Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science (Earn and Learn Programme)


The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme is a work-study programme designed to give fresh full-time Diploma graduates from one of the 5 polytechnics in Singapore a head-start in careers related to their discipline of study. It provides them with more opportunities, after graduation, to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in school, and better supports their transition into the workforce.

Who is it for?

The SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme is for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents who are Fresh full-time Diploma graduates from one of the five polytechnics in Singapore.

Working adults in the food science and technology industry who wish to pick up specialised skills and knowledge should consider our non-ELP courses like the Advanced Diploma in Food Technology

How does it work?

You will be matched with a job related to your discipline of study and undergo a 18 months structured training programme, depending on the sector and job requirements. The programme includes facilitated learning, on-the-job training and work-based projects, to allow you to deepen your skill sets at the workplace. Assigned mentors at the company will guide you and provide support in your continual skills development. You will also enjoy a well-structured career progression pathway, in line with the company’s talent development plan. At the end of the programme, you will receive an industry-recognised certification.


The Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science (AFS) is an 18-month SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme where trainees go through classroom facilitation and On-the-Job Training (OJT) to deepen relevant occupational and industry skills. Fresh polytechnic graduates from relevant courses will be employed by participating companies in the food industry as full-time employees while studying part-time through classroom facilitation in Singapore Polytechnic.


Course Objectives


This course aims to deepen the existing knowledge and skills of fresh polytechnic graduates in the areas of Food Product Innovation, Food Processing and Food Safety & Quality Management. Relevant technical skills are deepened through structured OJT aligned to the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) competency framework where trainees will be assigned to a mentor in the company to be trained in different areas. Trainees will gain knowledge and skills through facilitated case studies and capstone project which helps to enhance occupational and personal competencies for better career progression in the industry.


*Fresh polytechnic graduate is defined as:
Any graduate whose graduation date is within 1 year before the programme start date (i.e. between 20 April 2014 to 20 April 2015) with no relevant work experience. For NSFs who wish to apply for this programme, their ORD date must also be within 1 year before the programme start date.


Suitable for


Fresh full-time polytechnic graduates from the relevant fields who wish to deepen their technical skills in the food industry via on-the-job training (OJT) at participating food companies as full time employees in parallel with classroom learning and facilitation at Singapore Polytechnic.



Minimum Entry Requirements

Application for this programme is open to Fresh full-time polytechnic graduates who are ready to embark on the Earn and Learn Programme and is strictly by invitation only.

Fresh polytechnic graduates with a Diploma in Food Science and Technology or equivalent; Diploma in Chemical Engineering.

Only Singaporean will be eligible for Sign-on Incentive of SGD$5,000.

Applicants must be Singaporeans or Permanent Residents of Singapore.

Course Outline


The curriculum is divided into 3 themes:
1) Food Product Innovation
2) Food Processing
3) Food Safety and Quality Management
Trainees have to complete all 9 modules within 3 Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs) and a Capstone Project. Upon completion of the PDCs including the capstone project and fulfilment of the skills competency through On-the-Job Training, trainees will be awarded with an Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science


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Semester 1 (10 weeks)
PDC 1 : Food Product Innovation
Module 1 – Food Product Design
Module 2 – Consumer & Sensory Studies
Module 3 – Food Legislation

Semester 2 (10 weeks)
PDC 2: Food Processing
Module 4 – Sustainable Food Manufacturing
Module 5 – Applied Food Packaging
Module 6 – Food Operations Management

Semester 3 (10 weeks)
PDC 3: Food Safety and Quality Management
Module 7 – Applied Food Analysis
Module 8 – Advanced Food Microbiology
Module 9 – Food Safety Management System
Module 10 – Capstone Project

All participants are required to attend facilitated classroom training on Fridays from 9am to 5:30pm.


Award / Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of three Certificates within an eighteen months validity period, the participant will be conferred an Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.


Course Fee


Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science (Earn and Learn Programme)
Post Diploma Certificates (PDC)

Singapore Citizens

Singapore PR Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme
Certificate in Food Product Innovation $435.75  $1,162.02  $300.00
Certificate in Food Processing $479.33  $1,278.23  $330.00
Certificate in Food Safety and Quality Management $479.33  $1,278.23  $330.00
Capstone Project $348.61  $929.62  $240.10
Total Course Fees: $1,743.03  $4,648.10  $1,200.10

Other Fees Payable:

Fee Description Per semester (after GST)
Singapore Citizens Singapore PR and others
Examination Fee - $16.05
Miscellaneous Fee $7.49 $7.49
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS) $0.94 $0.94
Total $8.43 $24.48

The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review. Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.


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Course Commencement:
Next intake April 2017

Application Procedures

Please download and complete the ELP Participation Form and submit together with your resume

Class Schedule:
Friday 9am to 5.30pm (10 – 12 weeks per PDC)

600 hours (1.5 years)


PDCs to be offered:


Funding Incentives and Fees Matters


Email: [email protected]

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Matthew Koh
Email: [email protected]

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