Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences


Programme Overview

Developed and awarded by University of London (UOL), UK. Lead College, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

LSE is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Since its foundation in 1895, it has acquired a worldwide reputation for the quality of its research – 50% of its research was rated world-leading and a further 37% internationally excellent in the most recent assessment of research quality in UK universities.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences was launched in 2016 and replaces the Diploma in Economics, which was offered from 1988 to 2015. Many Diploma graduates have gone on to earn University of London degrees with First Class Honours. We expect the Certificate students to do likewise.

Course Start Date & End Date

Sep 2019 – Jun 2020


S$12,200.00 (est.) for one year

Application Fee applies

The fees above are only valid for 2019/2020 intake. All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.


Applications are open 

Application Period: 
7 Jan 2019 – 16 Jan 2019

Next Application Period: 
17 Jan 2019 – 30 Jan 2019

Early submission of eApplication is strongly recommended.  


The Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences is a qualification in its own right.

For students who do not meet the degree entrance requirements, it also provides an entry route to the Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences degrees offered through the International Programmes, with academic direction from LSE. By successfully completing the programme you will develop analytical competence allowing you to undertake further undergraduate study. The Certificate of Higher Education is a taught programme and students are required to attend a course of instruction at SIM.

This programme is ideal for those who wish to pursue a University of London degree programme at SIM. It is also a good alternative for those who may not have met the University of London entrance requirement for the BSc degree, but wish to have a chance at getting a degree without losing additional time.  

At the end of 3 years, graduates can obtain both a Certificate of Higher Education and a BSc degree from University of London. 

Teaching Faculty

Local faculty, with intensive workshops by UK academics.

Delivery Mode

Lectures, group discussions, workshops and online study

Duration of each lesson in 3 hours.

Mode of Study

Full time classes are held in three-hour blocks between Monday and Friday, starting at 8.30am, 12pm, or 3.30pm. There are occasional classes on weeknights at 7pm and on Sundays and public holidays.

Learning Support

  • Annual intensive revision from mid-March to end-April (lessons may be held in the evenings / weekends / public holidays).
  • Classes on study skills, academic writing and the Peer-Assisted Learning sessions.

Academic Materials

  • Virtual Learning Environment
  • SIM Connect portal
  • University materials such as subject guides, past exam papers and exam commentaries, reading lists and handbooks on good study strategies

Programme Calendar

Classes Sep 2019 – Feb 2020
Revision Mar – Apr 2020
University exams May 2020
Results released in early Aug 2020

Candidature Period

Students have between 1 and 5 years to complete the qualification, with a minimum duration of 1 year.

Students will attend classes with those pursuing a Bachelor's programme at SIM campus.

Minimum Class Size

Minimum class size to commence: 10 students for each option. Students will be informed within 30 days after the application period.


The programme consists of four Level 100 units (or the equivalent)

Units will be allocated for students based on the option selected.

Students who wish to progress to the BSc degrees should choose the options with care.

Consider the units that are available in the option that interest you and choose units that are common to both that degree and this programme.

2019-2020 Units offered at SIM
Outline of Modules


Additional tutorials are organised for Certificate of Higher Education students. 

Tutorials will be organised only if there are a minimum of 10 students in the tutorial class. This is with regards to the more specialised courses like IR1011. 

Students who have little grounding in economics and are not keen on any of the Economics degrees may wish to choose an option which does not include economics (e.g. Options E). They can pick up economics in the later part of their degree, as required.

Those who wish to pursue the Accounting or Banking degrees are recommended Option C. 

Options for Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences:

Option A - units can be credited to BSc Economics OR Economics and Finance

1. EC1002 Introduction to economics

2. ST104A Statistics 1 (half unit) and

    ST104B Statistics 2 (half unit)

3. MT105A Mathematics 1 (half unit) and

    MT105B Mathematics 2 (half unit)

4. FN1024 Principles of banking & finance   

Option C - units can be credited to BSc Accounting and Finance OR Banking and Finance OR Business and Management OR Economics and Management

1. EC1002 Introduction to economics

2. ST104A Statistics 1 (half unit) and

    MT105A Mathematics 1 (half unit)

3. FN1024 Principles of banking & finance

4. AC1025 Principles of accounting  

Option D - units can be credited to BSc Data Science and Business Analytics

1. EC1002 Introduction to economics

2. ST104A Statistics 1 (half unit) and

    ST104B Statistics 2 (half unit)

3. MT1173 Algebra

4. MT1174 Calculus

Option E - units can be credited to BSc International Relations

1. MN1178 Business and Management in a Global Context

2. PS1172 Introduction to Political Science

3. PS1130 Introduction to Modern Political Thought

4. IR1011 Introduction to International Relations

Option F - units can be credited to BSc Management and Digital Innovation

1. MN1178 Business and Management in a Global Context

2. ST104A Statistics 1 (half unit) and

    MT105A Mathematics 1 (half unit)

3. IS1181 Digital Infrastructures for Business

4. IS1060 Introduction to Information Systems

Option G - units can be credited to BSc Economics and Politics

1. EC1002 Introduction to Economics

2. MT105A Mathematics 1 (Half unit) and

    ST104A Statistics 1 (Half unit)

3. PS1130 Introduction to Modern Political Thought

4. PS1172 Introduction to Political Science


Note: Additional Academic Study Skill lessons is mandatory for all options

Entry Requirements

Normally, the University of London admission requirements for the Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences are:

  • Must have completed University of London International Foundation Programme or meet the entry requirements listed below
  • Must be normally 18 years old by 31 December in the year of registration with University of London
  • Must have completed the following GCE 'O'/'A' Level:
    • 1 'A' level and 4 'O' level passes including Mathematics OR
    • English Language subject taken at 'O' level with minimum score of C or better meets the English requirement. 
    • See below for the table of equivalents for other qualifications
  • Must satisfy the course requirements in Mathematics and English
  • In addition to the above criteria, candidates may not work during their course of studies. Certificate candidates must achieve an attendance requirement of 90% by 1 Jan in order to register for the University examinations.

English requirement

  • GCE ‘O’ level - C6 or better in English  

Other acceptable Tests of Proficiency (TOP) in lieu of O level English (within the last 3 years

  • IELTS 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5).
  • TOEFL iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 87 or above with at least 21 in both Reading and Writing Skills sub-tests and at least 19 in both Speaking and Listening sub-tests.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 54 or above, with at least 54 in both Reading and Writing elements.

Mathematics requirement 

  • GCE 'O' level - grade C or C6 and above or its equivalent

Foreign Applicants:
Click here for information on overseas qualifications 

Estimated Overall Fees

Estimated Overall fee: S$12,200 for 4 units (1 year programme)

The Estimated Overall Fee is made up of :
1. Programme Fees
2. UOL Initial Registration Fee
3. UOL examination fee (payable to UOL and RELC Examinations Bureau)

*Refer to the breakdown cost listed below:

Breakdown of Estimated Overall Fees 

Payable to SIM

Programme Fees
4 full units : $7918.00

Application Fees Applies

Payable to University of London (UOL)

UOL Initial Registration Fee : £935.00
UOL Examination Fee (4 full units) : $2,550.00

Note: Additional UOL and SIM fees apply for those who repeat/resit the coursework/exam and also for those who extend their registration with the University.

This estimated University of London examination fee, payable in S$ to the RELC Examinations Bureau, includes an admin fee (per paper) to RELC. All UOL fees are subjected to yearly revision.

Click here to refer to the Miscellaneous fees.

The fees above are only valid for 2019/2020 intake.



Exemption Eligibility




Lecturers and their Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:24


Assessment & Exams

SIM assignments, class tests and preliminary examinations allow students sufficient practice for the University's annual examinations.
Exam marks account for 100% for most papers, except selected units where the coursework needs to be assessed by the University.

Attendance requirement

Local & International students: 90%

Student will not be permitted to register/sit for the university examinations if they fail to meet the attendance and coursework requirement.

Grading Scheme

70-100 : Distinction
60-69 : Merit
50-59 : Credit
40-49 : Pass
0-39 : Fail


Graduates who do well are awarded with Distinction, Merit or Credit.

Upon successful completion of the Certificate, candidates can progress to the BSc degrees with credit for up to four full units. A transfer to the BSc degree is possible for those who pass at least three full units.