This Diploma course in Applied Science (Industrial Chemistry and Life Sciences) consists of five Modular Certificates (MC). Each MC is designed to be completed in one academic semester and is made up of 150 to 180 hours.
Students are expected to have access to computer and internet during your study at SP eg. e-learning, writing report, etc.
The Diploma in Applied Science (Industrial Chemistry and Life Sciences) is to prepare working adults with the necessary knowledge and skills for future career advancement and to meet the future demands in the chemical and life sciences industries. It is a broad-based applied science education with emphasis on chemistry and life science modules and laboratory skills.
People who intend or are working in industries (that include pharmaceutical, petroleum, petrochemicals, specialised chemicals, processing, oil and energy, analytical laboratories, environmental and water technology, material science, life science, research and development etc.) that require technical staff to carry out analytical or research work such as evaluation, trouble-shooting, sampling, inspection, analysis or routine bench skills in life sciences (electrophoresis etc) and testing as well as experiment design. This course also includes trainings in laboratory management and safety.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants must have normal colour vision.
Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the Part-Time diploma:
a) The following GCE 'O' Level grades and with at least 3 years of relevant working experience:
English Language Grade 1 – 7
Mathematics (Elementary or Additional) Grade 1 – 6
Science (Pure or Combined) Grade 1 – 6
b) Higher Nitec in Chemical Technology, Biotechnology or related science or technology discipline with at least 1 year of relevant working experience.
c) Nitec in Chemical Process Technology, Life Sciences or related science or technology discipline with GPA ≥ 3.5 and at least 2 years of relevant working experience.
d) Higher Nitec in Technology (Chemical Technology) or related science or technology discipline with at least 1 year of relevant working experience and successful completion of bridging programme conducted by ITE
e) Nitec in Technology (Chemical Process Technology) or related science or technology discipline with GPA ≥ 3.5 and with at least 2 years of relevant working experience and successful completion of bridging programme conducted by ITE
f) Relevant WSQ Diploma qualification or equivalent with at least 3 years of relevant working experience and WPLN at Level ≥ 6 for English and Mathematics.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.
This course consists of five Modular Certificates (MC). Each MC consists of three modules.
MC 1 - Certificate in Core Chemistry I and Biosafety
Module 1 – Inorganic Chemistry
Module 2 - Analytical Chemistry
Module 3 - Chemical and Biosafety
MC 2 Certificate in Core Chemistry II and Microbiology
Module 1 – Organic Chemistry
Module 2 - Physical Chemistry
Module 3 - Microbiology
MC 3 Certificate in Laboratory Management and Statistics
Module 1 – Environmental and Water Technology
Module 2 - Good Laboratory Practice and Management
Module 3 - Applied Statistics and Quality Assurance
MC 4 Certificate in Applied Chemistry
Module 1 – Organic Chemistry – Reaction Mechanisms
Module 2 - Instrumental Analysis
Module 3 - Basic Biochemistry
MC 5A Certificate in Chemical Science*
Module 1 – Materials for the Modern World
Module 2 - Petrochemicals and its Applications
Module 3 - Forensic Science
MC 5B Certificate in Life Science*
Module 1 – Molecular Genetics
Module 2 - General Anatomy & Physiology
Module 3 - Forensic Science
* Subjected to the minimum class size requirement, either MC 5A or MC 5B Module Certificate will be offered
The synopsis of the modules can be found here.
Award / Certification / Accreditation
Upon completion of five Certificates within a five-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Diploma qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Which universities can I apply to after I complete my CET Diploma?
You can apply to part-time undergraduate programmes which are relevant to your diploma course at NUS and UniSIM.
Please click here for more information on NUS, Bachelor of Technology (Btech)
2. Will I need to take any bridging programme?
The revised part-time diploma is intended to be more accessible to the workforce, and is made shorter in duration compared to the full-time diploma because broad-based interdisciplinary modules, final year projects and internships, as well as academic modules such as Mathematics and Sciences, are omitted. As such, most part-time undergraduate programmes would require you to go through a bridging programme to prepare you adequately before admission.
3. If I need to take the bridging programme, how much will it cost and how long will it take?
While the bridging programmes are currently being worked out by the polytechnics and universities, the duration will depend on the type and nature of the part-time degree course that you apply for, and are expected to be between six months to a year. The fees will not be more expensive than undergraduate modules of comparable duration.
Course Fee Payable
1. Course Fee:
|Diploma in Applied Science (Industrial Chemistry And Life Sciences)
|Modular Certificates (MC)
Below the age of 40
Aged 40 and above
||Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme
||Workfare Training Support scheme
|Certificate in Core Chemistry I and Biosafety
|Certificate in Core Chemistry II and Microbiology
|Certificate in Laboratory Management and Statistics
|Certificate in Applied Chemistry
|Certificate in Life Science or
Certificate in Chemical Science
|Total Course Fees:
The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review. Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.
Other Fees Payable:
||Per semester (after GST)
||Singapore PR and others
|Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)
|Students' Union Entrance Fee
(one-time payment upon enrolment)
|Students' Union Subscription Fee
*Not subjected to GST
- The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.
- Module Certificate Fee is payable on a semester basis.
- Part-Time Diploma course participants who submit the withdrawal notification 2 weeks before course commencement, an administrative fee of $50 (before GST) and Student Union related fees would be levied.
Terms and Conditions
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