Crossroads | Next steps after A-Levels, where should I go?

Updated: Sep 15

What can do after getting your A-Levels results? Read our final installment of this 4-part article to find out how you can make the best out of your post-A levels period!

What are your options? Pt. 1: The Conventional Route

For ‘A’s

Applying and appealing to your desired university course

Before 2020, admission to local university courses has been largely dependent on academic merit. This means that you can roughly estimate your chances of admission based on the 10th percentile of your desired course’s indicative grade profiles (IGP). You can check out this comprehensive database compiled by Digital Senior across the three local universities Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Management University (SMU).

If you have fallen short of meeting the required grades, fret not. From 2020, then-Education Minister Ong Ye Kung announced that all six autonomous universities will start to ramp up aptitude-based admissions as a more holistic means to assess one’s potential to succeed in a course, with NTU pledging to increase this mode of admissions to 50% in the coming years.

Broader assessments – including interviews, portfolios, personal essays and entrance tests – will be factored in to give a fuller evaluation of an applicant’s competency. This shift in focus away from academic cut-off points gives more students a fighting chance to enter their desired courses based on character attributes, skills and passion.

When it boils down to what universities for, SMU admissions office summarises succinctly: “Beyond academic grades, we are looking for interest in SMU and the programme that the student applied for, passion for learning,