SkillsFuture

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Singapore University of Social Sciences provide Continuing Education and Training (CET) besides its degree programmes?

Singapore University of Social Sciences provides in-employment CET through the many courses that it offers to working adults from different professional backgrounds. You may already​ have a degree but wish to upgrade only specific skills and knowledge. We can help you achieve this.

Many of these courses are approved SkillsFuture courses and come with government funding (terms and conditions apply).


What is so unique about Singapore University of Social Sciences's CET?

The uniqueness lies in our credit recognition scheme which creates a pathway to a degree. When you attend and successfully complete our courses, you will be awarded academic credit units or CUs. These credit-bearing modules can be stacked towards a degree at Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Admission conditions apply.


Who should read the CET modular courses?

Our CET courses are intended for professional development and lifelong learning. They are thus suitable for those who wish to:

  • Upgrade their professional skills in specific areas
  • Pursue a set of skills for career advancement
  • Use the modules successfully completed as a pathway to a degree
  • Attain a post graduate professional certificate
  • Learn for the pure quest for knowledge or to broaden your horizon
  • Embrace lifelong learning as a recreational activity
  • Develop interests to a professional level


How can CET modular courses help me in my professional development?

CET modular courses can help you upgrade skills and knowledge in specific areas which will prepare you for the next phase of your career. For example, you are a marketing executive and the next position in your career is that of a marketing manager. You may need to know managerial accounting. You can pick just that particular course which will give you the specific competence you need.


What types of modular courses are available?

There are more than 200 courses open to you per semester from the undergraduate and graduate levels. These courses comes from different disciplines offered by the 4 Schools: Humanities and Behavioural Sciences​, Business, S R Nathan School of Human Development, and Science and Technology.

Courses that have been identified as approved SkillsFuture courses prepare you for the priority and growth sectors in Singapore's economy such as: Accountancy, Advanced Manufacturing, Applied Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Construction, Early Childhood, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, ICT & Media, Logistics and Aerospace, Smart and Sustainable Urban Solutions and Social Services. 


How relevant are these modular courses for my career needs?

As Singapore University of Social Sciences​ is a university for working adults, to ensure relevance for our students, our courses are developed with input from the industry. Our course development process is rigorous to ensure academic quality. Our courses are also reviewed regularly to ensure its continued relevance. They also prepare you for the priority and growth sectors in Singapore's economy such as: Accountancy, Advanced Manufacturing, Applied Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Construction, Early Childhood, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, ICT & Media, Logistics and Aerospace, Smart and Sustainable Urban Solutions and Social Services. 


What are the entry requirements for CET modular courses?

You will need to meet these minimum requirements for entry into undergraduate CET courses:
  • At least 18 years of age; and
  • GCE 'A' level with two passes (prior to 2006) or two H2 passes (from 2006), or local polytechnic diploma; or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma; or NUS High School Diploma. 
  • Applicants with a Technical Diploma from ITE or other Diploma qualification plus an acceptable SAT1 or ACT (with Writing) score may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis
  • If not, at least 5 GCE 'O' Level & interview
  • Specific programmes will have additional requirements.

You will need to meet these minimum requirements for entry into post-graduate CET courses:
  • An undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution
  • At least 21 years of age; and
  • Have 2 years of full-time work experience, or have fully discharged full-time NS liability, or are currently employed on a full-time basis
  • Specific programmes will have additional requirements.


How many CET courses can I take each time?

You can take as few as one or as many as four courses, from 2.5 credit units (cu) to a maximum of 20 cu per semester. The number of modules you decide upon depends on your ability to cope with the demands of a university education.

You are allowed to enrol up to a maximum of THREE (3) Masters courses per Masters programme as CET courses.


What is the fee for a CET modular course?

The fee is the same as that of the regular undergraduate or post-graduate course. The fees payable depend on the number of CET courses you take. 


Is there funding for CET modular courses?

There is government funding for SkillsFuture courses.

Eligibility for government funding
Applicants admitted into approved SkillsFuture modular courses are eligible for government funding, if they
  • are Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs); and
  • are at least 21 years of age; and
  • have 2 years of full-time work experience, or have fully discharged full-time National Service (NS) liability, or are currently employed on a full-time basis; and
  • are enrolled as credit students.
  • are required to achieve at least 75% attendance and/or sit and pass any prescribed examinations/assessments or submit any course/project work (if any) under the course requirement; and​
  • are required to complete all surveys and provide feedback related to the course; and
  • are not repeating the same undergraduate degree-level skills-based modular course. This excludes those who have previously received subsidies for the module as part of their full-time or part-time undergraduate degree programmes.

Funding for approved SkillsFuture Modular Courses
  • Approved SkillsFuture modular courses: 70% of course fees
  • Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (40 years and above): up to 90% of course fees

Please refer to http://www.skillsfuture.sg​ for more information about SkillsFuture programmes and initiatives.​


What don't the subsidy cover?

  • Resit fee
  • Repeat course fee
  • Auxiliary charges like administrative fees (e.g., course choice amendment, deferment, etc.)
  • Examination appeal fee, overseas examination fee, etc.
  • Any penalty charges (e.g., late fee payment)
  • Any other miscellaneous fees


Course Fee Concession

SUSS offers the following CET modular course fee concessions1:
  • Applicants who are 50 years old and above will enjoy a 10% course fee concession for CET modular courses.
  • Applicants who are 60 years old and above will enjoy a 20% course fee concession for CET modular courses.
  • Applicants who are Alumni (Doctoral, Master's or Bachelor's programme) of SUSS will enjoy a 20% course fee concession for CET modular courses.
1No retrospective claims will be allowed. 


Can we combine the subsidy and concession?

Students will enjoy only one of the three categories of concession. The above concessions are applicable to all CET modular courses offered by SUSS unless specified otherwise. Concessions are not applicable to students eligible for SkillsFuture Funding, or for courses offered by external institutions/organisations. Offer will be made subject to availability of places in the course. However, these concessions are not to be used concurrently with any other concessions and/or funding.


What does the subsidy and concession exclude?

  • Resit fee
  • Repeat course fee
  • Auxiliary charges like administrative fees (e.g., course choice amendment, deferment, etc.)
  • Examination appeal fee, overseas examination fee, etc.
  • Any penalty charges (e.g., late fee payment)
  • Registration fee
  • Any other miscellaneous fees
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When to register?

Application Period for January Semester: Mid October to End November
Application Period for July Semester: Mid April to End May​


How can our CET modular courses help a company upgrade the skills and knowledge of its employees?

We can design a customised corporate training programme for a company which wishes to fill gaps in the skills and knowledge of its employees. This can be conducted in-house if there is critical mass. Alternatively, the company may send its staff to join our regular evening classes.

For more information on corporate training and other CET related matters, please email us at cet@suss.edu.sg​.​​​​​​​​​
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