Preparatory Course for International General Certificate of Secondary Education Exam (15 months)

We are not running the following course. Please contact us directly for any enquiry.

Title of Course

Preparatory Course for International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (15 months)


The Preparatory Course for International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (IGCSE) is an English-based curriculum to prepare students for progression to Edexcel General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination or Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business (QCF). The IGCSE is an international alternative to many popular national curricula. However, unlike many school-leaving qualifications in many countries, the IGCSE is not a “certificate of education”. It is a qualification based on individual subjects of study, i.e. a candidate receives an “IGCSE” qualification for each subject s/ he takes.


The Objective of the course is to enable the students to acquire the academic knowledge and skills of the subjects offered i.e. English Language, Mathematics, Business Studies, Physics, , Geography, so that students are:

  • Prepared to take the IGCSE examination offered by the Cambridge International Examination
  • Able to pursue their Higher education in Singapore by qualifying for the entry requirements in 5 Polytechnics in Singapore, Junior Colleges, and to any private Institutions in Singapore offering various diploma and degree courses.
  • Able to progress to Edexcel General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination or Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business (QCF)
  • Able to register to take G.C.E ‘O’ Level concurrently.

Course Structure

Course Outline

The following subjects are offered to better prepare our students.

1. English Language
2. Mathematics
3. Business Studies
4. Geography
5. Physics

Module Synopsis/Objectives

English Language

At the end of this course, the students should be able to:

1. Read and understand a variety of texts, selecting and interpreting information, ideas and perspectives.
2. Understand and analyse how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve their effects.
3. Explore links and connections between writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed.
4. Communicate effectively and imaginatively, adapting form, tone and register of writing for specific purposes and audiences.
5. Write clearly, using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures, with appropriate paragraphing and accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation.
6. Acquire speaking and listening skills to:
a. demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting
b. listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback to presentations
c. use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations




At the end of this course, the students should be able to:

• develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques
• acquire a foundation of mathematical skills for further study in the subject or related areas
• enjoy using and applying mathematical techniques and concepts, and become confident in using mathematics to solve problems
• appreciate the importance of mathematics in society, employment and study.

Students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in number and algebra:
a. numbers and the numbering system
b. calculations
c. solving numerical problems
d. equations, formulae and identities
e. sequences, functions and graphs.
2. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in shape, space and measures:
a. geometry and trigonometry
b. vectors and transformation geometry.
3. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in handling data:
a. statistics
b. probability


Business Studies

At the end of this course, the students should be able to:

• develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the study of business
• develop an understanding of business concepts, business terminology, business objectives and the integrated nature of business activity
• understand how the main types of business are organised, financed and operated
• develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary business issues in a wide range of businesses from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global context
• develop critical-thinking and enquiry skills to distinguish between facts and opinion, calculating, interpreting and evaluating business data, to help build arguments and make informed judgements
• develop an understanding of the dynamics of business activity and the related considerations of ethics and sustainability for global businesses.

Students will be able to:

1. Recall, select and communicate knowledge and understanding of business terms, concepts and issues
2. Apply knowledge and understanding using appropriate business terms, concepts, theories and calculations effectively in specific contexts
3. Select, organise and interpret business information from sources to investigate and analyse issues
4. Evaluate business information to make reasoned judgements and draw conclusions



At the end of this course, the students should be able to:

• apply and build on the fundamental building blocks of geographical knowledge
• actively engage in the process of geographical enquiry to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
• develop their knowledge and understanding of geographical concepts and appreciate the relevance of these concepts to our changing world
• develop a framework of spatial awareness in which to appreciate the importance of the location of places and environments at a range of scales
• appreciate that people have different views of, and attitudes to, the world, its environments and its issues
• acquire, develop and apply practical geographical enquiry skills
• undertake geographical investigations that include both primary and secondary data collection, presentation and analysis, drawing conclusions, and evaluating the whole geographical investigation
• develop and apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork
• develop their awareness of global issues and recognise the challenges of moving towards a sustainable future.

Students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scale.
2. Demonstrate geographical understanding of:
a. concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes
b. the interrelationships between places, environments and processes.
c. Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues and to make judgements.
3. Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings.



At the end of this course, the students should be able to:

• learn about unifying patterns and themes in physics and use them in new and changing situations
• acquire knowledge and understanding of physical facts, terminology, concepts, principles and practical techniques
• apply the principles and concepts of physics, including those related to the applications of physics, to different contexts
• evaluate physical information, making judgements on the basis of this information
• appreciate the practical nature of physics, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
• analyse, interpret and evaluate data and experimental methods, drawing conclusions that are consistent with evidence from experimental activities and suggesting possible improvements and further investigations
• recognise the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting scientific methods in physics
• select, organise and present relevant information clearly and logically using appropriate vocabulary, definitions and conventions
• develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context
• select and apply appropriate areas of mathematics relevant to physics as set out under each topic
• prepare for more advanced courses in physics and for other courses that require knowledge of physics.

Students will be able to:

1. Knowledge and understanding of physics
2. Application of knowledge and understanding, analysis and evaluation of physics
3. Experimental skills include analysis and evaluation of data and methods of physics

Scope of Study

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus.

Delivery Mode

Lectures, Discussions, interactive lessons, games, and etc

Commencement Dates / Intakes

Click here to view intakes for January to December 2018.
Coleman College reserves the right to cancel a class/an intake if the minimum number of students enrolled is less than 10 for any programme per class. Students may enroll into a later intake, if any, or withdraw from course. (For refund, please refer to our Refund Policy)

Course Duration

The course duration is 15 months of institutional training – Full-time

Class Period

Monday to Friday
3 contact hours per session, 10 sessions per week (30 contact hours per week)

Course Fees

Click here to view course fees.

Payment Mode

Click here to view details on payment mode

Click here to view details on Fees Protection Scheme (FPS)

For further information or clarification, please call our Student Support Services Officer at +65 6336 3462


100% external assessment.

Assessment Methods

External Cambridge IGCSE examinations comprising:
Written examination
Practical examination for Science subjects

Assessment Grading Criteria


Expected Examination Results Release Date

Examination results will be announced by University of Cambridge Assessment International Education.

Qualification Award

Result Slip issued by University of Cambridge Assessment International Education.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of course.

Teacher Qualifications

The Committee for Private Education (CPE) is duly notified of all teachers in Coleman College. All teachers have the required qualifications. Please refer to Our Teachers list in the website for more details.

Average Teacher-Student Ratio is 1:40

Please note that the maximum number of students in the classroom is subjected to the maximum allowable seating capacity

Progression Pathway

Upon successful completion of the IGCSE, students may wish to apply for the following courses:
1. Edexcel General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination
Awarded by Pearson Education Limited (Full-time: 24 months)
2. Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business (QCF)
Awarded by Pearson Education Limited (Full-time: 12 months)

Entry Requirements

Age: At least 15 years old
Academic: Completed Sec 3 education in Singapore Government School or 9 years of formal education or equivalent
English Proficiency: IELTS 4 or equivalent

Other Courses

Higher Diploma in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering

Higher Diploma in Facilities Management

Speak English 4 and 6