Certificate in English


Program Description

Students will build a solid foundation of English skills they can use to communicate in vocational, casual and academic environments. We emphasise speaking, writing, reading, and listening, as well as grammar. Classes are designed so that students have many opportunities to communicate with their classmates.

Course assessment

Assessment of the modules includes examinations, assignments, projects, presentations, class tests, and/or practical tests.

Mode of Delivery

Lectures, tutorials and independent learning are employed. To make sure that students have a clear understanding of the concepts, tutorials are used to re-emphasize the key areas.

Independent learning involves pupils taking the initiative in recognizing learning requirements and undertaking activities to meet them. These activities could take the form of research, tutorial exercises, review questions and coursework.

Course Modules

Programme Levels

  • Beginner
  • Elementary
  • Intermediate 1 and 2
  • Advanced 1 and 2
  • Academic English

The Beginner to Advanced 2 levels focus on:

  • Oral communication skills
  • Fluency and accuracy in spoken language
  • Understanding a broad variety of English speakers
  • Reading and understanding a range of texts in English
  • Expanding vocabulary
  • Writing accurately and fluently in a variety of styles
  • Developing the skills and confidence to use English beyond the classroom environment

The Academic English curriculum focuses on:

  • Note taking
  • Study skills, vocabulary building
  • Listening for gist and meaning
  • Reading – skimming, scanning, reading for meaning
  • Academic writing (topic sentences, supporting sentences, paragraphs, organisation; essays and reviews)
  • Library research, resources, and fact checking

Entry Requirements

Age At least 14 years old* during the year of the course (Students who are at least 11 years old can be accepted if they are progressing to the Preparatory Course for Admission to Government School.)
Academic Qualification Year 8 or equivalent qualification
English Proficiency Students will take Hawthorn Placement Test to determine the entry level if there is no formal proof of English proficiency level.

* Students who are below 14 years old may be accepted on a case-by-case basis and be approved by any Hawthorn teacher.

Note: Skype interviews will be conducted in addition to the offshore placement test for international students who are enrolling directly to TMC proprietary courses.

Course Fees

Administrative Fee
(New Student / TMC’s Existing / Local Transfer Student)

All the course fees stated below are inclusive of course materials, examination fee and lab fee unless stated otherwise. Repeat fees and other administrative fees are listed in the Miscellaneous Fee List.

Single / Bundled Programs

Application Fees: $200
International Student Administrative Fee: $650

Existing / Local Transfer

Application Fees: $100
International Student Administrative Fee: $350

Fee Protection Scheme Fee

0.75% of (Course Fee less grant + Medical Insurance + International Student Administrative Fee) OR $25whichever is higher

Medical Insurance Fee

$80 Per Course Per Year
All fees subject to prevailing GST of 7%

Hawthorn Level Course Fees (excluding GST)
Beginner (10 weeks) $3,400
Elementary (5 weeks) $1,700
Intermediate 1 (5 weeks) $1,700
Intermediate 2 (5 weeks) $1,700
Advanced 1 (5 weeks) $1,700
Advanced 2 (5 weeks) $1,700
Academic English (5 weeks) $1,700

All fees indicated are in Singapore Dollars (SGD).


  1. Bundle discount will be given to students who bundle Hawthorn with other courses. Please consult the Student Recruitment, Student Admission or Student Service department for details.
  2. The fees for IELTS courses include textbooks but exclude IELTS exam registration fee.

Holiday English

Holiday short course available for international student groups
Duration: 1-4 weeks

Course Fee
$340 per week, up to 4 weeks (exclusive of GST)

Last updated Mar 2018

About the School

TMC Academy was established in Singapore in 1981. It offers courses in various disciplines including Accounting, Business and Management, Infocomm Technology, Hospitality/Tourism Management and Psycho ... Read More

TMC Academy was established in Singapore in 1981. It offers courses in various disciplines including Accounting, Business and Management, Infocomm Technology, Hospitality/Tourism Management and Psychology/Counselling. It also offers language and bridging courses for international students to enter the Singapore education system. TMC Academy was one of the first six Private Education Institutions to obtain the 4-year prestigious EduTrust Certification awarded by the Committee for Private Education (CPE). Read less