Tanglin is unique amongst international schools in Singapore in offering both A Levels and 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 a dual 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, usually, 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, which must include a language and a science. IB students write an Extended Essay (EE) and follow a critical thinking course called Theory of Knowledge (TOK). Regardless of the whether they are taking A Levels or the IB, all students must participate in the school's Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme.
In helping students make the decision about which pathway to follow, teachers take on a mixed role which encompasses being a tutor, mentor, counsellor and careers advisor for students and, sometimes, parents. 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 for you.
A Levels facilitate intensive, specialist study of, usually, 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.