School Placement

Primary School Placement
Age Criteria for Admission of International Students

The following age ranges are for new international students seeking admission and former international students seeking re-admission into schools.

Level Permissible Age Range(as at 1st January of Year of Admission)
Primary 1 6 to 8+
Primary 2 7 to 9+
Primary 3 8 to 10+
Primary 4 9 to 11+
Primary 5 10 to 12+
Primary 6 11 to 13+
This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations i.e. Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) held towards the end of the year*

 

What you should know about Primary School:

  • A child in Singapore undergoes six years of primary education, comprising a four-year foundation stage from Primary 1 to 4 and a two-year orientation stage from Primary 5 to 6.
  • At the foundation stage, the core curriculum comprising English, the Mother Tongue and Mathematics are taught, with supplementary subjects such as Music, Art & Craft, Physical Education and Social Studies. Science is included from Primary 3. To maximise their potential, students are streamed according to their learning ability before advancing to the orientation stage. At the end of Primary 6, students sit for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).

No direct admission is allowed to PRI 6 level as the student will not have sufficient preparation time for the Primary School Leaving Examination held towards the end of the year.

 

 

Secondary School Placement
Age Criteria for Admission of International Students

The following age ranges are for new international students seeking admission and former international students seeking re-admission into schools.

Level Permissible Age Range(as at 1st January of Year of Admission)
Secondary 1 12 to 14+
Secondary 2 13 to 15+
Secondary 3 14 to 16+
Secondary 4 15 to 17+


This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations which is the GCE ‘N’ or GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations held towards the end of the year*.

Secondary 5 16 to 18+


This is a critical level where students sit for the major examinations which is the GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations held towards the end of the year*.

 

What you should know about Primary School:

  • Secondary schools in Singapore can be government funded, government aided or independent. Students attend four of five years of secondary education under the Special, Express, Normal course. The Special and Express courses prepare the students for the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Ordinary’ (GCE ‘O’) Level examination in four years. Student in the Normal course can opt for the Academic or Technical stream, both of which prepare students for the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education ‘Normal’ (GCE ‘N’) Level examination after 4 years of study and upon satisfactory completion, the GCE ‘O’ Level examination in the 5th year
  • Secondary education curriculum includes English, the Mother Tongue, Mathematics, Sciencea and the Humanities. At Secondary 3, students can opt electives of their choice, depending on whether they are in the Arts, Science, Commerce or Technical stream.
  • Singapore’s secondary school curriculum is recognised worldwide for its ability to develop students with critical thinking and intellectual skills. Foreign students are accepted at secondary schools subject to availability of vacancies.
  •  No direct admission is allowed to SEC 4 level as the student will not have sufficient preparation time for the CGE ‘O’ and GCE ‘N’ examinations held towards the end of the year.

 

 

Polytechnic School Placement
Polytechnics were established in Singapore to offer students practice-oriented studies at the diploma level. There are currently 5 polytechnics and Building &  Construction diploma in Singapore:

  • Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Republic Polytechnic
  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • Temasek Polytechnic
  • BCA Academy

They offer a wide range of courses such as Engineering, Business Studies, Mass Communication, Design and Info-Communications. Specialised courses such as Optometry, Marine Engineering, Nautical Studies, Nursing, Early Childhood Education and Film are also available for those who wish to forge a specific career path.

 

 

University Placement
There are currently 6 famous universities in Singapore:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Singapore Management University
  • Singapore Institute of Technology
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Singapore Institute of Management

They offer a wide range of courses such as Engineering, Business Studies, Mass Communication, Design and Info-Communications. Specialised courses such as Optometry, Marine Engineering, Nautical Studies, Nursing, Early Childhood Education and Film are also available for those who wish to forge a specific career path.

 

 

Computer / Business School Placement
Diploma Courses, Degree Programs & Post Graduate Programs:

  • Accounting
  • Banking & Finance
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • EMBA, MBA
  • MA in Psychology
  • Doctorate in Business Administration