Diploma in Professional Business English Programme (PBEP) (Full-Time)

Provided by Kaplan Higher Education Academy


Awarded by Kaplan Higher Education Academy

Course introduction


Kaplan Higher Education Academy provides full time study in a variety of disciplines including Accounting, Banking & Finance, Business & Management, Communication & Media, Humanities & Social Sciences, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Information Technology, Law and Nursing & Allied Health. Through collaboration and partnership with prestigious universities around the world, it prepares students for employment in various fields.

Graduation and Qualification
Students who successfully complete and pass the modules stipulated in the course structures will be awarded the Diploma in Professional Business English by Kaplan Higher Education Academy. Students will be equipped with required language skills and ready to progress into our foundation programme (Certificate in Foundation Studies) or any discipline of the Kaplan Higher Education Academy diplomas.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

  • The Diploma in Professional Business English Programme (PBEP) offered by Kaplan Higher Education Academy (KHEA), is designed to develop non-native English speakers’ English language skills in preparation for successful entry into their mainstream academic programme of study.
  • PBEP programme concentrates on developing the skills students will need to become a successful and confident language user. Emphasis is placed on improving general language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • The programme consists of 5 levels and may be completed in 10 months.
    PBEP Levels  Estimated Duration
     Level 1(Beginner)  2 months
     Level 2(Elementary)  2 months
     Level 3(Pre-intermediate)  2 months
     Level 4(intermediate)  2 months
     Level 5(Upper-intermediate)  2 months

Entry Requirements

 PBEP Level  IELTS Scores  TOEFL IBT Scores  TOEIC Scores
1  Below IELTS 2.0 (All bands 1.5 or   above)  TOELF IBT Below  10 250 and below
2  IELTS 2.0 (All bands 2.0 or above)  TOELF IBT 10  251-278
3  IELTS 3.0 (All bands 2.5 or above)  TOELF IBT 20  279-404
4  IELTS 4.0 (All bands 3.5 or above)  TOELF IBT 40  405-530
5  IELTS 5.0 (All bands 4.5 or above)  TOELF IBT 60  531-600

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

The curriculum is taught over a 10-month period covering 5 levels. Classes are held on weekdays Monday to Friday, 5 times a week, 9.00am –2.45pm or 12.30pm – 6.00pm. Average 5 hours per day. However, at times, lessons may be scheduled on Saturday.

Students are assessed regularly with weekly reviews, writing tasks, practice tests and a final examination. Participation and classroom use of English are also taken into consideration. This programme is based in the classroom with some excursions and activities which take students out into the community to use the language they have learnt.

Fees & Funding

The tuition fee covers textbooks, study guides, certificate (if earned) and transcript.

  • Programme fee: SGD 2,300.50/ level
  • Receive $100 referral bursary when you recommend your friend to join our diploma course. T&Cs apply.

Non-tuition fees

Non-refundable application fees are as follows:

For Singaporean/PR
  • Application fee: SGD 74.90
For International Students
  • Application fee: SGD 492.20
  • Administration fee: SGD 749.00 (which includes application for Kaplan student access card, Student’s Pass, Fee Protection Scheme and Medical Insurance)
All prices are inclusive of 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST). Please refer to the official price list for a detailed breakdown.

Kaplan Diploma programmes are eligible for $500 SkillsFuture Credit. For more information, please visit http://www.skillsfuture.sg/credit

*Note: All fees are subjected to change annually. The fees above have been updated and are accurate as of 18 Jan 2016. For more information about the programme, please contact our course consultant.