A level Curriculum




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Pre-requisite / Remarks

Knowledge Skill

General Paper * Not contrasting subject; Compulsory if KI is not offered.
Project Work * Not contrasting subject; Compulsory.


Mother Tongue (Chinese, Malay, Tamil) and Syllabus B * Need not offer if student obtained grade D7 or better in ‘O’ level HMTL; Not contrasting subject.
Tamil Language and Literature * H2 is a contrasting subject for Science.
French / German / Japanese * * ‘O’ level French / German / Japanese; H1 is not contrasting subject but H2 is a contrasting subject for Science. Taught at MOELC.

Mathematics & Sciences

Biology * * * ‘O’ level or IP Yr 3 & 4 Biology or Combined Science with Biology
Chemistry * * * ‘O’ level or IP Yr 3 & 4 Chemistry or Combined Science with Chemistry
Physics * * * ‘O’ level or IP Yr 3 & 4 Physics or Combined Science with Physics
Mathematics * * * ‘O’ level Mathematics for H1 Mathematics; ‘O’ level Additional Mathematics for H2 Mathematics
Further Mathematics * ‘O’ level Additional Mathematics. To be taken with H2 Mathematics.

Humanities & the Arts

Art *
Economics * * *
Geography * *
History * *
English Literature * * *
Theatre Studies & Drama *
China Studies in English *


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.


(Minimum combination: 3H2 + 1H1 + GP + PW + MTL)


A1 Literature History Art, CSE, Economics, TSD^ Mathematics


Literature Geography Art, CSE, Economics, TSD^
Literature Economics Art, TSD^
TSD Economics History, Geography^
CSE Economics History, Geography^ Mathematics


S2 Mathematics Chemistry Physics Economics
S3 Mathematics Chemistry Biology Economics; English Literature; History; Geography; Art;
Tamil Language and Literature (TLL); Theatre Studies and Drama (TSD); Chinese Studies in English (CSE)^
S4 Mathematics Chemistry Physics English Literature; History; Geography; Art;
Tamil Language and Literature (TLL); Theatre Studies and Drama (TSD); Chinese Studies in English (CSE)^
S5 Mathematics Economics


English Literature; History; Geography; Art; TLL; TSD; CSE^
S6 Mathematics Economics


S7 Mathematics Economics Biology History; Geography^
S8 Mathematics Further Mathematics Physics Economics

Shaded (yellow): Contrasting subject

Explanatory notes

  1. ^ Choose 1 subject from the list.
  2. Students must offer a minimum of 3H2 + 1H1 + GP + MTL + PW with at least one contrasting subject.
  3. Maximum number of academic units allowed is 12.

Subject Level




No. of academic units per subject 1 2 1
  1. Subject combinations not listed in the above table will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A minimum of 10 students is needed.
  2. Further Mathematics,  History, Geography, China Studies in English (CSE), Tamil Language and Literature (TLL), Theatre Studies and Drama (TSD) and Art are offered at H2 level only.
  3. Lessons for H3 Subjects begin in JC2 except H3 Science Research which will be taught in JC1.

H3 subjects are meant to allow exceptionally strong students to pursue a subject or area in which they have the interest and aptitude. Besides passion for a particular subject, students must have the time to manage a workload beyond the norm subject combination as H3 subjects have separate syllabuses that take students beyond the H2 syllabus.

Students can apply for H3 subject offered by either UCLES, SMU, NUS, NTU or NAV. The maximum number of H3 subjects allowed is 2. The total number of Academic Units offered by students cannot exceed 12.

Grading System

  • Distinction
  • Merit
  • Pass
  • Ungraded
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