Work-Study Post-Diploma (Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science)

The SkillsFuture Work-Study Programmes (WSP) is a work-study programme designed to give fresh full-time graduates from one of the 5 polytechnics or Institute of Technical Education (ITE) 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.

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 Work-Study Programmes (WSP) where trainees go through classroom facilitation and On-the-Job Training (OJT) to deepen relevant occupational and industry skills. Trainees 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 full-time Diploma graduates from one of the 5 polytechnics or Diplomas from Institute of Technical Education (ITE) in Singapore 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 SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) 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 which help to enhance occupational and personal competencies for better career progression in the industry.

Suitable for

Fresh full-time Polytechnic Diploma/ ITE Technical Diploma/ ITE Technical Engineer Diploma/ ITE Work-Learn Technical Diploma 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
- Gardenia Foods (S) Pte Ltd

Minimum Entry Requirements

The applicant must be Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident of Singapore, and shall be a graduate from Full-time Polytechnic Diploma/ITE Technical Diploma/ITE Technical Engineering Diploma/ITE Work-Learn Technical Diploma within 36 months of graduation or from his last day of ORD. SP will evaluate individuals who have graduated for more than 36 months but within 5 years from the date of gradation or ORD on a case-by-case basis.

The list of eligible diplomas offered by local polytechnics are as follows:

Diploma in Food Science and Technology (SP)
Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (NYP)
Diploma in Applied Food Science and Nutrition (TP)
Diploma in Biotechnology (RP)
Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Operations (RP)
Diploma in Food, Nutrition and Culinary Science (TP)
Diploma in Culinary & Catering Management (TP)
Diploma in Baking & Culinary Science (TP)
Diploma in Food & Beverage Business (NYP)
Diploma in Biomedical Science (SP/NP/TP/NYP/RP)
Diploma in Chemical Process Technology (SP)
Diploma in Applied Chemistry (SP)
Diploma in Chemical Engineering (SP/NP/TP)

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). Upon completion of the PDCs and fulfilment of the skills competency through On-the-Job Training, trainees will be awarded with an Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science. All trainees are required to attend facilitated classroom training according to class schedule.

Click here for Module Synopsis
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

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

Work-Study Post-Diploma (Advanced Diploma in Applied Food Science)
Post-Diploma Certificates (PDC)Singapore CitizensSingapore PR

Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme

(for SC)*

Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme

(for PR)**

Certificate in Applied Food Science I$369.79$986.11$254.59$294.91
Certificate in Applied Food Science II$369.79$986.11$254.59$294.91
Certificate in Applied Food Science III$308.16$821.76$212.16$245.76
Capstone Project$493.06$1,314.82$339.46$393.22
Total Course Fees:$1,540.80$4,108.89$1,060.80$1,228.80

Course fee is effect from 2020.

*SC - Singapore Citizens

**PR - Permanent Residents

Other Fees Payable:

Examination Fee-$16.05
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.49
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01$1.01
Insurance Fee (GPA)$1.70$1.70

- 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 2022

Application Procedures
Please click here to submit the WSP Participation e-Form, and resume (if applicable).

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

600 hours (1.5 years)


For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Ms Chan Yuen Mun

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