Subjects Offered

ACS (Independent) offers the following subjects. However the subjects actually taught will depend upon the number of students selecting them. If the enrolment for a subject is too small, it is not viable for the school to offer the subject.

Each diploma student is required to take six subjects chosen across at least Groups 1 to 5 of the diploma hexagon.

General Guidelines on HL and SL Subjects

To offer an IB subject at Higher Level (HL), the student should have taken the equivalent subject during Years 3 and 4 of the ACS(I) IP or at the GCE ‘O’ Level Programme have excelled in it (typically equivalent to at least a Grade 6 or A2).

To offer an IB subject at Standard Level (SL), the student should have taken and passed the equivalent subject during Years 3 and 4 of the ACS(I) IP or at the GCE ‘O’ Level Programme.

There are however no subject pre-requisites for Group 3 subjects.

GROUP ONE – Studies in Language & Literature

All students will study Literature (English) or Language & Literature (English). The range of texts studied in Language A* courses is broad; students grow to appreciate a language’s complexity, wealth and subtleties in a variety of contexts. Confidence and competence in oral and written communication skills are fostered. One of the explicit aims of the Language A group is to engender a lifelong interest in literature and a love for the elegance and richness of human expression.

*To offer Language A at HL, students should have offered Literature (Core or Elective) in the target language in the GCE ‘O’ Level Programme.

GROUP TWO — Second Language

Chinese, English, Malay, Tamil, Hindi, Spanish, French

The two language options in this group; Language B or ab initio, accommodate second language learners with previous experience learning the language, and beginners respectively. The principal aim for Language B students is language acquisition and the development of skills, while ab initio students would be have sufficient language skills for everyday social interaction.

GROUP THREE — Individuals and Societies

Business Management, Economics, Geography, History

GROUP FOUR — Experimental Sciences

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science

While there are no pre-requisites for computer science, it is recommended that students intending to offer this subject have some background.

GROUP FIVE — Mathematics

Mathematics (offered at Standard and Higher Levels*) are available to cater for different abilities and levels of student interest. Each course aims to deepen a student’s understanding of mathematics as a discipline and to promote confidence and facility in the use of mathematical language.

To offer Mathematics at HL, students should have excelled in it (typically equivalent to at least a Grade 6 or A2) for Advanced Mathematics or Additional Mathematics respectively.

GROUP SIX — The Arts 

Instead of a group 6 subject, a candidate may select an additional subject from Groups 1 to 4. 

This includes visual arts and music, with emphasis placed on practical production by the student and exploration of a range of creative work in a global context.

Students intending to offer Music HL should have obtained a Pass in O-Level Music or Higher Music. All applicants who do not meet this criteria must go through a selection test.