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Our Applied Learning Programme in Humanities and English Language aims to develop you to be an all-rounded student  with a good knowledge of contemporary issues. In particular, we hope to nurture you as one who is a discerning reader and a critical thinker and inquirer of knowledge, with the ability to communicate your ideas effectively through journalism platforms such radio podcast and photojournalism. 

You will discover the joy of learning English Language and Humanities subjects such as Geography, History and Social Studies through exciting opportunities to explore and learn about real world issues. Recent topics that have been covered in our programme include inter-generational relationships, sustainable living and cashless society. These topics will be covered in and outside class in an engaging way where students complete current affairs quizzes, analyse articles, watch relevant videos and provide their own personal responses, which will be featured in our very own #Ruminate Gallery. You will also have the opportunity to research and work on projects which make a difference to the community! 

At the same time, we will also hone your skills in research, media literacy, writing, photography, visual text production and oral presentation in the various projects that you undertake with your peers. Apart from that, there will be customised workshops where you will be equipped with relevant skills in dramatic expressions, and media production. These activities will enable you to think broadly, appreciate multiple perspectives, and be more confident in the delivery and articulation of your ideas through creative digital platforms. You will also be part of our PRSS Morning Waves radio programme which is broadcasted once a week, where you can design a ‘radio show’ to share your opinions on real world issues like Covid-19 and racial harmony with your teachers and schoolmates.

Join us too, on our learning journeys to media organisations such as production studios, SPH and MediaCorp and take part in exciting competitions and conferences such as model United Nations and poster, photo and video-making competitions so that you can appreciate the relevance of what you learn and have an opportunity to spar with students from other learning institutions.

If you have an interest and passion in learning more about Broadcast Journalism, Photo Journalism or media production, we invite you to join our Pasirian family .


ALP Talent Areas

DSA Main Category

DSA Talent Area

Language and Humanities


Language and Humanities

English Language

Selection Criteria
Applicants must:
  • Demonstrate an interest in and an aptitude for Humanities (e.g. current affairs, social studies, history, geographical issues and culture)
  • Have a strong grasp of written and spoken English Language (i.e. fluency and accuracy). 
  • Demonstrate high competency and interest in the use of English Language 
  • Have an aptitude for interdisciplinary thinking (e.g. challenge assumptions, see multiple perspectives and make connections) 

Please note that meeting all the criteria does not guarantee the student will be shortlisted/given an offer.

Selection Process  
Applicants will be shortlisted based on:
  • School and Non-school based Awards / Activities which may comprise their school-based projects or assignments and/ or participation in relevant competitions (e.g. creative writing, story-telling, current affairs etc)

Shortlisted applicants will be required to undergo an e-interview and prepare a short performance task outlining the solutions to an authentic problem.

Other Requirements
  • For all applicants who are not studying in MOE mainstream primary schools, please refer to https://go.gov.sg/apply-dsa-sec-nms.
  • International Students may apply but must take part in and fulfil the requirements of the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) test before you can be considered for DSA allocation. 

Centralised DSA-Sec Application Process
Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 5 May 2021, 11am to 1 June 2021, 3pm. For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec 
  • Certified true copies of certificates / documentary proof for the non-school based awards and activities may be requested for shortlisted applicants. 
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the application by 13 Sep 2021. Candidates who are given a Confirmed Offer are guaranteed a place in our school in a course which they are eligible for (Express, Normal Academic or Normal Technical) based on their PSLE results. 
  • No appeal will be entertained as the school’s decision on the offer is final. 

Key Dates
Application through the centralised DSA-Sec Portal:
5 May 2021, 11am - 1 Jun 2021, 3pm

Notification of Interview/ Audition/ Trial via e-modes for shortlisted applicants
28 Jun 2021 -13 Sep 2021
Outcome of application (Confirmed Offer, Waiting List, Rejected)By 13 Sep 2021 
Students with CO or WL offer will receive the School Preference FormMid - Oct 2021 
Submission of school preferences via the DSA-Sec Portal25 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021 
Release of DSA results with PSLE results release Late Nov 2021 

Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the schools’ academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.

Students who are successfully admitted to the school via DSA are expected to honour their commitment to the school, and participate in the activities related to the talent they are selected for from Sec 1-4. 

*For any inquiries, please call the General Office at 65010800.