Diploma in Business Chinese

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Diploma in Business Chinese


Diploma in Business Chinese is designed to develop student’s grasp of the Chinese Language in a business context. It develops fluency, confidence and accuracy while improving all the essential skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing.


The aims of this syllabus are to enable candidates to develop the ability to:

  • write apt and accurate Chinese suited to the stated purpose
  • understand and write Chinese using formats that are current and common in business communication
  • adopt the tone, form, layout, content and composition appropriate to the requirements of a given situation
  • understand spoken and recorded Business Chinese at the defined level
  • participate in conversations

On completion of the course, the student will be able to read and understand the main points of written material, write in correct Chinese in several business formats.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years old and above and above

Academic: Obtained at least a C6 at GCE O-Level in any 3 subjects or equivalent

Language: Obtained at least D7 at GCE O-Level in English Language or a pass in placement test


1. Reading

2. Writing

3. Listening

4. Speaking

5. Integrated Chinese

Course Duration

Full time, 12 months, Monday to Friday, 5 Hours per day


Course Intake No. Start Date and End Date
Diploma 01 01 July – 30 June

Please note that prospective students are advised to submit their application at least 6 weeks before the start date.

Manner of Teaching

Lectures, Tutorial, Audio Immersion (via CDs), Role-play

Average Teacher – Student Ratio

1:32 (maximum)

Manner of assessment / examination

End of course written and oral examination (Final Exam)

Criteria for Graduation

Complete course and all examinations must obtain at least 50%


Meet Minimum Attendance Requirement for

– Foreign Student – At least 90% attendance (absence with valid reason)

– Local Student – At least 75% attendance (absence with valid reason)

Criteria for Progression

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Criteria for Award

Complete course and all examinations must obtain at least 50%


Meet Minimum Attendance Requirement for

– Foreign Student – At least 90% attendance (absence with valid reason)

– Local Student – At least 75% attendance (absence with valid reason)


Diploma in Business Chinese

Awarding Body

Birmingham Academy

Fees Structure (S$- Singapore Dollar)

Fees Breakdown Amount Sub Total Payment Due Date
Admission Processing Fee $350 $350 Upon Application
Course Fee $10,500 $12,900 After complete signing the official documents: Advisory Note, Standard Student Contract, Student Fee Protection Setup Documents
Material Fee $680
Admin Fee $250
Exam Fee $720
International Student Management Fee $500
Fee Protection Scheme Setup Fee $250
 Total $13,250 NA


1. Application Fee is non-refundable.

2. The above payment does not include Student’s Pass Processing Fee ($30.00), issuance fee ($60.00) for every student’s pass issued, and a multiple-entry visa fee ($30.00) for visa required nationals. THE AMOUNT IS TO BE PAID TO ICA DIRECTLY.

Document Required

1. Photocopy of Passport

2. Four recent passport sized photographs (with white background)

3. One certified true copy of birth certificate

4. One certified true copy of highest educational certificate

5. One certified true copy of highest educational results transcript

6. Bank Statements/Fixed Deposit (equivalent of S$30,000/-) for VISA required nationals

7. Photocopy of parents’ passport (If below 18 years old)

8. Certified true copy of working testimonials stating the position held and salary per month. (If unemployed, provide parents’ or spouse’s working testimonials)

Please note that Notarised Translations are required if the documents are not in English.

Miscellaneous Fee

(non-compulsory and non-standard fees which are paid only when necessary or applicable):

Purpose of Fee Amount
Academic Status Certification Fee Per Certification Letter $50.00
Additional Book Fee per Book $100.00
Additional Uniform Fee $20.00
Administrative Fee for Registration of External Examination $50.00
Administrative Fee for Retrieval of Personal Documents per Documents $20.00
Administrative Fees for Extension $100.00
Administrative Fees for Replacement of Student’s Pass $350.00
Appeal for result Fee per Assessment $150.00
Course Deferment Fee $350.00
Late Payment Fee $100.00
Lost of Student’s Pass (for first loss) $100.00
Re-Assessment Fee Per Module $150.00
Re-Enrollment Fee $350.00
Re-module fee (per module) $1,000.00
Renewal of Student Pass $120.00


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