Introduction
 

The 'O' Level Examinations are national level assessments jointly organised and conducted by the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) and the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicates. The 'O' Level certificate itself is an internationally recognised qualification, used to apply for higher education in commonwealth countries and in the United States of America. Local junior colleges, polytechnics and private institutes also require prospective students to possess the 'O' Level certificate for admission.

This programme thoroughly prepares private candidates for the GCE 'O' Level Examination with intensive lessons daily. Upon passing or obtaining outstanding results for the exam, students may opt to pursue their tertiary education in local junior colleges, polytechnics, private institutes or overseas colleges and institutes.

Students who manage to attain outstanding results in 'O' level results could receive grants of up to 80% of polytechnic fees, on the condition they work for three years with any enterprise in Singapore. In addition, students will also be allowed to apply for permanent residency in Singapore.

I. General Information
 

Course Level

Certificate

Course Developed By

The Ministry of Education, Singapore and the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), UK

Course Delivery Method

Classroom Teaching

Lesson Hours

Mondays to Fridays, between 9am to 4pm

II. Course Content
 

Core Subjects

Elective Subjects

English Language (1127)

Chinese Language (1162)

Combined Humanities
(Social Studies & History) (2192)

Combined Humanities
(Social Studies & Geography) (2192)

Elementary Mathematics (4016)

Malay Language (1132)

Combined Science
(Physics & Chemistry) (5116)

Combined Science
(Physics & Biology) (5117)

Combined Science
(Chemistry & Biology) (5118)

 

Business Studies (7085)

Commerce (7090)
Additional Maths (4038)

*Subjects offered may change without prior notice. Applicants should check with the school before enrolment.
**A minimum number of 8 students enrolling in the subject are required before the subject is offered.


Additional information about the syllabus may be found at SEAB

III. Additional Subject Information
 

Students taking the standard course package must select 5 subjects, comprising 2 compulsory core subjects and 3 elective subjects. Science laboratory sessions will be conducted for students who have chosen either one of Combined Science elective as examinable subjects.

IV. Course Duration
 

Programme

Duration

Course Commencement Date

Course Completion Date

Scheduled Holidays

Preparatory Course for Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Examination
(Intensive) - Full Time

9 Months

15 January 2014

30 September 2014

11 to 22 June 2014
and
7th July 2014 (Youth Day)

Preparatory Course for Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Examination
(Intensive) - Part Time

9 Months

15 January 2014

30 September 2014

11 to 22 June 2014
and
7th July 2014 (Youth Day)

Preparatory Course for Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Examination
Full Time

20 Months

Nil

Nil

Nil

Entry Requirements
 

Applicants must be 15 years old as at 1st January of the academic year and should meet one of the following additional requirements:

  • Completed Secondary 3 or GCE 'N' Level (or)
  • Applicants need to complete and pass MASS Education entrance test/placement test
  • Elementary English level course of study equivalent to IELTS 3.0
Assessment
 
I. Internal Assessment - all internal assessment will in the form of written papers
 
  • Continual Assessment 1 – April
  • Mid-Year Examination – June
  • Continual Assessment 2 – August
  • Preliminary Examination – September
II. External Assessment - GCE 'O' Level Examination [www.seab.gov.sg]
 
  • Registration for GCE 'O' Level Examination is in March
  • Mother Tongue Listening Comprehension and Oral Examination from June to July
  • English Listening Comprehension and Oral Examination in August
  • Examinations for all other subjects will be held from October to November
Graduation Criteria
 
I. Requirements for Completion of Course
 
  • Local Students (Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents) and Dependent's Pass holders must achieve at least 75% attendance and not be absent for more than 3 consecutive days without valid reasons.
  • International Students (Student's Pass holders) must achieve at least 90% attendance and not be absent for more than 3 consecutive days without valid reasons.
II. Type of Certification
 
  • Certificate of Completion awarded by MASS Education, after successful completion of course
  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Certificate awarded by Ministry of Education, Singapore and University of Cambridge International Examinations, after successful completion of GCE 'O' Level Examinations
Progression Opportunities
 

I. Students seeking entry into Singapore Polytechnics
 

Generally, students seeking entry into local polytechnics must fulfil the EL-R2-B2 requirement. The following provides more details about the entry requirements for various polytechnic courses:

Course Requirement

Business

Science and Technology

Design

EL (Subject 1)

English

English

English

R2 (Subject 2)

Elementary or Additional Mathematics

Elementary or Additional Mathematics

Elementary or Additional Mathematics

R2 (Subject 3)

Geography or Principles of Accounts

Chemistry or Physics, or Combined Science

Chemistry or Physics, or Combined Science

B2 (Subject 4)

Best 1 other subject

Best 1 other subject

Best 1 other subject

B2 (Subject 5)

Best 1 other subject

Best 1 other subject

Best 1 other subject

Students can either choose to take all 5 subjects in one academic year or combine two 'O' level certificates (which were obtained in 2 consecutive years) when applying for local polytechnics.

 

II. Requirements for entry into Singapore Junior Colleges or Millennia Institute
 

Students seeking entry into local junior colleges or Millennia Institute must fulfil the L1-R5 or L1-R4 requirements set by the Ministry of Education.

Pre-University Requirement

Local Junior College

Millennia Institute

L1 (Subject 1)

English

English

R5 (Subject 2)

Geography

Geography

R5 (Subject 3)

Elementary or Additional Mathematics or Chemistry or Physics

Elementary or Additional Mathematics or Chemistry or Physics

R5 (Subject 4)

Elementary or Additional Mathematics or Chemistry or Physics

Elementary or Additional Mathematics or Chemistry or Physics

R5 (Subject 5)

Any GCE 'O' level subjects

Any GCE 'O' level subjects

R5 (Subject 6)

Any GCE 'O' level subjects

N/A


 

Subject

Subject Code

Learning Outcomes

English Language

1127

At the end of their English language, students will able to communicate effectively in English, and also able to listen, read and make presentations internationally.

Malay Language

1132

At the end of their Malay language, students will able to communicate effectively in Malay, and also able to listen, speak, read and write.

Chinese Language

1162

At the end of their Chinese language, students will able to communicate effectively in Chinese, and also able to listen, speak, read and write.

Tamil Language

1142

At the end of their Tamil language, students will able to communicate effectively in Tamil, and also able to listen, speak, read and write.

Mathematics

4016

The Mathematics syllabus is intended to provide students with the fundamental mathematical knowledge and skills.

Combined Science (Physics & Chemistry)

5116

Science provides, through well designs studies of experimental and practical, a worthwhile educational experience for all students.

Combined Science (Physics & Biology)

5117

Science provides, through well designs studies of experimental and practical, a worthwhile educational experience for all students.

Combined Science (Chemistry & Biology)

5118

Science provides, through well designs studies of experimental and practical, a worthwhile educational experience for all students.

Principles of Accounts

7092

Candidates well acquired basic knowledge in double entry and develop the ability to prepare, present, analyse and interpret financial statements.

Additional Mathematics

4038

Is intended to prepare strong foundation is algebraic manipulations skills and mathematical reasoning skills or required.

Combined Humanities (Social Studies & Geography)

2192

Combined Humanities aims to enable candidates to acquired knowledge of the characteristics and distribution of humanities phenomena.

Combined Humanities (Social Studies & History)

2192

Combined Humanities aims to enable candidates to acquired knowledge of the characteristics and distribution of humanities phenomena.

Combined Humanities (Social Studies & English Literature)

2192

Combined Humanities aims to enable candidates to acquired knowledge of the characteristics and distribution of humanities phenomena.

Business Studies

7085

The Business Studies syllabus aims to enable students to make effective use of relevant terminology, concepts and methods and recognise the strengths and limitations of the ideas used in business activities.

Commerce

7090

The syllabus provides an outline of commercial activities and how these activities are influenced by changes in the commercial environment.  Candidates will be expected to appreciate the implications of commercial activities on the consumer, producer, retailer and wholesaler in home and international trade.  Candidates will be expected to recognise the development of IT on commercial activities. 

Student Pass
 
I. New Application for Student Pass
 

If you are an international student, you must apply for a Student Pass to study full-time in MASS Education Institute. You must submit your application to Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) through the Student Pass OnLine Application & Registration (SOLAR+) system at least two months prior to course commencement date. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks to know the outcome of your application. You are not required to be present in Singapore while your application is being considered. If approved, you would receive an in-principle approval letter (IPA) for Student Pass and a single-journey entry visa to enter and stay up to 30 days in Singapore.

To collect your Student Pass card, you must visit ICA and bring along the following documents:

  • In-principle approval letter from ICA
  • SOLAR+ e-Forms
  • Medical report
  • Passport
  • Embarkation/disembarkation card
  • One recent passport-size photograph
  • Duly completed security bond form and a security deposit in the form of banker's guarantee, cashier's order or paid for by NETS (if required).
 
II. Renewal of Student Pass
 

If you require an extension of the Student Pass to continue the same course in MASS Education Institute, you must submit a renewal application to ICA at least 2 weeks prior to the expiry of the current Student Pass.

Basic documents required for student pass renewal:

  • SOLAR+ e-Forms
  • Current Student Pass card
  • Passport
  • One recent passport-size photograph.
 
III. Fees for Student Pass
 

New Application
You must pay SGD 30 to ICA to process a new application for Student Pass. Depending on your nationality, you must pay ICA an additional SGD 90 or SGD 60 when you collect your Student Pass.

Renewal Application
You must pay SGD 30 to ICA to process a renewal application for Student Pass. Depending on your nationality, you must pay ICA an additional SGD 90 or SGD 60 when you collect your renewed Student Pass.

 
IV. Cancellation of Student Pass
 

You are required to surrender your Student Pass for cancellation within 7 working days from the date of cessation or termination of your study.

The School will submit your application for cancellation of Student Pass via SOLAR+.

Basic documents required for student pass cancellation:

  • Student Pass card
  • Passport.
 
V. Important Notes to Student Pass Holders
 

International students must abide by the following rules and regulations under which the Student Pass is issued by ICA:

  • The Student Pass is issued to you for the purpose of studying in a particular course with MASS EDUCATION INSTITUTE.
  • You must carry your Student Pass at all times.
  • It is the School's responsibility to inform ICA if you fail to attend classes for a continuous period of 7 days or more without valid reason, or where your attendance falls below 90% in any month of the course without valid reason, or if you have completed the course or wish to terminate your studies with the School. ICA will cancel your Student Pass under any of the above mentioned circumstances.
  • You are strictly prohibited from working in Singapore, even if it does not involve any payment to you.
  • You must strictly observe all laws, rules and regulations of Singapore.
  • You cannot be adopted by any Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Resident while being a Student Pass holder.
  • You cannot be married to a Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Resident while being a Student Pass holder.
  • You are not allowed to overstay in Singapore after the Student Pass has expired, unless with written approval from ICA.
Fees
 
I. Preparatory Course for Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination (Intensive)
 
Fees Breakdown Full Time (Local) Full Time (International)
Registration Fees S$50.00 S$250.00
Course Fees* S$5750.00 S$5750.00
Student Pass Processing Fee N/A S$150.00
Total Course Fees Payable S$5800.00 S$6150.00

* Inclusive of material fees, internal exam fees, Science practical lab fees and Medical Insurance.

Fees Breakdown Part Time
Registration Fees S$50.00
Course Fees S$1125.00
(per subject)
Total Course Fees Payable S$1175.00

All the above fees are not inclusive of SEAB (External) Exam Fees and Books

 
II. Modes of Payment
 

All fees are to be paid by Cash, NETS, Credit Card or Cheque payable to: MASS Education Institute Pte. Ltd.

 
III. Terms and Conditions
 
  1. The Registration Fee must be paid in full upon the submission of the application form. The Registration Fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and not protected under FPS.
  2. Course Fee is for a 5-subject package. The course fee for each additional subject is S$100.00 per subject/month.
  3. Local student (Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident/non-Student's Pass International Student) who is protected by his/her own medical insurance coverage in Singapore can opt out from the medical insurance scheme arranged by the school.
  4. All Fees must be paid after signing of the student contract and before course commencement date.
  5. Miscellaneous fees refer to any non-compulsory and non-standard fees which the student will pay only when necessary for example,
Purpose of Fee Amount (S$) and When Payable
Late fees charge 30 (monthly basis)
Change of modules/subjects 20
Review of exam results 30
Administration fee for NS Deferment 100
Credit card service charge 3% of total payment  
Admission Procedures
 

Local students refer to Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and foreigners who hold a valid pass other than a Student Pass, for example, dependent pass, social visit pass, work pass, etc. International students refer to foreigners who hold a valid Student Pass issued by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

 
I. Step 1
 

As part of the pre-course counselling framework, prior to your decision to enrol for a course of study in MASS Education Institute, our staff are committed to provide the following important information:

  • School details, including location, facilities and accreditations.
  • Course details, including entry requirements, policy on exemptions, syllabus overview, learning outcomes, mode of delivery, duration, intakes, class and examination time-tables, awarding body, assessment strategy, graduation criteria, type of certification awarded at the end of the course and opportunities for further education after graduation.
  • Student contract details, including total fees payable throughout the course duration, discounted price and period of promotion (if any), refund policy, transfer / withdrawal policy, fee protection scheme, medical insurance scheme and dispute resolution procedure.
  • Payment methods, including payment modes, payment schedule and installment plans.
  • Application details, including application procedure, documents required to assess eligibility, placement test to determine suitability of level, timeline for assessment of application and appeal against rejection.
  • Student support services, including orientation, medical insurance scheme, airport pick-up, living in Singapore, accommodation options, facilities and programmes to enrich educational experience and pastoral care.
  • Useful addresses, contacts and websites, including Council for Private Education (CPE), ICA, Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Singapore Examination and Assessment Board(SEAB)etc.
 
II.Step 2
 

You must complete and sign the enrolment form and provide the following documents to support your application:

  • Copy of NRIC / Passport
  • Copies of highest educational certificates and transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Proof of employment history (if any)
  • One passport-size photograph.

Note: An official translation is required if documents are not in English.

If you are an international student, you must submit your application to the School at least 2 months before course commencement date together with the registration fee of SGD 250.00. If you are a local student you must submit your application to the School at least 2 weeks before course commencement date together with the registration fee of SGD 50.00.

 
III. Step 3
 

It takes 3 to 7 working days to process your application. If your application is successful, you will receive an Offer of Admission letter together with the following documents:

Advisory Note to Students
This is to acknowledge that you reviewed all our policies and procedures and agreed to the terms and conditions of the Standard PEI-Student Contract.

Standard PEI-Student Contract
This is a legal document which lays out terms and conditions governing the relationship between MASS Education Institute and you. It serves to minimise future disputes. The contract contains the following key information:

  • Course information
  • Detailed breakdown of total fees payable by you together with exact due date for each payment installment
  • Refund policy
  • Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)
  • Medical Insurance Scheme

Additional information to guide students on what to do and where to go if there is a dispute with MASS Education Institute and other relevant matters.

 
IV. Step 4
 

If you wish to accept the offer, you must complete and sign the Advisory Note to Students, the Standard PEI-Student Contract. All documents must be returned to MASS Education Institute. If we do not receive your completed and signed documents within the timeline stated in your Offer of Admission letter, it will be assumed that you do not wish to accept the offer and the offer will be deemed withdrawn.

If you are an international student, acceptance to the course is subject to the approval of your Student Pass by ICA.

 
V. Appeal Against Rejection
 

If your application is rejected you can submit an appeal in writing to the Principal within 7 working days from the date of rejection to have the outcome of your application reviewed by the Academic Board. You will be notified about the outcome of your appeal within 7 working days from the date of appeal. The decision of the Academic Board is final. If your appeal is unsuccessful, we may recommend that you pursue an alternative course of study.