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Preparatory Course for Singapore–Cambridge General Certification (Ordinary Level) Examination

Preparatory Course for Singapore–Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination

General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE’O’ level) is a standard UK qualification usually taken at the age of fifteen or sixteen. An ‘O’ Level provides a foundation for further study or employment. They are available in a wide range of subjects covering the whole curriculum. Within the subject areas which are generally available, there is often a choice of several syllabuses. You can take any number of ‘O’ Level subjects, depending on the qualifications that the chosen higher institution asks for.

The Ministry of Education, Singapore and the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) are the joint examining authorities for the Singapore – Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level examination.

The Objective of the course is to enable the students to acquire the academic knowledge and skills of the subjects offered i.e. English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Principles of Accounts etc., so that students are:

Prepared to take the General Certificate of Education Ordinary level examination given by Singapore Education and Assessment Board in Collaboration with the Cambridge International Examination in October
Able to pursue their Higher education in Singapore by qualifying for the entry requirements in 5 Polytechnics in Singapore, Junior Colleges, and to any private Institutions in Singapore offering various diploma and degree courses.
Refer to the link: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admission/jae/files/jae-info.pdf

Course Outline

The Preparatory Course for Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Ordinary’ Level Examination program follows the curriculum stipulated by the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB). Please refer to SEAB’s website at www.seab.gov.sg for more details

Students will take 5 GCE ‘O’ Level subjects as follows:

Compulsory Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics (E-Maths)

Elective Subjects (Minimum of 3)

  • Additional Mathematics (A-Maths)
  • Physics
  • Principles of Accounts
  • Geography

Module Synopsis / Objectives

Compulsory Subjects

English

Objectives

At the end of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Speak and write using correct grammar at word, sentence and text
  2. Levels using a wide range of vocabulary with suitable register and tone
  3. Show clear organization of development of ideas in their spoken and written texts
  4. Identify main ideas and details in spoken texts as well as take notes
  5. Understand visual and written text genres at literal, inferential and evaluative levels and evaluate their use of language for purpose and impact
  6. Speak and write appropriately in response to written, spoken and visual texts
  7. Speak and read aloud clearly using correct pronunciation, pace, tone and stress

Elementary Mathematics (E-Maths)

Objectives

At the end of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Understand and apply mathematical concepts and skills in various contexts
  2. Formulate and solve problems by data organization and analysis, application of appropriate solution techniques and interpretation of mathematical results
  3. Use mathematical explanations and arguments to make inferences and solve higher order thinking problems

Elective Subjects

Additional Mathematics (A-Maths)

Objectives

At the end of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Understand and apply mathematical concepts and skills in various contexts
  2. Formulate and solve problems by information analysis, data organization and analysis, application of appropriate solution techniques and interpretation of mathematical results
  3. Solve higher order thinking problems and make inferences
  4. Reason and communicate mathematically by writing mathematical explanation, arguments and proofs

Physics

Objectives

At the end of this course, the students should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific phenomena, definitions and theories; scientific vocabulary related to physics with its particular terminology & conventions;  scientific instruments & apparatus; and scientific applications with their implications on society, economy &environment
  • select, organise and present information in written, symbolic, graphical and numerical forms as well as manipulate, and translate the information from one form to another
  • identify patterns, report trends and draw inferences
  • present reasoned explanations for phenomena, patterns and relationships
  • make predictions and hypotheses to solve problems
  • follow instructions in order to conduct an experiment as well as use the appropriate techniques & apparatus; make observations; interpret/evaluate results; evaluate experimental methods and suggest improvements; plan their own investigations

Principles of Accounts

Objectives

At the end of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Know and understand the general accounting environment; accounting theories; the accounting information system and its methodology; and the basic forms and practices of business entities
    apply the double entry system of recording business transactions,
    organise accounting information into ledgers and financial statements
  2. Analyse and interpret financial statements including the effects of accounting transactions on them
    evaluate businesses for their profitability, liquidity and inventory management
  3. Develop values and attitudes of integrity, objectivity and social responsibility in the context of accounting

Geography

Objectives

At the end of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate relevant factual knowledge (geographical facts, concepts, processes, interactions and trends)
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of relevant fieldwork techniques – identification of geographical question, sequence of fieldwork inquiry, primary and secondary data collection methods
  3. Select, organise and apply concepts, terms and facts learnt
  4. Make judgments, recommendations and decisions
  5. Evaluate data collection methods and suggest improvements
  6. Comprehend and extract relevant information from geographical data (numerical, diagrammatic, pictorial and graphical forms)
  7. Use and apply geographical knowledge to interpret geographical data
  8. Recognise patterns in geographical data and deduce relationships
  9. Compare and contrast different views
  10. Present geographical data in an appropriate form and in an effective manner
  11. Draw conclusions based on a reasoned consideration of evidence
  12. Evaluate the validity and limitations of fieldwork evidence and of the conclusions reached

Please refer to SEAB’s website at www.seab.gov.sg for more details.

Scope of Study

Secondary 3 and Secondary 4 subjects

Delivery Mode

Lectures, tutorials, discussions, interactive lessons, games, practical, etc.

Commencement Dates / Intakes

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Coleman College reserves the right to cancel a class/an intake if the minimum number of students enrolled is less than 10 students for any programme per class. Students may enroll into a later intake, if any, or withdraw from course. (For refund, please refer to our Refund Policy)

Course Duration

The course duration is 10 months of institutional training. Maximum allowable period to complete the course is subject to MOE regulation.

Class Period

Monday to Friday

English 25 contact hours per week;
E-Maths 5 – 4.5 contact hours per week;
A-Maths 5 – 4.5 contact hours per week;
Combined Science 5 – 6.0 contact hours per week;
Principles of Accounts 0 – 5.0 contact hours per week;
Geography 75 – 4.5 contact hours per week
Total 29.5 – 31.5 contact hours per week

Course Fees

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Payment Mode

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Assessments

March : Registration for ‘O’ Level examinations

May : Chinese written examination

June/July : Chinese listening comprehension and oral examinations

August : English listening comprehension and oral examinations

October/November : Written examinations for all subjects (except Chinese)

Note

* Student must be at least 15 years old as at 1st January of the examination year.

* Students (both international and local) must achieve an attendance rate of 80% and above in order to qualify for examinations.

Please log on to www.seab.gov.sg for updated information.

Assessment Methods

External ‘O’ Level examinations comprising:

Oral
Written examination
Practical examination for Science subjects

Assessment Grading Criteria

Marks Grade

75 & Above A1

70 – 74 A2

65 – 69 B3

60 – 64 B4

55 – 59 C5

50 – 54 C6

45 – 49 D7

40 – 44 E8

below F9

Expected Examination Results Release Date

January/February of the year after ‘O’ Level examination

Qualification Award

Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (Awarded by Ministry of Education, Singapore and University of Cambridge International Examinations)

Graduation Requirements

To be issued a certificate, students must pass at least one (1) subject at credit level.

Teacher Qualifications

The Council for Private Education (CPE) is duly notified of all the teachers in Coleman College. All teachers have the required qualifications. Please refer to Our Teachers list in the website for more details.

Average Teacher-Student Ratio is 1:40

Please note that the maximum number of students in the classroom is subjected to the maximum allowable seating capacity

Progression Pathway

Students who qualify for the L1 R4 grade requirement of the 5 Polytechnics in Singapore may able to apply for the desired course.

Age: At least 15 years old
Academic: Completed Sec 3 education in Singapore Government School or 9 years of formal education or equivalent
English Proficiency: Passed Coleman Language Competency Assessment at Intermediate Level or IELTS 4 or equivalent

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