Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level
The Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-level) examination is held annually in Singapore. It is conducted jointly by the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) and the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). Being a collaboration between the MOE and UCLES, the Singaporean A-level is a different version of the international A-level. The A-level certificate is a qualification recognised internationally and valued by universities and employers alike. It allows Singaporean students to gain entry into local and overseas universities to further their education. It is noticeably more academically demanding than the A Levels offered by educational bodies in the United Kingdom and the British Crown dependencies to students completing secondary or pre-university education.
In 2010, the number of school candidates who sat for the examination was 14,280, out of which 90.8% of them scored at least three Higher 2 (H2) passes, with a pass in General Paper (GP) or Knowledge and Inquiry (KI).
The Singaporean A-level curriculum was revised and took effect after replacing the previous system of ‘AO’, ‘A’ and ‘S’ papers. It was designed to emphasise multi-disciplinary learning, breadth of learning as well as flexibility, and it aims to prepare students well for the approaches being taken in university education, and for the demands of an innovation-driven world of the 21st century. The Singaporean A-levels differ in exam structure and subject content from GCE A-levels in other countries such as the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Brunei, Seychelles, Pakistan etc.
Under the new curriculum, candidates select subjects from three levels of study, namely Higher 1 (H1), Higher 2 (H2) and Higher 3 (H3). Subjects are divided into knowledge skills and content-based subjects. Knowledge skills subjects include General Paper, Knowledge and Inquiry and Project Work; content-based subjects are divided into languages, humanities and the arts, and mathematics and sciences.
Students may opt to elect any combination and number of H1 and H2 subjects but are invariably required to sit for either H1 General Paper or H2 Knowledge and Inquiry.
Under the Ministry of Education's regulations, students sitting for the A-level in a junior college are required to take at least one subject that is from a contrasting discipline. They are also required to fulfill additional academic requirements of Singapore's education system, such as having to take Project Work and a Mother Tongue Language. They may also opt to take maximum of two H3 subjects.
H1 and H2 subjects are graded alphabetically in the following manner.
- Candidates who pass at least one subject at H1 or H2 level will receive a Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level).
- Grade 'S' denotes sub-pass.
- Grades 'S' and 'Ungraded' indicate that the candidate has failed to obtain a pass in the particular subject. These two grades do not appear on the certificate but will be shown on the result slip.
- Subject(s) taken by the candidate under special arrangements will be annotated in the certificate.
H3 subjects are graded as either Distinction, Merit, Pass or Ungraded.
List of subjects examined
|English Language and Linguistics||English||H2|
|Knowledge and Inquiry||English||H2|
|Literature in English||English||H1, H2, H3|
|Theatre Studies and Drama||English||H2|
|Geography||English||H1, H2, H3|
|History||English||H1, H2, H3|
|Economics||English||H1, H2, H3|
|China Studies in English||English||H1, H2|
|Non-Tamil Indian Languages||Bengali / Gujarati / Hindi / Punjabi / Urdu||H1|
|Mathematics||English||H1, H2, H3|
|Art||English||H1, H2, H3|
|Principles of Accounting||English||H2|
|Management of Business||English||H2|
|China Studies in Chinese||Chinese||H2|
|General Studies in Chinese||Chinese||H1|
|Chinese Language and Literature||Chinese||H2, H3|
|Malay Language and Literature||Malay||H2, H3|
|Tamil Language and Literature||Tamil||H2, H3|
|Essentials of Modern Physics||English||H3|
- Education in Singapore
- General Certificate of Education
- GCE Advanced Level
- GCE Ordinary Level in Singapore
- Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level on the SEAB website
- Press release: Results of the 2010 Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level