Foundation Studies for O-Level

Course Structure

The Foundation Studies for O-Level course is designed by Furen International School, with the aim of equipping students with language, computational, analytical and comprehensive skills. The course is intended to be a foundation building program for students who are interested in joining the preparatory course for O-Level. This course is for students age 12 and above.

Since 2019, the School has implemented a compulsory entrance test for all prospective students of FIS. The objective of the entrance test is mainly for the school to have a better understanding of the students’ academic foundation.

The 6-month Foundation Studies for O-Level course is designed and developed for students who are interested in studying for preparatory courses for Singapore-General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level course (GCE O-Level) of FIS but did not perform up to standard in the school’s entrance test. The course comprises of two modules: English Language and Mathematics, with the aim to equip students with the language, computational, analytical and comprehensive skills that are essential for the study of the modules in the A-Level. The course is helpful as a foundation building and bridging program for students who are interested in joining the preparatory course for O-Level. Most of the course content are developed based on the knowledge of Secondary 1 and 2 content.

Upon the successful completion of the course, students are expected to possess the essential mathematics and English language skills for studying their O-Level course.

Core Modules

English Language

The aim of the English module is to develop effective language use based on MOE Secondary 1 and 2 English Language syllabus.

The English Language module aims to enable students to communicate fluently in basic English. At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to listen, read, write and speak to meet basic daily general living needs. They are also expected to speak, write and make presentations in acceptable English for academic purposes. These skills are essential for the study of English Language and other English-medium subject at O-Level.


The aim of the Mathematics module is to develop the students’ understanding based on MOE Secondary 1 and 2 Mathematics syllabus. This module intends to provide students with the fundamental mathematical knowledge and concepts and to develop the necessary acquisition and application of computational and analytical skills which are critical for the study of Mathematics at O-Level.

Scope of study

All lessons will be conducted following Foundation Studies for O-Level course structure designed by Furen International School.


This is a 6-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 14 years of age as of 1st January on the year of course commencement.

Academic Requirement

Completed at least Singapore Secondary 2 education or equivalent, and obtained a pass in an English subject at Singapore Secondary 2 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

Course Fees

Full-Time (mths) 6
Course Fee (per month) S$1,206
Material 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$12,521.00

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

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* Fee includes academic related learning experience outside school (Note: Does not include oversea trip)
Note: 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, 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 set up, usually on the 7th 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.

Final Examination will be conducted before the end of the course delivery. Students will be allowed to commence their O-Level course if they can pass the Final Examination.

Internal Assessment Mode

Written Exams