Hwa Chong Institution – College Academic Programmes

By | February 9, 2017

Hwa Chong Institution – College Academic Programmes

Information for JC1 Students

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.


MOE FAQs on JC curriculum

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. 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 2017 JC 1 (Yr 5) Updated Info!

Information on Special Programmes in Hwa Chong Updated Info!

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 2017 JC 1 (Yr 5) Updated Info!
Please note that the list of subject combinations below is subject 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 choose their preferred subject combination which may differ from the list below.  Students are allowed to replace any subject offered in the combinations below 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: In addition to taking the above subjects, ALL students are required to take H1 General Paper (GP) and Project Work (PW). H2 Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) is taken in lieu of GP.

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.

Visit the website for more information.


The approach to Geography teaching and learning in Hwa Chong, whether in the Mainstream or under the Humanities Scheme, has all along been actively field-oriented. This is in line with the syllabus and examination requirements as well as to bring home the practical relevance of the discipline to students. Local field studies and overseas field trips are conducted each year in connection with topics covered during the course. Currently, the Geography students and staff are embarking on intense application of the College multimedia facilities, both for classroom teaching and interactive learning, as well as project work, newsletter publication and web page maintenance.

Visit their website for more information.


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.

Visit their website for more information.

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. The core modules cover all the key components of language and literary skills that students must master to function effectively in the social dimension spelled out in the school mission. In addition, there are special non-compulsory electives to challenge the more able students. Where the core elements embody the rigour and breadth of the skills, knowledge and concepts that students need to know, the electives are intended to offer students the opportunity to go in-depth into specific areas of the English Language and Literature curricula.

Adopting a multi-pronged approach, the Hwa Chong General Paper curriculum comprises a broad variety of stimulating modules designed to develop all-round individuals.  A theme-based reading and writing programme offered at the College level, the topics covered include the mass media, environment, science and technology, culture and tradition, religion, crime and punishment 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.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

English Department Wiki (High School)
English Department Wiki (College)

Chinese Language

Please view the following websites for more information:

Chinese Faculty Homepage (High School)
Chinese Faculty Homepage (College)


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.

Visit their website for more information

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.

Visit their website for more information:

Humanities Programme (High School)


Please view the following wikis for more information:

Mathematics Department Wiki (High School)

Mathematics Department Wiki (College)


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.

Please view the following websites for more information:

Science Department Wiki (High School)
Science Department Wiki (College)


Computing / Infocomm Studies

Visit their wikis for more information:

Infocomm Studies Unit (High School)

Computing Unit (College)

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.

View their website for more information:

Literature Department Wiki (High School)
Literature Department Wiki (College)

H3 Programmes

The revised JC curriculum introduces a set of subjects at H3 level to target for the top 2010 – 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.


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 & HSSR)
c.  MOE developed examinable syllabus (H3 UCLES)


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 campus and examinations are held at the end of each semester.
Selection is based on good JC1 overall results, at least ‘B’ grade in relevant H2 subjects and recommendations by Subject/Civics tutor.

NoNUS Module TitleNUS Course CodeSubject CodeFacultyJan – AprilAssociated H2
War & Peace
GEK1022U501Arts & Soc Sci (FASS)History or Geography
2Modern PhysicsPC1144U301Science (FOS)Physics
Cannot be offered with H3
UCLES Physics or NTU H3 Semiconductor & Devices

Please access the following:

NUS 2017 H3 Programme Synopses

Details of 2017 NUS H3 Timetable and Test/Exam Schedule

Application Procedures for NUS H3 modules 1 to 4
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. You would need to print out the completed online application form and submit it along with the required supporting documents. See attached instructions to guide you in your online application: NUS H3 Modules\NUS H3 Programmes-Instructions for application for H3 CWK students as well as the instructions along with a Word copy of the Academic Referee’s Report Form for you in submitting your application.

2. NTU H3 Programme

NTU H3 Programme is customised for JC students in which the assessment is different from the undergraduate module. Lessons are conducted at hosting JCs and examinations are held at the end of the semester.

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

NoNTU H3 Module TitleSubject CodeVenueAssociated H2

Molecular Biology


Cannot offer NUS H3 Biodiversity or UCLES H3 Proteomics
2Semiconductor & DevicesT302HCI 

Cannot offer with UCLES H3 Physics or NUS H3 Physics


Please access the following via:

(B) H3 Research Programme

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

NoTitleSubject CodeFaculty/LabsPeriod of courseAssociated H2 subjects
1NUS-MOE Science Research Programme (NUS-MOE SRP)U001FOSStarts in JC1 Term 2 (March) and expect to complete research by JC2 Term 2 (April)Math & Science subject(s)
2NUS-MOE Humanities  and Social Sciences Research (NUS-MOE HSSR)U601FASSJan – May in JC2Chinese Language and Literature, Economics, Geography, History, Literature in English, and Malay Language and Literature
3NTU-A*STAR-HCI H3 Science Research ProgrammeT050A*STAR LabsStarts in JC1 Term 2 (March) and expect to complete research by JC2 Term 1 (April)Science subject(s) and Math
4NTU-MOE Nanyang Research Programme (NTU-MOE NRP)T001NTU labsStarts in JC1 Term 2 (March) and expect to complete research by JC2 Term 2 (April)Science subject(s) and Math

Selection criteria for the above mentioned research are available during the launch of each module. Generally, students applying for the programme in a particular subject are expected to achieve a ‘B’ or better in the corresponding subject at H2 level.

Applicants will be selected based on the strength of the teachers’ recommendations and research proposals. Final selection is determined by NUS and MOE. No feedback will be given to students who are not selected, and the decisions of the NUS-MOE HSSR Committee will be final.

(C) MOE developed examinable syllabus


These subjects are taught by HCI lecturers and examined by CIE. Students will sit for a written examination (or independent research essays) with the other ‘A’ level subjects at the end of JC2.

MOE H3 Synopses

NoUCLES H3 SubjectSubject CodeAssociated H2Schedule
1Essentials of Modern Physics9811Physics
Cannot offer with NUS or NTU H3 Physics
JC2 : Mon & Thu, 4 – 6pm
3Pharmaceutical Chemistry9812Chemistry
Cannot offer with NTU H3 Chemistry
JC2 : Tue & Fri, 4 – 6pm
5Chinese Language & Lit9901CL Language & LitJC2 : Fri, 4 – 6pm
6History9807HistoryIndependent research essay
8Art9818ArtInfuse into H2 curriculum
9English Literature9805English LiteratureIndependent research essay
10Music9819MusicIndependent research essay

Selection Criteria for H3 UCLES

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.

Students can appeal for H3 UCLES if they do not meet the selection criteria. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Students who are not eligible can make an appeal by submitting the appeal form through ISP.

We also like to recommend the following subject combinations so that students are given ample time and space to pursue their interest and passion in one or more H3 subjects and/or develop themselves fully in non-academic areas, e.g. leadership development.

Subject CombinationsRecommended no. of H3 offered
3 H2, 1 H1Up 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 H1Up to 1 H3

(A) Mean Subject Grade

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

H1/H2 GradeEquivalent Points

(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.

Assessment & Promotion Criteria

Assessment Structures

The table below shows the weighting and period of assessment:

Assessment weighting of JC1 

Type of assessmentContinual AssessmentBlock TestPromotional Examination
TimeframeongoingTerm 3 Week 1Term 4 Week 3-4

Assessment weighting of JC2 

Type of assessmentBlock TestPreliminary Examination
WeightingBT1 – 10;

BT2 – 10%

TimeframeBT1 — 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 GradesMark RangeRemarks
A70 – 100Excellent
B60 – 69Very Good
C55 – 59Good
D50 – 54Satisfactory
E45 – 49Pass
S40 – 44Sub – pass
U0 – 39Ungraded

Grade Scheme for H3 subjects

Achievement GradesMark RangeRemarks
D70 – 100Distinction
M55 – 69Merit
P45 – 54Pass
U0 – 44Ungraded



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:

MonthTypes of Report
AprilProgress Report for JC1 and JC2
End JulyMid Year Report for JC1 and JC2
OctPrelim Exam Report for JC2
Early NovOverall 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 GroundsStudents 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.

NoCurriculum taken in JC 1Minimum criteriaAction recommended if criteria are not metRecommended curriculum in JC 2
14 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)
24 H2             (11 units)Down-grade one H2 subject to H13 H2 + 1 H1           (10 units)