Humanities Scholarship Programme


The Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) is the first and only Humanities Scholarship Programme (HSP) centre offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). A prestigious and established pre-university course of study that emphasises high academic standards, the IBDP caters to students with high academic ability, a wide range of interests and an intrinsic motivation to excel. The focus of the programme is academic excellence as well as personal development in areas such as global issues, social awareness, philosophy, culture and the arts.

Since it was established in 1968, the IBDP has increasingly been highly regarded for the rigorous preparation of students for university and has earned a reputation for having thorough and varied modes of assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities.

The ACS (Independent) Humanities Programme offers potential scholars with a distinctive yet challenging education. It serves to inspire a passion for and a lasting interest in the Humanities and will groom students to become scholars, leaders and global citizens of the future.



The holistic and comprehensive Humanities Programme in Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) provides the HSP scholars with the intellectual environment that will deepen their appreciation and understanding of man and his society. Scholars choose their course of study from a selection of Humanities subjects and can develop their passion in the Humanities through specially-created enrichment modules. The enrichment modules, designed and organised by our own scholars under the supervision of their tutors, take the form of colloquia, seminars, conferences, field studies, field trips and industry attachments. Rigorous yet stimulating, they provide ample opportunities for students to explore their interest and help them develop their role as leaders. Indeed, our Humanities Programme is differentiated to nurture talent in the Humanities and serves to prepare our scholars for further education in prestigious Oxbridge and Ivy League universities.


HSP Tutors

The HSP tutors comprise an eclectic group of talented teachers who are competent, passionate and dedicated, having attained impressive records of achievements and contributions in their respective areas of specialization. Their achievements include presentations and attendance at both local and international conferences, publications of academic articles and papers as well as awards received. A number of them are also experienced examiners with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).

MOE Application Details

The prestigious Humanities Scholarships are offered by the Ministry of Education to encourage outstanding students to study the humanities at the pre-university level.  They may subsequently apply for the undergraduate awards from the Public Service Commission (PSC) to continue their study of the humanities in overseas universities or at the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University.
The scholarship is valued at $1,000 per annum and covers school fees based on Singapore Citizens’ rates. It is tenable for 2 years, subject to satisfactory progress at the end of JC1. Successful applicants are not required to enter into a bond to serve the Singapore Government.

Candidates should:

  1. 1. Be Singapore Citizens
  2. 2. Have done consistently well in school, obtaining outstanding results in the GCE O-Level Examinations / equivalent results based on IP school’s internal assessment;
  3. 3. Have a good record of co-curricular activities;
  4. 4. Have successfully been admitted to one of the Humanities Centres; and
  5. 5. Not currently be in receipt of any other MOE scholarship (except EESIS andESIP)

IP applicants (including IP DSA applicants) may apply for this scholarship using their IP school results at Secondary 4 or equivalent levels.  IP applicants, recommended by their IP school / JC, will be awarded the scholarships based on their performance at the selection interview.

Non-IP applicants (including Non-IP DSA applicants) may apply for this scholarship using their GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations results.

Students may visit this URL to begin the process for application:

Subject Combination

Humanities scholars in ACS (Independent) will be required to do the compulsory modules of Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE) as in accordance to the IBDP stipulations. In addition, they must offer English A: Literature at Higher Level (HL) and two other HL Humanities subject chosen from History / Geography / Economics. They will also have to take up three other Standard Level (SL) subjects  which may be selected from the Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and Mother Tongue Language or Foreign Languages.

ACS (Independent) Humanities Scholarship Programme Choice of Subjects



  • English A: Literature (Compulsory)
Group 1 – Language A
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Group 4 – Experimental Sciences
  • Second Language
    (Chinese, English, Malay, Tamil, Hindi, Spanish, German, French)
Group 2 – Second Language
  • Mathematics
Group 5 – Mathematics

HSP News


ACS (Independent) has been running the Humanities Scholarship Programme (HSP) for the past 5 years. The pioneer Class of 2012 did the Programme proud with 9 perfect scores and a class average score of 43.8. Throughout these years, every HSP class has produced its harvest of perfect scores in their respective batches. The classes have proven their academic excellence and were constantly improving the class average scores of their seniors. The Class of 2014 topped the whole IB cohort in our school in this category but the recently graduated Class of 2015 hit the pinnacle of academic achievement with a dream class average score of 43.5 and also with 9 perfect scores in the class. This meant that the HSP class topped the IB cohort for 2 straight consecutive years! I only have one word to describe this HSP Class: Unbelievable!

May I wish all who have graduated from this special programme to continue to pursue your passion for the arts and humanities in order to contribute to our beloved Singapore in the administrative & civil service, legal sector, academic & education fraternity, arts & entertainment industry, social work & community service arena. Have a great 2016 everyone and all the best to the new batch of HSP who will be joining us in February.

Signature Programmes



Programme 1: Future Thinking Challenge

The Future Thinking Challenge is part of the Dr. Goh Keng Swee Nation Building Series of the Humanities Department at ACS (Independent). It is an annual effort to showcase top humanities students engaging in critical thinking over issues influencing Singapore’s future.
The event is held in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Risk Assessment and Horizons Scanning (RAHS) Programme Office and invited Ministries. This collaboration has allowed for participating students to employ scenario-planning skills to systematically assess possible policies for the future.
Participating schools are required to undergo a workshop where members of the RAHS Program Office familiarised participants with scenario planning tools on a specific topic and they will write an essay which will be ranked and the best three teams will present their research before a live audience before a panel of esteemed judges.



Programme 2: Ministerial Dialogue entitled “In Conversation With …”

“In Conversation With …” is also a part of the Dr Goh Keng Swee Nation Building Series of the Humanities Department at ACS (Independent). This is an annual Ministerial Dialogue with the graduating students of the IBDP. It hopes to help students better understand Singapore’s unique challenges, constraints and vulnerabilities as well as foster a stronger sense of Singaporean identity among us.
The event is planned and run by the Humanities Scholars and even the Dialogue itself is moderated by a student from the HSP Class.

The HSP Class

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