Hybrid Subject Combinations (OH2020 Print Edition)

Many will be familiar with the two distinct streams, Arts and Science, and might even be torn between both. However, few stop to consider staying in the middle.

Hybrid combinations are essentially combinations that comprise two science subjects and two arts subjects. The two sciences would consist of Math and either Chemistry or Physics, coupled with H2 Economics and another arts subject (though you can request for special combinations if you think H2 Economics is not for you). It is worth noting that while RI treats the hybrid combinations as part of the science stream, people will often understand you better if you just said “hybrid”.

Unfortunately, BMEX is not offered as a combination as Biology has to be offered together with Chemistry to allow for the widest university course options.

While the hybrid combinations stray from the traditional science or arts combinations, they definitely offer a unique mix of numbers and frantic scribbling that may be enjoyable for some. It’s a nice balance that is suitable for those who have some aptitude for both skills—this is because you get to hone them simultaneously.

In fact, this balance and versatility comes in handy when applying for university! Hybrid students are situated comfortably in the middle of two vastly different streams, giving you the flexibility to take a science course (e.g. environmental engineering or pharmaceutical chemistry) in certain universities, while still having some background in the humanities subjects should you choose to study liberal arts further down the line.

Some may assert that hybrid stream students won’t have options in university, but this is verifiably untrue as options are only marginally limited.

It’s obviously scary to realise that you might be selecting your future career with this choice, but little can beat passion when you’re thrown into the intense rigour of JC life. After all, with so much happening, some students might find it challenging to derive happiness and enjoyment from their endeavours. Therefore, you can avoid being one of them by simply choosing what you truly want to do, but remember to do your research and look into potential courses in university that you might want to pursue.

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