EduTrust is a voluntary certification scheme administered by the Committee for Private Education (CPE) is part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) that helps to distinguish higher quality players in Singapore’s private education industry.
Established under the Private Education Act, CPE is a statutory board empowered with the legislative power to regulate the private education sector.
Orita Sinclair School of Design & Music has been awarded 4-year EduTrust certification from CPE.
See our certificate here
The Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) is administered by the Committee for Private Educate (CPE) to protect the unconsumed course fees paid by students.
As a Private Education Institution (PEI) with EduTrust certification, Orita Sinclair is allowed to collect up to twelve months of course fees at any one time. These are protected under the FPS.
Students at Orita Sinclair are assured that their school fees are protected at all times and can check their FPS status with the school or the CPE-appointed insurance company, Lonpac Insurance Bhd. For further information, students may refer to the CPE website here.
Students’ academic performance is assessed throughout the course. A student must meet the attendance requirement and obtain a minimum of a pass for every module to obtain the Diploma.
Exemption may be granted for a module if a student can demonstrate that he/she has learned and understand the content of that module through previous study or professional experience, deemed substantially equivalent to Orita Sinclair. For an exemption to be considered, a student must have obtained at least a pass grade in a specified modules and must be taken less than ten years from the date of application.
Orita Sinclair reserves the right to recognise only certain qualifications and institutions for exemption and to contact the awarding institution to verify students’ qualifications.
Exempted modules will not count towards the unit or course requirement for the course. The maximum number credit units of all the modules granted for exemption must not exceed 30% of the total credit units required to complete the course.
It is the responsibility of the student to submit certified copy of the academic transcript: module outline and other official documentation giving sufficient details of the studies to allow an assessment of the application. All supporting documentation must be in English, including certified translations where appropriate.
Applications for module exemption should be submitted to Orita Sinclair at least 8 weeks prior to the commencement of a particular term in the academic year. Student has to complete an application form, which can be obtained by contacting The Admission Office (email@example.com) together with all required documents.
Orita Sinclair School of Design & Music signs a student contract (following the standard CPE student contract) with every student during admission. The student contract indicates the detailed breakdown of total fees payable by the student together with the payment schedule, as well as other conditions and agreements that relate to the programme of study.
In addition, students are required to sign an advisory note (based on a standard CPE template) prior to signing the student contract to ensure that they have understood and agreed to all the terms of the contract.
A copy of standard CPE Advisory note can be downloaded here.
A copy of the latest standard CPE Student Contract (version 3.1) can be downloaded here.
Please refer to www.cpe.gov.sg to find out more about the student contract.
The Thomson Shin Min Foundation Bursary
The Thomson Shin Min Foundation Bursary is a special Bursary to provide an opportunity to individuals who have love and aspiration to pursue their dream of building their career in the Design and Music Industry. It provides assistance to students in need to pursue their studies in Orita Sinclair School of Design & Music. This scheme is only opened to Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents. To apply, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If a student wishes to defer, he/she required to submit his/her request in writing for deferment of study two weeks before the start of term. A course deferment fee of S$400 and an admin charge of S$50 are payable upon approval of the request for deferment. There is no refund of course deferment fees. The School will assess and reply to any request for deferment within 4 weeks.
Students who wish to defer must submit their request in written form to the School Administration Office using the Student Request for Deferment Form. Deferments are normally granted for medical reasons, National Service call-up and other valid reasons. Documented proof must be attached to the Request for Deferment form.
International students may not defer. Instead, they must withdraw from the course. If they wish to continue their studies at a later stage, they must reapply to study at the School according to application procedures for international applicants.
The School’s refund policy is as follows:
A. Refund for Withdrawal due to Non-Delivery of Course
The school will notify the student within three (3) working days upon knowledge of any of the following:
- PEI fails, for any reason, to commence the Course on the Course Commencement Date;*
- PEI terminates the Course, for any reason, prior to the Course Commencement Date;
- PEI fails, for any reason, to complete the Course by the Course Completion Date;
- PEI terminates the Course, for any reason, prior to Course Completion Date; or
- The Student’s Pass application is rejected by Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA).
- PEI has not ensured that the student meets the course entry or matriculation requirement as set by the organization stated in Schedule A within any stipulated timeline by CPE.
*School’s non-performance (ie. Cancellation of a class before it begins) arises due to insufficient number of students to make up a class.
The Student should be informed in writing of alternative study arrangements (if any), and also be entitled to a refund of the entire Course Fees and Miscellaneous Fees already paid should the Student decide to withdraw, within seven (7) working days of the above notice. ICA charges are not considered Miscellaneous Fees.
Time Frame for Refund: Within 7 working days with necessary documentation
B. Refund for Withdrawal due to other reasons
Where the student withdraws from the Course for any reason other than those set out in ‘Withdrawal Due to Non-Delivery of Course’ above:
Amount: The amount refunded is based on when the student’s written notice of withdrawal is received, as indicated below (application fees are non-refundable). ICA charges are not considered Miscellaneous Fees.
|% of the amount of Course Fees and Miscellaneous Fees paid||If Student’s written notice of withdrawal is received|
|100%||30 calendar days or more before the Course Commencement Date|
|80%||15 to 29 calendar days before the Course Commencement Date|
|50%||1 to 14 calendar days before the Course Commencement Date|
|0%||On or after the Course Commencement Date|
Time Frame for Refund: Refund made within 7 working days from effective date of withdrawal (if this is different from date of receipt of notice).
Cooling Off Period: Students have a 7-working day cooling off period after signing the contract, during which they are entitled to get the Highest Percentage according to Schedule D in the Student Contract of the fees already paid if the student submits a written notice of withdrawal to the PEI within the cooling-off period, regardless of whether the Student has started the course or not. The 7-working days will start
from the date the contract is signed by both parties (i.e. the school and student).
Course deferments are only allowed for local students. Student who wish to defer must submit a Request for Deferment. Deferment is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will normally granted for medical reasons, national service and other valid reasons. Documented proof must be attached to the Request for Deferment. There will be no refund of course fees in the case of deferments. International students may not defer. Instead, they must withdraw from the course and if they wish to continue their studies at a later stage, they must reapply to study at the School in accordance with the application procedures for international students.
- The School’s refund procedure covers the following commonly occurring situations:
- School’s non-performance
- ICA not approving the student pass
- Student changes his mind during the 7-working days cooling off period
- Student’s withdrawal
- The procedure for student-initiated refund (due to the student’s withdrawal / change of mind during cooling period, etc) is as follows:
- . The student gives a written letter to the School requesting a refund with the reasons for refund.
- The School will calculate the amount of refund and explain the breakdown of the refund to the student. The student then signs an acknowledgement form.
- Once approved, the School will arrange for the escrow account provider to refund the money directly to the student.
- For student under insurance (FPS), the Finance Executive will prepare the cheque payment to be made to the student.
- The procedure for a school-initiated refund (due to the School not performing / ICA not approving the student pass, etc) is as follows:
- . Upon receipt of written confirmation that the course will not run or the student pass has not been approved, the School will calculate the amount of refund due to the student.
- Once approved, the School will arrange for the escrow account provider to refund the money directly to the students.
- For student under insurance (FPS), the Finance Executive will prepare the cheque payment to be made to the student.
A course transfer is when a student wishes to transfer from one course of study in the school to another.
All applications for course transfer must be submitted in writing in a format stipulated by the school. Students are required to provide reasons and justifications for making the request. No verbal notice is allowed.
Some of the circumstances under which a course transfer can be considered are:
a. Change in interest of the student
b. Medical conditions that affect the student’s ability to continue in the original course
c. Aptitude of the student for the new course
The maximum processing time for a course transfer is not more than 4 weeks from the point of student’s request to informing the student of the outcome in writing.
Any students who apply for course transfer must pay a fee of $400 when their applications are approved. An administrative charge of $50 is also payable for each approved application. The student must pay all applicable fees before the course transfer is effected.
A transfer to a course in another school is treated as a withdrawal from Orita Sinclair.
For international students, the school will cancel the student pass and apply for a new one. If the application is unsuccessful, the student will have to return home within 30 days.
Course Withdrawal (without course)
A course withdrawal without cause occurs when the student on his own accord decided to terminate his studies after the commencement of the course where there is no refund of course fee involved. For course withdrawals in which there is a refund, please refer to the school’s refund policy.
All applications for course withdrawal must be submitted in writing in a format stipulated by the school. Students are required to provide reasons and justifications for making the request. No verbal notice is allowed.
The maximum processing time for a course withdrawal is not more than 4 weeks from the point of student’s request to informing the student of the outcome in writing.
For international students, the school will cancel the student pass immediately upon approval and the student will have to return home within 30 days.