Earn and Learn Programme Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science

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


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.


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.


Past and Current Participating Companies

- Chinatown Food Corporation Pte Ltd
- Commonwealth Culinary Creations Pte Ltd
- Covance (Asia) Pte Ltd
- CP Kelco Singapore Pte Ltd
- Faesol Pte. Ltd.
- Gan Hup Lee (1999) Pte Ltd
- Hong Seafood Pte Ltd
- Ingredion Singapore Pte Ltd
- Jumbo Group Of Restaurants Pte Ltd
- Kerry Asia Pacific
- Kerry Ingredients(S) Pte Ltd
- KH Roberts Pte Ltd
- L M Meat Pte Ltd
- Leprino Foods Singapore Pte Ltd
- Li Da Foods Pte Ltd
- Matrix Ingredients Pte Ltd
- Namz Pte Ltd
- Nestle R&D Center Pte Ltd
- NTUC Foodfare Co-Operative Ltd
- Papitto Gelato Pte Ltd
- PS Food & Beverage (S) Pte Ltd
- Pure Rich Biogems (S) Pte Ltd
- Sats Food Services Pte Ltd
- SATS Limited
- Seng Hua Hng Foodstaff Pte Ltd
- Seo Eng Joo Frozen Food Pte Ltd
- Super Bean International Pte Ltd
- Tan Seng Kee Foods Pte Ltd
- Tate & Lyle Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
- The Soup Spoon Pte Ltd
- Thong Siek Food Industry Pte Ltd

Minimum Entry Requirements

The participant shall be a fresh full-time graduates with a Diploma in Food Science and Technology or equivalent; Diploma in Chemical Engineering from one of the polytechnics in Singapore.

The participant shall be an employee from one of the ELP participating companies.

The participant shall be a Diploma graduate within 5 years of graduation or within 5 years from his last day of National Service (ORD).

Applicants must be Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents of Singapore.


Course Outline

The curriculum is divided into 3 themes:
1) Certificate in Applied Food Science I
2) Certificate in Applied Food Science II
3) Certificate in Applied Food Science III

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
PDC 1 : Certificate in Applied Food Science I
Module 1 – Food Product Design
Module 2 – Applied Food Packaging
Module 3 – Food Safety Management System

Semester 2
PDC 2: Certificate in Applied Food Science II
Module 4 – Consumer & Sensory Studies
Module 5 – Sustainable Food Manufacturing
Module 6 – Applied Food Microbiology

Semester 3
PDC 3: Certificate in Applied Food Science III
Module 7 – Food Regulations
Module 8 – Food Operation Management
Module 9 – Applied Food Analysis
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 Fees


Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science (Earn and Learn Programme)
Post Diploma Certificates (PDC)Singapore CitizensSingapore PREnhanced Training Support for SME scheme
Certificate in Applied Food Science I$358.24$955.30$246.64
Certificate in Applied Food Science II$358.24$955.30$246.64
Certificate in Applied Food Science III$298.53$796.08$205.53
Capstone Project$477.65$1,273.73$328.85
Total Course Fees:$1,492.65$3,980.40$1,027.65

Course fee is effect from 2019 new intake.


Other Fees Payable:

Examination Fee-$16.05
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.49
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$0.94$0.94
Insurance Fee (GPA)$0.85$0.85

- 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.

Refund Policy:
- Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement, 70% refund of paid course fee.
- Withdraw on or after date of semester commencement, no refund of paid course fee.
Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable.

Terms & Conditions


Course Commencement:
Apr 2019

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

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

600 hours (1.5 years)

Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Ms Chan Yuen Mun
Email: CHAN_Yuen_Mun@sp.edu.sg