Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal Level

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The Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Normal Level (N-Level) examination is a national examination held annually in Singapore. It is taken after four years in the normal academic or normal technical stream (secondary education). For subjects examined in English and foreign languages, the examining authority are the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. For localized language subjects, the examining authority is the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

The Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Normal Level examination is sub-categorized into Normal (Academic) Level (N(A) Level) and Normal (Technical) Level (N(T) Level), catering to candidates under the Normal (Academic) (abbreviated as N(A)) and Normal (Technical) (abbreviated as N(T)) streams respectively.

Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal (Academic) Level[edit]

The GCE N(A)Level-Normal Academic Level, is taken by Normal Academic students after four years of secondary school education.This may lead to a possibility of moving on to the Secondary 5N(A)stream to take their 'O'-Levels.Alternatively, they may take the O-Levels without taking the N(A)-Level.In the Normal (Academic) course, students offer 6-8 subjects in the GCE ‘N’ Level examination. They have, as compulsory subjects, English Language, Mother Tongue and Mathematics. For upper secondary, Combined Humanities and a Science subject are also compulsory.The aggregate used for this stream is ELMAB3 (English, Mathematics and Best 3 subjects) for admission to Secondary 5 N(A) or Higher Nitec in ITE and L1B2(English and Best 2 subjects) for admission to the Institute of Technical Education.The N(A) grades are as following:


1: 75% and above

2: 70% to 74%

3: 65% to 69%

4: 60% to 64%

5: 50% to 59%

U: Below 50%, considered Un-graded, or failed

N(A) students may be offered to take the more challenging 'O'-level subjects(maximum 3) if they did well enough for that subject after Secondary Three.The grades will be converted to the N(A)-Level grades by the following:

A1-B3(O)- 1(NA)

B4-C6(O)- 2(NA)

D7-E8(O)- 3(NA)

F9(O)- 4(NA)

Courses for N(A) students after N(A) Levels[edit]

PFP- Raw Score of 12 or below, and maximum 2 or 3 points per subject, depending on the course.

Secondary 5- Score of 19 or below, with a pass of at least 5 subjects.

DPP- Score of 19 or below

ITE- Any Score

Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)[edit]

Polytechnic Foundation Programme(PFP)is a programme that is for Secondary 4N(A) students.It was implemented in 2012 by the Ministry of Education(MOE).It is to provide more pathways to the tertiary education for the Secondary 4 N(A) students instead of going Secondary 5N to take the O-Level.To be eligible, a student must get at least a Grade 3 for the ELMAB3 subjects, getting no more than 12 points(excluding CCA points) and expected to be the top 10% cohort in the whole cohort of Singapore.This programme will only commence estimatedly during the month of April.Students are expected to pass all modules to advance to Year-One of polytechnic to take their diploma.

Singapore-Cambridge GCE Normal (Technical) Level[edit]

The GCE N(T)Level-Normal Technical Level, are taken by Normal Technical students after four years of secondary school education. This will eventually lead them to the ITE or Institute of Technical Education. Alternatively, if they performed well enough in Secondary One, they may be laterally transferred to the Secondary 2 N(A)-Normal Academic stream. Students may also opt to read a maximum of 2 subjects at the N(A) level. The curriculum is geared towards strengthening students’ proficiency in English and Mathematics. Students take English Language, Mathematics, Basic Mother Tongue and Computer Applications as compulsory subjects. The aggregate used for the GCE N(T) Level is L1B2(English and best 2 subjects). The grades are as following:


A: 75% and above

B: 70% to 74%

C: 60% to 69%

D: 50% to 59%

U: Below 50%, considered Un-graded, or failed

The N(T)-level can be considered a rough analogue of the Certificate of Secondary Education, examined in the UK in the era of the Tripartite System. Schools are not split into technical, secondary modern, or grammar, as they were in Britain, but rather follow the comprehensive system used in Britain today. However, there exists 1 'technical school', or specialised N(T) school.