Why part-time courses should be on your to-do list (with 9 interesting options to get you started)

(If you’re a school or organisation with great part-time courses we’ve yet to mention, do get in touch—we’d love to add you to the list!)

 

For many of us, taking up part-time studies has never come into our minds.

Why should we if there isn’t a need for it?

Well, many people taking up part-time studies have their own reasons for doing so. The reasons can range from upgrading their skills and knowledge to having to earn their keep. If you have the time and ability, taking up full-time studies would be optimal so you can keep up focus and momentum—and enjoy the last few years of precious youth before corporate life. In some cases, a part-time degree or part-time diploma can help you maximise your time!

If you currently are in NS, for example, and have been posted to a 9-5 vocation, you can take up a part-time diploma or degree during the night. (It’s tough, but there have been people who have embarked on this journey!)

When the two years are done, you’ll be way ahead of the curve.

(Not to mention, more and more schools are seeing the benefit of work-study arrangements. We point you towards SIT and SUSS, for example, both of which are involved in the SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programme. One model has students alternate between working with a company partner for 3-4 days a week, with the remaining days allocated to their studies.)

If you have been considering working and studying part-time, a gentle reminder: you must have the determination and persistence to see the hectic schedule through. If that’s a challenge you’re willing to undertake, look on for 9 interesting part-time courses (that aren’t business) that may pique your interest!

Part-time Diploma Courses
Chinese Medicine

Singaporeans are known foodies, willing to travel the distance and wait it out for good food. Why not take it one step further by learning how to cook like a professional – and nourishing food to boot? The Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine has opened its doors since 1953 and has earned recognition as an established TCM education institution within the region. The Chinese Medicated Food Diploma will not only cover the fundamentals such as Food Hygiene but also subjects such as food styling and Chinese medicine.

Programme Duration: 2 years part-time

Accreditation of School: The Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine is EduTrust certified.

Curriculum: The course covers things like prescription studies and Chinese medicine.

Course fees: SGD 9,535.36 (excluding misc. fees)

Prospects: Do note that, to be a practising nutritionist or dietician in Singapore, you must have a recognised Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the minimum (for further information, see here). This Diploma would be more applicable to those looking to explore Chinese cuisines professionally for interests’ sake or as a precursor to a nutritionist degree.

*Do note, however, that the course will be taught entirely in Chinese and that one module will be taught in China (personal expenses and accommodation have to be self-arranged).

Description: Sports has gathered increasing national attention in recent years (Joseph Schooling, anyone?) and Singapore has renewed her F1 contract till 2028. While more people are inspired to become athletes, there must be people to help them reach their highest potential. Coaches play a vital role in guiding and developing the skills of athletes at every level, from youth sports to professional teams. They motivate players to push beyond what seems possible while also teaching proper techniques and strategies.

This diploma allows you to pick up the knowledge and skills to become an efficient and great coach. Graduates will also obtain the American Council on Exercise (ACE) trainer certification alongside their diploma qualification.

Programme Duration:12 months part-time

Accreditation of School: PSB Academy is EduTrust Certified and is part of the Singapore Association of Private Education (SAPE).

Curriculum: The course covers topics such as Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, Principles of Weight Training and more.

Course fees: SGD 7,324.80 (excluding misc. fees). If you are a returning student, you enjoy a discounted fee of SGD $6,592.32 (excluding misc. fees)

Prospects: You can expect job opportunities for roles such as fitness instructors, competitive sports coaches and sports trainers.

Description: If you’ve been curious about counselling techniques and skills, here’s a course that will help you learn practical skills that you can use in the corporate setting! The Specialist Diploma in Workplace Counselling will impart to students workplace counselling skills that they can apply in various working environments, ranging from health or social services to customer service and supervisory work. You’ll be taught by active practising counsellors who hold at least a Master of Counselling, so you can rest assured that they know their stuff.

Programme Duration: 6 months

Accreditation of School: ACC Institute of Human Services is registered with CPE and is an Education Institute Member of the International Association for Counselling.

Curriculum: The course consists of 4 modules, which are Foundations of Counselling, Counselling Psychology: Theory and Practice, Counselling on Specific Client Issues and last but not least, Manage Workplace Relationships Effectively.

Course Fees: SGD $6,536.73 (SkillsFuture credit claimable)

Prospects: You will graduate with a professional basic entry qualification to counselling children & youth, along with skills you can apply in your working life.

Description: Have a passion for photography? Turn it into fuel for your career! M.A.D School’s Diploma in Photography trains you in various aspects of photography ranging from fashion to food, so you’re bound to find the area you’ll shine in. The Diploma will also teach you the basics of Adobe Photography and Lightroom, with everything culminating in a portfolio presentation that can help kick-start your job journey.

Programme Duration: 10 months

Accreditation of School: The school is registered with CPE.

Curriculum: Take modules in portraiture photography, product photography, fashion photography, and lighting techniques.

Course fees: SGD 10,600 (excluding misc. fees)

Prospects: Find work as an assistant/freelance/contract/resident photographer, or branch out as a graphic designer (if you are especially proficient in Photoshop and the relevant industry-used graphic design software)

Description: Sports has gathered increasing national attention in recent years (Joseph Schooling, anyone?) and Singapore has renewed her F1 contract till 2028. While more people are inspired to become athletes, there must be people to help them reach their highest potential. Coaches play a vital role in guiding and developing the skills of athletes at every level, from youth sports to professional teams. They motivate players to push beyond what seems possible while also teaching proper techniques and strategies.

This diploma allows you to pick up the knowledge and skills to become an efficient and great coach. Graduates will also obtain the American Council on Exercise (ACE) trainer certification alongside their diploma qualification.

Programme Duration:12 months part-time

Accreditation of School: PSB Academy is EduTrust Certified and is part of the Singapore Association of Private Education (SAPE).

Curriculum: The course covers topics such as Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, Principles of Weight Training and more.

Course fees: SGD 7,324.80 (excluding misc. fees). If you are a returning student, you enjoy a discounted fee of SGD $6,592.32 (excluding misc. fees)

Prospects: You can expect job opportunities for roles such as fitness instructors, competitive sports coaches and sports trainers.

Description: Singapore has taken big steps towards promoting responsible use of data and AI with programs like the Model AI Governance Framework.

Programme Duration: One year (30 weeks, conducted twice weekly during weekday evenings)

Curriculum: The diploma comprises 2 Post Diploma Certificates (PDCs): the PDC in Data Protection and Cyber Breach Management and the PDC in Data Innovation, AI Governance and Ethics.

Course Fees: SGD 1,059.48 for Singaporeans aged 40 and below, $706.32 for Singaporeans aged 40 and above, $2,972.43 for Permanent Residents. This excludes miscelleanous fees and fees are paid every semester. Subsidised fees are available for those under the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Funding and Enhanced Training Support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) schemes.

Prospects: The knowledge to become a DPO in your organisation or to assist with Data Protection Compliance.

Part-time Degree Courses

Description: If you’re fluent in Mandarin, consider taking up SUSS’s Bachelor in Translation to take this skill further! Being well-versed in two languages, especially past verbal fluency, will make you an asset for organisations, and it’s also a skill transferable across industries. You could top things off with a business minor to give yourself an edge—effectively, every industry has a business element, after all.

Programme Duration: You need a minimum of 130 credit units to graduate.

Curriculum: Learn how to do translation across various genres (legal documents, media documents, etc.) and basic business knowledge such as statistics and organisational behaviour.

Course fees: Charged by credit units; please inquire directly with the school

Prospects: Find work as a game translator, for example, or in a variety of other industries due to the interdisciplinary nature of this degree.

Description: This degree program is the first SkillsFuture Work-Study Degree Programme in Singapore designed for part-time students who work full-time. It allows students to progress at their own pace while working, as they complete modules in three stages — Foundation, Specialist, and Industry Immersion — to earn a Bachelor of Technology in Computing.

Students receive Professional Certificates after completing each of the first two stages, and can use them to advance their career.

The National University of Singapore’s School of Computer Science and Engineering developed the program with input from technology companies Accenture, NCS, and ST Engineering. These companies helped shape the curriculum and requirements. Enrolment begins August 2024 and there will be bridging modules to complete.

Programme Duration: 4 years part-time

Curriculum: Modules relating to Computer Design, Operating Systems, Database, Programming & Software Development, choice of specialisation in Software Engineering, AI Engineering or Cybersecurity, Industry on-the-job training. capstone project, electives

Course Fees: Please enquire with NTU

Prospects: The degree will equip you with the know-how for roles such as Full Stack Developer, Data Engineer, Software Engineer, Cyber Risk Analyst, Senior Security Engineer, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning Engineer or Product Manager.

Part-time Masters Courses

Description: Interested in becoming the next J.K Rowling or Neil Gaiman? Sure, it might seem like writing is something instinctive that cannot be taught; famous writers will tell you, however, that writing courses do help immensely with elements such as structure and other technical aspects—as well as time and space to hone your craft amongst like-minded individuals. If this sounds appealing, give this course a whirl.

Programme Duration: 3 years part-time

Accreditation of School: LASALLE is registered with CPE.

Curriculum: Explore dramatic writing (plays, etc.), non-fiction research methodologies, forms and functions of different writing forms, and cap it off with a Creative Writing Final Project.

Course Fees: SGD 31,500 (excluding misc. fees)

Kaplan Higher Education Institute

If you’re keen on pursuing part-time studies but have lingering concerns, such as your ability to juggle work/NS/other commitments, here are some tips from former students that might help allay some fears: Check out this student from SIM UOL and the other from UniSIM. Good time management is a key skill that they highlight as a must-have!

Alternatively do enquire with the school, who will be able to address your needs and concerns better. If you have any other concerns holding you back or know of more interesting courses that we can add to our list, drop us a comment below!

*Table updating in progress, please be patient with us!

SchoolProgramme DurationAccreditationCurriculumCourse FeesProspects
PART-TIME DIPLOMA COURSES Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Chinese Medicated Food Dietician*2 years part-timeThe Singapore College of Traditional Chinese Medicine is EduTrust certifiedThe course covers things like prescription studies and Chinese medicineSGD 8,664.00 (excluding misc. fees)Do note that, to be a practising nutritionist or dietician in Singapore, that you must have a recognised Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at minimum (for further information, see here). This Diploma would be more applicable to those looking to explore Chinese cuisines professionally or for interests’ sake, or as a precursor to a nutritionist degree
PSB Academy – Diploma in Sport and Leisure Management24 months part-timePSB Academy is EduTrust Certified and is part of the Singapore Association of Private Education (SAPE)The course covers topics such as Sports and Leisure Marketing and looks into the Recreation, Event and Tourism businessesSGD 6,420.00 (excluding misc. fees)You can expect job opportunities for roles such as Events and Marketing Executives, as well as Event Coordinators, whether it be for ad hoc events, locations, or specific companies
Air Transport Training College – Applied Diploma in Aerospace Maintenance1.5 years part-timeThe Air Transport Training College is registered with CPE and the

Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) of Singapore. They are also CAAS (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore) approved
Other than needing to study physics and math, you will also need to study aviation legislation and basic aerodynamicsSGD2,750 (after SSG funding)Work as aircraft technicians, with the choice to pursue higher education if desired
M.A.D School – Diploma in Photography and Digital Imaging10 monthsThe school is registered with CPETake modules in portraiture photography, product photography, fashion photography, and lighting techniquesSGD 10,600 (excluding misc. fees)Find work as an assistant/freelance/contract/resident photographer, or branch out as a graphic designer (if you are especially proficient in Photoshop and the relevant industry-used graphic design software)
PART-TIME DEGREE COURSESSingapore University of Social Sciences – Bachelor in Translation with Minor in BusinessYou need a minimum of 130 credit units to graduateLearn how to do translation across various genres (legal documents, media documents, etc.) and basic business knowledge such as statistics and organisational behaviourCharged by credit units, please enquire directly with schoolFind work as a game translator, for example, or in a variety of other industries due to the interdisciplinary nature of this degree
Kaplan Singapore – Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Web Communication28 monthsKaplan is registered with CPE and is also a member of SAPETake modules teaching media law and ethics, fundamental digital media skills, and video journalismSGD 26,193.60 (excluding application fees)Start out as news assistants and digital journalists, or go into digital marketing!
Informatics Academy – Bachelor of Science in Computer Games and Animation (top-up)16 months part-timeInformatics Academy is registered with CPE (EduTrust)Learn the foundations of computation as well as (duh) game development! Also develop an awareness of current research and developments in the socioeconomic and technological arenas by conducting industrial technical analysesSGD 15,515.00 (excluding misc. fees)Work in game companies as junior online programmers, game masters, game programmers, and so on
PART-TIME MASTERS COURSESLASALLE College of the Arts – Masters in Creative Writing<'/strong>3 years part-timeLASALLE is registered with CPEExplore dramatic writing (plays, etc.), non-fiction research methodologies, forms and functions of different writing forms, and cap it off with a Creative Writing Final ProjectSGD 30,000 (excluding misc. fees)Kaplan Higher Education Institute –Master of Education in Education Leadership and Policy
Kaplan Higher Education Institute –Master of Education in Education Leadership and Policy24 months part-timeKaplan Higher Education Institute is registered with CPETake modules that primarily serve to cultivate leadership skills (e.g. Leading e organisational decision-making, Inner leadership: Understanding Self and Others)$23,364.52 per academic year

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