Academic Programmes

IP Activities

 IP Activities 2019

Click to download attached IP activity schedule synopsis(Final Updated Schedule 11Jan2019)

Time Line Activity
2nd Jan 2019, Wednesday On-line registration system is open for JC 1 students.
9th Jan 2019, 12 pm, Wednesday System closes.
11th Jan 2019, 12 pm, Friday Release of any updates & changes to IP Activities schedule. 


Objectives of the Programme

  1. To provide enrichment activities to enhance learning in academic subjects.
  2. To identify specific needs of IP & DSA students through standardized diagnostic evaluation.
  3. To provide relevant exposure to subjects and Special Programmes offered at JC Level.
  4. To allocate subject combination for JC One.
  5. To support smooth transition to College


Programme Highlights

- Lectures and sample lessons on specific JC topics will be taught.
- Some assessment of fundamental understanding will be set and conducted for self-evaluation.
- Selection tests for Special Programmes i.e. SMTP-GATE, and new subjects, example, KI, F Maths and Translation will be conducted for interested students.
- There will be briefings on subject combinations and students will have to submit their choice of subject combinations.



  • The IP Activities are planned for IP students from Sec 4 NYGH and HCI as well as DSA.
  • Your attendance for the IP Activities is compulsory.
  • Parents must write-in to Deputy Principals (College Section) for any exemption from the programme.
  • Only valid reasons e.g. sick leave, will be acceptable as an excuse for absence from the activities.
  • Courses are divided into compulsory courses and optional courses. Students will be able to choose and sign-up for optional courses.
  • There will be no cap on the courses that you can sign-up.
  • You must attend all compulsory courses and all the courses that you have signed up. Disciplinary actions will be taken against you if you are absent without a valid reason.



  • You are expected to be in your formal school uniform during lectures & lessons.
  • You should be punctual for your lectures.
  • You should be attentive during lessons and participate fully in the activities.


To sign up, click here


Information for JC1 students (updated Sep 2018)

The Revised JC curriculum was implemented in 2006. Click here to find out more about the revised A-Level curriculum framework (H1, H2 & H3) and subject requirements.

Click here to find out the syllabus for different subjects.

When choosing subject combination, you may wish to consider the following:

  • Aptitude & Strength (Arts or Science?)
  • The university course/faculty in which you are interested.  What are the pre- requisite subjects for the course/faculty?

The links below provide a summary of pre-requisites for the various courses / admission requirements at the local universities (NUS, NTU, SMU & SUTD)

NUS's Courses Pre-requisites

NTU's Courses Pre-requisites

SMU's Courses Pre-requisites

SUTD's Admission Requirements

* Students considering an overseas education may use the local university pre-requisites as a guide or check the respective overseas universities’ websites for admission information.

Links to the 'indicative grade point' for admission to courses in NUS, NTU and SMU are provided below. Based on 3H2 and 1H1 with GP and PW set at grade C.

Indicative Grade point for NUS
Indicative Grade point for NTU
Indicative Grade point for SMU

Subjects Information & Pre-requisities for 2019 JC 1 Updated Info Sep 2018!

Information on Special Programmes in Hwa Chong Updated Info Sep 2018!

A)    MOE Special Programmes

  •         Humanities Programme (HP)
  •         Language Elective Programme (Chinese) (LEP)
  •         Art Elective Programme (AEP)
  •         Bicultural Studies Programme (Chinese) (BSP)

B)    Hwa Chong Special Programme

  •         Science & Math Talent Programme (SMTP)
  •         Gifted And Talented Education Programme (GATE)

Proposed List of Standard Subject Combinations for 2019 JC 1 Updated Info Sep 2018!

Please note that the list of subject combinations is subjected to change. The list is NOT indicative of subject combinations that would be offered.

During selection, JC 1 students will be given two choices of subject combinations from the standard list. Students can also put in a choice for an Odd Subject Combination (i.e.subject combination not on the standard subject combinations list above). Students are allowed to replace any subject offered in the combinations above with H2 Art or H2 Foreign Language, provided that two conditions are met.

The two conditions are:

1) one of the content subjects is contrasting and;
2) the respective subject requirements / pre-requisites are satisfied.

Note: ALL students are required to take H1 General Paper (GP) and Project Work (PW). H2 Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) is taken in lieu of GP.

Contact Us

For general enquiries with regard to subjects and subject combinations (for 2019 JC 1 (Yr 5)), please email:

For enquiries with regard to Special Programmes, please email:

• Mr Michael White: for Humanities Programme (HP)
• Mr Hong Wee Seng Jeffrey: for Language Elective Programme (LEP)
• Mr Lim Ke Wei Matthew: for Art Elective Programme (AEP)
• Mr Hong Wee Seng Jeffrey: for Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP)
• Mrs Phee-Tan Peh Ling: Or Ms Wang Yitian: for Science and Mathematics Talent Programme (SMTP) and for Gifted And Talented Education Programme (GATE)

For enquiries with regard to specific subjects, please email:

General Paper Mrs Chan-Lim Yin Shin
Project Work Mrs Tan-Moh Tser Ni Eileen
Chinese (CL, CLL, CSC, TRC) Mr Hong Wee Seng Jeffrey
Mathematics Mr Ng Say Tiong
Economics Ms How Lai Yin Deborah
Biology Mrs Foo-Lam Woon Keat
Chemistry Mr Chan Kwong Yee Benjamin
Physics Mr Tang Koon Loon
English Literature Mr Koh P-Chong Noel
Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) Mr Tan Wah Jiam
English Language & Linguistics (ELL) Mdm Madihah Bte Mahmood
Geography Mrs Chua-Ngui Li Young
History Mr Ong Hong Chin Ian
Art Mr Lim Ke Wei Matthew
Computing Ms Goh Keng Wah

 Note: Responses to enquiries in the month of December may be delayed due to the school holidays.


Subjects Offered


The Economics Unit in Hwa Chong comprises a team of dynamic professionals dedicated to the teaching of Economics as a life subject. Economics is not just a collection of facts but a unified approach to thinking about the world. The theory of Economics is an apparatus of the mind or a technique of thinking which helps us make rational decisions. With these requirements in mind, the Economics Unit provides a rigorous course to equip students with the skills necessary for economics awareness and competence. This course imparts both intellectual as well as citizenship training through a well-planned syllabus to promote understanding of the very processes and issues that affect their lives as citizens and students. In addition, Economics Exco was set up to expose students to a range of enriching experiences such as participation in nation-wide competitions, publication of newsletters and trips to overseas to EU and Universities for Summer Programmes. The greatest reward of this course is a better understanding of how the world works.


Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments...
bridging the social sciences with the natural sciences... and puts [the]
understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places
and regions... [Geography] helps us all to be more socially and environmentally
sensitive, informed and responsible citizens...
Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

The approach to Geography teaching and learning in Hwa Chong has evolved through the years due to the changing demands of the syllabus and the growing interest amongst the students in the subject. As Geography is an applied discipline, praticisng geographers should be able to make direct contributions to society. Being highly dynamic, the subject constantly seeks to heighten our awareness of the world. It introduces the processes operative in physical and human geography and draws links to how these are relevant to the current social, economic, political and environmental situation.  Hence, with these attributes in mind, the syllabus seeks to encourage students to:

1. be inspired by the splendour of natural environments and human ingenuity;
2. care for delicate ecosystems and understand the importance of environmentally sustainable lifestyles;
3. develop as global citizens, seek harmony and respect others in a culturally diverse world;
4. contribute responsibly towards the building of a robust and inclusive society; and
5. have the integrity to uphold ethical principles and be resilient in their pursuit for a better world.

These aims are achieved through the study of the main Themes in the H2 Geography syllabus:
Theme 1 : Tropical Environments
Theme 2 : Development, economy and the Environment
Theme 3 : Sustainable Development
Theme 4 : Geographical Investigation

At Hwa Chong, we also aim to develop students with a global perspective, imbued with the spirit of inquiry and empathy which would enable them to respond to on-going changes. Tutors actively integrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills into content learning. They facilitate experiential learning to promote creativity and make Geography come alive. IT is also employed to enhance learning.  These emphases are in line with the Desired Outcomes of Education (DOE). Upon completion of their formal education, Geography students should emerge as a/an:

1. confident person who has a strong sense of right and wrong, is adaptable and resilient, knows himself/herself, is discerning in judgement, thinks independently and critically, and communicates effectively;
2. self-directed learner who questions, reflects, perseveres and takes responsibility for his/her own learning;
3. active contributor who is able to work effectively in teams, is innovative, exercises initiative, takes calculated risks and strives for excellence; and
4. concerned citizen who is rooted to Singapore, has a strong sense of civic responsibility, is informed about Singapore and the world, and takes an active part in bettering the lives of others around him/her.

One key area that has gained prominence is the adoption of fieldwork in the study of Geography. Local field studies and overseas field trips are conducted each year in connection with topics covered during the course.  These are efforts made to address the requirements of the theme on Geographical Investigation.  All students will embark on detailed studies of both physical and human phenomena such as flooding and activities involving transnational corporations. 

The syllabus for H1 and H2 Geography can be found below:

H1 Geography syllabus

H2 Geography syllabus


In an era where national boundaries are fast disappearing in an increasingly globalised world, the need to understand the world around us has become more imperative. Towards this end, one key objective of the History Unit is to foster a keen interest among students in past and current affairs and understanding them with critical depth. Besides nurturing a passion for the subject, the Unit is also committed to developing critical thinking and analytical skills in our students. Students are encouraged to read widely and do independent research.

Under the Hwa Chong Integrated Humanities Framework, Years 1-2 constitute the Exploration phase where students offer both History and Geography. Upon Entering the Development Phase in Years 3-4, students may further develop their passion by offering History either as one of the Integrated Humanities Electives or HP History under the Humanities Programme @ High School. During the Consolidation phase of Years 5-6, students are expected to be independent learners within and outside the classroom. They are exposed to the rigours of the GCE 'A' Level curriculum which demands more in-depth and considered written responses.

In order to pursue our objectives, the Unit provides a myriad of opportunities for our students. Lectures are building blocks for knowledge acquisition while tutorials provide the platform for them to consolidate their knowledge and discuss issues. Students are also given opportunities to hone their examination techniques through term assignments, essay tests and examinations.

Of course, the subject is not just about tomes and the dreaded examinations. A wide spectrum of co-curricular activities is available to students to pursue their passion in the subject. These include the annual model UN Conferences and various competitions organised by local varsities such as the NUS Arts Quiz and NTU Current Affairs Quiz. Attending seminars on various topics of interest also help students stay in touch with the subject in the real world context. Volunteer opportunities in local museums are also open to our students.

In recent years, the Unit has taken students on overseas field trips to places of historical interest and significance. In 2005, students caught a glimpse of life after the fall of the Berlin Wall and end of the Cold War in a trip to Germany and Czech Republic. Last year, students visited the Cold War behemoth, the ex-Soviet Union in a whirlwind tour which took them to Moscow and St. Petersburg. More recently, History students visited the United States on an Integrated Humanities trip and caught a glimpse of what makes the world's remaining superpower tick. This year, we made our way to Vietnam and were marvelled at the strides this communist country has made since the introduction of reforms in the late 1980s and the resilience that Vietnamese people displayed during the Vietnam War.

So, what are you waiting for? Get in here for an exciting journey through time and space.

English Language/General Paper

The goal of the English Language Programme at HCI is to develop independent thinkers who can see the connection between language study and its application to life. A holistic educational approach ensures that students are given the freedom to intellectually grasp these relationships and apply them to authentic tasks.

Adopting a multi-pronged approach, the Hwa Chong H1 General Paper curriculum comprises a broad variety of stimulating modules designed to develop all-round individuals.  A theme-based reading and writing programme is offered at the College level, and the topics covered include the mass media, environment, science and technology, culture and tradition, politics and government, conflicts and violence, and citizenship in Singapore.

Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) is a multi-disciplinary H2 A-Level subject that explores the different fields of knowledge and applies various modes of inquiry to a range of issues and ideas.  The subject aims to develop students' ability to critically evaluate arguments and engage in independent research.  Students can offer KI as a contrasting subject.  As the 4th H2 subject, KI will be offered by students who are academically able to cope with 4 H2 subjects on top of other H1 subjects.  KI is also taken in lieu of General Paper.  In Hwa Chong, we are looking for bright students who are linguistically competent and have an inquiring mind.  KI students are expected to read widely and they must be highly proficient in written English as well as independent learners.

Literature in English aims to develop in students an informed appreciation of literature and a love of reading. Students who read the subject would be equipped with literary skills to understand the nature and methods of literary study and analysis. The Literature in English programme in HCI, entails a rigorous study of the three main literary genres (Poetry, Prose, Drama), in-depth analysis of award-winning literary writers and their works, and an annual enrichment component.

H2 English Language and Linguistics (ELL) exposes students to a range of linguistic concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of the English language, so as to understand the contexts in which the language operates, think about the issues and debates that surround its usage, and respond critically to them. Through the study of the English language, students will develop their competence as users of English. The H2 English Language and Linguistics (ELL) programme at HCI is seminar-styled, and focuses on mastering fundamental linguistic concepts before moving on to using these concepts to explore language issues related to wider societal concerns. Independent reading and essay writing are characteristic of the subject.

Project Work

PW is a learning experience which aims to provide students with the opportunity to synthesise knowledge from various areas of learning, and critically and creatively apply it to real life situations. This process, which enhances students' knowledge and enables them to acquire skills like collaboration, communication and independent learning, prepares them for lifelong learning and the challenges ahead.

In summary, PW teaches students about:

  • thinking
  • research
  • problem-solving
  • public presentation

Chinese Language





At Hwa Chong, the philosophy of art education is to encourage students to develop their creative identity. The Art Elective Programme (AEP) is offered to selected students demonstrating a talent for the Visual Arts and prepares them in art appreciation, theory of art (Theory) and in practice (Studio) over the span of two years.  The course develops students not only for practical aspects of art production but also a theoretical and critical understanding of the context of its making. AEP Students will take H2 Art and H3 Art.

Humanities Programme

As the first institution chosen by the Ministry of Education for the Humanities Scholarship Programme Hwa Chong has established and maintained its position as a leading centre for successful applications to top universities around the world.

Since the Programme’s inception in 1981 more than 300 alumni have graduated from Oxford and Cambridge alone, and in recent years an impressive record of admissions has been built up with the Ivy League institutions of the USA as well.

Undoubtedly, the source of this success lies with the Programme’s tutors who are not only unrivalled in their specialist subject skills but also in the university placement and scholarship advice that they have to offer.


The Hwa Chong Mathematics Department sees the subject as an excellent means for the development of an individual's intellectual ability in logical reasoning, spatial visualisation, and abstract thought. It is our belief that a strong foundation in Mathematics is crucial to the development of not only a highly skilled but scientifically- and technologically- competent workforce that can meet the challenges of the 21st century. From Years 1 to 4, we focus on developing students’ critical and creative skills and their ability to communicate and reason mathematically, through the use of an inquiry based approach with ICT infusion. We also foster a conducive environment that provides students with opportunities to use Mathematics in solving real-world problems and doing in-depth research in projects. In moving learning beyond the classroom, we hope to instill in students the spirit of continual and inquiry learning and an appreciation of the beauty and value of mathematics.


The Hwa Chong Integrated Programme for Science is implemented across 6 years.  Our integrated framework provides a dynamic learning environment for students with an aptitude and interest in Mathematics and Science.  Special emphasis is placed on the mastery of fundamental knowledge and experimental skills.  Our plan is to further integrate the Mathematics and Science disciplines to foster an appreciation of how they work together and form a whole.

In a tripartite collaboration with A*STAR and NTU, Hwa Chong also offers research electives based on the H3 module to encourage new and independent modes of learning and exploration.  Each JC student is matched with a mentor depending on interest, and engages in collaborative research with leading scientists and researchers working on real-world scientific problems.

The aim of our Science programme is to broaden students' interests in Science by providing a stimulating environment that will enrich their basic Science training.  Besides exposure to major advances in the life sciences and new technologies, students will be trained to think critically and independently.

Computing / Infocomm Studies

H2 Computing is designed with a focus on the disciplinarity of the subject that largely evolves around problem solving and computational thinking. It serves to provide a foundation for further study in computing-related disciplines and fields involving computer technologies and applications.

As a subject in the curriculum, H2 Computing also creates opportunities for students to develop 21st Century competencies through the way students learn. These include focusing on computational thinking, project management skills, and an understanding of the ethical issues associated with the use of information communications technology.

Computing students are expected to participate in computing seminars and learning journeys as part of and an extension of their learning. These aim to provide students with the latest and exciting developments in the Information communications industry and computing fields, and seek to expand students’ learning and imagination about the possibilities in Computing.

Physical Education


The PE & CCA Department aims to empower our young adults for the challenges ahead by providing a holistic education that encompasses health, social and mental wellbeing, engagement in lifelong learning, aesthetic appreciation, civic-mindedness and leadership development through its programs.

Our programs serve to:

  1. Enhance students' learning process and performance;
  2. Inculcate good values to our students through Character, Moral and Citizenship Education.
  3. Inspire the students to reach their full potential during the National School Games, Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation and Celebrations, as well as other Co-Curricular Activities and competitions.
  4. Promote healthy lifestyle and physical activity among students via the Sports For All Program.
  5. Promote Arts appreciation among students via the Arts For All Program.
  6. Inculcate the Olympic values of Friendship, Respect, and Excellence in all students.


a)                  PE Programs

Students will be furnished with the knowledge and skills in fitness management, sports and games, and health management. These are achieved via activities like dance, badminton, basketball, floorball, golf, handball, netball, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and outdoor education etc. Students will be able to apply the skills they learnt when participating in various intra-school sports events.

b)                  Leadership and enrichment courses

The CCA committee will plan and organise various CCA leaders training program and enrichment courses  to equip our students with relevant skills to be effective and resilient leaders.

c)                  Intra school tournaments

The PE & CCA Department seeks to provide all students with the opportunity to compete and excel in sports. Events such as Track and Field Meet, Sports Education Program, and the Festival of Sports (FOS) are held annually to meet the objectives of promoting healthy lifestyle activities and enhancing our  Hwa Chong family spirit.

Literature in English

With our seamless 6-year Integrated Programme, the Literature course in Hwa Chong covers 3 major phases: the Sec 1 & 2 Exploration phase; Sec 3 & 4 Development phase, and the JC1 & 2 Consolidation phase.  In each phase, students are exposed to a wide variety of texts, genre exposition, and diverse methodologies.

Adopting a differentiated approach to learning that goes beyond the classroom, the course provides students with opportunities to experience Literature through activities like symposiums, debates, mock conferences, field studies, project work, independent study and drama.  Such activities not only expand students' horizons, but also help them look at issues from a broader perspective, apply knowledge, and contest the arbitrary divisions that separate subjects.


H3 Programmes

The revised JC curriculum introduces a set of subjects at H3 level to target the top 10% to 15% of the GCE A-level cohort of students each year who have the exceptional interest and ability in a particular subject. The intention is to further stretch these students to achieve peaks of excellence within the context of a broad-based education. It also allows students to engage in different forms of learning and research work.

Thus, H3 subjects should be offered by students who are academically able to cope with additional subject(s) on top of their minimum subject requirement. The approach of H3 subjects is one in which it is an extension of what is covered in H2 subject but in a more specialised area where students will be stretched further with substantial deep learning.


1. The maximum number of H3 subjects allowed is TWO.
2. The total number of academic units offered by students (inclusive of H3 subjects) cannot exceed 12.

Students can apply for H3 subjects offered by

a.  University-taught H3 programmes (NUS and NTU)
b.  Extended, in-depth research (SRP, NRP, NTU-A*STAR-HCI and HSSR)
c.  MOE-UCLES H3, taught in-house in Hwa Chong Institution (HCI)


All applicants for the University-Taught H3 Modules MUST complete this Google survey that is compulsory for all HCI students:

1. NUS H3 Programmes

NUS H3 modules are taught by NUS lecturers. These are regular NUS modules which are pitched at undergraduate year 1 level. H3 students will be equally treated vis a vis all regular undergraduates in all assessment and in the marking (raw scores) of the assessment. Lessons are held in Semester 1 (for JC2 H3 students) at NUS and examinations are held at the end of the semester.

Period: January to May 2019 (Exam: late April to early May)

Application starts from 01 October 2018 to 26 October 2018 (noon). Selection is done by NUS and successful applicants will be notified by Friday 9 November 2018.

Selection is based on good JC1 overall results, at least 'B' grade in the respective H2 subjects.

No NUS Module Title NUS Course Code Subject Code Faculty Associated H2
1 Geopolitics:
War & Peace
GEK1022 U501 Arts & Soc Sci (FASS) History or Geography
2 Introduction to Modern Physics PC1144 U301 Science (FOS) Physics
Cannot be offered with NTU H3 Semiconductor Physics & Devices

Please access the following:

NUS 2018 H3 Programme Synopses

Details of 2018 NUS H3 Timetable and Test/Exam Schedule

Application Procedures for NUS H3 modules
For more detailed course information such as the course syllabus, mode(s) of assessment, recommended text and readings, we encourage students to check out the University’s Integrated Virtual Learning Environment (IVLE). This is a web-based learning platform which our NUS students are using.

Please apply for admission via the Online Non-graduating Students Application System. Submission of hardcopy documents and referee letters to NUS will no longer be required. Students are reminded to upload the necessary documents in their online applications in order for their application to be considered complete. 

2. NTU-Higher 3 (H3) Taught Modules

NTU H3 Taught Modules are by NTU lecturers and customised for JC students who have a keen interest in Molecular Biology and Semiconductor Physics & Devices. Assessment in these two modules are different from the undergraduate modules. Lessons are conducted at the hosting JC, Hwa Chong Institution and examinations are held at the end of the semester 1.

Period: January to May 2019 (Exam: May)

The application period for all NTU-H3 Taught Modules for 2019 will open on Monday, 1 October 2018 and will close on Friday, 26 October 2018 (2359h).

All applications for NTU-H3 Taught Modules will be via NTU’s e-application portal. Details of the application system is as appended. Selection is done by NTU and successful applicants will be notified on Friday 9 November 2018 through the JCs. It is based on good JC1 overall results with at least 'B' grade in the relevant H2 subjects.

No NTU H3 Module Title Subject Code Hosting School Associated H2


Molecular Biology


T101 HCI Biology
2 Semiconductor Physics & Devices T302 HCI




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3. SMU H3 Game Theory Module

This course provides an introduction to Game Theory. Game theory deals with decisions of conflict and cooperation between equally intelligent individuals. In such a context each party needs to take into account the decision that the other will take, before choosing the best plan of action.

Period: January to April 2019 (Exam: 27 April 2019)

The SMU Game Theory application period will open on Monday, 1 October 2018 and close on Thursday, 25 October 2018. Please note that HCI’s internal deadline is Wednesday 24 October 2018, 10am @ College Reception.

Please access the following :

(B) H3 Research Programme

The following table shows the various modules offered for H3 research programme by NUS and NTU.

No Title Subject Code Faculty/Labs Period of course Associated H2 subjects
1 NUS-MOE Science Research Programme (NUS-MOE SRP) U001 FOS Starts in JC1 Term 2 (March) and expect to complete research by JC2 Term 2 (April) Math & Science subject(s)
2 NUS-MOE Humanities  and Social Sciences Research (NUS-MOE HSSR) U601 FASS Jan – May in JC2 (Requires an approximate 120 hours of independent research) Chinese Language and Literature, Economics, Geography, History, Literature in English, and Malay Language and Literature
3 NTU-A*STAR-HCI H3 Science Research Programme T050 A*STAR Labs Starts in JC1 Term 2 (March) and expect to complete research by JC2 Term 1 (April) Science subject(s) and Math
4 NTU-MOE Nanyang Research Programme (NTU-MOE NRP) T001 NTU labs Starts in JC1 Term 2 (March) and expect to complete research by JC2 Term 2 (April) Science subject(s) and Math

(C) MOE-UCLES H3 Subjects

These subjects are developed by MOE in collaboration with the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES), taught by HCI lecturers and examined by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), UK. Students will sit for a written examination that includes the GCE A-level subject papers in the year-end written examination at the end of JC2. For students who are required to submit independent research essays, the final submission to SEAB is in early Term 4, 2019.

Online application (via ISP) starts on Monday 22 October 2018 to Friday 26 October 2018. Selection is done by HCI H3 Selection Committee and the eligibility list of students will be released via ISP by Friday 9 November 2018 (12pm onwards).

GCE A-Level Syllabuses Examined in 2019: H3 Subjects (MOE-Cambridge)

Note: All H3 lessons start in 2019 Term 1 Week 2 (from Monday 7 Jan 2019). However the following H3 subjects that may have lessons from 13 Nov to 16 Nov and they are H3 Biology, H3 Chemistry, H3 Physics, H3 Economics and H3 Mathematics. You will be informed through the subject coordinators.


H3 subject

Subject Code

Associated MOE-Cambridge
H2 Subject


Literature in English


Literature in English

































10 Chinese Language & Literature 9901

Chinese Language & Literature

Selection Criteria for MOE-UCLES H3 Subjects

a. Mean Subject Grade (MSG) 2.6 or better for content based subjects

MSG is calculated for all H1, H2 content based subjects after C1 Overall Results are released. Annex shows the scoring points system and the formula used in computing the MSG. This criterion ensures that only students of the right calibre are selected. Prospective H3 students must be able to cope well in all subjects that are offered.

b. Within top 15 percentile ranking for the intended subject at H2 level


Listed in the table below are the recommended number of H3 subjects that can be offered for the various subject combinations taken by JC2 students. The intent is to ensure that students are given ample time and space to pursue their interest and passion in one or more H3 subjects while developing themselves holistically in non-academic areas.

Subject Combinations Recommended no. of H3 offered
3 H2, 1 H1 Up to 2 H3
4 H2 (no KI) Up to 1 H3
Up to 2 H3 for H2 CLL students
4 H2 (with KI) Up to 2 H3
4 H2 (with KI), 1 H1 Up to 1 H3

Students can appeal to read an MOE-Cambridge H3 subject if they do not meet the selection criteria. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by HCI H3 Selection Committee. The student eligibility list for MOE-Cambridge H3 will be released on Monday 22 Oct 2018, 2pm via ISP. Students who are not eligible can make an appeal by submitting the appeal form through ISP from Monday 22 Oct 2018, 2pm to Friday 26 Oct 2018, 12 noon.


(A) Mean Subject Grade

The grades of H1 and H2 subjects are assigned an equivalent point according to the table below:

H1/H2 Grade Equivalent Points
A 1
B 2
C 3
D 4
E 5
S 6

(B) Computation of Points

Mean Subject Grade is calculated based on the following formula:

2 (Sum of all H2 grades) + (Sum of all H1 content-based subject grades)
                       2(No. of H2 subjects) + (No. of H1 content subjects)


Student A takes 3 H2 and 1 H1 subjects.




















MSG = 2(1+ 2+ 3) + 4 = 2.29
                  2(3) + 1

Student B takes 4 H2 subjects.




















MSG = (1+ 2+ 3+ 4) / 4 = 2.5.

The revised JC curriculum introduces a set of subjects at H3 level to target for the top 10 – 15% of the 'A' level cohort who has the exceptional interest and ability in a particular subject. The intention is to further stretch these students to achieve peaks of excellence within the context of a broad-based education. It also allows students to engage in different forms of learning and research work.

Thus, H3 should be offered by students who are academically able to cope with additional subject(s) on top of their minimum subject requirement. The approach of H3 is one in which it is an extension of what is covered in H2 subject but in a more specialised area.


The maximum number of H3 subjects allowed is 2, and the total number of academic units offered by students (inclusive of H3 subjects) cannot exceed 12.


Assessment & Promotion Criteria

Assessment Structures

The table below shows the weighting and period of assessment:

Assessment weighting of JC1 


Type of assessment

Continual Assessment

Block Test

Promotional Examination







Term 3 Week 1

Term 4 Week 3-4


Assessment weighting of JC2 


Type of assessment

Block Test

Preliminary Examination


BT1 - 10;

BT2 - 10%



BT1 -- Term 1 Week 10 & Term 2 Week 1;
BT2 – Term 3 Weeks 1 & 2

Term 3 Weeks 9 & 10 to
Term 4 Week 1


Grading scheme
Grade Scheme for H1 and H2 content- based subjects


Achievement Grades

Mark Range



70 - 100



60 - 69

Very Good


55 - 59



50 - 54



45 - 49



40 - 44

Sub - pass


0 - 39



Grade Scheme for H3 subjects


Achievement Grades

Mark Range



70 - 100



55 - 69



45 - 54



0 - 44




There are 2 main methods of reporting student progress to parents:

  1. Through progress report in end March, mid year (both JC 1 and 2) and at the end of the school year (for JC1). Aformal transcript for JC2 students will be issued after the school's Preliminary examination in October.
  1. Through Parent' teacher meeting.

Reporting Timetable is as follows:



Types of Report


Progress Report for JC1 and JC2

End July

Mid Year Report for JC1 and JC2


Prelim Exam Report for JC2

Early Nov

Overall Report for JC1

April, July and Nov student reports are forwarded to parents/guardians by post but the Prelim Exam Report for JC2 will be handed to the student on the last day of school.

Absence from assessments
All students who miss any major internal examinations must be covered by a medical certificate (MC) or be given exemption by DP / Studies with valid reason(s) (EX/VR).

Exemption from Block Tests/ Examinations

The following reasons may be considered valid for exemption.




(i) Competition and Performance

(National & International Level)

Teacher-in-charge must apply on behalf of students.  The application form for exemption must be submitted to College Exams Committee for approval 2 weeks before the commencement of Block Test or examinations.

(ii) Medical Grounds

Students must submit their medical certificates (MC) to their Civics Tutors immediately upon return to college.

(iii) Compassionate Grounds

(e.g. death of NOK)

Students should inform their Civics Tutors as soon as possible and submit the relevant documents upon return to college.


Students who are absent from Block tests with valid reasons are required to attempt the paper as an exercise and submit to teachers for grading. The marks will not be counted towards the final grade.

Students who absent without a valid reason will be given zero mark for that paper followed by disciplinary actions.

Promotional Criteria for JC1

Students will be promoted to JC 2 if they meet the following minimum criteria based on the Overall JC1 results:-

  • Two H2 pass (E-grade)


  • One H2 pass (E-grade) and two H2 sub-pass (S-grade)


(i)  A H1 content subject pass (A to E grade) is equivalent to a H2 sub-pass (S-grade)

(ii) A General Paper pass (A to E grade) is also equivalent to a H2 sub-pass (S-grade)



Criteria to continue taking the expanded curriculum 
(i.e. more than 3 H2 and 1 H1 subjects [10 academic units])

Students are allowed to offer the expanded curriculum in JC 2 provided the following minimum criteria, based on the overall JC1 results, are met. Otherwise, they will have to abide by the corresponding actions recommended.  



No Curriculum taken in JC 1 Minimum criteria Action recommended if criteria are not met Recommended curriculum in JC 2
1 4 H2 + 1 H1 (12 units) Pass in three H2 subjects and at least a sub-pass in the 4th H2 subject.          (3 E + 1 S) Drop one non-contrasting subject. 4 H2 (11 units) or                           3 H2 + 1 H1          (10 units)
2 4 H2             (11 units) Down-grade one H2 subject to H1 3 H2 + 1 H1           (10 units)