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

Take O Levels in 10 Months. Enter Polytechnic!
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Our students have entered

Singapore Polytechnic

Nanyang Polytechnic

Temasek Polytechnic

Republic Polytechnic

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Yishun Junior College

3 powerful O-level success stories

– From school drop out to achieving A1 [Read]

– From NT stream to getting 3As and 1B [Read]

– He struggled to pass O levels for 2 years and finally did so at INSPIRE. Now he is a degree holder.[Read]

Our satisfied students

Ching Er

Ching Er Inspire Education Centre Student

I am one step closer to fulfilling my dream

Before – 26   After – 19

(now in Temasek Polytechnic)


I couldn’t go to Polytechnic but now I can

Before – 25   After – 17

(now in Temasek Polytechnic)

Zhao Xing

Zhao Xing

Thanks to INSPIRE, I improved my grades tremendously. I am elated that I can now go into my dream course in Polytechnic!

Before – 19   After – 13

(now in Ngee Ann Polytechnic)

Jun Xian

Jun Xian

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

Top Scorer for 2018 Cohort

2As and 3Bs


Inspire Education Centre Student Janson

Achieved A1 for Science

(now in Nanyang Polytechnic)

Wang Qiang

Inspire Education Centre Student Wang Qiang

Top Scorer for 2014 Cohort

3 As and 1 B

… and many others

2013 students who entered local Polytechnics

– James – Singapore Polytechnic

– ZhiJian- Temasek Polytechnic

– Isaiah – Nanyang Polytechnic

– Jian Li – Republic Polytechnic

Top Scorer for 2012 Cohort

4 As – Arpana

2012 students who entered local Polytechnics and Junior College

– Wendy – Nanyang Polytechnic

– Adrianna  – Yishun Junior College

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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Ms Irene

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 candidate studies

12 years experience of nurturing students since 2007

Dedicated teachers who truly care

Small conducive class size

Progress reports & awards for good progress

Structured curriculum & lessons throughout the year

(no March/June holidays)

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

How are classes conducted

Tests and examinations are held in

Topical test

Topical test

Topical test

Prelim exam

O-level exam

How INSPIRE’s program 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 Min of 3 topical tests &  final prelim Twice – mid-year & final prelim
Meet the parents session Yes Yes
Progress reports 4 2
Fee Payments 9 instalments 2 instalments or 1 lump sum payment
Monthly rewards for motivation (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

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

  • Jan 11 to Nov 10, 2021.
  • Ongoing intake till 11 Mar 2021. Late entry fees apply from 11 Feb 2021 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 (first day), various topical tests and prelim exams in September

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.
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?
For subject not listed here, please email to confirm to check if there are any alternative subjects available.

Make the Right Choice

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  3 Bs and a C. Thank you once again.

– Parent of Aaron

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