Singapore

STUDY IN SINGAPORE

The city-state that shines in the heart of Asia or better known as the little red-dot island, Singapore is a well developed Asia country where it possess high quality of living environment and also low crime rates.

Singapore’s education system aims to bring out the best in every child by enabling students to discover their talents, realise their full potential, and develop a passion for life-long learning. We seek to nurture the whole child, and help them develop an enduring core of competencies, values and character, to ensure that they have the
capabilities and dispositions to thrive in the 21st century. Our multiple educational pathways cater to students with different strengths, interests and learning styles,
developing each child to his full potential.

Today, students in Singapore receive six years of primary education, and four to five years of secondary education, followed by two years at junior college, polytechnic or the Institute for Technical Education (Figure 7.1).4 Primary education consists of a four-year foundation stage during which all students follow a common curriculum that emphasises English, mother-tongue language and mathematics. Science is introduced from primary 3. Other subjects taught in primary school are civics and moral
education, social studies, health, physical education, art and music.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Education is delivered in English or a mother tongue, depending on the
    institution, and all students must study English and a mother tongue language. Education
  • Singapore has emerged as a top destination for international students.
    In mid 2014, 75,000 student visa passes were issued
  • Public spending on education was four percent of GDP in 2014, with 12.7
    per cent of total government expenditure earmarked for the Ministry of Education
  • Singapore is one of the world’s richest nations in terms of GDP per capita,
    owing to its small population and strong economy.
  • Singaporeans has the fastest walking speed, 18 metres in 10.55 seconds!
  • Singapore is also named as the Lion city / Little Red dot!

EDUCATION SYSTEM

Primary Education
Primary education, normally starting at age seven, is a four-year foundation stage
(Primary 1 to 4) and a two-year orientation stage (Primary 5 to 6). Primary education is compulsory under the Compulsory Education Act since 2003.

After six years of Primary education, students will have to sit for the national Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).  Students will then choose the secondary school of their choice based on their results at this examination

 

Secondary Education
At the secondary level, students are required to spend about 4-5 years to complete secondary education in Singapore. The secondary education in Singapore is divided into three core courses to match students’ abilities and interests.

  1. Express Courses
    This is a four-year course leading to the Singapore-Cambridge General
    Certificate of Education (GCE) O-Level exam
  2. Normal Academic Course
    This is a four-year course leading to the GCE N(A)-Level exam. Students learn subjects similar to those in the Express course. Those who do well at the
    N(A)-Level will qualify for an additional year to prepare for the O-Level exam
  3. Normal Technical Course
    This is a four-year course leading to the GCE N(T)-Level exam. Students learn English and Mother Tongue Languages, Mathematics and subjects with
    technical or practical emphases, and the curriculum is regularly reviewed to enhance experiential and practice-oriented learning.

 

Tertiary Education
The Singapore tertiary education is divided into Public and Private Institutions.
Students that hold an A level or a year 12 qualification may complete an
Undergraduate program ranging from 2 – 5 years’ time, depending on majors
selection too. The course fees may vary too depending on students’ major selection.

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