Subject Combinations

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MOE Policy on Subject Combination

Based on MOE policy, students may select subjects at 3 different levels of study: Higher 1 (H1), Higher 2 (H2) and Higher 3 (H3).

H1:

Equivalent to half of H2 in breadth but similar to H2 in depth. For broadening purposes, to pursue an area of interest in which students do not intend to specialise, or to acquire foundational knowledge and skills in a subject area which will support their future studies at university level. Each H1 subject carries 1 academic unit.

H2:

Equivalent to the rigour of traditional 'A' Level subjects. H1 and H2 level of the same subject may not be offered together. Each H2 subject carries two academic units.

H3:

  1. Every student offers a combination of H1 / H2 / H3 subjects + MTL. Number of academic units offered: Minimum (Norm): 9 + 1 (H1 MTL), Maximum: 11 + 1 (H1 MTL)
  2. All students may offer at most 2 H3 subjects.
  3. All students must offer Mother Tongue (MTL) at H1 level unless they have obtained a minimum of D7 for higher MTL at ‘O’ Level, in which case, they need not take H1 MTL and may use their ‘O’ Level HMTL results for university admission score computation with rebasing. However, the H1 MTL unit cannot be replaced by another content unit (except for students who offer H2 MTLL in lieu of H1 MTL).
  4. Students who offer H2 MTLL in lieu of H1 MTL will not have any H1 MTL component in the computation of units for admission to local universities. However, the maximum number of academic units that they may offer is 10 + 2 (H2 MTLL, inclusive of the H1 MTL unit).
  5. All students must offer EITHER General Paper (GP) at H1 level OR Knowledge and Inquiry (KI) at H2 level.
  6. All students must offer Project Work (PW) at H1 level.
  7. Students must offer at least 4 content-based subjects, 3 of which have to be at H2 level and at least one of the content-based subjects must be of a contrasting discipline.

 

NJC Internal Policy on Subject Combination

  1. All students who have L1R5 equal or lower than our College’s cutoff point can offer the following combinations of H1, H2 and H3:
    11 units (of H1 and H2 subjects including GP/KI, PW, H1/H2 MTL) + 1 unit (H3)
    (OR)
    10 units (of H1 and H2 subjects including GP/KI, PW, H1/ H2 MTL) + 2 units (H3) AND subjected to the following conditions
  • Not more than 4 H2 subjects
  • Must include GP or KI and PW and subjects from contrasting discipline.
  • Meet the pre-requisites of individual subjects.
  • Subject to the available subject combination table.
  • Subject to scholarship requirements for Humanities and AEP scholars:
    • Humanities: Must offer H2 English Literature AND a second H2 humanities subject chosen from Economics, History, Geography AND a third H2 humanities subject chosen from Economics, History, Geography, Chinese/Malay/Tamil Language & Literature, Art, Music, Foreign Language (French, German, Japanese)
      Humanities scholars interested in offering both H2 Mathematics and KI may choose to offer KI in place of the third humanities subject.
    • Art Elective: Must offer Art at H2 and H3 level.

 

  1. General Guidelines
  • All students must take a subject combination that follows one of the following structures:
  • GP + PW + 4 H2 Subjects + H1 MTL
  • GP + PW + 4 H2 Subjects
  • GP + PW + 3 H2 Subjects + 1 H1 Subject + H1 MTL
  • GP + PW + 3 H2 Subjects + 1 H1 Subject (not including H1 MTL)
  • KI + PW + 3 H2 Subjects + H1 MTL
  • KI + PW + 3 H2 Subjects
  • All students must read EITHER H1 General Paper OR H2 Knowledge & Inquiry, but not both.
  • Students must ensure that they fulfil the prerequisites for subjects they intend to read.

 

Arts Stream Subject Combinations

Students in the Arts stream may select subject combinations from the following:

 

Type I: With Mathematics as a contrasting subject:

Table A:

Subject 1 Subject 2 Subject 3 Contrasting Subject
Economics Literature in English+ History+ Mathematics
Chinese Language & Literature+ Geography+
Malay Language & Literature+ English Language & Linguistics+
Tamil Language & Literature+

 

Table A1 (All 4 subjects must be H2.): 

Subject 1 Subject 2 Subject 3 Contrasting Subject
Economics Literature in English+ Knowledge & Inquiry+ Mathematics

 

Type II: With Knowledge & Inquiry as a contrasting subject:

Table B (All 4 subjects must be H2.):

Subject 1 Subject 2 Subject 3 Contrasting Subject
Economics Literature in English+ History+ OR Geography+ Knowledge & Inquiry+

 

Notes:

  • Subjects that are listed in the shaded cells cannot be taken together, or with H1 Economics.
  • Subjects marked with a “+” are offered only at H2 Level. For all other subjects listed, students are allowed to read the subject at either H1 or H2 Level. However, these subjects will only be offered at H1 level if the minimum candidature sizes are met.
  • Students who wish to read Art or Music may do so as a replacement for Subject 2 or 3 in table A only, with the following restrictions:
    • must be taken at H2 Level,
    • H2 Art and H2 Music cannot be offered together
    • cannot be taken together with
      • any of the subjects in the shaded cells,
      • H1 Economics.
    • Students who wish to take a Foreign Language subject, i.e. Japanese, French, German at H2 level, may do so as a replacement for Subject 2 or 3 in table A only.

 

Science Stream Subject Combinations

Students in the Science stream may select subject combinations from Table C, D or E.

Table C: Mathematics, 2 Science Subjects and 1 Contrasting Subject

Subject 1 Subject 2 Subject 3 Contrasting Subject
Mathematics Chemistry Physics OR Biology+ Economics
History+
Geography+
English Language & Linguistics+
Knowledge & Inquiry+
Literature in English+
Chinese Language & Literature+
Malay Language & Literature+
Tamil Language & Literature+
Art+
Music+
Foreign Language

 

Table D: Mathematics, Economics, 1 Science Subject and 1 Contrasting Subject

Subject 1 Subject 2 Subject 3 Contrasting Subject
Mathematics Economics Physics OR Chemistry History+
Geography+
English Language & Linguistics+
Literature in English+
Chinese Language & Literature+
Malay Language & Literature+
Tamil Language & Literature+
Art+
Music+
Foreign Language

 

Notes for Tables C and D:

  • Subjects marked with a “+” are offered only at H2 Level. For all other subjects listed, students are allowed to read the subject at either H1 or H2 Level. However, these subjects will only be offered at H1 level if the minimum candidature sizes are met.
  • The subjects in the shaded cells cannot be taken with H1 Economics, H1 Chemistry or H1 Physics.
  • For Table C, if KI is selected as the contrasting subject, all 4 subjects must be H2.
  • For Table D subject combinations, students must read Subjects 1 and 3 at H2 Level.

 

Table E: Subject Combinations comprising Computing or Further Mathematics

Subject 1 Subject 2 Subject 3 Contrasting Subject
Mathematics Physics OR Chemistry Computing+ OR Further Mathematics+ Economics

 

Note for Table E:

All subjects MUST be read at H2 Level.

List of H1 and H2 Subjects Offered By NJC

H1 Subjects (1 unit per H1 subject) H2 Subjects (2 units per H2 subject)
Knowledge Skills Subjects

- General Paper
- Project Work

Mother Tongue

- Chinese
- Malay
- Tamil

Mathematics & Science Subjects

- *Mathematics
- Physics
- Chemistry

Humanities & Arts Subjects

- #Economics

Knowledge Skills Subjects

- %Knowledge & Inquiry

Mathematics & Science Subjects

- *Mathematics
- Physics
- Chemistry
- Biology
- Further Mathematics
- Computing

Humanities & Arts Subjects

- #Economics
- #Geography
- #History
- #Literature in English
- #English Language and Linguistics
- #Art
- #Music
- #Chinese Language & Literature
- #Malay Language & Literature
- #Tamil Language & Literature

* Subjects in the Mathematics & Science Group that can be used as a contrasting subject # Subjects in the Humanities & Arts Group that can be used as a contrasting subject

% Knowledge & Inquiry can be used as a contrasting subject for both Mathematics & Science Group and the Humanities & Arts Group

Students can choose H1 or H2 German, French or Japanese. However, these subjects are only offered at MOE language centre. and can be considered as a contrasting subject only at the H2 level (Science Stream). It is the student’s responsibility to make the necessary arrangements for lessons with MOE language centre.

 

Pre-requisites for Specific Subjects in NJC

H1 Subjects

Mathematics & Sciences H1 Chemistry
Must have studied Chemistry either as Combined Science OR Pure Physics at GCE ‘O’ level and obtained at least a C6.H1 Physics
Must have studied Physics either as Combined Science OR Pure Physics at GCE ‘O’ level and obtained at least a C6.

 

H2 Subjects

Mathematics & Sciences

H2 Physics
Recommended to be offered with H2 Maths; Not to be taken with H2 Biology
Obtained at least B3 for GCE ‘O’ Level Pure Physics OR
Obtained at least A2 for GCE ‘O’ Level Combined Science (Physics) OR
Clear an interview with HOD/Science (SH)

H2 Chemistry
Obtained at least B3 for GCE ‘O’ Level Pure Chemistry OR
Obtained at least A2 for GCE ‘O’ Level Combined Science (Chemistry) OR
Clear an interview with HOD/Science (SH)

H2 Biology
Recommended to be offered with H2 Chemistry
Obtained at least B3 for GCE ‘O’ Level Pure Biology OR
Obtained at least A2 for GCE ‘O’ Level Combined Science (Biology) OR
Clear an interview with HOD/Science (SH)

H2 Mathematics
Obtained at least B4 for GCE ‘O’ Level Additional Mathematics OR
Clear an interview with HOD/Mathematics
- Students with no Additional Mathematics background are recommended to take H1 Mathematics.

H2 Computing
Pass a selection test administered in NJC

H2 Further Mathematics
Obtained at least A2 for GCE 'O' Level Additional Mathematics
AND Pass a selection test administered in NJC.

Knowledge Skills H2 Knowledge & Inquiry
Must have at least A2 for GCE ‘O’ Level English AND Pass selection test administered in NJC
Humanities and Arts

H2 Art
Offered Art as an ‘O’ Level subject AND pass a selection test with interview

OR possess a good portfolio AND pass a selection test with interview

H2 Music
Pass selection test administered in NJC

H2 English Language and Linguistics
Must have at least A2 for GCE 'O' Level English AND Pass selection test administered in NJC

H2 Chinese/Malay/Tamil Language and Literature
Obtained at least B3 for GCE ‘O’ Level Higher Chinese/Malay/Tamil OR
Clear an interview with HOD/MT