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Choosing The Correct Part-Time Degree in Singapore

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Choosing The Correct Part-Time Degree in Singapore

If you’re a working professional, you don’t have the option of stopping work and going back the university for a full-time degree. The requirements of work, family, and personal pursuits just need you to keep making money and bringing home the bacon. Then how can we even upgrade our qualifications? The answer is through a part-time degree in Singapore.

Is a Part-Time Degree even recognized?

There are tons of part-time degree provider universities out there and their academics vary greatly – from the time it takes to the mode of delivery, to the quality of the course, fees, and management of the courses. There are also a huge variety of titles:

  • business and business administration (aka management)
  • marketing management
  • financial management and accounting
  • information technology
  • computing
  • social sciences
  • engineering sciences (e.g. civil engineering degree)
  • law
  • media and communications

When choosing a provider, here’s what to look out for if you want it to be recognized:

  1. Is the provider registered with CPE or the Committee for Private Education? A list of registered providers can be found here: https://www.tpgateway.gov.sg/resources/information-for-private-education-institutions-(peis)/pei-listing
  2. Is the course that they are offering you, registered with CPE? Courses that are registered with CPE are vetted for basic parameters that would make the degree valid. After clicking the link above, find your private university degree provider and click courses to make sure it is an approved course. Here’s a screen shot of our listing page on TPGateway.academic core courses in singapore part time degree in singapore
  3. Is the course that they are offering you aligned to the specifications registered? Read through the durations and specifications and make sure they are aligned. If the course is registered for 12 months, then your offer should also be for 12 months. If it’s shorter or longer, the private university in Singapore could be doing something weird and your part-time degree may not be recognized.

What are the time requirements of a Part-Time Degree?

When we launch a part-time degree course in Singapore we could deliver it in a few ways:

  • Fully offline vs Fully online
  • Block delivery – meaning a few full-days straight of teaching. (Normally 3-4 days per module, followed by a few weeks or months of assignment time)
  • Regular delivery – meaning 10 to 12 sessions of 3-hours of teaching, per module over 3-4 months. (Your academic assignments should be done between these sessions)
  • Hybrid – some online, some offline, some block, some regular delivery.

We call these university degree delivery patterns. These are also found in part time diploma courses. We will consider them as delivery patterns across the entire institute.

When we design course delivery patterns we have to balance the students schedules and work requirements as well as the availability of our lecturers to teach.

Before signing up, you should ask your Singapore university what their delivery pattern is and if it fits your work requirements.

What are the travel requirements of a Part-Time Degree?

Depending on the delivery plan, the location of the institute’s campus, the resources required for the undergraduate programme and requirements to receive your bachelors degree, logistics may vary.

Lets say you have a regular delivery pattern and you live in Toa Payoh, but you work in Changi and your campus is in Clementi. If the course you want to take is a regular delivery course, then you will have to travel from Changi to Clementi twice weekly after your job is done for the day. If you don’t like commutes then this may be a problem.

When we place our campuses we typically get feedback from where our students work and live and then try to place our institute’s campus at the most convenient spot (either nearer more work places or nearer more living places).

We’re currently located at 30A Kallang Place#01-02 Singapore 339213 We chose this venue for our institute’s campus because we largely serve students who work in this area and it’s just more convenient for you to come out the back door of work and stroll into our campus that is just 2-minutes away by foot.

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What are the finance requirements of a Part-Time Degree?

When you’re thinking of pursuing a part-time degree, you will probably be looking at the cost of the programmes even before applying. These vary greatly from course to course because of various factors such as:

  • the learning requirements of the university
  • your current education level
  • the number of module credit to be achieved
  • number of academic years you will need to pursue

Think of a degree as a list of 300 things that you must learn and prove that you have learned before you can get a degree. If you’ve already achieved 100 of these things and they are verified by a trusted source (like say a government polytechnic diploma) then you will only need to do 200 more to earn a degree from that university.

Lets say you have a government polytechnic diploma in electrical and electronic engineering, but your application is for a part-time degree in international business management. There is only a partial overlap in your previous credit studied in polytechnic and the degree in international business management. Expect this route to be more time consuming and more costly.

In another scenario, you have a government polytechnic diploma in electrical and electronic engineering but your application is for a part-time degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with us at Auston Institute. In this case you will probably see significant overlap in the basics and fundamentals of electrical and electronic engineering and therefore, this route may take must less time and less costly.

A good benchmark is S$12,000 to S$15,000 per academic undergraduate year of study.

Financial support schemes are almost always available.

There’s a saying – How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

If you’ve studied abroad on your parents-funds, it is realistic to expect that they took out some sort of loan to fund that $150k+ of fees. In the situation of self-financed part time degree programmes, you almost have to find some sort of financing option.

We have partnered with OCBC to offer very flexible loan packages that leave you having to pay just $100+ per month to service your education loan.

We also offer interest-free installment plans from credit cards and where possible – interest free installments directly from us.

Always, always, always, ask your consultant about finances. We’re not all sharks 😀

What job and career outcomes can I expect from a part-time degree?

Bottom Line: A bachelors degree is only the opening requirement of the job. Getting better career and job opportunities is highly dependent on many other factors like attitude, performance, experience, competency, connections, and aesthetics (truth).

The results of degree holders finding jobs varies greatly because of all the factors we’ve just listed above. These days you can easily browse a schools website to find their past graduates statistics and average salaries. For example the NUS / NTU graduates of electrical and electronic engineering earn about $3,600 to $3,800 after they graduate with their degree. Our graduates in electrical and electronic engineering found electrical engineering jobs in Singapore that earn that amount on average too ($3,725 in 2020).

If you were already doing well in your career, a part-time degree will definitely accelerate that curve because of:

  1. Deeper technical understanding
  2. Broader view of the factors affecting the industry
  3. Improved academic and communication competencies
  4. Enhanced social networks through your degree programme

So what should you do now?

Having considered the factors we’ve laid out above, if you think that studying part-time degree is useful for you, please contact us and see what we can do!

So What Should I Do Now?

We recommend that you start looking for degree programmes and hopefully, you choose us.

Many people ask where do I start.  

Everyone starts in different place. Your past qualifications and work experience is critical in determining where you go and start. If you’d like to speak to a consultant about joining, please complete the form below and we can get back to you about fees, duration and more.

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