Curtin Singapore
Curtin Singapore

Diploma of English for Academic Purposes

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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 five 10-week units: three General English modules and two Academic English units. Students can also take units of the course without progressing along an Academic pathway.

Navitas English entry pathways to Curtin

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. The three General English units (GE1, GE2, GE3) can be taken on a stand-alone basis without progressing to 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 obtain at least a 50 per cent pass in each assessment and an overall 80 per cent in GE1, 60 per cent in GE2 and 50 per cent in GE3.

Progress tests: 40%
Writing: 20%
Speaking: 20%
Observation & Participation: 20%

Academic English

The Academic English courses provide 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.

Study skills developed include:

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 assessment task may be resubmitted, and the maximum score for resubmitted tasks is 50 per cent.

Entry requirement

General English 1 General English 2 General English 3 Academic English 2 Academic English 3
  • Navitas English Pre-entry Placement Test
  • Minimum GPA 60% from General English 1
  • 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
  • A GPA of 50% or above 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.

Weekly duration

20 contact hours and 4 hours of MyStudy (supervised self-study) per week.

Study hours

Classes are held from Monday to Friday with two different study schedules.

Morning schedule Afternoon schedule
  • Lesson 1: 08:45 to 10:45
  • Lesson 2: 11:15 to 13:15
  • MyStudy: 14:00 to 15:00 (Monday to Thursday only)
  • MyStudy: 11:30 to 12:30 (Monday to Thursday only)
  • Lesson 1: 13:30 to 15:30
  • Lesson 2: 16:00 to 18:00

Intake start dates

*For students studying 10 weeks only

Tuition fees

Program Fee
Diploma of English for Academic Purposes SG$3450 per unit

Material fees

Weeks Fee
1-10 SG$180
11-20 SG$225
21-30 SG$270
31-40 SG$310
41-50 SG$350

Non-tuition fees

Item Fee
Administration fee (International students) SG$500
Administration fee (Local students) SG$150
Medical insurance* SG$46.01
Fee Protection Scheme insurance** Course dependent

All fees include 7% GST

*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 restructured hospitals and B2 class wards. Local students may opt out of the medical insurance if they can provide proof of adequate medical insurance coverage. Payment is applicable per course and during Student Contract renewal or extension.

** The Fee protection scheme (FPS) aims to protect students’ paid fees in accordance with a master insurance policy, standard student contract and the Curtin Singapore refund policy.

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