Wednesday, June 25, 2014

GETTING INTO SIM UOL ! (Part 1)




10.05pm. Woke up really early that day to attend my sister's graduation at Ngee Ann Poly. She finished her course with a merit award and a GPA 4.0. I'm so proud of her! Suddenly i am looking forward to receiving my result in August. I can't wait! Will i be able to score 3 As out of the 4 subjects i took? If i can score 3 As, then a first class honor will be in my favor! I just need a total of 5As to get a First Class Honor in UOL. I wonder how difficult it is to get first class honor because i heard from a lot of students about the exam being too tough and etc. I find it rather approachable though. 

So i have one conclusion from the comments i heard and that is that they DIDN'T STUDY HARD ENOUGH. haha. Well, perhaps the marking criteria is very high and therefore it explains why so many students fail the exam. Anyhow, I just hope for 3As now. 

Let's talk about school today. In a blink of an eye, i will be graduating from University next year! How fast time pass. It feels like just yesterday when i ended my Bridging Exam. 

Here is how SIM University of London works: Click here for (part 2)


BEFORE ENROLLING TO SIM

Ok first and foremost, you will get to choose which private university you would like to enroll to in SIM. There are quite a few options and the tuition fee aren't cheap too. Cut short u can just go to the open house to know it all. RMIT requires students to do projects and you have tests and exams. In UOL, University of London, it is just a 100% exam paper. This means that you only take one exam paper in the whole year for that particular subject. 

In other words, if you fail that paper you have to pay $1000 to retake that subject. This is not the bad news, the bad news is that you won't be graduating in the same year with your friends. Now this is sad right?! lol. Imagine you are the only one left behind and your friends are already graduating. So my suggestion is to work hard and study hard. 

AFTER YOU CHOOSE UOL / BRIDGING COURSE

If you graduate from JC, you take a 3 year path in UOL. 

If you graduate from Polytechnic taking the related course, you can pay $2000 to take a Bridging Course. If you pass with a minimum grade of B, you will skip the first year and proceed to the second year. In this case, you will be taking either 8 or 9 subjects in the 2 year path. 8 subjects if your polytechnic course is directly related to the degree you're getting. and 9 subjects if you are studying in a related field. For example, if you studied banking & finance in your poly & also doing the same for your degree then you only study 8. If, however, you studied business admin in your poly but is choosing banking & finance for your degree you will take 9 subjects. 

The Bridging Course takes slightly more than a month and you will have your exam shortly after that. Basically what this bridging course does is to prep you in your Math and Economics. For me, i had to take AMath and Introduction to Econs. I am taking Banking and Finance degree. 

The Bridging Course is easy. There were a lot of hints here and there and the lecturers were great. However, you can still fail if you DON'T STUDY. 

Ok, now that you have passed your Bridging Test, you are ready for second year course!! You will select your timetable and subjects in the school's web. There will be instructions to guide you along. 

Also, my suggestion is to take something that interests you and is easy to pass. LOL. I mean seriously, nobody is gonna care what you studied in University. What is the most important thing is the Certificate and that's it. 

Don't get me wrong but it is always better to take something that is useful for your future too. Just don't be an idiot and choose a tough subject just cause you wanna show it off but have a higher chance of failing! 

Do it the right way. 

AFTER PASSING BRIDGING COURSE/ GETTING ENROLLED

Ok, now that you have selected the subjects you will be waiting for school to start. 

You will be asked to join the enrolment talk and orientation. This is to welcome you!!! Is it a must to go? Well, i'm pretty sure there is one person who didn't attend. Yeap. It is the writer here. Hello (smile & waving). They won't scold you or punish you. Don't worry. As long as you pay money to the school, you are fine. They leave you alone. But honestly i would recommend you to go if you know you're going in alone. It is really difficult to find friends in UOL due to the little/almost minimal interaction between school mates. 

The school term starts around late September to the following year end of MAY. 

Once school starts, you have around 5 months to 6 months of school and then it is final examination time! Yay, time passes really quickly here. 


SCHOOL FEES: 

Just prepare about 20k for your WHOLE DEGREE PROGRAM. And if you fail any paper, just get another 1k plus FOR EACH PAPER. You don't pay 20k lump sum straight away. Each year, you will PAY 3 TIMES. 

First is the continuation registration fee - S$370 to London side. This payment is usually done early before school starts. You will receive email on your school email account asking you to pay money... haha. 

If you are first year student you pay about $700 for the new registration fee, subsequently u pay S$370 for each school year (the continuation registration fee). 

Second is the tuition fee to SIM side. This is the fee that you pay to lecturers. Should be about S$1280 per module. Inclusive of GST. So if you're taking 4 modules this year, it will be $1280x4. This payment is done in the near the end of the year. (remember your school starts in late September. you pay this around November/December). 

Lastly you wait till January to pay for your exam fees to London side. S$580 per module! 

ALL PAYMENTS ARE PAID THOUGH AXS MACHINE!!!! 

Then, you can go for final exam in May. You also have prelims in early March okay!!! 



ok i will stop here now. Please read part 2 and part 3 for more details. There are just so much to talk about. I will be going deeper into school life & what to expect in those posts. 
Talk to you all soon! Thanks for reading.
xx 


68 comments:

  1. Lemons are not used to describe bad stuffs in economics. It is used to describe things that people cannot determine whether it is good or bad.

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  2. Wow, 20k! Did you pay for the school fees yourself or took up student loans?

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    1. U dun pay 20k at once. More like portion by portion. I paid 1.5k just for the London Admission plus the subject guide.. And then i pay 6k for school lecture and like arnd 2k when exam is nearing for the exam paper haha.

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  3. Hey! i just stumbled on your blog (:
    i recently passed bridging, A for math B- for econs /: i was wondering what subjects you did and what tou feel about them? i was planning on taking Math 2 and stats 2, i didnt take stat 1 since i had an exemption for that.
    I prefer more math modules also because I'm pretty crappy at memorising chunks of theory. Like ive a memory of a goldfish. Hope you can reply me soon (: Thank you so much

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  4. Thank you for sharing about your journey in SIM UOL! Really appreciate it!
    So for UOL vs SIT Accountancy, which one u think is better? Cos UOL is shorter (2yrs) but SIT is 3 and 1/3 yrs, plus SIT ALOT ALOT of modules. Heard ppl say if study more modules is better? Hope u can give some opinions on that

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  5. Congrats on passing your bridging course! I went straight to year two and took PBF, POA, MICRO and CF. I am not sure with Math 2 and Stats 2 because i got exempted from all year one fundamental subjects.

    Sorry i don't know much about SIT Accountancy. To me, i won't prefer studying a lot of modules because the aim is just to get the degree cert! Plus, UOL offers a degree with Honours not sure if there is for SIT too. The only bad thing about UOL'S 2 year path is that if you happen to fail, u may need to extend one more year in school. This is what is happening to me now. haha.

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  6. Hi!
    Check with you, the $20k that you paid is the estimated total amount you paid for bridging and 2 years (lectures and exams) in UOL right?

    How much is the first payment that you made upon the acceptance from UOL?

    Thanks! :)

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    1. Yup estimated around 20k . Paying first to the London side new admission fee (1.5k est) for new students and subsequent 75 pounds for continuation studies. Then pay SIM the lecture fees about two months later. Then pay London side the exam fees when exam is nearing. So u pay 3 times each school term.

      :)

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  7. Hi Kacey,
    Thanks for the informative post! Just a question on bridging - when are the exact start and exam dates? Not sure whether it's any different for part time students though:)

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    1. Hi, the exam date is normally just a month away from the first day u start the course. I'm not sure about part time! Maybe u can go hardware zone and ask? Just search 'SIM UOL LIP LAIS part 8" haha.

      np :)

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  8. Hi, may I enquire if uol bridging course is a night/ day course and whether it is inclusive of saturday?

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    1. I suppose the last one is from 3.30 to 6.30pm? I remember i don't have to go to school on Saturday. Its from Monday to Friday for a month.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing! I was having trouble trying to understand what is the bridging course about and who is it for till i stumbled upon your blog :) Do you know if they have minimum grade requirements? As i had not fare well for my a levels thus going to try for UOL accounting at this private uni.

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    1. No problem Joanne :) . Need a minimum grade of B. Last time was C but last year they increase the standard. I got 2 Bs but my friends have As. lol. But anyway, we still pass the bridging course. The grades doesn't really matter as long as u pass the bridging course :) .

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  10. Hi thank you so much for the informative post! I'm considering on applying for SIM-UOL B&F however, I would like to ask if I pass the bridging with meeting the requirements of attaining Bs, will it affect my honours classification of the degree as I will skip to Year 2? Then how do they calculate the bridging course of Bs? or just consolidate my grades attained from Year 2 onwards? thank you!

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    1. Hi Katy, don't worry, getting Bs doesn't have any effect on your grades. The bridging course is just a test to see if you can go to year 2 straight. After that your grades depend on how well you do in your year 2 and year 3 studies. Totally not related to your grades in Bridging :) .

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  11. Hi Kacey! Can i enquire what are your exam dates like? Is it similar to an A&F student? Are the exams only on weekdays or weekends as well? Thanks very much in advance!

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    1. If u happen to take the same subject as your friends, even though they don't study the same course as u, u all will be having the same exam date! They go by subjects. I think weekends have, i can't really remember alr. But everyone will go Expo to have their exam :)

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  12. Hi, do you happen to have any advice of which lecturer to take for which modules? I am currently contemplating between MA and micro econs, and CF and FM. Do you have any suggestion?

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    1. Hi, for micro i think Derek Hui is very good. Majority like him too. CF definitely not Esther. She will answer your qns but she was talking too fast in the class like a bullet train.


      I did not take MA and FM before. But personally CF and Micro are not difficult. For FM, i saw the exam qns through VLE i think its quite manageable as well. U can log on to your VLE and add courses then u will be able to see all different subject's past year paper and subject guide. Choose one that u feel is comfortable to answer.

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  13. Hello, enquiring if the evening class from 7-10 is available for FT students? If I applied for FT already how do I transfer to PT?

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    1. Yes evening class is available for FT students. But! it depends on what time schedule u r seeing for that subject! On that day of your choosing of timetable, lets say u r taking accounting, then when u click in to enrol u may only see mon 12-3 / tues 8.30-11.30 / wed 12-3 and no 7-10pm classes to select.


      If u want to transfer to PT, u need to go to the student service to enquire. At B block B1 floor. :)

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  14. Hi Kacey! Thank you for doing this informative post/guide. It's great to have people writing all these to help out prospective students and I greatly appreciate it.

    I would like to enquire about the bridging course for SIM-UOL. I have an IT diploma and I am applying for A&F degree course. Since my diploma is totally unrelated to A&F, am I still able to apply for the bridging course?

    If yes, are there any night lessons? As I will still be in NS during June, I can only attend night lessons. Unless I apply leave to go for the classes but I'm afraid I may not have enough.

    Please kindly assist. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Gary! If i am not wrong, i think it is not possible to do bridging course since the subjects u studied in poly is totally unrelated to what u will be studying in uni. If your poly course is under Business School, then u r still able to take bridging. For example, i was from Tourism but i studied under the business school in Ngee Ann. So i can still do the bridging as i've taken basic economics before.

      But to be sure, i suggest u call and ask the school!

      Usually bridging course starts in June or July. The time will be fix for u alr. Either morning or afternoon class i think. Not really sure about night session 7 to 10pm. But i rmb my friend ORD two weeks before he entered bridging. If ur time clashes, then u can request and ask for advice from the school :)

      bridging brochure
      http://www.simge.edu.sg/pub/groups/university_london/documents/sim_brochure/c2lt/mday/~edisp/sim002829.pdf

      contact the school
      http://www.simge.edu.sg/gePortalWeb/appmanager/web/default?_nfpb=true&_st=&_pageLabel=pgContactUs

      :)

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    2. Copy that! Thanks so much for the prompt reply. Have a good Sunday! :)

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  15. Hi Kacey, can i check with you if you accepted the bridging offer, and then you forgo it in the end, is there any penalty? My acceptance window is due soon but i am still waiting for the offers from other Uni, so if i accept the offer from UOL and forgo it later on, is there any penalty? thanks!

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    1. I think there's no penalty. Did u pay any deposit? Im not very sure too. U can call the school and ask :) . If u didnt pay any deposit, then i don't think theres a penalty. Anw, if u dont take the bridging, it means u'r accepted to another sch which u wont come UOL too. So... Dont think so. Haha. But pls call to check!

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    2. Okay, will double confirm with the school. Thankyou for your prompt reply Kacey!! :-)

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  16. Hi kacey im not sure if i should take the bridging course cause i heard that like the bridging course only covers little stuff. so if you pass it then during year 2 they would already expect you to know the subject well and it would be pretty tough and i would have to study harder during year 2. is it true ? :(

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    1. Yes, the lecturer would have expect the basic knowledge of economic skills and math skills from u. However, its not that difficult to understand too. U can always ask questions if u dunno too. If u can take bridging then just take! Dont waste one year just to learn the basic because i believe ur poly has taught u basic economic before.

      :) I took bridging too without learning the 'basics' such as statistics and etc. But i'm coping. haha. so i believe u can too. and alot of students are doing the same.

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  17. Hi! I was wondering about uol academic calendar like do you have school holidays in between the whole study period or just the 3 months break after exam? :)

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    1. Hi u will have school from end of sept till may, no term break :) after exam in may u will have ur holiday till end of sept then school starts again!

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  18. Hi Kacey, for the bridging in Maths, and for other maths modules, are calculators allowed?
    @o@

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    1. yes normal calculators only. :)

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    2. Oh~ Meaning that scientific calculators aren't allowed?

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    3. I think bridging can because we studied logarithm but cant really remember clearly now. But for the rest of the math paper, only simply calculator allowed. :)

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    4. I got it!Thanks for your prompt response! Haha I guess its time for me to start revising, seeing as how sucky my maths is. Your post has really helped me prepare for school somewhat.
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  19. Hi! I love how you explained the info the new student like me. The orientation is before or after bridging course??

    I received an email sent to bridging students about orientation on 9 Sept. However, the simconnect had a notice saying orientation is in July and needs registration.

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    1. hi sang hui. thank u:) i saw simconnect too. Orientation in July. but im not sure if it inclusive of bridging students too. i think its the best u call the school and ask!

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    2. They said its for all students. I have a bridging class from 3.30pm to 6.30pm... do i skip the class and go for orientation instead?

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    3. haha. SKIP THE ORIENTATION. go for ur bridging class. bridging is more important than orientation.

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  20. Haha! Damn...
    Anyway, can I ask did u signed up for any CCA during your 2 years in UOL? Because I am intending to sign up for one but I will be a second year student when I join.

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    1. Nope i didnt join any CCA becuz im lazy haha. u will have a lot of time in UOL though, u can join if u want :)

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  21. Hi Kacey, may i ask if there is a schedule of payment for the course fees issued to the students?

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  22. Hello! Thank you for the posts~ it helps especially for the year 1 students. May I ask the exams are in the May? So the holidays will be from June to September right? :/ Thanks ~ :]

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    1. Yes exams are in May. So once u finish ur exam during May, ur holiday starts...all the way till around mid september :)

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    2. Thank you so much for your reply and helpful posts~ :D

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  23. do they provide you all with internships?

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    1. U can apply for internships in simconnect :) when u go to the homepage, there are usually open job applications for u to apply at the left side of the homepage.

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  24. Hi Kacey, can i check with you how do you check the dates for UOL revision workshop?

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    1. Hi sorry for the late reply! Oh my god i don't rmb how to check the dates for UOL revision workshop. >< so sorry. But i know u can find it through simconnect.

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  25. Hi Kacey,

    I am wondering if bridging course is only for selected students, or is it for anyone else able to sign up for?

    Are there a difference between first year modules and the second and third year modules?
    Thank you.

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    1. Hi, you can apply for bridging course and i think a letter will be sent to you whether u r qualify or not. if u r not sure, u can always call student service in SIM Global Education :) . If u can take bridging course and pass it, then u bascially skip all fundamental modules that u are supposed to take in year 1. so u r technically jumping to year 2 modules. :)

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  26. Hi Kacey, Thank you so much for the advice on UOL. :)
    I am going to enroll myself into the Bridging Courses - Intro to Econs & A Math.
    I have not learned A Math in secondary school, however I did learn Econs in Poly.
    Is it advisable to take on A Math as a bridging course?

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    1. Hi sorry for the late reply. Just take the A Math. U will be taught how to calculate it. No worries.

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  27. Thanks for the Info Kacey :)
    Are they other methods of payment other than through the AXS Machine?

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    1. Hmm i think only AXS if i'm not wrong.

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  28. Hi kacey. I'm about to start my maths bridging course next mth. If I fail my math, does it mean that I cannot go to uni?

    Since I am not taking econs, does it mean that even if I pass maths, I can only go to year 1?

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    1. Hi :) u r taking Maths bridging ? U r from poly right? If u fail then it just means u need to take the fundamental math subjects. People take bridging because they want to skip the fundamental subjects so they can straight away take the main subjects and graduate. If u r not sure, u can always call student service hotline :)

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  29. Hi Kacey,

    I would like your opinion as to whether is it very difficult to find jobs with a UOL degree as compared with a NUS/NtU/SMU/SUSS/SIT degree? Are we academically disadvantaged when finding a job as we graduated with a private degree as compared to other degrees? Also, roughly how much are you earning now in a full-time job with a UOL degree. Hope that you could answer my queries. Thanks
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  30. I would say if u r looking for management trainee jobs, then going to NUS/SMU is much better than private because companies prefer local Uni. It's not really where u graduate from but more of that companies culture when looking for new graduates. Is it more from local Uni or has a mix of private and local Uni? U can check out LinkedIn and see too. If u see that this company mostly hire local graduates, then ur private degree might not suit them.

    For me I started as temp for two months before getting a perm job. I would say job experience is more impt. During the interview, they didn't even bother looking at my grades.

    I'm earning a decent salary with my UOL degree :) but it's not really because of the degree, it's more to do with that company's Budget. If ur company is doing well, the pay should be good.

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    1. Okie! Thanks for your prompt and informative reply! :)

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  32. Hi, can I check if part time Saturday classes , it start at 7pm?

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    1. Hi :) part time on weekdays starts at 7pm. For Saturday I'm
      Not sure I Guess there should be morning class too?

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