Diploma of English for Academic Purposes

The Diploma of English for Academic Purposes provides direct entry to pathway, undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Curtin Singapore. Students are taught at Curtin Singapore Campus and have full access to campus facilities.

The Diploma consists of four 10-week units: two General English units and two Academic English units.

Navitas English pathways

General English

The General English courses prepare students wishing to improve their all-round English language with real-world English skills that they can use anywhere; as well as prepare students for the Academic English units.

Study skills developed include:

You will focus on the basic elements involved in English communication, i.e. the macro skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and the language systems (vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation). You will also be prepared to progress on to the Academic English units.

Course assessments

You will be assessed on a continuous basis through a combination of progress tests, speaking and writing tasks and participation. You must pass with an overall grade of 60 per cent.

Speaking tests: 20%

Writing tests: 20%

Reading tests: 20%

Listening tests: 20%

Language awareness tests: 20%

Academic English

The Academic English courses provide direct entry to pathway, undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Curtin Singapore.

Study skills developed include:

  • Academic study and assessment skills – You will be taught critical thinking, research techniques, exam skills and how to avoid plagiarism.
  • Academic writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills – You will learn how to plan and write Australian-style academic texts such as research reports and essays. You will be taught how to read for context and expand your vocabulary, and also learn how to plan and deliver an academic seminar with appropriate grammar and vocabulary. You will also learn how to take notes in lectures and summarise the meaning.

Course assessments

You will be assessed through a combination of examinations, a research report, a research essay, a seminar presentation and/or a case study. You must obtain at least a 50 per cent pass result in each assessment. Only one main assessment task and one exam skill may be resubmitted, and the maximum score for resubmitted tasks is 50 per cent.

Entry requirement

Cut-off scores

- IELTS (academic) 3.5 overall
- TOEFL iBT 42
- Minimum GPA 60% from General English 2
- IELTS (academic) 4.5 overall, writing 4.5, other bands 4.0
- TOEFL iBT 53, writing minimum 11
- Minimum GPA 60% from General English 3
- IELTS (academic) 5.0 overall, writing 5.0, other bands 4.5
- TOEFL iBT 61, writing minimum 13
- Minimum GPA of 60% from Academic English 2
- IELTS (academic) 5.5 overall, writing 5.5, other bands 5.0
- TOEFL iBT 71, writing minimum 15

Class size

Maximum 19 students.

Study hours

Weekly duration

There are 20 contact hours and 4 hours of MyStudy (supervised self-study) per week. Classes are held from Monday to Friday with two different study schedules.

Course fees

Tuition fee

Diploma of English for Academic PurposesS$3,450 per unit

Material fee


Non-tuition fee

Administration fee (International students)S$800
Administration fee (Local students)S$200
Medical insurance*S$47.08
Group Hospital and Surgical Insurance for COVID-19**S$90.95
Fee Protection Scheme insurance+Course dependent

All fees are inclusive of 7% GST. Fees listed are indicative and subject to annual increases.

*Medical insurance will cover students warded in a hospital or requiring surgical procedures. The policy will reimburse on hospital charges and only covers treatments in Singapore Government or Singapore Government Restructured Hospitals. Local students may opt out of the medical insurance if they can provide proof of adequate medical insurance coverage.

**Group Hospital and Surgical Insurance for COVID-19 will cover hospitalisation costs at Singapore Government or Singapore Government Restructured Hospitals due to COVID-19 infections only.

+The Fee protection scheme (FPS) insurance protects students’ paid fees in accordance with a master insurance policy and Student Contract.

View our fees and charges page for full details.