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DSA Forensic & Pharmaceutical Science



In today’s innovation-driven economy, employees require a different mix of skills than in the past. In addition to foundational skills like literacy and numeracy, there is increasing need for individuals to be adaptable, confident and possess competencies such as collaboration, creativity and problem-solving. To better prepare our students for the future, which is increasingly centred on solving unstructured problems and analysing information, PHS has developed our Applied Learning Programme (ALP) to support our students to develop the necessary “real-world” skills for life beyond school.

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(Source: Future of Jobs Report, World Economic Forum)

We have chosen to focus on a Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)-related ALP. The ALP carries our hope of inspiring our young on the beauty of discovering and creating things, and raising the aspiration of students to pursue STEM-related courses and careers to address challenges of the future that will improve lives.

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Through authentic learning experiences and creating platforms in the area of Forensic and Pharmaceutical Science, the ALP of PHS seeks to nurture creative individuals with critical awareness, scientific inquiry and instil the joy of learning Science throughout life.


1. Students
    • exposing students to the field of Forensic and Pharmaceutical Science
    • engaging students in investigative science through creative problem solving,
    • experiencing and applying the process of scientific inquiry,
    • exploring scientific concepts through an authentic learning environment beyond the classroom.

2. Staff
    • equipping staff with relevant knowledge and skill sets to implement the ALP effectively.

3. Resources
    • establishing strong partnerships with external stakeholders in purposeful collaboration.



    • First run in 2016 Sem 2
    • Over 500 students have benefited from the ALP


The ALP consist of 2 tiers. A tiered approach serves to provide different depths of experience in view of students’ cognitive and affective levels of development.

    • Tier 1 programmes seek to lay the foundation of scientific inquiry in students through activities that expose them to novel situations beyond the classroom.
    • Tier 2 programmes have been designed to help students who have shown strong aptitude in science further develop their passions into strengths and achieve their fullest potential.

To achieve our mission, the curriculum

    • adopts the active learning pedagogy, where learning takes place through hands-on and minds-on activities,
    • challenges students to complete authentic and open-ended tasks in the area of Forensic and Pharmaceutical Science,
    • is integrated across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM),
    • is process-focused to enable deliberate teaching of scientific inquiry skills,
    • is enriched with learning journeys, seminars, partnership programmes and competitions to broaden their experience and strengthen real-world connections.
At the end of the ALP, students should be able to

    • demonstrate understanding and appreciation of forensic and pharmaceutical science,
    • apply creative problem-solving and scientific inquiry skills to solve authentic problems presented through case studies,
    • develop an interest in pursuing higher education in a STEM-related field.


We are looking for Primary 6 students who have a strong interest in science. Applicants should demonstrate an inquiring mind, positive attitude and a sense of commitment towards learning.

Shortlisted applicants will be informed to attend an interview.


From 2019, application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 8 May to 4 Jun 2019. For more details, please refer to MOE website – www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa-sec.

Additional supporting documents may also be submitted together with the application:

    • certificates of achievement/participation in STEM-related* programmes and/or competitions
    • testimonial from primary school teachers
    • any other relevant document(s) deemed useful to support the application, e.g. participation in Young Scientist Badge Scheme organised by the Science Centre, Questa, Robotics competitions, etc.
For information on closing date, please see Timeline.

If you have any queries, please call the General Office at 64543722.

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.


Shortlisted applicants will be informed to attend an interview.

General Ability Test (GAT) and Higher Ability Selection Test (HAST) will not be included in our selection process.

All applicants will be notified of results of application by post. Please see Timeline.


1. Who can apply for DSA?
All Primary 6 students who meet the selection criteria.

2. How do I apply?
Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 8 May to 4 Jun 2019. For more details, please refer to MOE website – http://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/direct-admissions/dsa-sec.

3. How will I know the results of my application?
All applicants will be informed of the results of their application by post.
See Timeline for details.

4. My child is not in a MOE school. What is the application procedure?
Any child not in MOE schools will require a letter issued by MOE HQ at the MOE Customer Service Centre. The letter contains a Registration Number, which he/she can use to apply for the DSA.