Preparatory Course For Cambridge Lower Secondary (Intensive)

Course Structure

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Furen International School Pte Ltd (FIS) offers Cambridge Lower Secondary Course which is adapted from Cambridge Assessment International Education. This course is typically for learners aged 11 to 14 years.

Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint tests have been designed to assess learners at the end of Cambridge Lower Secondary course.  The tests are available in English, English as a Second Language, Mathematics and Science, and give valuable feedback on learners’ strengths and weaknesses before they progress to the next stage of education. The tests are marked by Cambridge examiners to provide a benchmark of learner performance. The learners will receive a statement of achievement and a diagnostic feedback report. Feedback reports show how a learner has performed in relation to the curriculum, their learning group, the whole school, and against all learners who have taken tests in that series around the world. Learners with satisfactory achievement in the Checkpoint tests will be ready for the next stage of education (IGCSE).

This course is compatible with other curricula, internationally relevant, and sensitive to different needs and cultures, and is appropriate for learners whose first language is not English. This course aims to cultivate students’ interest and ability in learning, so that students have good communication skills, teamwork spirit, interest in scientific and humanistic knowledge and comprehensive learning ability and ultimately enable students to have both independent thinking and team problem-solving ability.

Core Modules


The English module enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. Learners who follow this framework will gradually work towards developing a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.


The curriculum module explores six content areas: number, algebra, geometry, measure, handling data and problem solving. The first five content areas are all underpinned by problem solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. Mental strategies are also an important part of the number content. The curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships, so that learners apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.


This curriculum module covers four content areas: scientific enquiry, biology, chemistry and physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work, and recording and analysing data. The scientific enquiry objective consist of biology, chemistry and physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also part of the curriculum.

Physical Education

The module provides students with an opportunity to develop interests of a variety of sports and activities with participations. The knowledge gained should enable students to develop an understanding of effective and safe physical performance. The PE module aims to help students form a lifelong habit in sports.


The module aims to provide students – whose mother tongue is Chinese – with a strong sense of ability and practicality in language learning. Through this module, students can learn Chinese literature, art, history, culture, and so on. Students will benefit in the improvement of independent thinking and comprehensive learning ability as a result.

For students whose mother tongue is not Chinese, a Chinese as Second Language module will be provided to help develop students’ basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Scope of Study

All lessons will be conducted following Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Secondary syllabus.


This is a 12-month full-time course with all lessons held on campus. There are 4 contact hours per school day, 5 days per week for a total of 20 contact hours per week.

Entry Requirements


At least 12 years of age as at 1st January on the year of course commencement.

Academic Requirement

Completed at least Singapore Secondary 1 education and obtained a pass in an English subject at Singapore Secondary 1 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) 12
Course Fee (per month) S$1,206
Material Fee and Internal Assessment Fee (per month) S$200
Exam Determined by respective exam board
Lab Fee
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$24,499.78

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

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*Fee includes subsidized academic-related learning experience in Singapore. Fee includes English remedial lesson during night-study. FIS is providing both Medical Insurance as per regulatory requirement and Outpatient Coverage at no extra charge (terms & conditions apply; refer to for more details)

**S$500 for international student and S$260 for Singapore Citizen/ PR/DP/ Local Transfer Student (Fee includes the following: airport pick-up service for student and ONE parent/guardian, medical check-up, attending to ICA matters, administration charge for external exam registration and 1-day university tour)

Assessment Methods

Internal Assessment

There is a progression test for each grade at the end of each semester.

Internal Assessment Mode

Written Exams/Assignments/Practical Exams

External Assessment

At the end of the Secondary 1 phase of education (end of stage 9), there will be a diagnostic assessment –Cambridge Checkpoint – to test the general level of ability attained by learners.

For the student intake in January, Cambridge Checkpoint is scheduled by Cambridge International Examination (CIE) in October in the year of completion. Students are expected to take the examination in their final academic year and results will be released in December of the same year.

For the student intake in July, Cambridge Checkpoint is scheduled by Cambridge International Examination (CIE) in May in the year of completion. Students are expected to take the examination in their final academic year. Results will be released in July of the same year.

For more details on Cambridge Checkpoint, please refer to the CIE website:

Grading System
Grade Scoring Percentage
A* ≥ 90%
A 89% – 80%
B 79% – 70%
C 69% – 60%
D 59% – 50%
E 49% – 40%
F 39% – 30%
G 29% – 20%
U ≤ 20%

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