Secondary school

Last updated: 18 January 2019

Express course for secondary school

Express has two programmes: O-Level and Integrated. The GCE O-Level Programme is a 4-year course leading to the GCE O-Level examination. The Integrated Programme is a 6-year course leading to the GCE A-Level examination or International Baccalaureate Diploma or NUS High School Diploma. Students in the Integrated Programme do not need to take the GCE O-Level examination in Secondary 4.

O-Level Programme Integrated Programme Subjects

Express course (GCE O-Level Programme) at a glance

Course length
4 years
Compulsory subjects
English Language, Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics, Science, Humanities
Options and electives
  • Elective subjects available at upper secondary
  • Elective programmes available
Certifications offered
  • GCE O-Level (Secondary 4)
Next educational level

Junior college, Millennia Institute, polytechnic or Institute of Technical Education (ITE)

GCE O-Level Examination

At the end of Secondary 4, your child will sit for the GCE O-Level examination. Most students in the Express course take 7 or 8 subjects.

After Secondary 4

After completing the GCE O-Level examination, depending on your child’s interests, strengths and learning goals, they can:

  • Attend a junior college or Millennia Institute and take the GCE A-Level examination.
  • Attend a polytechnic for a 3-year diploma course.
  • Attend ITE for a 2-3 year National ITE Certificate course (Nitec) or Higher Nitec course.