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Integrated Programme (IP)

DEFINITION

A 6-year course covering the secondary school and junior college curricula, leading to certification examinations such as the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) (GCE A-Level) examination. Students in the IP are not required to take the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Examination (Ordinary Level) (GCE O-level) examination. Also known in Mandarin as “综合课程”.

ETYMOLOGY

  • The Junior College/Upper Secondary Education Review Committee announced the launch of the Integrated Programme (IP) in 2002. The programme allowed students who scored in the top 10% of their cohort to proceed directly to junior college without taking the O-level examination, giving them more time to develop their intellectual curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills. Then Minister of Education Teo Chee Hean announced on 30 December 2002 that the programme would be launched in 2004.

  • The programme was first implemented in seven schools in 2004, namely The Chinese High School, Nanyang Girls' High School, Raffles Institution, Raffles Girls' School, Raffles Junior College, Anglo-Chinese school (Independent)(ACS(I)) and National Junior College. Among them, the partner junior college of Chinese High School and Nanyang Girls’ High School was Hwa Chong Junior College (which merged with The Chinese High School in 2005 to form the Hwa Chong Institution (High School Section)), while the partner junior college of Raffles Institution and Raffles Girls' High School was Raffles Junior College (now Raffles Institution (Secondary)).

  • Between 2005 and 2012, the programme was expanded to another 9 schools, namely Victoria Junior College, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, Temasek Junior College, Dunman High School, River Valley High School, School of the Arts (Singapore), Singapore Sports School, Victoria School and Cedar Girls' Secondary School. Victoria School (affiliated to Victoria Junior College) and Cedar Girls' Secondary School were the first schools to offer an Alliance Integrated Programme.

  • In 2013, the IP was launched in another five schools: Catholic High School, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School, Singapore Chinese Girls' School, Methodist Girls' School and St Joseph's Institution. Catholic High School, St Nicholas Girls' School, and the Singapore Chinese Girls' School offered a Joint Integrated Programme (JIP) in partnership with Eunoia Junior College, while Methodist Girls' School and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) jointly offered the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

  • IP students can opt to switch back to O-level courses during their four years of secondary school, while those in their fifth or sixth year can also opt out of the IP and apply to polytechnics.

  • Most IP students will obtain an A-level certificate after the six-year course, excluding students from the schools below:

  • Students from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), St. Joseph's Institution, School of the Arts (Singapore) and Singapore Sports School will receive the IB Diploma.

  • Students at the National University of Singapore’s High School of Mathematics and Science will receive an NUS High School Diploma.

SAMPLE SENTENCE

The Junior College/Upper Secondary Education Review Committee announced the launch of the 6-year-long Integrated Programme (IP) in 2002. The programme mainly allows students who are confident in their studies and who wish to pursue a university education, to proceed directly to junior college or high school without taking the Cambridge O-level examination. (Lianhe Zaobao, 27/3/2019)