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Noting the Significance of GCE N-Levels 

There are many milestones in the education journey of students. At Secondary 4, students face a fork in the road – the GCE N-Levels. With the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s Education Landscape Overview, students have the opportunity to explore multiple pathways upon completing this national exam. The General Certificate of Education for N-Levels is taken by Secondary 4 Normal Academic and Normal Technical students nationwide. Those in the former stream will sit for the GCE N(A) Level while those in the latter will need to take the GCE N(T) Level, allowing them admission into a vocational course in the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). 


Comparatively, the GCE N(A)-Level is more challenging. The syllabus is meant to facilitate the seamless transition to GCE-O Levels which is competitive and academically rigorous. Most Normal Academic students are offered at least 5 subjects, but some may sit for as many as 6 or 7, depending on their electives they take on and the school. Mandatory subjects include English Language, Mathematics, Mother Tongue Language, Combined Sciences and Combined Humanities. Upon completing the GCE N(A)-Levels, students can pursue various pathways leading to Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) such as Polytechnics and Universities.  


With so much weighing on this definitive milestone, many parents have resorted to N-Level tuition to provide their children with an edge. Private N-Level tuition is an invaluable resource that adequately prepares students to realise their fullest potential for the N-Levels. Investing in a good tutor for N-Level is also advantageous in the event your child pursues higher academic qualifications, such as the GCE O-Levels and GCE A-Levels. Having the same tutor allows for better rapport and familiarity with the student and their learning needs. 


Knowing the N-Level Subjects and Syllabuses



There are various subjects combinations offered at N-Levels. Among the core, compulsory subjects are English, Mathematics, Mother Tongue, one Science and one Humanities discipline. These subjects will be tabulated in different ways for students to explore different pathways after completing the GCE N-Levels. The N-Levels will prepare students for studies leading to GCE O-Level examination.



The GCE N-Level English Syllabus (2020) consists of 4 papers, each with a separate focus on writing, comprehension, listening and oral communication. The main aim of the English syllabus is to hone students’ listening, reading and comprehension skills. Students have to delve into a wide range of literary and informational/functional texts from various sources. Through the different exam components students gain an understanding and apply internationally acceptable (Standard) English grammar and vocabulary accurately and appropriately. This allows them to communicate meaning and achieve impact when using the language.



The GCE N-Level Mathematics Syllabus (2020) consists of 2 papers. The Mathematics syllabus provides students with fundamental mathematical knowledge and skills. There are 3 main content strands: (1) Number and Algebra, (2) Geometry and Measurement, and (3) Statistics and Probability. Apart from conceptual understanding and skills proficiency mastered through the content strands, students develop their processing skills in the application of mathematical knowledge. These crucial process skills include reasoning, communication and connections, thinking skills and heuristics, and application and modelling. These are developed through the 3 main content strands.


Combined Humanities 

The GCE N-Level Combined Humanities Syllabus (2020) consists of 4 papers. The syllabus offers various disciplines such as Geography, History or Literature. This Humanities syllabus endeavours to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of events and phenomenon, issues and perspectives, and human actions and behaviours. The humanities allow students to understand the social, economic, and political factors behind these pivotal moments and movements in time. Through this syllabus, students develop empathy and perspectives that shape and inform their world view. 


Combined Science 

The GCE N-Level Combined Science Syllabus (2020) comprises 4 papers. Students can select  two of the three Science disciplines from Biology, Physics, Chemistry. The aims of the science syllabus are to provide a learning experience through well-designed studies of experimental and practical science, regardless of whether they pursue science at a higher level.  In particular, it enables them to gain an understanding and knowledge to recognise the various scientific methods and application in other disciplines in everyday life. 


Numerous Benefits of N-Level Tuition

There are numerous benefits for N-Level tuition. Having the right private N-Level tutor makes all the difference and can help your child to ace the N-Levels with ease!


  1. Enriching Learning Experience 

Students learn differently and thrive under different teaching pedagogies. To best prepare your child for the N-Levels, a private tutor who is well-versed and experienced at handling different children will be helpful. Private N-Level tutors will be able to provide invaluable tips to help students master tricky topics and challenging chapters. They make sure that they value-add the lessons imparted in school, ensuring that content covered is properly internalised by the student.   


  1. Enhancing Strengths and Interests

By strategically nurturing students’ strengths and interests, students will develop a natural aptitude and curiosity for their subjects. Not all students share the same interests and inclinations. Some may be more artistically inclined while others gravitate towards the sciences. As such, tutors are able to make astute observations, allowing them to design lessons that best capture your child’s attention and interest. Students with uninspired tutors do not learn in an optimal environment and, consequently, their grades and interest in learning plunge.  


  1. Endurance Training 

Preparing for the N-Levels is a marathon and not a race! Students, with the help of their tutors, will be able to pace themselves. Tutors will be able to come up with strategic revision schedules to ensure that the momentum is constant and that students improve before sitting for the exam. Furthermore, tutors can also provide timed-exercises so that students acclimatise to and thrive under exam conditions. This is an important advantage that will help students excel at the N-Levels! 


Navigating Higher Education Pathways After N-Levels

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MOE’s Education Landscape Overview illustrates the exciting interconnected pathways for students upon completing the GCE N-Levels. These students can look forward to as many as 4 pathways, ultimately leading to an Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) or employment. Here are some of the next steps for N-Level graduates:


  1. Promotion to GCE O-Levels

The GCE N-Levels is a stepping stone to the GCE O-Levels. To qualify for this promotion, students have to attain 19 points for English, Mathematics, and 3 other subjects (ELMAB3). They also need to have at the very least have a ‘C5’ for the five subjects. This is a popular pathway given that the GCE O-Levels remains a common entry requirement and qualification for higher-learning institutions and workplaces.  


  1. Direct Entry Scheme to Polytechnic Programme

Another pathway for students is Polytechnic. For this, students will also need to accumulate 19 points or less in English, Maths, and 3 additional subjects (ELMAB3) with at least a ‘B4’ in both Math and English and ‘C5’ for the 3 other subjects. With these satisfied conditions, students can enter directly to their desired polytechnic course through ITE. They will first have to attend the related 2-year ITE course and, with the minimum required score, they can enrol in the desired diploma course.


  1. Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP)

To qualify for the PFP, students need to achieve less than or equal to 11 points in English, Maths, and 3 additional subjects (ELMAB3). Different courses have different cut-off points (COPs) so students will have to select those within their results. After completing the mandatory introductory courses in this programme, students will then be able to begin the 3-year diploma course. 


  1. Private Diploma/Degree

For others, choosing a private diploma or degree might be the most attractive option. These students usually have a strong vision and a specific ambition in mind. They are driven to ensure that they enter their careers with the relevant higher-level qualification in their preferred field. 


Nanyang Academics: Enlist the Best Private N-Level Tutors!  

With Nanyang Academics’ private N-Levels tuition, your child will receive our tutor’s undivided attention to their individual learning needs. This means that they can clarify their misconceptions  and receive exclusive, targeted help with their weaker topics. Students will have the flexibility of arranging and coordinating with our private N-Levels tutors, to ensure your child’s utmost convenience. Whether it is N-Level English, N-Level Mathematics, N-Level Combined Science, N-Level Combined Humanities or N-Level Chinese, Malay or Tamil, we will find the right tutor for you!


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