Education Pathways in Singapore

If you have always wondered what the Singapore Education system looks like, this infographic provides a bird’s eye view of the education landscape. In general, students enter primary schools for 6 years and attain their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results which opens doors to Secondary education. This is where it gets interesting because there are multiple pathways for students

Most students enter mainstream secondary school and enter the express course, normal academic course or the normal technical course. With the GCE “O” level, GCE “N(A)” level and GCE ‘N(T) level certificates, students go on to junior colleges/ centralised institutions (2-3 years) , polytechnics or institutes of technical education post secondary. Students who are more suited for vocational or more practical training can go to specialised schools such as Crest Secondary School, Spectra Secondary School , Northlight school or Assumption pathway school. What is notable is that students who do well would still have the opportunity to chart their pathways and attain tertiary qualifications. 

On the other hand, high performing students can apply for the integrated programme and bypass the GCE ‘O’ levels to go straight to attaining the GCE ‘A’ levels or an IB diploma. This is a 6 year direct programme. Students with specific aptitudes can also apply to specialised independent schools such as the NUS High school, School of the Arts, Singapore Sports school and School of Science and Technology where there are ample opportunities and programmes for them to explore their interests and deepen their understanding in specific areas. Students from NUS High School, School of the Arts and Singapore Sports School graduate with a diploma (IB or others) while  students from the School of Science and Technology would graduate with the GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ level certifications.

Ultimately, there are many paths that can lead to university. If you’d like to learn more about primary school education, you may be interested our article on the primary school system in Singapore. 

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