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Certificate For Higher Education
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CERTIFICATE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

Minimum Entry Requirement

1) Minimum age of 16 years

2) Academic Level:

a. Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level credits including English, OR

b. Successful completion of at least 10 years of formal education, PLUS

3) English language requirement of IELTS 5.0 or equivalent language test results

Intake

January/May/September

Mode of Study:

Full Time : 8 months

Part Time: 16 months

Award

Certificate

The course Certificate for Higher Education is a pre-degree or pre-diploma preparatory programme.

It aims to provide students with the basic study and research skills necessary to benefit from higher education.   It is directed particularly at students who seek to enter a British degree programme or a degree or diploma programme taught in the English language and adopting a British style approach to higher education, where students are expected to take a degree of responsibility for managing their own learning.   The course is aimed particularly but not exclusively at international students and one expected outcome is that students will have achieved a level of competence in the English language equivalent to approximately IELTS 5.5. The range of practical skills developed will also enhance students’ value to potential employers.

The course also aims to introduce students to the concepts and method of study of at least one subject that they may pursue in their later studies.

The programme focuses on Effective study skills, Academic Research Skills, Academic Writing Skills, Advanced Academic English, Communication skills, Quantitative Methods and two optional modules.

On successful completion of the certificate students can proceed to one of the Shelton Diploma programmes.

   

MODULES

EFFECTIVE STUDY SKILLS

The module aims to provide students with the fundamental learning skills necessary to derive maximum benefit from their Higher Education studies.   As such, it will also increase the students’ independent learning abilities and good study habits. This module will help students to know and prepare for what to expect in Higher Education. It will include knowing oneself as learner, independent study, good study habits, study skills components and strategies, effective reading and learning approaches, motivational learning, time management, listening and note taking, computer skills, research and writing creative assignments, taking tests and examinations, questioning and cognitive procedures.

ACADEMIC RESEARCH SKILLS

The module aims to provide students with the basic research skills needed for higher education study. These include how to find and select the most relevant information from source materials; understanding the concepts of qualitative and quantitative research; learning what plagiarism is and how to avoid it and learning how to do reference and use the Harvard referencing style.

It will also help students to use their own ideas and express opinions based on the knowledge obtained from research.

ACADEMIC WRITING SKILLS

This module provides students with the fundamental skills of writing for their academic work. It will help students to formulate their ideas and thoughts into writing. Students will develop the ability to write creatively, format their work for different platforms and learn how to plan and structure their writing. The course will help students to connect ideas with writing and increase students’ ability to perform independently.

ADVANCED ACADEMIC ENGLISH

This module provides students with the fundamental skills to use and understand appropriate grammar, punctuation and vocabulary at the Diploma level. The module will help students develop tools and strategies to improve their competency in written, spoken, aural and reading comprehension skills. Students will also gain insight into how to use dictionaries efficiently and effectively to increase their understanding and improve their own vocabulary and grammar usage. The course will allow students to apply an appropriate level of English in a variety of academic situations so they are prepared to do this at the next level of study.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

This module aims to equip students with the communication skills necessary to gain maximum benefit from their higher education studies and to operate effectively as employees and managers in an organization.

QUANTITATIVE METHODS

This module aims to ensure that all students have sufficient basic numeracy skills to operate effectively in a higher education or typical working environment.

Any two (2) of the following modules. (subject to availability)

Option 1: BUSINESS STUDIES

This module aims:

o To introduce the nature and purpose of business and the various forms of business enterprise and trade activities.

o To introduce students to the main functional areas of business and to develop an awareness of what is involved in studying business at the higher education level

Option 2: INTRODUCTION TO TRAVEL. TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

This module aims to introduce students to the basic principles and concepts of tourism as an academic discipline; to give students an appreciation of the history, dimensions, growth, impact and importance of tourism in the economic development of certain regions.; to acquaint students with the various organisations and their role in developing and promoting tourism; to develop an understanding of the various components of international and domestic travel and to identify the current trends and issues related to tourism.

Option 3: INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION

This module aims to introduce students to the basic principles and processes within the mass communication fields; to familiarize students with the various media organizations in Singapore and their role in developing media content; to develop an understanding of interpersonal, group and mass communication and to identify the current trends and issues related to the media.

Option 4: PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTS

This module is designed to provide students with an introduction to accounting and in particular it aims

o To introduce the basic principles of financial accounting and their application.

o To acquire knowledge and techniques that will assist students in the performance of financial accountancy functions in industry and commerce

o To enable students to interpret and report upon the information obtained from the use of Financial Statements.

ASSESSMENT

A combination of examination and coursework.