Preparatory Course For Singapore - Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level)

Take O Levels in 10 Months. Enter Polytechnic! (Terms and conditions apply)
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2023 stats: higher education
O Level stats: English
O Level stats: Math
O Level stats: Essay Writing Skills

Source: Inspire Education Centre 2023 Post-Course Evaluation – O Level

Our students have entered

Singapore Polytechnic

Temasek Polytechnic

Republic Polytechnic

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Victoria Junior College

Powerful O Level success stories

– From 5Ds to 5As after retaking O Levels with INSPIRE! She successfully applied to Junior College. [Read]

– He failed English and was hesitant at spending another year to re-do his O Levels. At INSPIRE, he improved his L1R4 from 21 points to 17 points. [Read]

– His journey from NA Level to O Level (2As and 3Bs). [Read]

– He fell short of the admission requirements for Polytechnic with his Higher Nitec score. With INSPIRE he scored 20 points to qualify. [Read]

Our satisfied students



Before: 4Ds and 1C
After: 5As

"Thank you for the guidance in strengthening my O Level foundations and for helping me choose my subject combination."

(2019 alumna, entered Victoria Junior College)


"Enthusiastic tutors who are passionate in their teaching and guidance."

(2022 alumnus)


2As and 3Bs

"I am really grateful for all the help and encouragement to achieve my best grades so that I can get into my choice of course for polytechnic."

(2018 alumnus)


Before: 19   After: 13 (L1R4)

"Thanks to INSPIRE, my grades improved tremendously. I am elated to enter my dream course in polytechnic!"

(2016 alumnus)


Before: 21   After: 17 (L1R4)

(2022 alumnus, entered Common ICT Programme at Temasek Polytechnic)


 19 (L1R4)

"I am one step closer to fulfilling my dream."

(2016 alumna)


17 points (L1R4)

"I couldn’t go to polytechnic but now I can."

(2014 alumna)


Our dedicated teachers who truly care


Mr Ho

Social Studies /

History Elective / Literature Specialist

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Ms Chew

English / Literature Specialist

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O and A Level Principles
of Accounts Specialist

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Mr Eujin

Mathematics Specialist

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Mrs Lee Peng

English Specialist

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INSPIRE’s O Level course

6 reasons why INSPIRE is the best choice for O Level private candidates

16 years experience of nurturing students since 2007

Dedicated teachers who truly care

Small conducive class size

Progress reports & motivational awards *

* Terms and conditions apply

Structured curriculum & lessons throughout the year

(no March/June holidays)

Academic Prize
Award of $2,000
for achieving 5 A1s *

* Terms & conditions apply

How are classes conducted

Tests and examinations are held in

Mid-year test

Prelim exam

O Level exam

How INSPIRE’s programme compares

with other O Level private schools


INSPIRE Other private schools
Class size 9-18 16-35
Term Breaks No term break Mar / Jun / Sep Holidays
Assessments Twice – mid-year & final prelim Twice – mid-year & final prelim
Progress reports 2 – (minimum of 4 subjects taken in Student-PEI contract) 2
Fee Payments 9 instalments 2 instalments or 1 lump sum payment
Monthly motivational awards (e.g. good progress reward and punctuality award, etc.) Yes No
Council for Private Education (CPE) Registered Yes Yes
NS deferment (if eligible)* Yes Yes
Transitlink Concession Card* Yes Yes
* Terms and conditions apply

Course Info

Students enrolling must

  • Have completed 8 years of formal education or middle school / lower secondary education.
  • Be at least 15 years old on Jan 1st of the year of examination.
  • Have a pass in Lower Secondary English (in student’s respective school) or IELTS 4.5 or equivalent or pass INSPIRE’s internal English entry test.

  • English

  • Mathematics (Math)

  • Additional Mathematics (AMath)

  • Social Studies (SS) + History Elective (Hist)

  • Social Studies (SS) + Geography Elective (Geog)

  • Literature in English (Lit)

  • Business Studies (BS)*

  • Economics (Econ)*

  • Principles of Accounts (POA)

    ^ Other subjects (e.g. Mother Tongue, Science (Theory / Practical) may be registered for the examination.

    * Subject to availability

    # MOE exam registration will be handled by the centre for students.

    Subject materials will be given as per topic taught. 

Course duration

  • 8 Jan 2024 to 7 Nov 2024.
  • Ongoing intake till 7 May 2024. Late entry fees apply from 8 Feb 2024 and admission will be considered on a case by case basis.

Full-time course

  • Duration – 3h x 5 days x 10 months = 600h
  • Contact hours -11.5h per week x 10 months = 460 h

Part-time course

  • Duration – 2h x 3 days x 10 months =240h
  • Contact hours – 5.5h per week x 10 months = 220h

Course delivery

  • Average teacher to student ratio 1:9 to 18
  • Face-to-face and online classes

Internal Assessments:

  • English and Mathematics placement tests upon course sign-up, followed by mid-year tests and prelim exams in September.
  • Progress reports and good progress awards will only be given to students who take a minimum of 4 subjects under their Student-PEI contract.

External Examination

  • The Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination in October – November.

Expected Examination Results Release Date

  • Results are released usually in January the following year of the examination.

Course Completion

  • Students have to sit for the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination in order to complete the O level course.

Frequently asked questions

What is the minimum number of subjects I need to take?
To be eligible for the course, the minimum is 3 subjects.
What is the cost of the course?
It depends on the subjects taken as well as number of subjects due to discounts accorded by the Centre. Please download the prospectus for the course fees.
What is the timetable like?
O Level classes are typically 9am – 12pm and 1pm-3pm on weekdays (Mon to Fri). Students only need to come down to the Centre for their respective subjects.
Are classes physical or online?
All classes are conducted physically. However, each subject tutor might choose to conduct online classes occasionally.
Why is there a variance in cost depending on the subjects taken as well as number of subjects?

Discounts are accorded by the Centre’s directors for selected subjects taught by them.
Are there other subjects that I can take with Inspire?
Please email us at for the availability of other subjects not listed on this website.

Make the Right Choice

We would like to say thank you to all the teachers and staff of Inspire Education. Ernst has shown great improvement and we are really proud of him. Now he has better options for joining a course that he likes in polytechnic. We really appreciate all your time and patience in guiding him. Once again a big thank you!
– Guardian of Ernst

Ayesha improved by leaps and bounds. She put in a lot of hard work, but this was certainly not possible without the support and instruction from the teachers. We thank you all for your love and guidance.
– Parent of Ayesha (who scored 5As)

I would like to thank you and Aaron’s teachers for your dedication to assisting Aaron for the full year of 2012. Aaron has certainly tried hard and with the support of his teachers, I am pleased that he has achieved 3Bs and a C. Thank you once again.
– Parent of Aaron