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

Course Structure

The Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) Examination is conducted annually in Singapore and is jointly conducted by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Singapore and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB).

This examination is taken by students at the end of their fourth (for Express Stream) or fifth (for Normal Academic Stream) year in secondary school, mostly at ages 16-17, and is the equivalent to the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examination taken by students in the United Kingdom.

Furen International School offers the Preparatory Course for Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examinations. This course prepares students for the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examinations and to equip them with critical thinking and comprehensive skills set for pursuing college level education or for future career developments. Students who obtain at least a Grade 6 or better in one or more subjects will receive a Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level from the joint authority of CIE and MOE. Those with good results can look forward to pursuing a polytechnic or other form of tertiary education in Singapore or overseas.

Core Modules

English Language

This subject aims to enable students to communicate effectively in English. At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to listen, read, write and speak to meet general living needs. They are also expected to speak, write and make presentations in internationally acceptable English for academic purposes.

Elementary Mathematics

This subject is intended to provide students with the fundamental mathematical knowledge and skills. It aims to develop the necessary mathematical concepts and skills for continuous learning in Mathematics and related disciplines, and for the applications to the real world. By developing students’ mathematical thinking and problem solving skills, they are expected to apply these skills to solve problems with logical reasoning and judgement.

Additional Mathematics

This subject aims to prepare students for future General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) (GCE A-Level) Mathematics which requires a strong foundation in algebraic manipulation skills and mathematical reasoning skills. Along with Elementary Mathematics, these 2 subjects are intended to equip students with the necessary mathematical concepts and skills for continuous learning in Mathematics and related discipline.

Physics

The subject provides students with a coherent understanding of energy, matter, and their interrelationships. It focuses on investigating natural phenomena and then applying patterns, models (including mathematical ones), principles, theories and laws to explain the physical behaviour of the universe. The theories and concepts presented in this syllabus belong to a branch of physics commonly referred to as classical physics. Modern physics, developed to explain the quantum properties at the atomic and sub-atomic level, is built on knowledge of these classical theories and concepts.

Chemistry

This subject is designed to place less emphasis on factual materials and greater emphasis on the understanding and application of scientific concepts and principles. This approach has been adapted in recognition of the need for students to develop skills that will be of long term value in an increasingly technological world rather than focusing on large quantities of factual materials, which may have only short term relevance.

Combined Sciences (Physics/Chemistry)

This subject will enable students to acquire understanding and knowledge in the area of science (physics and chemistry) phenomena. By providing a worthwhile educational experience, students are expected to develop the ability and skills that are relevant to study and practice of science which are useful in everyday life as well as the development of the right attitude to appreciate accuracy, precision, objectivity and integrity. 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

Chinese Language

This subject 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.

Principles of Accounts

The subject aims to develop an understanding of the principles and concepts of accounting and their applications in a variety of business situations. Students will acquire basic knowledge in double entry and develop the ability to prepare, present, analyse and interpret financial statements.

Literature in Chinese

The subject aims to develop the literary skills to appreciate Chinese poetry and articles for students with a strong interest in exploring Chinese culture. During the course of study, students will be guided to understand and analyse both traditional and modern style of literary works. Students are expected to have a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture and are able to better appreciate various types of literary works from different era.

Biology

The subject is designed to have great emphasis on the understanding and application of scientific concepts and principles. It aims to provide, through well-designed studies of experimental and practical Biology, a worthwhile educational experience for all students, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level. In addition, it also enables them to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge to be suitably prepared for studies beyond Ordinary Level in Biology, in applied sciences or in science related courses.

Scope of Study

All lessons will be conducted following the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) O-Level syllabus.

Duration

This is an 18-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

Age

At least 15 years of age as at 1st January on the year of course commencement.

Academic Requirement

Completed at least Singapore Secondary 3 education and obtained a pass in an English subject at Singapore Secondary 3 level or equivalent in country of origin.

Course Commencement Date

There is only one intake for this course. This course commences on 1st July of each year. If that date falls 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) 18
Tuition Fee (per month) S$1,080
Material Fee (per month) S$100
Exam Determined by respective exam board
Lab Fee S$1,200
Medical Insurance S$150
Student Service* S$500
FPS Insurance Protection Fee 1.35% of the above total
GST 7% of the above total
Total Course Fee S$25,039.84

* Includes the following services: airport pick-up, local accommodation arrangement, attending to ICA matters, medical check-up, administration charges for external exam registration and 1-day universities and polytechnics tour including 1 meal

Assessment Methods

Internal Assessment

A Unit Assessment will be set up, 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 Ordinary Level Examinations (GCE O-Level) after the completion of the Course.

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

Grading System
Grade Scoring Percentage
A1 75% and above
A2 70% to 74%
B3 65% to 69%
B4 60% to 64%
C5 55% to 59%
C6 50% to 54%
D7 45% to 49%
E8 40% to 44%
F9 Below 40%

* Grades D7, E8 and F9 are considered failing grades.

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