Preparatory Course for Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level)

Course Structure

The Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) Examination is conducted annually in Singapore. Cambridge Assessment International Education, the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Singapore and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) are the joint examining authorities for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level Examination. The GCE A-Level certificate is a qualification that is internationally recognised and valued by local and overseas universities. It provides students with the most ideal foundation for university studies.

Furen International School offers the Preparatory Course for Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examinations. This course prepares students for the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examinations and equips them with critical thinking and comprehensive skills set for pursuing university education or for future career developments. Students who pass at least one H1 or H2 subject in the examination will receive a Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level from the joint authority of Cambridge and MOE. Those with good results can look forward to pursuing a university or other forms of tertiary education in Singapore or overseas.

Core Modules

General Paper (H1)

This module aims to enable students to better understand the world in which they live by fostering a critical awareness of continuity and change in the human experience. By the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate their understanding of the nature of knowledge by appreciating the inter-relationship of ideas across disciplines and their skills of critical thinking, evaluation of argument and effective communication.

Mathematics (H2)

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 (H2)

This module builds on the content coverage at GCE O-Level. It aims to consolidate and broaden students’ understanding and knowledge in physics. It strives to provide a worthwhile educational experience to students and to develop their ability and skills that are relevant to study and practice of science which are useful in everyday life. It is also intended to develop students’ attitude to appreciate objectivity, integrity, accuracy and inventiveness and the awareness of cooperative and cumulative effort in scientific study.

Chemistry (H2)

This module builds on the content coverage at GCE O-Level. It is intended to prepare students with a broader base of practical chemistry and particularly to develop their appreciation of the finite life of the world’s resources and hence the need for recycling and conservation. Students are expected to show economic consideration and concern about the social, environmental, health and safety issues relating to the chemical industry and to recognize the usefulness and limitations of scientific methods.

Elective Modules

Biology (H2/H1)

This module builds on the content coverage at GCE O-Level. It 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.

Chinese Language (H1)

This module aims to provide students with the necessary language ability to interact with people around them. Students will be able to understand what others are saying and provide appropriate and in-depth responses; read and understand abstract topics; detect and infer messages from written texts; differentiate and discuss various styles of writing; and handle a wide variety of formal writing.

Chinese Language & Literature (H2)

This module aims to enhance the ability of students to understand, speak and write the Chinese language. Students will have to understand, appreciate and analyse the following type of written Chinese works:

  • Classic and contemporary poetry
  • Contemporary short novels
  • Contemporary drama
  • Martial arts novels

Economics (H1)

The module is intended to provide the basis for a broad understanding of economics. It covers both Microeconomics and the more complex Macroeconomics theories. Specifically, the module aims to develop in candidates an understanding of fundamental economic principles, theories and concepts, and of the methods of analysis used by economists. In addition it also cultivates students’ ability to use the tools of economic reasoning to explain, analyse and resolve economic issues, and evaluate policy decisions.

Principle of Accounting (H2)

The module aims to provide candidates with a foundation course in accounting at a breadth and depth appropriate to the A Level. It is designed to provide candidates with a sound understanding of financial and managerial accounting procedures and an appreciation of its role in society.

Scope of Study

All lessons will be conducted following the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) 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 16 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$1,672
Material Fee (per month) S$100
Exam Determined by respective exam board
Lab Fee S$2,400
Student Development And Academic Activities Fee (per month)* S$425
Student Service** S$500
FPS Insurance Protection Fee 1.35% of the above total
GST 7% of the above total
Total Course Fee S$60,325.51

Above table shows you the new course fees with effect from 1 July 2019.

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* Fee includes subsidized academic-related learning experience outside school. FIS is providing both Medical Insurance as per regulatory requirement and Outpatient Coverage at no extra charge (terms & conditions apply; refer to www.fis.edu.sg 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

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 contents 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 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Examinations (GCE A-Level) after the completion of the Course.

For more details on the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Examinations, please refer to the SEAB website: http://www.seab.gov.sg/


Grading System
Grade Scoring Percentage
A ≥ 70%
B 69% – 60%
C 59% – 55%
D 54% – 50%
E 49% – 45%
S 44% – 40%
U ≤ 39%

*Grades S and U are considered the failing grades.

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