English Proficiency Programme

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Fulfilling the English Proficiency (EP) requirement

1a. Introduction and FAQs

A good command of English is important for students to successfully complete a degree programme. In order to raise the level of English proficiency, enhance academic performance and set students up for professional success, Core Learning offers a suite of English Proficiency (EP) online courses to equip students with the necessary language skills.

To find out whether you have or have not met the EP requirement, please refer to Singapore University of Social Sciences’ website

For more Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please click on the "Find Out More" icon below.



  • If you did not meet the EP requirement, it is mandatory for you to go through the EP programme. For more details on the various SDE courses, refer to Section 1b on SDE Course Details.
  • If you have met the EP requirement, but would like to enrol into SDE courses, please refer to Section 2a.


1b. SDE Course Details

Core Learning offers one diagnostic course and four language enhancement courses in the EP programme.

SDE101 Essential English Skills and English Proficiency Assessment

This course aims to diagnose students’ English language abilities and skills and contains two English Proficiency Assessments (EPA) and a set of materials related to developing better listening, reading, and writing skills.

Delivery mode: Online

Course fee applies from the second attempt onwards

SDE102 Developing Academic Writing Skills

This course presents some of the operational aspects of writing and the essential skills necessary for producing written work of the required standard. This course introduces students to specific skills that enable them to produce coherent and cohesive written arguments.

Delivery mode: Online

Course fee applies

SDE103 Grammar

This course equips students with some of the foundational knowledge and skills required to construct grammatical sentences and avoid common language errors, so that they can communicate ideas clearly and persuasively. The course will cover the nuts and bolts of grammar, and explore how words, phrases and clauses may be effectively combined into coherent sentences.

Delivery mode: Online
SDE104 Academic Reading

The ability to successfully incorporate reading materials in your assignments and examinations is an important skill to possess in higher education. Before students can incorporate reading materials into their writing, they must first comprehend what they read. Reading materials that are used at university level can be very sophisticated. This course equips students with academic reading skills to help them wade through the sometimes murky body of knowledge available.

Delivery mode: Online

SDE105 Academic Writing

This course helps students to develop core competencies in academic writing. These generic and transferable skills will be useful in writing all academic reports and essays.

Delivery mode: Online

Course fee applies

1c. Registration Dates

How to register for SDE courses if you did not meet the EP requirement, i.e. it is mandatory for you to enroll into SDE courses.

  1. Login to Student Portal.
  2. Click on "E-Services" on the left menu.
  3. Click on "English Proficiency" in Student Service.
  4. Click on "English Proficiency Registration"

SemesterTermRegistration Period for Required StudentsCourse DurationEnd-of-course Deadline
  Opens onCloses on  
January124 Dec 2022 3pm31 Dec 2022 9pm02 Jan - 12 Feb 202312 Mar 2023
January206 Mar 2023 3pm12 Mar 2023 9pm13 Mar - 23 Apr 202323 Jun 2023
July131 Jul 2023 3pm06 Aug 2023 9pm07 Aug - 10 Sep 202310 Oct 2023
July225 Sep 2023 3pm01 Oct 2023 9pm02 Oct - 05 Nov 202331 Dec 2023

1d. Flowchart on progression through EP

Please click HERE if you are unable to view the image below.

EP FlowChart(Scaled)



Taking courses for self-improvement

The SDE courses are compulsory for the group of students stated in Section 1a but are optional for the rest of the students. If you have met the EP requirement but would like to strengthen your English proficiency, you are welcome to register for any course. All courses are available for registration every term. Please refer to Section 2a for the course durations and registration periods.

You will receive a grade if you attempt the assessments in the courses, but the final grade does not count towards your credit units or CGPA.

2a. Registration Dates

  1. Login to Student Portal
  2. Click on "e-services" on the left menu
  3. Click on "Event Service Online" in Student Service
  4. Click on the "Event ID" of the specific SDE course(s) you wish to register for.

SemesterTermRegistration Period for Opt-In StudentsCourse DurationEnd-of-course Deadline
  Opens onCloses on  
January101 Dec 202218 Dec 202202 Jan - 12 Feb 202312 Mar 2023
January206 Feb 2023 26 Feb 202313 Mar - 23 Apr 202323 Jun 2023
July103 Jul 202321 Jul 202307 Aug - 10 Sep 202310 Oct 2023
July228 Aug 202315 Sep 202320 Oct - 5 Nov 202331 Dec 2023

Related Pages

Core Learning provides services to help students enhance their English writing skills.

Contact Us

You can contact us at cl_epsupport@suss.edu.sg if you have any queries.

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