General Paper aims to develop in students the ability to think critically, to construct cogent arguments and to communicate ideas using clear, accurate and effective language. At YIJC, students are guided in lectures and tutorials to explore key issues of global and local significance, providing students with a strong foundation to thrive in a fast-changing world. Current affairs and popular culture familiar to students are used to help students engage with complex subjects and they are encouraged to specialise in topics that interest them in preparation for the A level examinations.
The 2-year curriculum uses a variety of teaching and learning strategies so that YIJCians will:
- Understand better the world in which they live by fostering a critical awareness of continuity and change in the human experience
- Appreciate the interrelationship of ideas across disciplines
- Broaden their global outlook while enabling them to remain mindful of shared historical, social and cultural experiences both within Singapore and regionally
- Develop maturity of thought and critical reading and creative thinking skills
- Develop the skills of clear, accurate and effective communication
- Develop the skills of evaluation of arguments and opinions
- Confidently undertake independent reading and research
For more information on the syllabus and scheme of assessment, please click here.
At YIJC, Project Work is about helping students develop knowledge application, communication, collaboration and independent learning strategies so as to be prepared for lifelong learning and future challenges.
At the outset of their projects, students are empowered to identify and determine the real world problem (RWP) they want to engage with and tackle. They hone their research skills, immersing themselves in the process of gathering, processing, synthesizing and applying knowledge from various fields. This forms the basis for them to define the severity of their RWP, the needs of the affected community and to gain inspiration to craft creative solutions.
At YIJC, students acquire and apply thinking and ideation tools from Design Thinking to devise programme-based and/or product-based solutions to their RWP. Students learn to develop empathy for their target community, define the problem well, ideate potential solutions, prototype these and finally test them with the experts or end-users. In order to effectively showcase their projects and proposed solutions, students explore and embark on meaningful presentation strategies that include ICT infographic and animation tools.
With group work forming a substantial part of the learning experience in PW to acquire and hone the much-needed collaboration skills, students are given the opportunities and suitable platforms to learn to work effectively in groups, yet balanced by the sense of responsibility inherent in independent or self-directed learning.
For more information on the H1 Project Work syllabus, you may refer to the following link: