IB vs A Level: Where to Study in Singapore?

One of the most common questions when it comes to choosing an international secondary school in Singapore is whether to study the IBDP or A Levels. To help you make that decision, we've rounded up the schools offering the two curricula and looked at the programmes offered, their performance and cost.
IB vs A Level: Where to Study in Singapore?
By Carli Allan
Do your children attend a Singapore school? Take our survey and help other parents.
WhichSchoolAdvisor's annual school survey.
LET'S GO

Is your child heading towards the college years? Are you looking for the best curriculum to prepare your teenager for a top university or career path? A large number of international schools in Singapore offer either the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) or A Levels to students aged 16-19 years. Both are two-year programmes that are widely recognised by universities and employers – and when it comes to the question of which qualification you should choose, there is no straight answer.

Conventional thinking says all-rounders (with strong organisational skills) tend to prefer the IBDP, while those with a clearly defined academic passion and preference for science, or the arts, or languages or the humanities tend to favour the A Level.

To read more about A Levels click here, and for the IBDP click here.
Click here to understand the differences between the IBDP and A Levels.

There are 27 schools in Singapore offering the IBDP, including seven that are full IB schools and also follow the IB Primary Years (PYP) and Middle Years Programmes (MYP). There’s a smaller choice of just seven schools offering A Levels in Singapore. This includes Tanglin Trust School and St Francis Methodist School which are the only schools in the city-state (and only a few in the world) to offer both programmes, giving students the choice of taking either A Levels or the IBDP.

Read on to find out more about where to study A Levels and the IBDP in Singapore

Comments
Latest Singapore articles
Choosing A School

Which UK Schools Do Royals Attend?

News that the future queen of Spain will be attending a remote Welsh school known as the …

Courses & Curricula

IB Exams "Cancelled For All UK Students"

The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has cancelled all IB exams in the UK. …

Courses & Curricula

To be Scrapped? Future Of GCSEs Reviewed

A major consultation has been launched by the exam board Pearson today (February 15)…

Which Curriculum

How to Choose Your I/GCSEs and A Levels

You’re in Year 9 and you’ve reached an important crossroads in your education…

Courses & Curricula

Cambridge IGCSEs Go Ahead In Some Countries

International exams will still go ahead this summer for some IGCSE and A Level students.…

Admissions

How to Apply to a UK School Internationally?

Looking for a UK school for your child from 2021 or beyond? Choosing a school in an unfam…

Courses & Curricula

IBO 'Dual Route Model' for May 2021 exams

A day after the UK's Pearson organisation announced that its Edexcel Board examinations …

Courses & Curricula

Edexcel Follows OxfordAQA, Exams Cancelled

More international examinations have been cancelled for the summer 2021 season. In an ann…

0 Schools Selected
keyboard_arrow_down keyboard_arrow_up
Your selection Clear All