Frequently Asked Questions


  • 1. What are the admission requirements for 'A' –level holders?

    Applicants (regardless of nationality) presenting the Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' Level results.

    'A' Level Curriculum (H1/H2/H3 Subjects)

    These are the minimum requirements needed for applicants (regardless of nationality) appearing for the new 'A' Level curriculum (1.e. H1/H2/H3 subjects) examination in November 2011 to apply for admission to NUS in 2012

    • Pass in at least two subjects at H2 Level and offer either General Paper (GP) or Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) in the same sitting.
    • Meet the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement for admission by having one of the following:
    1. minimum of D7 for the higher MTL paper taken at the 'O' Level examination.
    2. minimum of 'S' grade for the H1 MTL paper or General Studies in Chinese.
    3. minimum of 'S' grade for the H2 MTL paper taken at the 'A' Level examination.
    4. pass in the MTL 'B' Syllabus paper at the 'A' Level examination.

    If you are a candidate who has been exempted from MTL as approved by MOE, the MOE-approved subject-in-lieu will be considered as your MTL subject.

    If you are unable to fulfil the MTL requirement for admission but satisfy all other admission requirements, you will be admitted on a provisional basis. During your course of study, you will be required to attend the MTL course conducted by the University or attain the minimum requirement as listed above by retaking the MTL paper at the 'A' Level examination before you are allowed to graduate.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements as indicated in items A & B above does not indicate that the applicant can be admitted as admission to the University is based on open competition.  It would be dependent on the applicant's academic standing, the courses he/she has selected and the competition amongst the applicants in the year of application. In exceptional cases, work experience and other achievements may be considered.

    NUS has published the A-level and polytechnic Indicative Grade Profiles and course places of the previous academic year to enable applicants to make more informed choices when applying for admission. Please refer to the Office of Admissionsfor more information.

  • 2. What are the admissions criteria for diploma holders to FASS?

    FASS will consider the applications of all diploma holders from the 5 local Polytechnics (Ngee Ann Poly, Nanyang Poly, Republic Poly, Singapore Poly, Temasek Poly).

    Successful candidates will be granted 20 MC of Advanced Placements - 1 General Education Module (Subject Group A), 1 Breadth, 3 Unrestricted Electives. This is equivalent to one semester of advanced standing. For further queries on how to apply, please refer to the Office of Admissions.

  • 3. What are the admission requirements for IB Diploma?

    Applicants who have been awarded an IB diploma will be considered for admission. Please note that this is only the minimum eligibility criteria. Entry to the various courses at NUS is very competitive and applicants who gain admission, typically, attain very good scores.

    For further queries on how to application and admission matters, please refer to the Office of Admissions.

  • 4. What is the Mother Tongue (MT) Bonus Point Scheme?

    It is a scheme for students to gain admission into FASS with bonus points if they have done well in their respective mother tongue subjects (Chinese, Malay or Tamil) at the GCE A level examinations.  Details may be found at

  • 5. Must I major in Chinese Language/Chinese Studies/Malay Studies/South Asian Studies if I am admitted through the MTBP (mother-tongue bonus point) scheme?

    Upon succession admission into FASS, through the Mother Tongue Bonus Scheme, students need not major in their respective mother tongue subjects offered in FASS which are:

    Chinese Language: Chinese Language or Chinese Studies

    Malay language: Malay Studies

    Tamil language: South Asian Studies

    Students only need to undertake that they will read at least 7 modules (or 28MCs) of modules, taught in the mother tongue, under the respective subjects.  These modules will be counted towards your degree requirements. 

  • 6. What is discretionary admission? How can I be considered for it?

    Up to 10% of vacancies will be set aside for consideration of exceptional candidates for admission to FASS. For such candidates, other factors besides grades will be taken into consideration. The following are some samples of exceptional achievements that FASS may take into consideration:

    1. Represented Singapore in Arts and/or Sports
    2. Active participation in community service and volunteer programmes.
    3. Work experience relevant to the course applied for
    4. Key leadership positions in community organisations, sports and athletic clubs etc (outside school)

    In addition, applicants can provide information on awards/honours that they have won. If candidates wish to be considered under this scheme, they should provide the details in the 'Outstanding Singular Talent' section in the online application form. They should follow up by sending supporting documents to NUS.

  • 7. Are there any entry requirements for particular subjects?

    There is generally no special requirement to major in a particular subject except for Chinese Language, Chinese Studies, Communications and New Media, English Language, English Literature, Theatre Studies, Malay Studies and Psychology.


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
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