Secondary school

Last updated: 28 September 2018

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 (Integrated Programme) at a glance

Course length
6 years
Compulsory subjects
Varies across schools
Options and electives
  • Elective programmes available
Certifications offered

Varies across schools:

  • GCE A-Level
  • IB Diploma
  • NUS High School Diploma

(Students do not need to take the GCE O-Level examination)

Next educational level

University

Notes: Students on the O-Level track who perform well can apply to transfer to the IP at Secondary 3.

Integrated Programme—GCE A-Level

Year 1 through Year 4
As students need not sit for the GCE O-Level examination in Secondary 4, they will engage in a broader range of learning experiences in both academic and non-academic areas.
JC1 and JC2 / Years 5 and 6

After Secondary 4, students will take a combination of subjects in these fields:

  • Languages (e.g. Mother Tongue Languages).
  • Humanities and the Arts (e.g. Economics, English Literature, Geography, History, Music).
  • Mathematics and Sciences (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computing).

At the end of year 6 (JC2), your child will sit for the GCE A-Level examination. Depending on their results, they may apply to universities.

Schools offering the Integrated Programme—GCE A-Level:

Year 1 through Year 4 Junior college partner for JC1 and JC2
Catholic High School Eunoia Junior College
CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School Eunoia Junior College
Singapore Chinese Girls’ School Eunoia Junior College
Nanyang Girls’ High School Hwa Chong Institution
Hwa Chong Institution (Secondary) Hwa Chong Institution
Raffles Girls’ School Raffles Institution
Raffles Institution (Secondary) Raffles Institution
Victoria School Victoria Junior College
Cedar Girls’ Secondary School Victoria Junior College
Dunman High School 6-year programme
National Junior College 6-year programme
River Valley High School 6-year programme
Temasek Junior College 6-year programme

Integrated Programme—International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is an alternative to the GCE A-Level curriculum, and is offered at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and St. Joseph’s Institution (SJI).

Year 1 through Year 4
As students need not sit for the GCE O-Level examination in Secondary 4, they will engage in a broader range of learning experiences in both academic and non-academic areas.
JC1 and JC2 / Years 5 and 6

Students are required to select a course from each of the 6 subject groups:

  1. Language and Literature
  2. Second Language
  3. Individuals and Societies (Economics, Geography, History, Business and Management)
  4. Experimental Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science)
  5. Mathematics
  6. The Arts (Visual Arts and Music)

Students will also have to complete the 3 IBDP core components:

  1. Theory of Knowledge
  2. Extended Essay
  3. Creativity, Action, Service

Your child’s performance in the IBDP is assessed through a combination of coursework (e.g. fieldwork, laboratory work, investigations or artistic performances) as well as the written examination at the end of year 6 (JC2). Depending on their results, they may apply to universities.

Schools offering the Integrated Programme—International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP):

Year 1 through Year 4 Junior college partner for JC1 and JC2
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) 6-year programme
Methodist Girls’ School Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
St. Joseph’s Institution 6-year programme

Note:

Specialised Independent Schools such as School of the Arts (SOTA) and Singapore Sports Schools (SSP) also offer IBDP.

Integrated Programme—NUS High School Diploma

The NUS High School of Mathematics and Science offers a 6-year course that caters to students with talents and strong interests in Science and Mathematics.

Students will study the following 6-year curriculum:
Foundation Years (Year 1 to 3)

Students take fundamental courses in Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Language, Music and the Arts.

They also learn foundational research and innovation skills.

Specialisation Years (Year 4 to 6)

Students focus on three chosen majors in Mathematics and Science.

They can also take an optional fourth major in Science, Humanities, Music and the Arts.

Additional requirements

Students must complete a graded Advanced Research Project in order to graduate.

At the end of year 6, your child will be awarded the NUS High School Diploma. Depending on their results, they may apply to universities.

Applying to NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

If your child is interested in attending the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, they will have to apply through Direct School Admission for secondary schools (DSA-Sec). Refer to their website for application timelines.