Certificate in English

Beginner: 10 Weeks
Elementary onwards: 5 Weeks per Level
Short Course: Up to 4 Weeks
June / July / August / November
TMC Academy



About The Course

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.

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
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.

Hawthorn Level Entry Requirement (any of the following) Expected level upon completion
(based on IELTS score)
Beginner < IELTS 3.0 < 405 < 100 < 30 < 325 3.0
Elementary IELTS 3.0 405 100 30 325 3.5
Intermediate 1 IELTS 3.5
(no component < 3)
425 115 35 350 4.0

Intermediate 2

(no component < 3.5)
440 130 40 400 4.5
Advanced 1 IELTS 4.5
(no component <4)
480 160 50 450 5.0
Advanced 2 IELTS 5.0 500 175 60 500 5.5

Administrative Fees (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 Existing / Local Transfer
Application Fees: $200 Application Fees: $100
International Student Administrative Fee: $650 International Student Administrative Fee: $350


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

Medical Insurance Fee
$80 Per Course Per Year

All fees subject to prevailing GST of 7%

Hawthorn Level Course Fees
Beginner (10 weeks) $3,300
Elementary (5 weeks) $1,650
Intermediate 1 (5 weeks) $1,650
Intermediate 2 (5 weeks) $1,650
Advanced 1 (5 weeks) $1,650
Advanced 2 (5 weeks) $1,650
Academic English (5 weeks) $1,650

Note: Bundle discount will be given to students who bundle Hawthorn English with other courses.

All fees indicated are in Singapore Dollars (SGD).

Administrative Fees

Application Fee: $50

Course Fees

Holiday English Short Course
$330 per week (duration up to 4 weeks)


All fees indicated are in Singapore Dollars (SGD).

It is important to achieve regular attendance and meet the attendance requirement stipulated by the authorities (eg. Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore) and TMC. Failure to meet the requirement will lead to the following:

  • Rejection of Student Pass on re-application/renewal for international students.
  • Expulsion where students do not make any improvement in their attendance rate and/or consistently absent from class despite warnings and counselling given in accordance with the school policy


Attendance Requirement is as follows:

Module Attendance
For all propriety students, module attendance is required to be eligible for work to be assessed and sit for examination:

  • The minimum module attendance is normally 80% for full-time, 60% for part-time (75% for SSG-funded part-time students)
  • Special consideration will only be given to students with valid reasons.

Monthly Attendance:
All full-time international students must meet a monthly attendance of 90%. Student pass shall be subjected to cancellation if the monthly attendance is not met continuously.

Full-time local students enrolled in Hawthorn English courses, TMC College preparatory courses and external degree courses must meet a monthly attendance of 75%. Local students enrolled in external degree courses shall be subject to relevant university’s regulations regarding attendance.