Preparatory Course for Cambridge International A-Level

Course Structure

Cambridge International A-Level is a course designed by Cambridge Assessment International Education, UK. Cambridge Assessment International Education is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19-year-olds. Cambridge International is a division of Cambridge Assessment, which is a department of the University of Cambridge. Improvements are constantly made in research and development for their programmes and qualifications.

Cambridge Assessment International Education is recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). Ofqual is the regulator of examinations in England for the award of qualifications. Cambridge International assessments and qualifications are closely monitored to ensure that it meets the appropriate standards by Ofqual. Cambridge Assessment International Education works closely with Ofqual to maintain their recognised status.

Furen International School offers the Preparatory Course for Cambridge International A-Level. This course prepares students 14 years and above for the Cambridge International A-Level Examinations and equips them with critical thinking and comprehensive skills sets necessary for pursuing university education or future career developments. Students who pass at least 1 subject in the examination will be granted a Cambridge International A-Level certification from Cambridge Assessment International Education. Students with good grades or at least three A-level subjects can look forward to pursuing university or other tertiary education in Singapore or overseas.

Core Modules

General Paper (8021)

The General Paper module aims to develop students into critical thinkers who are able to construct arguments and communicate their ideas using clear, accurate and effective language. Students will explore a range of key issues of global and local significance, providing them with a good foundation to thrive in a fast-changing world with maturity of thought, independent thinking and the proficient use of the English language. It will give them a broader understanding of the world and getting them ready to meet the challenges of higher education and the workplace in the future.

Mathematics (9709)

This module aims to enable students to acquire the necessary mathematical concepts and skills for everyday life, for continuous learning in Mathematics and related disciplines, and to develop the necessary process skills for the acquisition and application of mathematical concepts and skills. It is also intended to develop students’ logical thinking and problem solving skills and apply these skills to solve problems in different areas.

Physics (9702)

This module aims to provide experimental and practical Physics, thereby enabling students to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge. It will give a thorough introduction to the study of Physics and their scientific methods, and develop students’ skills and abilities that are relevant to the safe practice of science and to everyday life such as instilling values for accuracy and precision, objectivity and integrity.

Chemistry (9701)

The Chemistry module is a skill-based module that focuses on understanding and application of scientific concepts and principles, over and above a memorisation of large quantities of factual materials. Experimental work is an important component and is the foundation of teaching and learning of Chemistry. It aims to prepare students with a broader base of practical chemistry and in particular to develop their appreciation of the finite life of the world’s resources, and hence the need for recycling and conservation.

Elective Modules

Chinese Language (9715)

Chinese Language aims at improving students written, spoken and comprehension skills in the language, Chinese. Upon completion the module, students should be able to speak Chinese with confidence, conduct Chinese conversation and understand Chinese essays. It also enables students to better appreciate Chinese literature works.

Geography (9696)

Geography focuses on two aspects, physical geography and human geography. Students get to explore topics like fluvial geomorphology, atmosphere, population and settlement dynamics. After learning the module, students will have a better understanding on the nature and use of different types of geographical information, both quantitative and qualitative. It also improves their ability to interpret and evaluate information and produce reasoned conclusions with regard to geography.

Accounting (9706)

This module enables learners to apply their accounting knowledge and understanding to analyse and present information, give reasoned explanations, and make judgements and recommendations. The syllabus covers topics such as the recording of financial information, accounting principles and control systems, the preparation of final accounts for a variety of different organisations and businesses, raising capital by shares and loans, ratio analysis and cost accounting, and also study the preparation of cash flow statements, cash flow analysis, and standard costing and investment appraisal, among many other topics.

Business Studies (9609)

This module enables learners to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role it plays in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, and instils a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. Learners examine the management of organisations and, in particular, the process of decision-making in a dynamic external environment.

Biology (9700)

This module aims to develop students’ understanding in relation to biological phenomena, facts, laws, definitions, concepts, theories and scientific instruments. It also introduces apparatus used in biology, including techniques of operation and aspects of safety. Upon the completion of studies, students are expected to use information to identify patterns, report trends, draw inferences and report conclusions. They will also be required to present reasoned explanations for phenomena, patterns and relationships.

Economics (9708)

Through the learning of this module, learners study how to explain and analyse economic issues and arguments, evaluate economic information, and organise, present and communicate ideas and judgements clearly. The syllabus covers a range of basic economic ideas, including an introduction to the price system and government intervention, international trade and exchange rates, the measurement of employment and inflation, and the causes and consequences of inflation. Learners also study the price system, the theory of the firm, market failure, macroeconomic theory and policy, and economic growth and development.

Further Mathematics (9231)

The Furen International School (FIS) A-Level Further Mathematics Module for Cambridge International Examination (CIE) A-level program is designed and developed to prepare students for the CIE A-Level Further Mathematics Examination. This module prepares students adequately for university course including mathematics, physics and engineering, where more mathematics concepts are required. The module aims to develop mathematical thinking and problem solving skills in students. Students will learn to analyse, formulate and solve different types of problems. They will also learn to work with data and perform statistical analyses.

Scope of Study

All lessons will be conducted following the Cambridge International A-Level syllabus.


This is a 24-month full-time course with all lessons held on campus. There are 6 contact hours per school day, 5 days per week for a total of 30 contact hours per week.

Entry Requirements


At least 14 years of age as at 1st January on the year of course commencement.

Academic Requirement

Completed at least Singapore Secondary 4 education and obtained a pass in an English subject at Singapore Secondary 4 level or equivalent in country of origin.

Course Commencement Date

There are two intakes for this course. This course commences on 2nd January and 1st July of each year. If either of those dates fall on a Saturday or Sunday, the course shall commence on the first Monday after that date.

Furen International School reserves the right to cancel a class/or programme if the minimum number of students enrolled is less than 15. Students may then choose to enrol for a later intake, if any, or withdraw from the course. For refund, please refer to our Refund Policy.

Late Enrolment

Furen International School is able to consider late enrolment after commencement of course on a case-by-case basis.

Course Delivery Mode

Face-to-face lectures, tutorials, discussions, laboratory sessions

Course Fees

Full-Time (mths) 24
Course Fee (per month) S$1,690
Material Fee and Internal Assessment Fee (per month) S$200
Exam Determined by respective exam board
Lab Fee S$2,400
Student Development And Academic Activities Fee (per month)* S$435
Student Service** S$500
FPS Insurance Protection Fee 1.35% of the above total
GST 7% of the above total
Total Course Fee S$63,656.92

Above table shows you the new course fees with effect from 1 Jun 2020.

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Assessment Methods

Internal Assessment

A Unit Assessment will be conducted, usually on the 8th week from the start of the unit. The content of the test shall cover (but not limited to) all the content delivered in that unit.

One major internal exam (Graduation Examination) will be conducted before the end of the course delivery.

Internal Assessment Mode

Written Exams/Assignments

External Assessment

Students will be taking the Cambridge International AS and A Level Examinations (CIE A-Level) during or after the completion of the Course.

For more details on the Cambridge International A-Level Examinations, please refer to the CIE website:

Grading System
Grade Percentage Uniform Mark (PUM)*
A* ≥ 90%
A 89% – 80%
B 79% – 70%
C 69% – 60%
D 59% – 50%
E 49% – 40%
U ≤ 39%

* The Percentage Uniform Mark (PUM) is a numerical mark which transfers a candidate’s results to a common scale which reports how well they performed within that grade.

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