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University admissions under new A Level Curriculum

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Annex A: Fact sheet on the new 2006 ¡®A¡¯ level curriculum

From 2006, a broader and more flexible GCE ¡®A¡¯ Level curriculum will be introduced for Pre-U 1, to foster new approaches to learning and develop in students a wider range of skills. Students will be challenged to think critically and creatively.

Three Levels of Study

Students can select from three levels of study:
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H1

H2

H3

Half of H2 in breadth but similar to H2 in depth

 

 

 

Equivalent to current ¡®A' Level subjects Subjects with diverse learning opportunities for in-depth study (e.g. advanced content, research paper, university module). Students must offer the corresponding subject at H2 level.

 

The H1, H2 & H3 levels of study replaces the previous system of ¡®AO¡¯, ¡®A¡¯ and ¡®S¡¯ papers. The H1 level will cover more subject options than the previous ¡®AO¡¯ papers. The H3 level will allow for a greater range of learning and research options than the previous ¡®S¡¯ papers.


Grading

H1 & H2

 

H3

A

 

Distinction

B

 

Merit

C

 

Pass

D

 

Ungraded

E

   

S

   

Ungraded

   


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Grade points below pass
'S' is a sub-pass


Project Work

Students will synthesise knowledge from various areas of learning and apply it to real-life situations.

• Encourages collaboration, independent learning and communication skills.

• Offered as an H1 subject.

• Compulsory for all students.
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Knowledge and Inquiry

Students will interpret and synthesise knowledge gathered from different fields.

• Encourages investigation and evaluation work in the construction of knowledge in areas like the sciences, the humanities, mathematics, and the aesthetics.

• Develops critical reasoning skills.

• Offered as an H2 subject in place of GP.
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Contrasting Subject

A contrasting subject, which is a subject outside of a student¡¯s area of specialisation, helps provide a broad¨Cbase of learning. It prepares students for the multi-disciplinary approaches being taken in university education.

E.g. a student offering 3 subjects from the Mathematics & Sciences disciplines would have to offer 1 subject from the Humanities & the Arts disciplines, and vice versa. The contrasting subject can be at H1 or H2 level.
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Source: National University of Singapore Press Release 16 May 2005

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