Q: Can IP students take Literature in English as a subject on its own ?

A: In Upper secondary, Integrated Humanities comprises Integrated Humanities (Core) and Intergrated Humanities (Elective) - IHE.
IHEs offered are Geography, History, Literature in English and Literature in Chinese.


Q: I am in the school team (of a CCA) and I intend to take up Biology regardless of the Special Programme option. Will I be able to cope with this workload?

A: The first few months of Secondary 3 life can be very hectic for most students as they adjust to a new environment and the demands of additional subjects and greater depth of inquiry and learning. In addition, the first semester is when most CCA competitions take place in CCAs.

With discipline and proper time management, most students will be able to cope with these demands provided he has had a solid grounding in his academic subjects.


Q: It was mentioned in the website that penalty of S$750/subject is payable for students who drops Biology or a Special Programme without valid reasons. Is the penalty applicable only to Biology , ALL subjects and Special Programmes?

A: Yes.


Q: If a student opts for the Humanities Programme (HP) - Physics and Chemistry are also compulsory subjects. Are these subjects taught as pure Physics & pure Chemistry (same as SMTP except the contents are more in-depth) instead of combined subjects. Will the student be disadvantaged eventually when he opts for the Science stream in JC instead of continuing with HP?

A: All Sciences offered in HCI (High School) are pure sciences. Students in non-SMTP special programmes take Science subjects as that offered by all IP students. Only the SMTP Math and Science curricula is enhanced and enriched in depth and breadth. This enables all students who wish to discontinue with their Special Programme (eg. HP and BSP) to switch between Arts and Science streams when they move from High School to College.


Q: Do I need to drop Third Language or the Art Elective Programme if I wish to apply for a Special Programme with Biology?

A: There are many combinations of subjects. The following list below describes permissible combinations for 9 subjects. "Core subjects" refer to the English, Higher Chinese, 2 Math, 2 Sciences and 2 Humanities subjects.
  • Core subjects + AEP (with or without Special Programme)
  • Core subjects + Third Language (with or without Special Programme)
  • Core subjects + Biology (for IP and SMTP students only. HP and BSP students cannot offer this combination)
  • Core subjects + Literature in Chinese (with or without Special Programme)

These combinations below are considered 10 subjects combinations, and would require the approval of Dr. Hon. Please email Dr. Hon (honcw@hci.edu.sg) to seek his approval.
  • Core subjects + Biology + AEP(for IP and SMTP students only. HP and BSP students cannot offer this combination)
  • Core subjects + Biology + Third Language(for IP and SMTP students only. HP and BSP students cannot offer this combination)
  • Core subjects + Literature in Chinese + AEP (with or without Special Programme)
  • Core subjects + Literature in Chinese + Third Language (with or without Special Programme)

    For all other combinations, please email Mr Justin Loh (lohsj@hci.edu.sg) or Dr Chia Hui Peng (harhp@hci.edu.sg) for advice.



Q: Do I need to drop Third Language before the application period to apply for 10 subjects?
A: No. Sec 2 students should complete the Sec 2 Third Language course (by taking the exams) and only drop the Third Language at the start of Sec 3, if approval is given for them to take 10 subjects.