English China Studies in Chinese English Language and Linguistics General Studies in Chinese Translation (Chinese) Chinese Language & Literature Malay Language & Literature Tamil Language & Literature Music Theatre Studies & Drama Management of Business** French German Japanese
Mathematics & Sciences
Biology Chemistry Physics Mathematics Further Mathematics Computing Principles of Accounting**
H3 Programmes by MOE Partners*** Humanities &
NUS Geopolitics: War and Peace
the Arts Mathematics & Science
NUS-MOE Humanities & Social Science Research
NUS Linear Algebra NUS Biodiversity NUS Modern Physics NTU Molecular Biology NTU Semiconductor Physics & Devices NTU-A*STAR-HCI Science Research NUS-A*STAR-NJC Science Research NUS-A*STAR-RI Science Research NUS-A*STAR-VJC Science Research NUS-MOE Science Research NTU Science Research
* Mother Tongue ‘B’ languages are worth one academic unit each but are not considered H1, H2, or H3 subjects. ** Offered in Millennia Institute only. *** NUS / NTU H3 programmes will be offered only if there are sufficient numbers of students opting for them.
You will be examined in your subjects in a single sitting at the end of your pre-university education (JC2 or CI3). Exceptions are:
One H1 content-based subject: You can sit for one H1 content-based subject at the end of JC1 or CI2. However, you may not sit for it again at the end of JC2 or CI3.
H1 Mother Tongue Language (MTL): You can sit for H1 MTL at the end of JC1 or CI2. You may sit for it again in JC2 or CI3, if you want to.
Project Work (PW): You are examined in PW at the end of JC1 or CI2. You may not repeat PW in JC2 or CI3.
H1 & H2 A B C D E S Ungraded
H3 Distinction Merit Pass Ungraded