In the Senior School, we feel that a coherent and challenging curriculum is the key to alignment of mission, learning targets, pedagogy and assessment; as such, we are committed to a process of continually reviewing the curriculum to ensure its relevance. Five skill areas underpin learning in Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) and create alignment with the outcomes and skills required in subsequent years in the school. The general skill areas are research skills, social skills, communication skills, thinking skills and self-management skills. These skills not only reflect our aim to empower students and teachers in a culture that prioritises curiosity, humility and community, but are also the values inherent within the Tanglin Learner Profile attributes.
Whilst the Senior School curriculum encompasses most of the elements of the English National Curriculum, we have developed the curriculum to reflect the needs and circumstances of our students and our international context. The key elements of the curriculum are as follows:
- At Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) the curriculum encompasses core, foundation and additional subjects such as Drama, Classics and PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education)
- At Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11) more than ten I/GCSE subject areas are offered
- At Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) the Sixth Form offers a dual pathway allowing students to select either an A Level or International Baccalaureate Diploma pre-university course.
Click on the images below to find out more about curriculum information in the Senior School (Years 7-11). Information about subject options at GCSE can be found in this GCSE Options booklet.
Art & Design
First class facilities and a well-supported department encourage students to achieve ambitious outcomes.
At Tanglin, we believe that anyone can dance and that everybody should have the opportunity to do so.
At Tanglin, we recognise that drama is a collaborative art form that brings together a wide range of experiences and skills, drawing strength from both rich tradition and stimulating innovation.
Central to our educational approach to the teaching of film is the notion that creative thinkers and dynamic communicators should be able to decode the social and cultural messages and values which are embedded in all media texts.
Our curriculum provides opportunities for students of all ages and ability levels to fulfil their musical potential through challenging and engaging activities.
Students enter the English classroom at Tanglin full of anticipation and exit exhilarated by their learning experience.
Philosophy and Religious Studies
The critical thinking skills, ethical understandings and cognitive development nurtured by these subjects are increasingly being recognised as core competencies all students should have.
Our highly qualified and experienced teaching team share a passion for Psychology and through a variety of engaging, interactive and dynamic teaching strategies.
We aim to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge required for entering the world of work.
Our courses teach the capacity to analyse the world using the framework of economic theories and to develop reasoned and balanced responses to complex situations.
Students are challenged to develop their independent research skills and to recognise Geography’s strong links with the world beyond the classroom.
The world around us is going through unparalleled change and yet for all the evolution, development and technology, very little we see is without precedent.
During Politics courses, students get in contact with the world around them and are challenged by their own thoughts and those of others.
Classics is a fascinating and diverse subject, which encourages mental versatility and opens up a wealth of opportunities for intellectual exploration.
Modern Foreign Languages
We strive to prepare our students for the linguistic challenges of the 21st Century by offering a dynamic and rigorous curriculum.
We focus upon enabling students to understand the principles behind the technology they use so that they are not only confident end users and consumers of ICT but are digital authors of software and systems.
Our teaching is geared towards enabling each student to develop to their full potential, acquiring the skills and understanding required for later life, but also an enthusiasm and fascination for maths itself.
We aim for our students to be scientifically literate citizens who will move through life equipped to make informed judgments on social, ethical, environmental and health-related issues.
Biology is the science of life and in recent years has become the subject of choice for any student who wants to be at the cutting edge of 21st Century technological advances.
Chemistry is the science of matter and its interactions, encompassing everything from anticancer drugs to baking cakes.
Environmental Systems and Societies
The ESS course provides students with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and the societies within them.
To want to understand the workings of the universe is a uniquely human desire and Physics opens up this world of understanding.
Our curriculum gives students the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities and develop the skills, qualities and interests that we hope will lead to a long lasting, active and healthy lifestyle.
Our Global Awareness and Perspectives curriculum is a unique course designed specifically for Tanglin students in Years 10 and 11, and complements PSHCE lessons.
Our PSHCE curriculum has been designed to equip young people with the knowledge and skills to live positive, happy, well informed, healthy and responsible lives.