Prospective students from Singapore

This page is part of the section for International applicants to Christ's College, Cambridge. It provides support for applicants from Singapore.

International Awards Ceremony
   Christ's International Awards Ceremony

Students from the city of Singapore have been coming to study at Christ’s for over a hundred years, and we are proud to count many eminent Singaporeans among our alumni. Chan Chun Sing, Heng Swee Keat, Lai Chung Han, Lim Hng Kiang, Perry Lim, Ng Yat Chung, George Yeo, Finian Tan and Yeo Ning Hong are all graduates of this College, and there is a strong Christ’s network in Singapore, whose members meet regularly to socialise and catch up.


Entry requirements

Christ's College Choir in Singapore
   Christ's College Choir on tour at The Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore

Our typical entry requirement for students taking Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Levels is AAAA at H2 level. Applicants should take relevant H3 subjects where these are available to them. Where H3 subjects are being taken the typical offer level would be AAA at H2 Level, plus at least a Merit or Distinction in one H3 Level. A H3 Merit could replace a H2.

Note that H2 level Mathematics does cover material included in UK A-level Further Mathematics, so Singaporean students offering H2 Mathematics can be competitive for entry to Cambridge courses requiring UK A-level Further Mathematics, even if they have not studied H2 Further Mathematics as well.

We welcome applications from students taking Knowledge & Inquiry as a fourth H2 (contrasting subject). If you plan on taking Knowledge & Inquiry as one of your three ‘subject relevant’ H2s please email us for further advice and guidance.

Our typical entry requirement for students taking the National University of Singapore (NUS) High School Diploma is 4.5 overall with 4.6 or higher in specific subjects.

Note that students taking either Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Levels or the NUS High School Diploma may receive lower offers if they can demonstrate exceptional evidence of attainment at the point of application, for example an individual medal in an International Science Olympiad.

Our typical entry requirement for students taking the International Baccalaureate is 42, with 776 at Higher Level.

Students completing a Singapore Polytechnic Diploma can be considered for Arts. Humanities and Social Sciences courses (including Economics) and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences. It is very important that you are studying subject relevant modules in your Diploma, so please email us, prior to application, to ensure that your Diploma will meet any course requirements. The typical offer level would be a GPA of 3.85 or higher, and almost all successful Polytechnic Diploma applicants to Cambridge have a CGPA of 4.0. A Singapore Polytechnic Diploma on its own will not be considered suitable preparation for a competitive application to Cambridge science courses (excluding Psychological and Behavioural Sciences). You will also need to undertake further study (please email us for details).

Offers for Mathematics include STEP II and III. Offers for Engineering and Chemical Engineering via Engineering include STEP I. Further information about STEP and preparation support is available on the relevant subject page. 

Most courses also require an Admissions Assessment which, depending on the course, you sit on a specific date in late October / early November or at the time of your interview. 

We do not usually need to ask students from Singapore to provide proof of proficiency in English. This is because the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIP) meets our English Language requirements.

Mark talking to Dr Emily Tomlinson

Application process

The application deadline is 20 September for students who would like to be interviewed in Singapore. Students are advised to consult the page on when to apply and be aware that it is possible to apply for deferred entry. Singaporean applicants who are completing National Service may wish to consult our specific advice on the timing of their application.

We encourage all applicants to read the information about applying on the relevant subject page, as well as the how to apply page and the additional application support well in advance of 20 September, as there are a number of parts to the application procedure which may take time to organise and complete:

  1. For students from Singapore, there is more than one application form.
  2. You will need a referee who can provide a reference and predicted grades for any exams that you have not yet taken.
  3. You may also need to arrange for your school to provide a transcript.
  4. If you have a late October / early November Admissions Assessment (needed for about half of the courses), you will need to make sure you are registered for this by the deadline. See details on the Admissions Assessments page.
  5. There are some smaller details that it is worth being aware of, such as the need to upload a photo. 

On 20 September Christ's publishes the current applicants section, which will then support you once you have submitted a valid application.
 

Interviews

News on interviews for students applying in 2020
In order to minimise COVID-related risks to our applicants, students and staff in the coming undergraduate admissions round, we are not planning to conduct any overseas interviews in person this year in the countries in which we usually interview.  We plan to conduct these interviews remotely and we will release further details about these arrangements in due course.  We recommend that you check the university overseas interview page regularly for updates.


Arrangements in normal times: The majority of Singaporean applicants choose to be interviewed in Singapore, and if you are completing National Service at the time of your application, this may be your only option. In most subjects, there is no disadvantage to being seen by our Overseas Interview team; we receive reports from this team relatively early in the Admissions Cycle, and if a report suggests that some aspect of your application requires urgent clarification, we will arrange to talk to you ourselves by Skype. We do, however, prefer to see applicants for Architecture, Music and History of Art in person.

Jia Wei Singapore International Award Christ's College Cambridge
 Jia Wee receiving his certificate at the International Awards Ceremony

Finance

Many Singaporean students at Christ’s hold government scholarships or sponsorship from Singapore. However, offer-holders from Singapore may also be considered for Christ’s College International Awards, and those in financial need may apply for support from the Cambridge Trust. Students in certain subjects who have previously studied at Saint Joseph’s Institution or SJI International can also be considered for an award from the SJI Foundation.

 

Student profile

Xin Yi is from Singapore and has written about studying Natural Sciences at Christ's in this student profile.

"I think the College system provides a more “homely” setting to the usual academic rigour of university."

Xin-YI
Student Q&A film
The student film includes Ardon from Singapore

Meeting us

The Christ’s College Director of Admissions visits Singapore at least once a year, and is happy to talk to prospective applicants and their parents, as her schedule permits.

We are also glad to welcome Singaporean visitors to Christ’s itself, so if you are going to be in Cambridge and would like to see the College and meet with our Admissions Team, please do get in touch.

 

 

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