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JC Curriculum

Starting from 2006, students entering Junior Colleges (JCs) and the Centralized Institutes (CI) take an ‘A’ level curriculum that emphasizes breadth of learning and flexibility.

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(Source: https://www.moe.gov.sg/education/pre-university/gce-a-level-curriculum)

Students will be given opportunities to learn from the following three different disciplines: Languages; Humanities & the Arts; and Mathematics & Sciences. For instance, a Humanities/ Arts student will take at least one contrasting subject from the Mathematics and Sciences disciplines, and vice versa.   

Students may select subjects at three levels of study: Higher 1 (H1), Higher 2 (H2) and Higher 3 (H3).




Equivalent to half of H2 in breadth but similar to H2 in depth

Equivalent to the rigour of former 'A' Level subjects.

Subjects with a variety of learning opportunities (e.g. advanced content, research paper, university module).

More information can be found on the Ministry of Education website.

Project Work

Project Work (PW) is a compulsory examination subject. PW is a H1 subject to be computed in the university score for admission to local universities.

PW must be offered at JC 1 level. The project tasks were released in Term 1 Week 10, 2016. All students are issued a copy of the Question Paper as well as an ‘Instructions to Candidates’ by the Singapore Examination and Assessment Board (SEAB) containing all details regarding PW.

Students will be placed into groups of 4-5 to complete their project together. They are assigned a Supervising Tutor to guide them. There are 2 periods of PW per week, with an additional joint PW/ARD period on Wednesdays.

These are the three components on which students will be assessed for PW:

  • Paper 1:  Written Report – Write a group report (2,500 – 3,000 words) on the project.
  • Paper 2: Oral Presentation (OP) –Students make a live group presentation on the project and answer questions (as an individual) posed by assessors.  The OP examination will take place between 31 October  – 8 November 2013. The actual date will be furnished to candidates once SEAB confirms them later in the year.All candidates must be present to make their presentations before they are allowed to leave Singapore for holidays during this period.
  • Paper 3: Group Project File – Each student has to submit the following documents for assessment:
(i) Preliminary Ideas (PI)
(ii) Evaluation of relevant print/non-print Material (EoM)
(iii) Insights and Reflections (I & R)

The PW grade is a composite of all three papers.  Candidates must complete all three papers in PW before they are eligible for the award of a grade.  Should a student fail to complete any component of PW, he/she will be given an “Ungraded” grade for PW.  Candidates may not seek to re-do PW at JC2.

Candidates who are retained in JC 1 must complete all three components of PW in the current year before they are allowed to re-do PW in the year they repeat JC1.  They need not retake PW if they are satisfied with the grade.

Criteria for Students Offering Subjects at H3 Level

Application for H3 modules will open after the Promotional Examination results are released. Students who wish to offer the SMU H3 Course, NUS H3 Course, NTU H3 Course or MOE H3 modules in JC2 must meet ALL of the following criteria:

JC1 Promotional Examination

  • Must have obtained a Grade ‘A’ in the pre-requisite H2 subject(s)
  • Must have obtained at least a Grade ‘B’ in all other H2 subjects
  • Must pass all other subjects

JC1 mid-year common test

  • Must have obtained at least a Grade ‘B’ in the pre-requisite H2 subject(s)
  • Must pass all other subjects

GCE ‘O’ Level Examination

  • Must have obtained the following results at one sitting:

-       Distinction in the relevant subject, and

-       Distinctions in 4 specified subjects

Total number of units

  • The maximum number of academic units is 12

Other criteria

  • The number of H3 subjects to be offered by each student is capped at 1
  • Students who are waiting for the selection results of the NUS/NTU/SMU H3 modules may apply for the MOE H3 module. They should drop the MOE H3 module once they are selected for the NUS/NTU/SMU module
  • As stipulated by the institutions offering the H3 modules