Certificate in English


The course is suitable for those who have very basic level of English language and wanted to improve further so as to gain entry to Diploma courses that requires certain standard in the command of English. The programme is a 3 months course focusing on development of student’s proficiency in the English language for their general everyday needs which will develop their confidence in proper communication skills in a daily environment.

Students can look forward to a progressive and systematic curriculum to improve them in their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as in their linguistic competencies (i.e. pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and discourse) so that students can be confident to communicate in English at the end of the programme.

The programme is equivalent to IELTS 5.0 and TOEFL 35.

Syllabus Overview

– Listening
– Speaking
– Reading
– Writing

The programme is delivered through classroom lectures, group and individual assignments, case studies and in-class exercises.
3 months (Theory)
Monday to Friday, 3 hours per session

5 months (Theory)
3 days a week, 3 hours per session

Full Time Intake
Dates available on request

Part-Time Intake
Dates available on request

Awarding Body
The Certificate in English is awarded by Boston Business School upon successful completion of all 4 modules – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

To be eligible for admission, you must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time of application
  • Minimum English Language Entry Requirement IELTS Score ≥ 2.0 or
  • Completed Secondary education
Knowledge and understanding:

  • students will have an awareness of local and global current affairs
  • how to structure and present an argument

Cognitive skills 

Students will be able to:

  • extract information from spoken discourse
  • infer information from spoken discourse
  • extract information from a written text and summarise
  • infer information from a written text

Subject-specific skills 

Students will be able to:

  • present information to an audience
  • listen and read extensively
  • write compositions

Transferable skills

Students will have practiced:

  • their communication skills
  • their independent study skills
  • presenting information orally
  • answering questions orally
  • engaging in dialogue
  • their proof-reading skills
After you have successfully completed the Certificate in English, you can progress onto the Specialist Diploma in Hospitality Management.

Application FeeLocal StudentInternational Student
Application Fee (non refundable)300.00300.00

For CourseLocal StudentInternational Student
Material Fee120.00120.00
Examination Fee200.00200.00
Medical Insurance Fee*120.00120.00
FPS Insurance Fee*200.00200.00
Uniform Fee50.0050.00
Student Pass Fee*N.A.120.00
Medical Check up**N.A.50.00
Registration Fee*250.00250.00
Course Fee2,442.002,442.00
Net Fees3,618.743,800.64

* Non-refundable fees consumed upon enrolment
** Non-refundable fees after consumed

Miscellaneous FeesLocal StudentInternational Student
Penalty charge for late payment of course fee50.0050.00
Re-sit examination fee100.00100.00
Penalty charge for late registration of examination45.0045.00
Appeal to the Academic and Examination Board against examination result150.00150.00
Additional Textbook fee per book60.0060.00
Student Pass Renewal FeeN.A.120.00
Application for Exemption Fee100.00100.00
Reprint of Certificate60.0060.00
Additional Uniform Fee per Shirt25.0025.00
Student ID Card30.0030.00
Postage Fee74.7774.77
Re-issue of Student ID and password9.359.35

¹ All Course fees payable by local and international students are protected under the Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) except Goods and Services Tax. Students can pay both their course and miscellaneous fees directly into ‘Boston Business School Pte Ltd’ DBS Account No. 003-901554-2 through any of the following methods:

  • SGD crossed cheque
  • SGD cash
  • Cashier’s order
  • Bank draft
  • Telegraphic transfer
  • NETS

² Miscellaneous fees are non-compulsory and non-standard fees which are paid only when necessary or applicable.

³ All fees are in Singapore dollars and are subject to 7% Goods and Services Tax.

ALL modules are completed in one sitting. BBS sets and marks the assessment for the examination.

Time Allocation

30 minutes for Listening
15 minutes for Speaking
45 minutes for Reading
60 minutes for Writing

Module Assessment Weightage
Equal weightage of 100 marks for each assessment module. The individual marks are then averaged and rounded to produce an Overall Grade.

You will receive the Certificate in English if you achieve at least a D grade in Overall Grade.

Grade structure:
80-10065-7950-6440-49Below 40