Prospective students from Singapore
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.
Our typical entry requirement for students taking Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Levels is AAAA at H2 level. Occasionally, if a student is following a particularly relevant H3 level course, we may incentivise them to complete it by asking for a Merit in that HE course. 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.
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 are encouraged to contact the College, prior to application, to ensure that their Diploma enables them to meet any course requirements, and should note that while there is no typical offer, almost all successful Polytechnic Diploma applicants to Cambridge have a CGPA of 4.0.
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.
The application deadline is 20 September for students who would like to be interviewed in Singapore.
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:
- For students from Singapore, there is more than one application form.
- You will need a referee who can provide a reference and predicted grades for any exams that you have not yet taken.
- You may also need to arrange for your school to provide a transcript.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Singaporean applicants who are completing National Service may wish to consult our advice on the timing of their application.
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.
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.