THE INTEGRATED PROGRAMME

Through-train to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Levels, International Baccalaureate, or equivalent examination

What is this Integrated Programme, and how do you get onto it?

There are to date 6 models of the through-train programme, in the Singapore education system.

This route is called the Integrated Programme. The route is largely academic (compared to the polytechnic route) and leads to the GCE A-Levels, International Baccalaureate, NUS Diploma, or any other equivalent examination. Students do not sit for the O-Levels, unlike their peers in the conventional secondary school to JC route.

What your portfolio should show: a Primary School record combining leadership, niche talent, communication skills and academic achievement, as well as a recommendation letter from your teacher. (Do check with the respective schools for their specific entry requirements.)

 

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Route 1: Premier School

Route 2: Alternative Exam Pathways

2A International Baccalaureate

2B NUS High Diploma

Route 3: Bicultural (Chinese) Immersion School

Route 4: Single-Gender Partner School (Joint IP)

Route 5: JC-Driven Curriculum

Route 6: Special Talent Development

 

  ROUTE 1: Premier School  

This is the through-train you get onto if you join the Raffles family or Hwa Chong family of schools. 

 

Entry Mode: Through PSLE results or DSA in the pupil's P6 year

 

No. of Years: 6 years (akin to Sec 1-4, followed by JC 1-2) 

 

Final Exam: GCE A-Levels

 

Start-point

 

a) Secondary 1 at Raffles Girls' School or Raffles Institution leading to Raffles Institution (previously Raffles Junior College);

b) Secondary 1 at Nanyang Girls' High Sch or Hwa Chong Institution (previously Chinese High School) and leading to Hwa Chong Institution (previously Hwa Chong Junior College)

 

This model represents...

 

a merger of affiliates, top independent secondary schools and their related Junior Colleges.

 

What has changed

 

Entry for a sizeable number of students to these 2 top JCs is currently determined by PSLE results and success in securing a place through the DSA in P6.

 

School Fees

 

Independent school fees, though by default Singaporeans who can get in may benefit from an Edusave Scholarship. Please consult the schools.


 

 

  ROUTE 2: Alternative Pathways  

 

 

Entry Mode: Through PSLE results or DSA in the pupil's P6 year, or Year 3 admissions (transfer)

 

No. of Years: 6 years (akin to Sec 1-4, followed by Year 5-6) 

 

Final Exam: NUS High Diploma

Start-point

Secondary 1, or at the start of Secondary 3 (via transfer) at the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science.

 

There is currently no admission exercise after Year 3 at NUS High School (see school's website).
 

This model represents...

Specialisation in science and maths research and study.  NUS High was created to offer specialisation in science and maths and offer opportunities for early contact with NUS (National University of Singapore) academia.

What has changed

The introduction of a new pre-university exam, the NUS High School Diploma.  There is no merger with any existing Junior College.

School Fees

Please refer to the schools.

 

This is the through-train for exam pathways that are different from the A-Levels

 

Entry Mode: Currently through PSLE results or DSA in the pupil's P6 year, or Year 3 admissions (transfer)

No. of Years: 6 years (akin to Sec 1-4, followed by Year 5-6) 

 

Final Exam: International Baccalaureate

Start-point

Secondary 1, or at the start of Secondary 3 (via transfer), at the following schools:

a) Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)

 

b) Methodist Girls' School (Year 5 & 6 at ACS(I))


c) St Joseph's Institution
 

This model represents...

An extension of study in what was previously a leading secondary school, and in a few schools a completely different though internationally recognised pre-university exam at the end of 6 years.

What has changed

The introduction of the IB. In this model, there is no merger with any existing Junior College. Entry is primarily determined by PSLE results and success in securing a place through the DSA as well as selection tests presently held from P6 Term 2 onwards, or by successfully transferring into the school's IB programme in Year 3.

 

These schools continue to have an O-Level track (Sec 1-4). Students on the O-Level track may transfer to IB in Secondary 3 if their academic results meet the stated requirements.

School Fees

International, independent or autonomous school fees. Please refer to the schools.

 

  2A: International Baccalaureate  

 

  2B: NUS High Diploma  

 

  ROUTE 3: Bicultural (Chinese) Immersion School  

This is the through-train leading SAP (Special Assistance Plan) schools offer.

Entry Mode: Currently through PSLE results or DSA in the pupil's P6 year

No. of Years: 6 years (akin to Sec 1-4, followed by Year 5-6) 

 

Final Exam: A-Levels

Start-point

Secondary 1 at the following schools:

 

a) Dunman High School,

b) River Valley High School

This model represents...

an extension of study in what was previously a leading secondary school known for its Chinese bicultural emphasis.

What has changed

The introduction of a post-secondary exam pathway for a secondary school. There is no merger with any existing Junior College and two post-secondary years were added to the secondary curriculum. Entry is currently determined by PSLE T-scores and success in securing a place through the DSA as well as selection tests presently held from P6 Term 2 onwards.

School Fees

Please refer to the schools.

 

 

  ROUTE 4: Single Gender Partner Schools (Joint Integrated Programme)  

Entry Mode:

Application using one's PSLE results, P5 year-end academic results, record of CCA involvement and student leadership since P4, referrals from teachers. Please check with the school websites.

 

No. of Years: 

6 years (Secondary 1-4 in the secondary school Integrated Programme, followed by JC1-2 in the affiliated Junior College)

 

Final Exam: A-Levels

 

Start-point

 

Secondary 1; for a select group in these single-gender secondary schools

a) Cedar Girls' Secondary (girls) & Victoria School (boys) to join
Victoria Junior College in JC1

b) Singapore Chinese Girls' School (girls), St Nicholas Girls' School (girls) & Catholic High School (boys) to join Eunoia Junior College in JC1

 

Please check the respective schools' websites for entry at Secondary 3.

 

This model represents...

 

single-gender schools with shared school culture providing a Secondary 1-4 Integrated Programme leading on to a top junior college (all Junior colleges in Singapore are co-ed). The affiliation between Cedar Girls', Victoria School and Victoria Junior College is clearly spelled out. Here, the Integrated Programme is delivered in the affiliated secondary school.

 

What has changed

 

While not all schools linked together are "sibling" schools, the "facilitated matchmaking" has allowed these well-established single-gender schools to offer the IP route to draw in top pupils.

 

Your P3-P4 record of co-curricular involvement and community service may come in useful.  You may need to count on supportive primary school references. Please check with the school websites.

These schools continue to have an O-Level track (Sec 1-4). Students on the O-Level track may have the opportunity to transfer to IP in Secondary 3 if their academic results meet the stated requirements.

 

School Fees

 

Government sponsored fees typically, but do check with the respective schools' websites.
 

 

  ROUTE 5: JC-Driven Curriculum  

Entry Mode: Through PSLE results or DSA in the pupil's P6 year

 

No. of Years: 6 years from Year 1 to Year 6

 

Final Exam: A-Levels

 

Start-point

 

Secondary 1 at

a) National Junior College (in the NJC Integrated Programme)

b) Temasek Junior College (in the Temasek Academy)

Secondary 3 (to date) at

c) Temasek Junior College (in the Temasek Academy) 

 

This model represents...

 

top junior colleges admitting pupils in what would have been their Secondary 1 year (and for TJC, the Secondary 3 year in 2014 as well) and preparing them for the A-Levels.  National Junior College and Temasek Junior College have no affiliated secondary schools and both junior colleges have not merged with any secondary school.

 

What has changed

 

Secondary 1 students who are successful make only one transition - from primary school to a junior college institution for a junior-college driven Integrated Programme.  


Secondary 3 students who are successful are transferred from their secondary schools to these JCs.


This is unlike the Raffles and Hwa Chong routes where the student essentially goes through 2 merged institutions to complete the A-Level route.  

 

School Fees

 

Government sponsored fees typically, but do check with the respective Junior Colleges' websites.
 

 

  ROUTE 6: Special Talent Development  

Entry Mode: Primarily through DSA & special selection tests in the pupils P6 year

 

No. of Years: Currently 4 years (akin to Secondary 1-4, with possible extension to a 6-year programme leading to a diploma)

 

Final Exam:

 

O-Levels for School of Science and Technology,
IB Diploma for both School of the Arts and Singapore Sports School, with options for

a Republic Polytechnic diploma leading to a NTU (Nanyang Technological University) degree programme

or

an AUT (Auckland University of Technology) diploma leading to a sports related degree

(Please refer to the schools' websites for more updated information on the above)

Start-point

 

Secondary 1 at School of Science and Technology (SST), School of the Arts (SOTA), Singapore Sports School (SSS)

 

This model represents...

 

specialisation in specific talents: technology and entrepreneurship (SST), fine arts and performing arts (SOTA), and competitive physical sports (SSS).

 

What has changed

 

Entry is determined by success in securing a place through the DSA as well as trials, auditions, interviews, review of both student portfolios and co-curricular record.

 

School Fees

 

Please refer to the schools.
 

Please consult the respective schools' websites for the latest updates.

Last Update: 29 November 2021