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Preparatory Course for GCE ‘A’ Level Examination

Introduction to GCE ‘A’ Level
GCE ‘A’-Level is the abbreviation of General Certificate of Education Advanced Level. The Ministry of Education, Singapore and the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) are the joint examining authorities for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level examinations. Singapore local students sit for the examinations after 2 years’ study in junior college or 3 years’ study in a centralized institute. Students who pass the examinations will be awarded with the GCE ‘A’-Level certificate which is recognized by world-renowned universities in more than 160 countries.

GCE ‘A’ Level Course Modules and Syllabus
Nanyang Language & Business School provides Mathematics(Higher 2) ,Physics (Higher 2) ,Chemistry (Higher 2) ,Chinese and General Paper (Higher 1) as GCE ‘A’ Level examination subjects.

Nanyang Language & Business School conducts periodic assessments to assess students’ performance as to provide them with immediate feedback and review information. Nanyang Language & Business School takes the responsibility to make sure that all students are kept on track and help them to achieve good grades in the official examinations. Periodic assessments will be held approximately every 3 months and students would expect mock examinations when official examinations date is near.

For more course details and syllabus information, please refer to the official website of Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB).

GCE ‘A’ Level Examination Information
The GCE ‘A’ Level examinations will be held from early June to early December every year. Detailed examination schedule will be published on Ministry of Education website during March.

Examination registration will be done by Nanyang Language & Business School.

GCE ‘A’ Level examination registration fee is approximately S$800 which is payable to SEAB.

Examination results will be released during March in the following year after the examination.

GCE ‘A’ Level Examination grading system
Under normal circumstance, the grading criteria are as below:

Grade Percentage of subject marks (%)
A Above 70%
B 60%-69%
C 55%-59%
D 50%-54%
E 45%-49%
S 40%-44%
U Below 40% (Failed)

*There might be moderations every year due to overall candidates’ performance. GCE ‘A’ Level Admission Criteria

GCE ‘A’ Level Admission Criteria

Preparatory Course Academic Level Language Proficiency
for GCE ‘A’ Level Examination Completed Secondary 4 education or Equivalent* English at Secondary level or equivalent

* Secondary education or Equivalent means: Above 15 years old, China High school grade 2 and above.
GCE ‘A’ Level Course Schedule

Duration: 6 months (Full time)
Timetable: Monday to Friday:9.00 am to 6.00 pm
7.00 pm to 8.30 pm (Self-study, Voluntary)

Teacher/Student Ratio
The optimum teacher-student ratio stipulated for the courses is capped at 1:23.

Manner/Methodology of Teaching
Our course is classroom-based, however we also provide after-school supplementary exercises. Teachers will explain the main focus of courses and difficult points, adding relevant knowlegde outside of the curriculum, interspersed with some class discussion, for students to reflect on concepts and issues.
GCE ‘A’ Level Completion Criteria
Students who pass the examinations will be awarded with the GCE ‘A’ Level certificate by the Ministry of Education, Singapore and the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

GCE ‘A’ Level Further Education
As the GCE ‘A’ Level certificate is well-recognized worldwide, especially by universities in The British Commonwealth of Nations, students are encouraged to find out more universities information which they are keen to apply, the following universities are for reference only.


  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Management University

* Students can gain direct entry to second year diploma course in the following institutions:

  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • Nanyang Polytechnic

Hong Kong SAR, China

  • University of Hong Kong
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • City University of Hong Kong


  • University of Cambridge (UK)
  • University of Oxford (UK)
  • University of Toronto (Canada)
  • University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • National University of Australia (Australia)
  • University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • University of Sydney (Australia)

Course Commencement and End Date
All Full Time courses commence on the 2nd of January and End on 31 December of every year. Students may join classes at any time in the year as long as they agree to the School’s terms and conditions.

Manner of Assessment

  • The assessment scheme for modules in the School’s courses is standardised as follows:
    Class Test/Project / Assignment / Homework/ Attendance Written examination
    40% 60%
  • The class test/ project/ assignment/ homework/ attendance component may have sub-components if deemed appropriate by the teacher. These multiple assessments collectively help teaching staff to reliably establish the abilities and competencies of students.
  • Borderline fail cases will be reviewed appropriately. The student may justify his or her failure with the group of teachers concerned. Final decision will be made by Examination Board.
  • Attendance Requirement
    A list of students who meet the requirements for a School award will be compiled at the end of each course. For a student to receive this award, besides meeting the course requirements for graduation, fees must be paid in full and the student must have a minimum overall attendance of 75% (or 90% for international students) for the entire course.
  • Appeal Procedure
    Students who have not passed their modules may submit an appeal for review of results using our school’s Results Appeal Form through the Administrative Manager stating their reasons. This appeal must be submitted within 1 week of the release of the exam results, together with payment of the required fee.
  • The School works within the following timeline for processing and releasing the final exam results and appeal results. a) Release of final exam results – within 4 weeks after completion of the final paper of the examination b) Release of appeal results – within 4 weeks from the official date of release of the exam results (or 3 weeks from the close of the appeal period)
  • A student whose appeal is unsuccessful may apply to the School to take a re-test with payment of a re-test fee. This application must be submitted within 1 week of the release of the appeal results. If the student fails the re-test, he must either repeat the module or take a new module in order to accumulate the required number of passed modules for graduation.
  • A student who chooses not to appeal may apply to the School to take a re-test, with payment of a re-test fee, within 1 week of the release of the exam results.

Course Completion Criteria and Award

During the course, our school will award a certificate of commendation to student who has achieved >70% score in 2 consecutive monthly assessments and has at least 90% attendance.

Upon successful course completion, Nanyang Language and Business School will issue certificate of attendance. The students will then register and sit for GCE ‘A’ Level examination as a private candidate.