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Direct School Admission (DSA)

1. Background 

The DSA-Sec Exercise was introduced in 2004 as MOE seeks to promote holistic education. Under the DSA-Sec Exercise, participating secondary schools will have the autonomy to admit students outside of the centralised posting exercise, via their own selection criteria.

For 2019, Bedok South Secondary School will offer Secondary One places to aspiring students with the desire to be developed under our key distinctive programmes via the DSA-Sec Exercise. We are looking for students who are passionate about these areas and are willing to contribute to the school and society. The key distinctive programmes are:

 ·         Applied Learning and Innovation;

 ·         Sports and Outdoor Education; and

 ·         Student Leadership

Please visit our website to view the 3 programmes.

2. Our Distinctive Programmes 
Our distinctive programmes and their intended outcomes are as follows:

A)  Applied Learning and Innovation –  Applied Learning Programme (ALP)
Project S.H.I.N.E ( Student-centred and Holistic programme that develops Innovation and 
Nurtures Empathy)

Key Objectives: To develop in our students – life-long values, skills and competencies to 
lead themselves and others as:

(i)    Creative and critical thinkers who approach problems and issues with an 
        innovative mindset;

(ii)   Effective Communicators and Collaborators  who are confident in communication and able              to work in teams or independently; and

(iii) Citizens who serve with conviction and empathy by contributing back to the community.

B)  Sports and Education Programme - Learning for Life Programme (LLP)

To develop SHAPE@BDS (A School of Healthy And Physically Educated Enthusiasts at  Bedok South

Secondary) through Sports and the Outdoors 

Key Objectives: To develop in our students life-long values, skills and competencies 

lead themselves and others in living an active, healthy and fulfilling life,including:

(i)    Self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve personal well-being physically,

       emotionally and mentally;

(ii)   Social awareness, interpersonal and leadership skills to build and maintain positive                      relationships and lead others; and

(iii)  Skills and knowledge of sports and the outdoors to lead themselves and others towards living      a healthy and balanced life.

C)  Student Leadership - Develop Leaders of Tomorrow who will Serve with Conviction

Key Objectives: To develop in our students life-long values, skills and competencies to lead 

themselves and others, including:

(i)        Self Leadership – Growing the capacity to achieve self-mastery and personal effectiveness.

(ii)    Team Leadership – Growing the capacity to lead others with competence and care.

(iii)  Thought Leadership – Growing the capacity to influence others through quality insights.

3. Application Procedure

Bedok South Secondary School: Direct School Admission (DSA-SEC) to 2020 Secondary 1

Bedok South Secondary School has always endeavoured to provide our students with many opportunities to develop their curricular and co-curricular interests. This exposure has led many of our students to discover their passion, strengths and potential, and fueled their desire to pursue more advanced learning in the areas where they have displayed talent. The Direct School Admission (DSA-Sec) exercise provides us with the opportunity to admit students with strengths and talent in: 

1. Applied Learning and Innovation - ALP Project SHINE  


Outdoor Sports and Education - LLP SHAPE@BDS; Sports CCAs (floorball, netball, badminton
    and football)


Student Leadership

Bedok South Secondary welcomes all Primary 6 students to participate in the Direct School Admission (DSA-Sec) Exercise. Applicants must satisfy diverse academic and non-academic criteria such as possessing good communication skills, leadership potential and personal qualities such as Integrity, Courage, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Care. 

Through this exercise, successful applicants via our distinctive programmes will gain admission into BDS for the academic year beginning January 2020, and specifically for LLP, students must participate in a sports group throughout his/her 4 or 5 years in Bedok South Secondary School.


aFrom 2019 onwards, all students will apply for DSA online through a centralized DSA-Sec Portal instead of individually to each school. The application is free of charge and it will take place from 8 May 2019, 9am. 

b. For applicants studying in MOE mainstream primary schools, only one parent’s SingPass is needed to log in. If parent/ guardian is unable to apply online, they can approach the child’s primary school for assistance. 

c. For applicants NOT studying in MOE mainstream primary schools, you will need to obtain a Registration Number (RGxxxxxxx) first at MOE Customer Service Centre (CSC) before you can apply through the centralized DSA-Sec Portal. For more information, you may visit the MOE website by clicking here.

d. *An applicant can indicate up to three choices. Each choice will consist of a secondary school and a talent area offered by that secondary school. Of the three choices, an   applicant  may use a maximum of two choices to apply to the same school, for two different   talent areas of that school.
e. The closing date of submission is on 4 June 2019 at 3.00 pm. Only short-listed applicants are required to attend an interview by the Selection Panel from 15 July to  31 July 2019.

f. All applicants will be informed on the outcome of their application by 23 August 2019 via post. Successful applicants’ primary schools will follow-up on other actions of the DSA exercise. Results of posting will be released on the day of the release of the PSLE results.

*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. 

4. The Application timeline for 2019 is summarised as follows:



 8 May 2019, 9.00am

Application for DSA opens. To be done online via the centralized DSA-Sec portal. 

 4 June 2019, 3.00 pm

Closing date for application 

 5 July 2019

Notification of short-listed candidates

15 July to 31 July 2019

School-based interview for short-listed applicants

Stage 1: Selection Stage

By 23 August 2019

All applicants will receive a reply from the school on the outcome of their application informing them if:

They have been given a Confirmed Offer (CO). 

They are placed on the Waiting List (WL).

The school is unable to offer them a place.

Stage 2: School Preference Submission   

End of October

School Preference Form to be submitted physically at respective Primary Schools or online via the DSA-Sec Internet System (DSA-Sec IS). 

Stage 3: Results Release Stage
Late November

Release of DSA-Sec Results together with PSLE results

5. Selection Criteria

Bedok South Secondary School invites talented Primary 6 students with any of the following attributes and achievements to apply through the DSA-Sec exercise:

a)    Via Applied Learning and Innovation - ALP

      1.  Represented the school and achieved accolades in inter-disciplinary competitions, or                    led/served as a member of inter-/intra-school projects or IP-related competitions, which require      participants to generate innovative solutions to problems and issues. 

    2.  Held leadership position/s in inter-disciplinary clubs or societies that require participants to             generate innovative solutions to problems and issues.


b)    Via Sports and Education - LLP

 1. Possesses strong aptitude and interest in sports and outdoors.

             2. Held leadership position/s in primary school e.g. class chairman, prefect, CCA                                       captain/chairman etc.

             3. Recipient of an Edusave Award for Achievement, Leadership and Service

       c)   Via Student Leadership

              1Possesses strong values, aptitude and interest in becoming a leader.

              2Held leadership position/s in primary school, e.g. Prefect, Monitor, Captain, etc.

Has the potential to lead a group of students in projects, school activities and programmes.


6. Documentation


        MOE Main Stream School Applicants

Applicants need not

        ·     Submit any academic and non-academic achievements of their primary school. Information                 such as their P5 and P6 academic results, CCA, school based activities/achievements/awards,               NAPFA, etc. will be shared directly with the DSA-Sec secondary schools that they apply to.

Applicants may need to

 ·       Provide documentary proof of non-school based activities and achievements. This may include   your participation/contribution in external competitions/events, Values in Action programmes,   other special talents, and contributions to school and the community, if any; 

·        Pass the interview/ aptitude-based assessment; and 

·        Attend trials for DSA via Outdoor Sports and Education – LLP.

Non MOE Main Stream School Applicants

Applicants are required to

·       Submit a portfolio of Academic and Non-Academic awards and achievements, including  leadership experiences, participation in Values in Action programmes, and evidence of other  special talents and contributions to school and the community (if any), for verification against the  data provided during application;

·       Pass the interview/ aptitude-based assessment; and 

·       Attend trials for DSA via Sports and Education – LLP.

Only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview from 15 July  to 31 July 2019. 

For more information about the DSA Exercise, you may:

      ·     Visit MOE website at: https://beta.moe.gov.sg/dsa/

      ·    Contact the following staff for further clarification:         


Contact Person


Applied Learning & Innovation (ALP)

Miss Pearl Lee


Sports & Education (LLP)

Mr Edzra Iskandar


Student Leadership

Mr Edzra Iskandar