Transitioning To Another Curriculum: 4 Tips & Must-Knows

transitioning to another curricula




It is common for students to consider transitioning to another curriculum during their course of study or upon completion of one education level. 

The most common curriculum transition would be students moving from Cambridge IGCSE O Level to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme also known as IBDP. 

Students can also be transitioning from going to a mainstream school to homeschooled upon moving on to their secondary or tertiary education. 

Here are some essential tips and must-knows for students that are transitioning from one curriculum to another. 


4 tips for students transitioning to another curriculum 

1 – Be knowledgeable about the curriculum’s assessment and subjects offered 

This is the most basic yet important aspect when it comes to changing the curriculum. Students are advised to be aware of the new curriculum’s assessment criteria as well as what the curriculum offers. 

If you are an international student moving to Singapore to continue their secondary or tertiary education, it is important to know about Singapore’s education system and curriculum. 


Read also: All You Need To Know About The PSLE Curriculum

Read also: GCE A-Level Singapore – H1, H2 and H3 Explained


Otherwise, if you are transitioning from IGCSE to IBDP, you will need to know that the IBDP curriculum differs significantly from the IGCSE. 

Read also: The Complete Guide to IB MYP and IB DP


2 – Talk to individuals that share the same experience

Information can be reliable from friends and family that have gone through a similar process. They will be able to provide you with useful information to help with the application process, and other administrative things. 

Otherwise, you can visit online forums and other communication channels where students, seniors and teachers discuss the curriculum. They will be able to provide insightful information to help you with your transition. 


3 – Understanding yourself 

It is also important to find out if the curriculum can provide you with the necessary resources to help you grow. If you are a more hands-on learner, it is good to find a curriculum that provides hands-on assessment and opportunities to explore the outside world while learning.

You should consider your future career paths, or whether you know what you are going to study in college or university. This is a good way of determining if the curriculum is suitable for you. Hence, it is important to know what you are looking for. 


4 –  Seek advice from your school teachers or home tutors

It is also beneficial to speak to your teachers and tutors and express to them your concerns, doubts or thoughts. It would be extremely helpful if you approach your own home tutors for advice since they are in the education sector and would have insightful information to help you with your transition. 


Additionally, your home tutor will know your studying patterns and habits which can be crucial in determining whether the curriculum fits your learning style. 


transitioning to another curriculum


Transitioning to another curriculum can be hard to digest and adapt at the beginning, hence it is important to take a breather and don’t stress yourself out. Speak to trusted friends, family members and teachers to get perspective. 


Tutopiya is a 1-1 Live Online Tuition platform that offers both Singapore and International curriculums. The curriculums we offer are as follows:



– GCE O Level

– GCE A Level



– Cambridge IGCSE

– Cambridge Edexcel


and many more!


Tutopiya offers bridging courses for students transitioning from IGCSE to IBDP. 

These are the following bridging courses we offer:

  • IB HL Math
  • IB SL Math
  • IGCSE Math/ Additional Math

For more information for other bridging courses, feel free to contact our experts to book yourself a free trial today! 



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