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Applied Learning Programme (ALP)

Beattyians Think. Create. Innovate.


At Beatty Secondary School, nurturing Thinkers, Learners and Contributors takes centrestage in our Applied Learning Programme (ALP) with a focus on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Beyond imparting content knowledge and skills such as coding, our strong belief in inculcating values that will prepare our students for the future drives the programme undergirded by Design Thinking, a design methodology to develop creative strategies to resolve pressing issues. Through such exploration, our students can uncover innate talents and abilities, promote ingenuity as well as develop resilience that are invaluable life skills.

Our programme adopts the Head, Heart and Hand approach to encourage students to think, create and innovate with experiential learning through the projects that they embark on. It is imperative that besides developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, we instill the value of empathy in students. The emphasis of projects is guided by this learning goal and aimed at ‘Smart Living’ to ease day-to-day issues faced by people in the community.

Design Thinking as Cornerstone of our ALP, Supported by Knowledge on Coding

In line with Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, part of the programme develops digital literacy in students with an exposure to coding and basic computing knowledge. This will equip them with computational thinking in preparing them to embrace and ride the wave of the digital world. To complement the coding skills, our students are guided to adopt a design mindset, focusing on solutions in creating an outcome of choice. For our students, this is accomplished through project-based learning tied in with issues related to the home, school or community issues.

A tiered approach is adopted to cater to different student’s needs and abilities. At Tier 1, all students will be enriched through the 3-year programme spanning Secondary 1 to 3. There are opportunities for students who are interested to develop a deeper understanding and grow their expertise to be enrolled in the Tier 2 programmes, which comprises more extensive projects and attachments to professionals in the STEM industries.

Tier Level Programmes
1 Secondary One
  • Understand real-world applications of programming and electronics.
  • Understanding the science and technology of electronics through basic programming using the mirco:bit controller.

Secondary Two

  • Understand and apply Design Thinking as a problem-solving methodology to solve real-world problems.
  • Work on group projects by empathising with user needs and seeking solutions to real world problems they identify.
  • Showcase projects.

Secondary Three

  • Participate in learning journeys, workshops and assembly talks.
2 Selected students

Talent development programme:
  • Skills
    • Develop leadership qualities by being ALP Ambassadors / ALP Champions.
    • Hone confidence and communication skills through presentations during external showcase.
  • Cognitive
    • Participate in Competitions.
    • Delve in research, data analytics, etc
  • Embark on work attachment with industry partners

Low Cheng Lum Scholarship

Students with PSLE T-score of 235 and above will be awarded the Low Cheng Lum Scholarship with a total value of $2500 based on the following terms and conditions:

  • Cash Award of $1000 in Secondary 1, for students with PSLE T-score of 235
  • Cash Award of $500 in Secondary 2-4, subject to good performance and conduct in the preceding year

Application Process

  1. Interested applicants need to fulfil the selection criteria:
  • Selection Criteria, Click here.

  1. For applicants studying in mainstream primary schools, 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 2019, 9am to 4 Jun 2019, 3pm. For more details, please refer to MOE website at:
  1. For applicants NOT studying in MOE mainstream primary schools, obtain a Registration Number (RGxxxxxxx) at MOE Customer Service Centre (CSC) from 8 May 2019, 9am to 4 Jun 2019, 3pm, before applying through the DSA-Sec Portal. Refer to MOE website at:
  1. 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.

  1. Shortlisted applicants are encouraged to bring along any project portfolios, journals, accolades, awards, certificates or any other supporting documents for their involvement in projects listed under the segment on pre-requisites.
  1. Application Timeline
Date Events
8 May 2019
Application opens at 9.00am

4 June 2019
Application closes at 3.00pm

(Incomplete applications will not be considered)

1 July – 30 July 2019
School-based interview for shortlisted applicants. Shortlisted candidates will be notified via phone and/or email on the date, time and venue of interview.

By 30 August 2019
All applicants will be informed of the results of their application (Confirmed Offer / Waiting List / Unsuccessful)

By End-October 2019
Submission of School Preference Form.

a) For applicants studying in MOE schools, receive form from primary schools and submit at primary schools or via MOE online system.

b) For applicants NOT studying in MOE schools, collect form from MOE CSC and submit via MOE online system.

By End-November 2019
 Result Release

  1. Interviews will be conducted for shortlisted applicants between 1 July and 30 July at Beatty Secondary School.
  1. All shortlisted applicants will be notified via post on the outcome by 30 August 2019.
  1. Shortlisted International Students are required to take the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) test.
  1. For further enquires, you may contact the General Office at 6256 9108 or Mdm Toh Pei Ling (SH/Student Innovation) at 6256 9108 ext 204. Alternatively, you can email us at beatty_ss@moe.edu.sg.