Certificate in English Proficiency Programme

Provided by SAA Global Education


Awarded by SAA Global Education Centre

Course introduction


The CEP programme is compulsory for all international students who do not meet the English language requirement of and entering into the CAT/FIA, Plymouth Degree and SAA-GE Advanced Diploma Programmes. Likewise, local students without GCE O’ Level English (Grade 6 or above) or equivalent will be required to attend the CEP Programme.

Students entering the programme will be assessed through our in-house placement test. The student will then be placed in the appropriate level or exempted from the appropriate level based on their English needs. CAT/FIA students are required to complete up to Intermediate level, while SAA-GE Advanced Diploma Programmes students will be required to complete the Upper Intermediate level.

International students can use the CEP Advanced and Proficiency programmes to prepare for IELTS for entry to UK, US or Australian Degree and Master programmes.

The SAA-GE CEP is an intensive programme targeted at building proficiency in the core skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing – fast. The maximum teacher to student ratio is 1:20 to ensure personal and interactive learning environment.

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions, read academic texts and write essay assignments.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Each level consists of 11 teaching weeks. The total duration depends on the number of levels a student is required to complete. Students attend classes 5 days a week, for 2.5 hours each weekday morning and 3 afternoons (2.5 hours) a week; for a total of 20 hours a week.

Level Duration IELTS Equivalent
Elementary 3 months 2.5 – 3.5
The Elementary level is designed for students with very little knowledge of English language. The basics of the language are taught through high interest topics that will motivate students to be interested in the language. The focus on high frequency words and useful phrases for everyday situations will ensure that students are capable of basic communication in English. There are also plenty of grammar and vocabulary practices and pronunciation drills in every lesson. At the end of this level, students will be able to understand and use simple conversational phrases, read short, simple texts and construct simple sentences and paragraphs
Level Duration IELTS Equivalent
Pre-Intermediate 3 months 3.5 – 4.5
The Pre-Intermediate level is aimed at students who have some basic knowledge of the language. The lessons will build their knowledge of grammar, expand their vocabulary and improve their Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills. Students will get regular practice with structured, practical tasks that will help to build their competency in the language as well as develop their confidence in using the language. At the end of this level, students will be able to understand and participate in everyday conversations, read simple articles and write short essays.paragraphs
Level Duration IELTS Equivalent
Intermediate 3 months 4.5 – 5.5
The Intermediate level is for students with a good foundation in English. Their ability will be further developed through thorough and comprehensive work on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the core skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. At the end of this level, students will be able to communicate effectively, read a variety of texts and write longer essays.
Upper-Intermediate 3 months 5.5 – 6.5
The Upper-Intermediate level strengthens proficiency and benefits students who wish to achieve high marks in their professional or academic programme and want to make sure their English is strong enough to help them get those marks. There is a wide variety of authentic listening and reading materials to improve their receptive skills, as well as a wide range of communicative activities and listening practice to improve their productive skills. At the end of this level, students will be able to understand academic lectures, read lecture notes and textbooks and write assignments for diploma level courses.
Total Duration: 12 months  
Assessment Mode:
One term is three months. At the end of each month, there is a Month End Exam to assess the student’s mastery of English, each exam is worth 20%. At the end of each term, a written and an oral examination will be held which represents 60% of the final marks.
Students are expected to achieve an overall score of 40% to progress to the next level.

Entry Requirements

Minimum 16 years old, plusEnglish Placement Tests:
For entry into the CEP programme, students must take the following placement tests in order to determine their level of entry.

  • An online English Test at: https://online.malverninternational.com and/or
  • A SAA-GE English Placement Test conducted at SAA-GE campus

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Students who complete the English programme and other entry criteria, may then progress to the Professional Accounting programmes, the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, or the SAA-GE Diploma and Postgraduate Programmes.

Intakes: First week of every month

Fees & Funding

Duration Course Fee (S$)
12 Weeks (3 months) $3,600
24 Weeks (6 months) $7,200
48 Weeks (1 year) $14,400
Additional Fees Price (S$)
Student’s Pass Application fee   300 (non-refundable)
Student’s Pass Administration fee 300 (non-refundable)
  • Additional Fees apply for every Student Visa applied.
  • The Additional Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable under any circumstances.
  • Instalment plans are available on a case-by-case basis and are subjected to approval by the Management. There will be a 5% instalment fee payable.
Additional Note:
  • Course fees are not inclusive of textbooks.