The Raffles Diploma (RD) is a certification that recognises student participation and achievements in a wide spectrum of programmes in the five development domains - Cognitive, Character and Leadership, Community and Citizenship, Arts and Aesthetics, as well as Sports and Health. This certification celebrates the commitment of students who take up opportunities which nurture their talents in areas beyond the academic. In this way, the RD aims to challenge and expand the traditional definition of success based on the GCE A-Level certification.
The RD is a criterion-referenced certification and is awarded on a tiered basis - Raffles Diploma, Raffles Diploma with Merit and Raffles Diploma with Distinction. Upon meeting the base criteria across all five development domains, Rafflesians are automatically awarded the RD, with exceptional students obtaining a merit or distinction in a particular domain. For the merit award, submission of a short reflection essay is required to ascertain students' quality of experience within the domain(s). For the distinction award, students must submit a written statement of his/her interest, involvement and reflections in the respective domain(s). RD Distinction is awarded upon recommendation by a Select Committee which comprises external readers. The first group of Rafflesians to receive this certification is the class of 2011.
Level of Award
Raffles Diploma with Merit
Raffles Diploma with Distinction
Awarded upon meeting the minimum criteria across all five development domains
Awarded on meeting the merit criteria in any of the five development domains
Submission of reflection essay on their experiences
Awarded on meeting the distinction criteria in any of the five development domains
Submission of personal statement
Recommendation by Select Committee
To find out more about the Raffles Diploma, please refer to the RD Brochure below.