Preparatory Course for Foundation Studies


Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level


Awarded by
Awarded by

Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 3 months

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Headquarters

Application Dates
Application Dates

Now till 14 Aug 2022 (international applicants) | Now to 21 Aug 2022 (local applicants)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*


* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Programme Outline

Developed and Awarded by Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore

The Preparatory Course for Foundation Studies is designed to provide appropriate preparation coursework for students who wish to gain admission into the Management Foundation Studies (MFS) and Information Technology Foundation Studies (ITFS), awarded by the Singapore Institute of Management.

Further Studies & Career Prospects

With the Certificate, you can progress to the Foundation Studies programmes:

  • SIM Management Foundation Studies 
  • SIM Information Technology Foundation Studies

View the progression pathway (PDF 19 KB)

Why study at SIM


SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore.


Excellent value with lower tuition costs in SIM, with opportunities for overseas exchange and transfer.


Bond-Free Scholarship & Bursary - Scholarships are available to students who excel in academics, sports or arts.


Global Perspectives & Insights - Exposure to diverse cultures and a global network.

Learn more about the SIM Advantage

Intake Dates

Two intakes a year in April and October.

Oct 2022 Intake


1 Oct 2022 to 31 Dec 2022


Now to 14 Aug 2022 (international applicants)
Now to 21 Aug 2022 (local applicants)

Apr 2023 intake


1 Apr 2023 to 30 Jun 2023


26 Aug 2022 till 10 Feb 2023 (International applicants)
26 Aug 2022 till 10 Feb 2023 (local applicants)

Download academic calendar (PDF 231 KB)

Maximum allowed period to complete the 3-month programme is 3 months.

Students may re-apply for the programme if they did not complete the course in the maximum allowed period.

No refund or recourse should the student fail to complete in the maximum period.

SIM has the right to withdraw a student who cannot cope with the demands of the programme.



  • Lecturers are both academic and industry-based professionals with extensive work experience and expertise in their domain knowledge.
  • Average teacher-student ratio is 1:25.
    View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 563 KB)
  • The course is 100% face-to-face lecture-based learning. Coursework includes attendance at lectures, discussions of case studies, tests, presentations, and completion of group and individual written assignments.
  • Students are required to access relevant websites and the Internet for research and assignments in their own time. Besides attending lectures, students also participate in computer lab sessions.
  • Total contact hours: 105 hours
    • 42 hours per module for Elementary Mathematics and Academic Writing
    • 21 hours for Essentials of Management and Information Technology
  • Each lesson: 3 hours
  • Classes and workshops are organised to teach study skills, academic writing and presentation.
  • Academic materials:
    • Virtual Learning Environment
    • Academic materials such as module books (soft copies), reading lists and handbooks on good study strategies
  • Minimum class size to commence: 25 students. Students will be informed within 30 days before class commences.

Assessment & Attendance

  • All three (3) modules are assessed through multiple continuous assessments. They may include case studies, quiz, class tests, discussion, presentation, group, and individual assignments.
  • Students must pass all the modules in the course to qualify for progression to the Foundation programmes.
  • Attendance requirement – 75% attendance to be graded according to own academic performance.

Requirements to Graduate

To graduate, students must successfully complete and pass all 3 modules.

Graduating students will receive a result transcript and the Certificate of Completion from SIM.

They will be deemed as meeting the academic requirement for entry into the Foundation Studies programmes as follows:

  • SIM Management Foundation Studies 
  • SIM Information Technology Foundation Studies


  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Academic Writing
  • Essentials of Management and Information Technology

View module descriptions (PDF 83 KB)


Admission Criteria

Accepted Entry Qualifications

The following qualifications are accepted:

  • Two GCE ‘O’ Credits pass (Grade 1 to 6) 
  • NITEC with minimum Overall GPA 2.0 
  • Other qualifications will be assessed based on the equivalence to GCE ‘O’ level examinations.

English Language Requirements

  • GCE ‘O’ level credit pass (Grade 1 to 6) in English (as a first language); or
  • 2 points at GCE ‘N’ Level English or
  • Pass SIM English Test at Advanced 1 Level; or
  • An equivalent English language qualification.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement would need to undergo the Certificate in English Language (CEL) programme before enrolment in the programme.

The duration of the CEL programme depends on the applicant’s English language proficiency level.

Applicants can sit for an English Placement Test conducted by SIM to determine their English language proficiency level.

View full requirements (PDF 39 KB)


  1. The SIM English Placement Test results will be valid for one year from the date of the test.


Fees & Financial Aid 

One-time payment before class commences.

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

Programme Fees 

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST

Module Name

Estimated Fees

Elementary Mathematics


Academic Writing


Essentials of Management and Information Technology


All fees inclusive of current 7% GST. 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.


Mandatory One-time Fees 

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

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.


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)