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Secondary 2


Secondary 2 is when students select their preferred combination of subjects to take for Secondary 3 and 4, as well as for the GCE ‘N’ and/or ‘O’ level examinations after receiving their end-of-year results.

More importantly, the chosen subject combination will determine the subjects students are eligible for during their tertiary education. For example, in order to take H2 Chemistry in Junior College, one has to have taken Chemistry as an O-level subject. As every school offers a different range of subjects, staying abreast of the subject offerings of your preferred school will allow parents and students to make an informed decision. However, by the end of 2024, the current streaming system will be replaced by the Full Subject-based banding (Full SBB) programme, which provides students with greater flexibility to study a wider range of subjects at levels more suited to their interests and learning needs.


Similar to Secondary 1, the syllabus in Secondary 2 moves away from grammatical fundamentals and focuses on developing students’ overall mastery of the language in preparation for the more rigorous demands of the upper secondary level. With an emphasis on expository writing, language for impact questions, as well as inference, authorial, and literary techniques to name a few, the syllabus seeks to sharpen students’ analytical capabilities and equip them with the skills to convey ideas in the written and spoken form effectively.


The Secondary 2 Mathematics syllabus can be broadly divided into 3 categories: Numbers and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, and Statistics and Probability. It expands on what was taught in Secondary 1 by introducing new topics (eg. Probability and Pythagoras Theorem & Trigonometry) while bringing depth to familiar ones. For example, instead of simply interpreting algebraic notations, students are expected to find the value of an unknown quantity in a formula.


Similar to Secondary 1, the Secondary 2 syllabus is organised into five major themes and focuses on building a strong foundation in the concepts required for the disciplinary Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) when students progress through the upper secondary levels. Students can expect to take a closer look at familiar topics such as the transport systems in plants and human beings and how energy is gained or lost through various means. Meanwhile, new topics such as atoms & molecules, as well as force & pressure, will also be introduced.

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