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.