Co-curricular activity (Singapore)

In Singapore, a co-curricular activity (CCA), previously known as an extracurricular activity (ECA), is a non-academic activity that all students, regardless of nationality, must participate in. This policy was introduced by the Ministry of Education (MOE). (CCAs are also seen as a burden to some) Through CCAs, students discover their interests and talents while developing values and competencies that will prepare them for a rapidly changing world. CCA also promotes friendships among students from diverse backgrounds as they learn, play and grow together. Participation in CCA fosters social integration and deepens students’ sense of belonging to their school, community and nation. [1]

CCAs also give students in their early teens actual public responsibilities. Red Cross and St John members, for example, are often required to render first aid at public events. Most uniformed groups require precision, management and organisational skills, providing training to prepare students for the outside world.

However, CCA records are rarely considered by potential employers.

Structure of the CCA Programme

CCA choices vary widely from school to school, although schools at each education level are required to conform to national standards prescribed for that level.

In primary schools, CCAs are often introduced to students at Primary Three. Not all primary schools make CCA participation compulsory. In primary schools, Brownies are likened to junior Girl Guides.

In secondary schools, CCAs are treated more seriously. Students are required to pick at least one Core CCA to join at Secondary One. Belonging to a Core CCA is compulsory, and the students may choose a second CCA if they wish. At the end of the fourth/fifth year, 1 to 2 'O' Level points are removed from the examination aggregate (a lower aggregate indicates better marks). Although the marks are few, it is believed by many that they may make a difference when the students are considered for the most popular post-secondary educational institutions. For example, one minimum prerequisite for admission Raffles Institution at Year Five, via the 'O' Levels, is an already perfect score with the maximum of 4 points removed.

Structure of Typical CCAs

CCAs are held outside of curriculum hours and the activities partaken depend on the nature of CCA. For example, Uniformed groups do foot drills and team-building exercises while competitive sport.

Many former students return to their alma mater after graduation to help impart what they have learned to their juniors. Some do so within a formal framework, such as those in the uniformed groups (where ex-cadets are appointed as cadet officers), or the Voluntary Adult Leader scheme (for those above age 20). Others do so on a casual basis.


Many CCA-related competitions are held in Singapore, creating a competitive environment which provide CCA groups an objective to work towards.

The Ministry of Education organises competitions for competitive sports at the zonal and national level, respectively the yearly Zonal and National Schools Competitions. MOE also organises the biennial Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) for the Aesthetics CCAs.

List of CCAs

Student associations

  • Prefectorial Board
  • Students' Council
  • The Peer Support Board
  • The Junior and Senior Leaders Board
  • The Civics Tutorial Council / Monitor / Class Leaders' Council
  • The House Committee
  • Technology Student Association (TSA)
  • National Education Ambassadors
  • Key Club
  • Student Congress
  • Environment Councillors

Sports and games

Uniformed groups

Performing arts

Note that Band may either count as a uniformed group or a performing arts group.

Clubs and societies

  • Advanced Mathematics Club
  • AVA Club (Audio and Visual Aid)
  • Art Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Cabin Club (with Singapore Children's Society)
  • Comics Club
  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Cultural Club
  • Chinese Calligraphy Club
  • Computer Club
  • Culinary Club (One school only)
  • Debate Club
  • Drama Club
  • English Calligraphy Club
  • Entrepreneurship Club
  • Environment Club
  • First Aid Club
  • Future Problem Solving Programme
  • Game Designing Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Green Club
  • Guitar Club
  • Infocomm Club
  • Interact Club
  • Innovation Programme
  • Indian Cultural Society
  • Inventions Club
  • Research Programme
  • Language Club
  • Library Club
  • Mathematics Club
  • Media Club
  • Mind Sports Club
  • Multimedia Club
  • Outdoor Activities Club(OAC/ODAC)
  • Philatelic Club
  • Philosophy Club
  • Photography Club
  • Photoshop Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Science Club
  • Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC)
  • Scrabble Society
  • Tactics Club
  • Tamil Literary, Drama and Debate Society (TLDDS)
  • Video Animation Club
  • World Scholar's Cup (WSC)

In some schools, instead of separate clubs for Language, Debate and Drama (and even Culture), these domains are grouped under the heading of Language Debate and Drama Societies, an example of which is the English Literary Drama and Debate Society (ELDDS).


  1. "Co-Curricular Activities". Ministry of Education Singapore. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
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