Preparatory Course in English (PCE)

Preparatory Course in English (PCE) is designed to help students who have some fluency in using English but may have little confidence in using English academically. The course focuses on equipping students to be fluent and confident in using English, to the end that they can progress to tertiary courses taught in LSBF.

Students will build a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as grammar, structure and vocabulary. Preparatory English and Academic English are the key themes of this course.

At the end of the course, students can expect to achieve a level of confidence and expertise in using English in an academic environment and in public.

Who is this course for?

Preparatory Course in English (PCE) is designed for students who want to learn English in Singapore, regardless of their current language level. Our experienced tutors will provide our students with a well-rounded blend of general, academic and professional English, making the programme particularly relevent if they aspire to work or study further in an English-speaking country. To enrol, students must be at least 16 years old.

Every Month
Course duration

Course Duration
Classes will be held 5 days / week (5 hours for each day)

Mode of course: Full Time

PCE Levels Estimated duration of study including term break
Beginners 2 Months
Elementary 2 Months
Pre-Intermediate 2 Months


2 Months

Upper Intermediate

2 Months


2 Months

*Approximation only. Course duration may vary due to public holidays, study and term breaks.

Course modules
Modules Details


Structured speaking tasks include interview, mini-talks, problem-solving and storytelling

  • short extracts and mini-dialogues to introduce and practice and practice new language
  • words and sentences for close listening and to model pronunciation
  • longer texts (interviews, songs, stories and conversations)


There is also a strong emphasis on speaking

  • Practice of grammar and lexis is through oral exercises and activities
  • Topics and reading texts in each module provide opportunities for follow-up discussion
  • Regular integrated work on pronunciation

Wide range of reading materials including factual/scientific texts, stories, quizzes, forms, notes and emails. These texts are integrated in a number of different ways:

  • extended texts specifically to develop reading skills
  • texts which lead into grammar work and language analysis
  • texts which provide a model or stimulus for tasks and a model writing activities.

Systematic work on writing skills is developed through:

  • Regular writing sections which focus on writing e=mails and letters, composing narratives and reviews, drafting and redrafting, using linkers, etc.
  • written follow-up sections to many of the speaking tasks


Pronunciation work is integrated with grammar and lexis. The focus is mainly on stress, weak forms and intonation, while the Workbook focus on problem sounds and word stress. A range of activity type are used, including discrimination exercises and dictation, and an equal emphasis is placed on understanding and reproducing.

Course Fees

$2,247 for Beginners - Advanced Level (inclusive of GST)

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Course Assessment

Students will be assessed through the various components relevant to each level. Students will be assessed on their speaking, writing, listening, vocabulary, grammar and reading. In addition to the summative assessment, students will receive feedback through the use of formative assessments which may include in class activities (tests, quizzes, presentations, written work, computer based activities, individual and group work, field trips, homework and individual assignments).

PCE Levels No. of Formal Assessments Weighting
Beginner 2 50% each
Elementary* 2 50% each
Pre-Intermediate* 2 50% each


2 50% each

Upper Intermediate*


50% each


2 50% each

*Each module will have 3 vocabulary quizzes which cumulatively will represent 5% of the final grade.

*Each module will have 3 Reading quizzes which cumulatively will represent 20% of the final grade.

Upper Intermediate and Advanced will have 1 take home writing assignment which will represent 10% of the final grade.

The passing criteria will be student needs an overall passing mark in order to proceed to the next level.  The passing grade is set at 50%.    All the grades awarded will be reviewed and confirmed through the Internal Examination Board and this decision is final and not subject to appeal.   London School of Business & Finance also reserves the right to bar students from taking the examination if student fails to achieve the minimum attendance rate stipulated by the school.

Mode of delivery

The programme is delivered via lectures and occasional field trips.

Certificate awarded

Upon completion of the programme, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement awarded by LSBF.

Entry Requirements
  • 16 years old and above

Preparatory Course in English (PCE) is offered to both local (Singaporean) and foreign students who have completed at least year 10 of their high school education and are interested in pursuing a tertiary education in English at LSBF's School of English and/or other international education service providers around the world. All potential students are required to sit for a placement test to ascertain their proficiency levels before admittance into the course.

Students who have completed the Foundation Course in English will be eligible to join the Preparatory Course in English (PCE) intermediate level. 

Placement Test
An English Placement Test (EPT) is to be administered at London School of Business & Finance premise to determine the respective levels the students qualify for.

Students who are in their country of origin are required to sit for 2 EPT. Students who have taken the EPT at the Recruitment Agent’s Office at their country of origin will need to take a second EPT which will be conducted at London School of Business & Finance premise. Only the latter test will determine the final level of English that the student qualify for.

Minimum Language Requirement
CEFR Score EPT Score IELTS Band Preparatory English Entry Requirements *Estimated duration
of study including
term break
A1 <30 <2.0 Beginner 8 Weeks
A1 - A2 30 - 39 2.0 - 3.0 Elementary 8 Weeks

A2 - B1

40 - 49

3.0 - 4.0

Pre-Intermediate 8 Weeks
B1 - B2 50 - 64 4.0 - 5.0 Intermediate 8 Weeks
B2+ 65 - 79 5.0 - 6.0 Upper-Intermediate 8 Weeks
C1 80 - 90 6.0 - 7.0 Advanced 8 Weeks
What will this qualification allow students to do?

Upon completion of our Preparatory Course in English, students will have the language skills they need to work in any English-speaking business

Student Teacher Ratio
20 students : 1 teacher

Intake Dates

Every Month


5 days per week of 5-hour lesson, over the course duration.

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