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Subject Combinations

A-LEVEL COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The GCE A-Level curriculum requires students to undertake the following subjects:

  • 3 H2 and 1 H1 content-based subjects (at least one of which must be from a contrasting discipline),
  • H1 Mother Tongue Language (MTL),
  • H1 General Paper (GP)
  • H1 Project Work (PW).

  • Students who have obtained 10 points or better for their L1R5 raw aggregate, AND 8 points or better in their 4 relevant O-Level subjects are eligible to take 4 H2 content-based subjects, of which at least one must be from a contrasting discipline.

  • Students who achieved a grade of D7 or better in O-Level Higher MTL are exempted from taking H1 MTL. Students who offered Mother Tongue B Syllabus (MTB) at O-Level will continue with MTB at GCE A-Level

  • Students who obtained a grade of D7 or better in O-Level Higher MTL are NOT allowed to replace H1 MTL with another content subject.

CONTENT-BASED SUBJECTS OFFERED
  • Table A shows the content-based subjects to be offered in 2022:

Table A:

Discipline
Subject
H1 Level
H2 Level
H3 Level
Humanities & the Arts
Economics (Econs)



Geography (Geo)



History (Hist)



Literature in English (Lit)



English Language & Linguistics (ELL)*



Mathematics & Science
Biology (Bio)*



Chemistry (Chem)*



Physics (Phy)*



Mathematics (Math)*



* Please refer to Table D for more information



SUBJECT COMBINATIONS
  • Table B shows the 3 H2 and 1 H1 subject combinations to be offered in 2021:

Table B:

Stream
H2 Subjects
H1 Subjects (choose one)
Science
Math
Chem
Phy
Econs, Geo, Hist, Lit
Math
Econs
Phy
Chem, Geo, Hist, Lit
Math
Bio
Chem
Econs, Geo, Hist, Lit
Math
Chem
Econs
Bio, Phy, Geo, Hist, Lit
Bio
Chem
Econs
Math
Chem
Econs
Geo
Math
Chem
Econs
Hist
Math
Arts
Math
Econs
Geo
Chem, Phy, Hist, Lit
Math
Econs
Hist
Chem, Phy, Geo, Lit
Math
Econs
Lit
Chem, Phy, Geo, Hist
Econs
Geo
Lit
Math
Econs
Hist
Lit
Math
    • The italicized subject is the contrasting subject within the subject combination.

Table C:

  • Table C shows the 4 H2 subject combinations to be offered in 2022:

Stream
H2 Subjects
Science
Math
Chem
Phy
Econs
Math
Chem
Phy
ELL
Math
Chem
Phy
Geo
Math
Chem
Phy
Hist
Math
Chem
Phy
Lit
Math
Econs
Phy
ELL
Math
Econs
Phy
Geo
Math
Econs
Phy
Hist
Math
Econs
Phy
Lit
Math
Bio
Chem
Econs
Math
Bio
Chem
ELL
Math
Bio
Chem
Geo
Math
Bio
Chem
Hist
Math
Bio
Chem
Lit
Math
Chem
Econs
ELL
Math
Chem
Econs
Geo
Math
Chem
Econs
Hist
Math
Chem
Econs
Lit
Arts
Math
Econs
Geo
ELL
Math
Econs
Geo
Lit
Math
Econs
Hist
ELL
Math
Econs
Hist
Lit
Math
Econs
Lit
ELL
    • The italicized subject is the contrasting subject within the subject combination.

  • For subject combinations with low demand, the College reserves the right to decide whether such subject combinations would be offered.


MERIT-BASED ALLOCATION

  • Taking into consideration the number of applicants and the number of places available for each subject, the College adopts a merit-based allocation process in the selection of students for the subject combination they have opted for.
  • In the event that a subject is over-subscribed, students will be selected based on academic merit, including
  1. L1R5 raw aggregate (excluding bonus points) or equivalent;
  2. performance in the relevant subject(s).

Table D provides additional information regarding subject allocation:

Table D:

Subject / Combination
* Indicative Grade Cut-off for the relevant subject(s) at O-Level Examination
Remarks
H2 ELL
  • A2 for English Language
Students who wish to take H2 ELL are required to sit for and pass a selection test before a place can be confirmed.

If offered, H2 ELL may be used to replace one H2 subject (except H2 Math) from the Arts Combinations in Table B. H2 ELL can also be offered as the 4th H2 subject as shown in Table C.
H2 Bio
  • B4 for Biology, or
  • B3 for Combined Science (with Biology)
Students who intend to offer H2 or H1 Bio are assumed to have knowledge and understanding of Biology at O-level, either as a single subject or as part of a Combined Science course.
H1 Bio
  • C5 for Biology, or
  • A2 for Combined Science (with Biology)
H2 Chem
  • B3 for Chemistry, or
  • B3 for Combined Science (with Chemistry)
Students who intend to offer H2 or H1 Chem are assumed to have knowledge and understanding of Chemistry at O-level, either as a single subject or as part of a Combined Science course.
H1 Chem
  • C5 for Chemistry, or
  • B3 for Combined Science (with Chemistry)
H2 Phy
  • B3 for Physics, or
  • A2 for Combined Science (with Physics)
Students who intend to offer H2 or H1 Phy are assumed to have knowledge and understanding of Physics at O-level, either as a single subject or as part of a Combined Science course.
H1 Phy
  • B3 for Physics, or
  • A2 for Combined Science (with Physics)
H2 Math
  • B3 for Additional Mathematics
Students who intend to offer H2 Math are assumed to have knowledge of Additional Mathematics at O-level.
Double
H2 Sciences:
H2 Chem &
H2 Phy
  • B3 for both Chemistry and Physics, or
  • B3 for Chemistry and A1 for Combined Science (with Physics), or
  • B3 for Physics and A1 for Combined Science (with Chemistry), or
  • A1 for Combined Science (Chemistry / Physics)
Students who intend to offer the H2 Chem & H2 Phy combination are assumed to have knowledge and understanding of both Chemistry and Physics, at O-level, either as a single subject or as part of a Combined Science course.
Double
H2 Sciences:
H2 Bio &
H2 Chem
  • B4 for Biology and B3 for Chemistry, or
  • B4 for Biology and A1 for Combined Science (with Chemistry), or
  • B3 for Chemistry and B3 for Combined Science (with Biology), or
  • A1 for Combined Science (Biology / Chemistry)
Students who intend to offer the H2 Bio & H2 Chem combination are assumed to have knowledge and understanding of both Biology and Chemistry, at O-level, either as a single subject or as part of a Combined Science course.

  • The Indicative Grade Cut-off provides an indication of the lowest grade scored in the relevant O-Level subject by the majority of students who were offered the A-Level subject / combination in 2020/2021.


H3 SUBJECTS

  • H3 subjects are offered to students who are academically strong and desire to pursue a subject or area in which they have passion and aptitude. These students must be prepared to manage a workload beyond the normal subject combination. To read a H3 subject, students are required to take the corresponding subject at H2 Level. Please note that H3 subjects are ONLY offered to students in JC2.
Students may be offered a H3 subject in the following areas if they have done well in their overall examinations at the end of JC 1, including a high ‘A’ grade in the corresponding subject at the H2 level.

  • University-taught H3 programmes (NUS, NTU and SMU)
  • NUS-MOE Humanities And Social Sciences Research (HSSR) H3
  • MOE-Cambridge H3