Education System

Education System SINGAPORE


The school system in Singapore starts with early childhood education is offered by many nursery schools and centers for children from 3-6 years. A structured 3-year program is offered to prepare children for the next primary education. However, it is not compulsory for children to complete the pre-school education before entering primary schools. The program generally includes programs in English and a second language (usually the mother tongue). Activities that focus on verbal and verbal skills, social skills; and other games, music, and outdoor games are also a part of the pre-enrollment.
The system includes 12 years of primary and secondary education, which is necessary to get admission in graduate college, university, or for all vocational and technical schools. It is not mandatory to complete the 12 years of primary education in the United States. Therefore foreign students are also welcomed higher education in the United States.

Primary education

The next step is 6 years of compulsory primary education. Even children who are not completed or attended pre-school education are admitted to schools from the age of 6. This six-year primary school was divided into two parts: four years of basic step (primary 1 to 4) and two years of the orienting step (primary 5-6). The core curriculum for the foundation phase includes English, the mother tongue and mathematics, as well as additional topics such as music, art and crafts, physical education and social studies. Science is included from Primary 3. At the end of the sixth and final year of primary school, pupils must sit at primary school leaving examination (PSLE) will decide if a student is ready to leave primary school.

Students in the normal flow can either opt for four academic years or technical stream leading Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education “Normal” level exam, which will help to clarify get students to grade 5 and GCE “O” review level. The subjects of secondary education include English, the mother tongue, mathematics, science and social studies as core subjects. At the 3rd year of secondary education, students can opt for the optional subjects of their choice according to the stream they are.

Secondary Education

It is, after success of PSLE ​​students are allowed admission in secondary school education 4 to 5 years. It is the score in PSLE ​​will decide which stream of secondary education, students join: Special & Express, or Normal. Special feeds and Express are 4 years and prepare students for Certificate Singapore-Cambridge General Education Level Examination “ordinary” (GCE “O”).

Pre-university education

2-3 years of pre-university education, 2 years through junior college or 3 years through a centralized institute for three years, is a must for a student who wants to pursue a university degree. Students were able to eliminate up to GCE “O” exam are eligible to take pre-university education. And at the end of the course, students are asked to serve on Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Advanced’ (GCE “A”). Languages, humanities and arts, mathematics and science are to the subjects.

Grading System

Most Singapore schools follow a grading system that is assigned to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE examination “O” Level, with A1 being the highest F9 and being the lowest.
A1 / A2 (Distinction)
B3 / B4 (Merit)
C5 / C6 (Credit / Pass)
D7 (passing a level below the examination or failed)
E8 / F9 (Fail)

Higher Education

It was after the success of 2-3 years of pre-university education and passing the GCE “O” level examination for admission to universities in Singapore, for undergraduate courses is permitted. International students who have a qualification equivalent to upper secondary education may apply for the course. Studies of Singapore to higher education were further divided into three parts

Undergraduate courses

The undergraduate (bachelor’s) in Singapore are of 3-4 years, depending on the type of course and require passing certificate CGE “O” level examination Singapore or equivalent qualification from a foreign country to be qualify for admission to a university.

Graduate Courses

The graduate courses (master) in Singapore are of 1-2 years, depending on the type of course and the student’s demand to hold a degree in either Singapore universities or equivalent qualification of a country abroad a bachelor’s degree to be admitted to the master classes.


Doctorates are the highest level educational qualification awarded by universities in Singapore. These degrees are of 3-4 years duration with a focus on research on the subject (s) studied at the graduate level. Admission to doctoral programs requires that students with a master’s degree level for an appropriate period.

English Language Requirements For Studying In Singapore Universities Is

  • IELTS 5.5–6.5 for foundation courses
  • IELTS 6.0–7.0 for bachelor’s courses
  • IELTS 6.5–7.5 for postgraduates

Do I Need A Student Visa To Study In Singapore?

A foreign student must apply for a Student Pass if it has been accepted by an educational institution to pursue full-time studies in Singapore.

Upon receipt of the school’s acceptance letter is valid for two weeks, the applicant shall proceed to the Authority of the Immigration & Checkpoints (ICA) to apply for Student Pass. For applicants who require a visa to enter Singapore, please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is submitted to the ICA at least 2 months and not more than 6 months before the start date course.