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H3 Programme (JC2)

BACKGROUND

  • The 2006 ‘A’ level curriculum introduced a set of programmes at Higher 3 (H3) level to cater to the learning interests of the top 10% to 15% of the ‘A’ level cohort who have exceptional interest and aptitude in a particular subject. The intention is to provide them with opportunities to pursue their passions and stretch themselves.
  • The H3 programme builds on the knowledge and skills taught at Higher 2 (H2) level but in a more specialised area. Students who wish to offer a programme at H3 level would have to offer the corresponding subject at H2 level. With this approach, students would acquire the foundational knowledge needed for an H3 programme.
 

MOE-CAMBRIDGE AND MOE PARTNER H3 PROGRAMMES

  • Table 1 below shows the MOE-CAMBRIDGE and MOE Partner H3 programmes in River Valley High School that are available for student application.
  • The MOE-CAMBRIDGE H3 programme provides students with diverse learning opportunities for in-depth study. The syllabus of a H3 subject offered at 'A' level can be found online at the following URL:https://www.seab.gov.sg
  • The H3 programmes offered by MOE Partners (such as NUS, NTU and SMU) may take the modes of an extended research essay or a university-taught course.
 

Table 1: MOE-Cambridge and MOE Partner H3 programmes


Pre-requisite

H2 subjects

MOE-Cambridge H3 programmes / Subject Code

MOE Partner H3 programmes (NTU)

MOE-Partner H3 programmes (NUS)

MOE-Partner H3 programmes (SMU)

Language Medium

H2 Mathematics

Mathematics / 9820


English

H2 Physics

 Physics / 9814

NTU Semiconductor Physics and Devices


English

H2 Chemistry

 Chemistry / 9813

English

H2 Biology


NTU Molecular Biology

English

H2 Biology/ Chemistry/ Physics

NTU Nanyang Research

(started in mid 2021)

NUS-MOE Science Research (started in mid 2021)

English

H2 Literature in English

Literature in English

/ 9805

NUS-MOE Humanities & Social Science Research (ELit)

English

H2 Economics/History/Geography/Chinese Language & Literature

NUS-MOE Humanities & Social Science Research (Econs/Hist/ Geo/CLL)

SMU Game Theory

(Econs)

English;

Chinese (for CLL)

H2 Geography / History

History / 9823

NUS Geopolitics: Geographies of War and Peace /     GEH 1007

English


ADMISSION CRITERIA AND TIMEFRAME FOR MOE PARTNER H3 PROGRAMMES

The admission criteria and timeframe for MOE Partner H3 programmes is shown in Table 2 below. 
 

Table 2: Admission criteria and timeframe for MOE Partner H3 programmes


MOE Partner programmes

Admission criteria

*Timeframe

URL

NUS-MOE Humanities & Social Science Research

(NUS-MOE HSSR)

 

§  JC or IP school teachers’  recommendation

§         Quality of research proposals

§   At least a ‘B’ or better in the corresponding H2 subject

Oct (JC1) to Aug (JC2)


https://www.moe.gov.sg/programmes/nus-moe-hssr/apply

NUS-MOE Science Research

 

§   Above-average performance in the Aptitude Test

§  JC or IP school Principal’s recommendation

§ Successful completion of Research Methods Module (RMM)

§   Acceptance of an approved research proposal by a mentor

Feb (JC1) to Apr (JC2)

https://www.science.nus.edu.sg/undergraduates/schools-and-public-outreach/research-programmes/science-research-programme-srp/

NUS H3 University-taught course

§  JC or IP school teachers’  recommendation based on student’s overall performance

Jan to May (JC2)


MOE Partner programmes

Admission criteria

*Timeframe

URL

NTU Nanyang Science  Research

§  JC or IP school teachers’ recommendation

§        Interviews by NTU

§ Successful completion of Training Seminar

§   Acceptance of an approved research plan by a mentor

April (JC1) to Apr (JC2)


https://www.ntu.edu.sg/education/talent-outreach/NRP

NTU H3

University-taught course

§   JC or IP school teachers’  recommendation based on student’s overall performance

Jan to May (JC2)


https://www.ntu.edu.sg/education/talent-outreach/h3-taught

MOE Partner programmes

Admission criteria

*Timeframe

URL

SMU H3

University-taught course

§   JC or IP school teachers’  recommendation based on student’s overall performance

Jan to May (JC2)

 



* Timeframe is subject to changes by the relevant Universities
* Student attendance policy offered by MOE Partners.
 

HIGHER 3 GRADING SYSTEM

  • The candidates’ grades for MOE-Cambridge and MOE Partner H3 programme will be reflected in the MOE-issued School Graduation Certificate and Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level Certificate.
  • The H3 gradings are Distinction, Merit, Pass and Ungraded.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF WITHDRAWAL FROM MOE PARTNER H3 PROGRAMME

  • A candidate who wishes to withdraw from H3 programmes offered by MOE Partners (i.e. NUS, NTU and SMU) must submit the withdrawal form to the School H3 coordinator.
  • A common withdrawal period applies for all H3 programmes offered by MOE Partners. The withdrawal period is stipulated as follows:

H3 university-taught courses  

 

Within two weeks from the start of instruction (as indicated in the university’s academic calendar for the semester)

H3 Science research

Within two weeks after the submission of the research proposal

H3 HSSRP

Within two weeks from the last day of acceptance of letter of offer

Withdrawal of  students after the start of instruction:
      • Students who withdraw within the withdrawal period will have to pay the $60 course fee to NUS/NTU/SMU.
      • Students who withdraw  after the withdrawal period will have the following penalties imposed on top of the $60 course fee:
            • Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) will have to pay a $50 administrative fee to SEAB and international students will have to pay a $70 administrative fee to SEAB.
            • An "Absent" grade will be reflected on the student's GCE A-Level Certificate for the H3 subject.
            

MOE-CAMBRIDGE H3 SYLLABUS

 Available via www.seab.gov.sg
 

MOE PARTNER H3 PROGRAMME INFORMATION AND APPLICATION FORMS


Application Timeline

Table 3: Application Timeline

Date

Activity

15 Oct 2021

Publicise H3 programmes (MOE-UCLES and MOE Partner) and open for application for 2021.

Students sign up with school’s H3 coordinator using RVHS H3 Application Form & RVHS Online H3 Application.

If applying to NUS/NTU/SMU, fill in their (online) applications as well.

22 Oct 2021

RVHS Close applications.

H3 coordinator to process and submit all documents to NUS, NTU, SMU

19 Nov 2021

MOE partners (NUS, NTU, SMU) offer admission letters to successful applicants through schools/JCs.

26 Nov 2021

Deadline for acceptance of offers for MOE Partner H3 Programme.

Week 2 and 3 of Jan 2022

Check with JC2 Subject Tutor successful application for  MOE-Cambridge modules.

NUS, NTU, SMU

 -Jan 2022

Start of instruction/Start of withdrawal period for NUS, NTU, SMU Programme.

2 weeks after start of instruction 

End of withdrawal period.



FAQs on H3 Programme

The list of FAQs can be found here .