Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Certificate/Foundation,

Awarded by
Awarded by

University of London, UK

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 1 year

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Headquarters

Application Dates
Application Dates

Now till 1 Aug 2023 (local and international applicants)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$13,700 to S$14,200

* All fees inclusive of current 7% GST (exclude textbooks / course materials, SIM application fee, preparatory / bridging course fee, and other fees). Fees will be subject to revised GST of 8% effective on 1 Jan 2023 and 9% on 1 Jan 2024. Refer to GST Notes under Fees Tab for more information.

Programme Outline

Awarded & Developed by: University of London, UK and Developed by the Member Institution, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

This programme is ideal for those who wish to pursue a University of London (UOL) degree programmes, but do not meet the UOL standard admission requirement, under the Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences (EMFSS) offered by LSE. It provides a good opportunity at getting a degree without losing additional time.  

The Certificate of Higher Education is a taught programme and students are required to attend a course of instruction at SIM. 

learning-outcome

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will develop analytical and academic competence in order to allow you undertake further study at undergraduate level. 

Further Studies

Graduate can progress to the UOL undergraduate EMFSS degrees with credit for up to four full modules.

Graduates can look forward in obtaining both a Certificate of Higher Education and a BSc degree from University of London upon progression to the Degree programme, a total of 3 years.

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Intake Dates

2023 Sep intake

PROGRAMME DURATION

Sep 2023 to Jun 2024

APPLICATION PERIOD

Now till 1 Aug 2023 (local and international applicants) 

Early submission of eApplication is strongly recommended.

Minimum / Maximum period: 

1 year / 5 years 
The candidature period may be extended by the University on a case-by-case basis. 

Curriculum

Structure

  • Face-to-face lectures, group discussions, workshops and online study. 
  • Additional compulsory tutorials and Academic Study Skills lessons will be organised for students.
  • Duration of each lesson is 3 hours. 
  • Full time classes are held in three-hour blocks between Monday and Friday, starting at 8.30am, 12pm, or 3.30pm.  
  • Classes are taught by local faculty, supplemented by webinars by the London School of Economics on the Virtual Learning Environment. 
  • Academic materials include Virtual Learning Environment, SIMConnect portal, subject guides, past exam papers and exam commentaries, reading lists and handbooks on good study strategies. 
  • Learning support include intensive revision, classes on study skills, academic writing and the Peer-Assisted Learning sessions. 
  • Minimum class size to commence is 10 students for each option. Students will be informed within 30 days after the application period. 
  • Average teacher-student ratio: 1:79 
    View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 373 KB)

Assessment & Attendence

  • Assessment by the University is made up of annual examinations and coursework (for selected modules).  
  • Completion of class tests, assignments and preliminary exams are highly encouraged in preparation for the University’s annual exams 
  • Key dates: 
    • SIM Preliminary Exams: Feb 2023 
    • University Exams: May – Jun 2023 
    • Results released: Mid-Aug 2023 
  • All students are required to attain a minimum 90% class attendance. 
  • Student will not be permitted to register/sit for the university examinations if they fail to meet the attendance and SIM class tests/assignments requirement. 

Requirements to Graduate

  • The award of the Certificate requires successful completion of all 4 modules. 
  • Grading Scheme: 
    • 70-100: Distinction 
    • 60-69: Merit 
    • 50-59: Credit 
    • 40-49: Pass 
    • 0-39: Fail 

Modules

The programme consists of four Level 100 modules (or the equivalent). Modules will be allocated for students based on the option selected. 

Consider the modules that are available in the option that interest you and choose modules that are common to both that degree and this programme. 

Students who have little grounding in economics and are not keen on any of the Economics degrees may wish to choose an option which does not include economics (e.g. Option E). They can pick up economics in the later part of their degree, as required. 

Modules can be credited to BSc Accounting and Finance OR Banking and Finance OR Business and Management OR Economics OR Economics and Management 

  1. AC1025 Principles of Accounting 
  2. EC1002 Introduction to Economics 
  3. FN1024 Principles of Banking & Finance 
  4. ST104A Statistics 1 (half module) and MT105A Mathematics 1 (half module) 

Modules can be credited to BSc Data Science and Business Analytics only 

  1. EC1002 Introduction to Economics 
  2. MN1178 Business and Management in a Global Context 
  3. MT1186 Mathematical Methods 
  4. ST104A Statistics 1 (half module) and ST104B Statistics 2 (half module) 

  1. IR1198 International Relations: Theories, Concepts and Debates
  2. MN1178 Business and Management in a Global Context 
  3. PS1130 Introduction to International Political Thought 
  4. PS1172 Introduction to Political Science 

Modules can be credited to BSc Management and Digital Innovation only 

  1. IS1060 Introduction to Information Systems 
  2. IS1181 Digital Infrastructures for Business 
  3. MN1178 Business and Management in a Global Context 
  4. ST104A Statistics 1 (half module) and MT105A Mathematics 1 (half module) 


View modules information (PDF 59 KB)

View sample of class schedule (PDF 414 KB)

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Admission Criteria

Accepted Entry Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years old by 31 December in the year of registration with University of London  
  • Must have completed the following GCE ‘O’/’A’ Level:  
    • 1 ‘A’ level and 4 ‘O’ level passes; OR 
  • International Baccalaureate Certificate with minimum 20 points or better. 

Equivalent International Qualifications

  • University of London International Foundation Certificate 

For information on international qualifications, refer to SIM’s International Student Prospectus

Other Requirements

  • GCE ‘O’ level – minimum grade C6 (or its equivalent) 

 
Other acceptable Tests of Proficiency (TOP) in lieu of O level English (must be taken within the last 3 years): 

  • IELTS 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5). 
  • TOEFL iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 87 or above with at least 21 in both Reading and Writing Skills sub-tests and at least 19 in both Speaking and Listening sub-tests. 
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 54 or above, with at least 54 in both Reading and Writing elements. 

  • GCE ‘O’ level – minimum grade C or C6 (or its equivalent) 
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Fees & Financial Aid

All fees inclusive of current 7% GST (exclude textbooks / course materials). Fees will be subject to revised GST of 8% effective on 1 Jan 2023 and 9% on 1 Jan 2024.

GST Notes:

  • Fees published are inclusive of current GST of 7%. The parts of fees not invoiced, not paid and where services are not rendered in year 2022 are subject to the new GST rates effective on 1 Jan 2023 and 1 Jan 2024 respectively. Refer to IRAS website here for more details.
  • For invoice generated in 2022 for services to be rendered in 2023, if payment is collected by 2022, 7% GST will apply.
  • For invoice generated in 2022, if the payment is received in 2023 and service is rendered in 2023, 8% GST will apply. Credit note against original invoice and a new invoice bearing 8% GST will be issued.
  • For invoice generated in 2022 and service is rendered in 2022, if payment is collected in 2023 (i.e. late payment), 7% still applies.


Payment to SIM can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, and OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500).

Programme Fees

Payable to SIM 
SIM programme fees for 4 full modules: $8,303.20

Payable to University of London (UOL) 
UOL Initial Registration Fee: £1,214* 

Payable to RELC Examinations Bureau 
UOL Examination Fee (4 full modules): $3,200** 

*This is an estimated amount as UOL fees are subject to exchange rate fluctuation, Singapore taxation and yearly increase. 
** The UOL examination fee is subject to yearly increase. 

Payable to SIM 
SIM programme fees for 4 full modules: $8,816.80

Payable to University of London (UOL) 
UOL Initial Registration Fee: £1,214* 

Payable to RELC Examinations Bureau 
UOL Examination Fee (4 full modules): $3,200** 

*This is an estimated amount as UOL fees are subject to exchange rate fluctuation, Singapore taxation and yearly increase. 
** The UOL examination fee is subject to yearly increase. 

Mandatory One-time Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST. 

Student Development Fee 

A one-time payment applicable to all students embarking on a full-time Diploma or Undergraduate programme at SIM. This fee goes towards activities that will help in students’ personal growth and equip them with functional skills that enhance their employability.

Payable with the programme fees’ first instalment. 

S$251.45 

International Student Induction Fee 

A one-time fee payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience.

As applicable, payable with the programme fees’ first instalment. 

S$428.00 

Application Fee 

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed. 

Local applicants:
S$96.30

International applicants:
S$481.50 (not inclusive of Student’s Pass application)