Preparatory Course for Admission to Government Schools (Secondary Three)

Course Code: PCS

The Preparatory Course for Admission to Government Schools (Secondary Three), known as PCS (Sec 3), prepares students to enter Secondary 3 Education in Singapore. This course is designed for students who have completed Secondary 2/Grade 8 or equivalent in their home country. The purpose of the course is to build strong foundations in the core subjects—English, Mathematics and Sciences, and at the same time expose students to a range of other subjects. The average teacher-student ratio is 1:25.


Admission Criteria

Age Requirement: Applicant must be at least 14 years old as of 1 January of registration year.

Language Proficiency: Applicant must have at least an IELTS Band 4.0 or higher.

Applicant must have completed Secondary 2 Education, or Grade 8 or equivalent in home country.

Applicant must take the City College Entry Test, consisting of English and Math components.


Subjects Offered
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Chemistry/Physics)


Start, End and Duration of Course

Duration: 5 Months (20 weeks)
Start/End: Not offered in current year.
Course Type: Full Time


Course Fee

Not offered in current year.



Term 1: Major Test 1
Term 2: End-of-Year Exam

Continual assessment is reported but does not count toward final grades.


Completion Requirement

Students are considered to have completed this course when they have met the attendance requirement.


Upon completion

Students who have completed will obtain a certificate from the school.

PCS students who complete the course and have obtained at least 45% in their overall score may be offered direct entry into PCO course in City College. Students will emerge with a foundational study of English, Mathematics and Science, with:

  • Foundational module for PCO and PCO(I) courses
  • Forging conceptual understanding fundamental to the GCE ‘O’ Level examination


Registration Dates

Not offered in current year.