Tanglin Trust School is the only school in Singapore to offer students the choice of studying either the IBDP or A Levels – and one of only a very few international schools here to offer A Levels. In addition to celebrating a high average score in its 2019 IBDP results, Tanglin has achieved well above the global average in its A Level exams too.
47% of all grades were A*-A, slightly higher than its 2018 results of 45% and considerably more than the England average of 25.5%. 91% of all grades were in the A* to C range. 20% of all grades were the highest mark of A* and 73% of all grades achieved were in the range A* to B, which is sightly lower than its 2018 results of 75%. There was a 99% pass rate, higher than last year's 93%.
Craig Considine, CEO of Tanglin Trust School said: "These results reflect the hard work of our students and excellent preparation by our enthusiastic and dynamic teachers.
Alongside intensive, specialist study of 3-4 subjects over two years, students have also taken the EPQ, an in-depth piece of research which involves producing a 5,000 word essay or a product and 2,000 word report, a 30 minute presentation and an independently managed project as part of the school's Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme. Students deserve hearty congratulations as they move onto the next chapter of their lives."
The proportion of students achieving the top grades at A Level has fallen to its lowest level for more than a decade according to the UK's Joint Council for Qualifications, with some 25.5% achieving an A Grade or higher, whilst 75.8% received a C or above (down from 77% in 2018 and the lowest level for 10 years).
The GCE Advanced Level or International A Level is a secondary school leaving qualification in the UK and an international school qualification worldwide. Students normally sit three A Levels, but some sit four, and others as few as two.
Used by University and College admissions services around the world, A Levels remain one of the most widely recognised pre-university and college entry examinations. Figures from UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service in the UK, which coordinates university placements across the country) show that 408,960 Sixth Formers from the UK and overseas have had places confirmed, while among UK students alone, 348,890 applicants have been accepted - a 1% fall compared to 2018.
The vast majority of Singapore’s 80-plus international and private schools follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at college level. Those that do offer GCE/International A Levels include the popular all-through Tanglin Trust School and the private secondary school, Insworld Institute.
Other schools offering A Levels follow a January to December academic year and receive their results in November. These include DPS International School, Ascensia International School, Dimensions High School, Furen International School (FIS), and SSTC International Academy (SSTC-IA).