Tanglin is unique amongst international schools in Singapore in offering either A Levels or the International Baccaulareate (IB) in Sixth Form, both of which yield consistently outstanding academic results to complement our excellent results at (I)GCSE. We believe the choice of pathway at Sixth Form gives rise to a richer, more diverse education for everyone and we take great care to ensure that students and parents understand the difference between the two courses.
In summary, A Levels facilitate intensive, specialist study of three or four subjects. A Level students must take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The IB offers a broad, balanced programme of study across six subjects; three at higher level, three at standard level. IB students write an Extended Essay (EE) and follow a critical thinking course called Theory of Knowledge (TOK). Regardless of whether they are taking A Levels or the IB, all students must participate in the school's Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme.
Our aim is to get the right students on the right courses from day one of Sixth Form and comprehensive guidance is in place to help students and their families make the right decision about which pathway to follow. Input from a range of people, including subject teachers, the tutor, academic mentor, designated University Guidance Counsellor, Head of Year, IB Co-ordinator, Head of Sixth Form and current Sixth Form students helps families make an informed decision.
Click on the images below to see detailed information about A Levels, the IB Diploma, aspects of our core curriculum in Sixth Form and some FAQs about how to decide the best pathway.
A Levels facilitate intensive, specialist study of three or four subjects
More than simply a qualification, the IB provides a distinctive educational experience for students.
All Sixth Form students must follow a core course. Find out more by clicking here.
Click here to find out more about how to make the right decision about whether to study A Levels or IB.