A Levels & IB Diploma

Tanglin is unique amongst international schools in Singapore in offering a choice of A Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Sixth Form (Years 12&13, ages 16-18 years), both of which yield consistently outstanding academic results to complement our excellent results at (I)GCSE.

We believe this choice of pathway enables us to tailor our students’ education more effectively and we take great care to ensure students and parents understand the difference between the two qualifications.


In summary, A Levels facilitate intensive, specialist study of, usually, three subjects, whereas 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.

Regardless of pathway, all students follow the Tanglin Core:

  • A Level students follow the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme and take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • IB students follow the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme, prepare an Extended Essay and take the Theory of Knowledge course.

In order to support students and parents as they make the decision about whether to follow the IB or A level programme, we have devised a series of “Pathways” talks. These begin with a single session in Year 9 and then there are several sessions in Year 11 as the final decision gets closer. We also run an Options Fair, for both parents and students. We aim to ensure families feel well-informed of the intricacies of both pathways before students make their final decisions.