Diploma in Applied Science (Aquaculture)

The course provides participants with the knowledge and practical skills in aquaculture. It aims to promote continuing education and training among working adults in ornamental fish, foodfish industries and other related industries so that they can upgrade their skills and knowledge to meet the demand of the industry.

Target Participants
Individuals working in the research institutions, ornamental fish, foodfish, aquatic conservation and related industries, and those with interest in aquaculture.

 Course Information

Course Date:

16 April 2018

Course Duration:

Part-Time / 2.5 years

This course consists of 5 Modular Certificates (MC)

Course Frequency:

3 times a week, 7pm to 10pm on weekdays.

Application Period:

6 November 2017 – 21 January 2018

 Course Fees

Course Fee Per Modular Certificate

Workfare Training Scheme (WTS)1 


SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens


Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above


Singapore Citizens aged below 40


Singapore Permanent Residents


Others & Repeat Students


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(nett fee payable inclusive of GST)
1Please refer to www.workfare.sg for more information on WTS
MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.
Fees payable is based on per MC.
The course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

 Career Opportunities

Graduates can look forward to career opportunities in the ornamental fish, foodfish and related industries as Aquarist, Marine Biologist, Fish Biologist, Animal care and Management Officer, Research or Project Officer, Research Technologist and Technical Support Officer.

 Contact Us

  6788 1212

Temasek SkillsFuture Academy 
(East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81)

What You Will Learn

To be awarded the Diploma in Applied Science (Aquaculture), participants are required to complete a total of 5 modular certificates (MCs). A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each MC.

Modular Certificate in Aquaculture Fundamentals

Success in aquaculture depends on the understanding of how aquatic animals survive in the wild and the ability to provide the most conducive environment for aquatic growth and survival. This certificate is designed to equip students with basic knowledge on the biology and physiology of fish and its co-existence with other aquatic organisms as well as basic fish care and husbandry.

Subject code Subject

This subject covers the basic concepts and principles of biodiversity and ecosystems in marine and freshwater environment including ecological concepts pertinent to aquaculture systems. Key differences between a natural aquatic system and an artificial system as exemplified in aquaculture systems and how aquaculture system can be adapted to simulate the natural ecosystem for long term sustainability will be highlighted


This subject covers basic fish anatomy and physiology of some common aquatic species in relation to feeding, growth, health and reproduction. In particular, the different life stages of aquatic species and their specific nutritional and physiological requirements will be highlighted


This subject covers concepts of fish care in relation to handling, stocking density and environmental conditions as well as application of basic techniques for stress reduction in fish.

Modular Certificate in Aquatic Nutrition and Feeding

This certificate is designed to equip students with knowledge on the different types of live and dry feed including its applications as well as the feeding and dietary requirements of selected aquatic species. Students will learn types of ingredients suitable for use in aquafeeds, the principles of feed formulation, feed processing, cost-effective feeding methods and selected live feed production techniques.

Subject code Subject

This subject covers the basic concepts and principles of nutrition, nutrient classes and fish nutrient requirements at different stages of its life cycle. Students will learn cultivation techniques for selected live feeds.


The subject covers theory on feed types, its nutritional content and physical characteristics that will affect the durability and sinking rate for application in aquaculture. Students will apply basic calculation commonly used in formulation of feed.


This subject covers concepts and principles of feed management practices and feeding strategies in relation to feeding frequency, feed conversion rate and feeding rate for cost-effective feed utilization that would have an impact on fish growth.

Modular Certificate in Fish Health, Diseases and Prevention

This certificate covers aquatic pathogens and environmental stressors that impact on fish health and management as well as disease occurrence. Students will learn concepts of common disease detection techniques, prevention and control.

Subject code Subject

This subject covers water quality management, nutrition, sanitation and husbandry practices as part of fish health management.


This subject introduces students to the various types of fish diseases, mode of disease transmission, identifying and recognizing diseased fish, and methods for diagnosing fish diseases.


This subject introduces students to the quarantine measures, relevant biosecurity processes or procedures, risk assessment and quality assurance as part of fish disease prevention and control. Vaccination and prophylaxis will also be covered in the subject.

Modular Certificate in Fish Breeding

This certificate is designed to equip students with knowledge on fish reproductive physiology and the different breeding strategies as well as the effects of environment and nutrition on broodstock management. Students will also learn basic fish genetics and its application in selective breeding.

* Student to select 1 of the subject

Subject code Subject

This subject covers knowledge on fish reproductive biology and the factors affecting reproductive performance as well as the application of reproductive strategies for ornamental fish and foodfish.


The subject will focus on the various induced spawning techniques practised for commonly cultured food fish species. Induced breeding techniques to enable control on the timing of the availability of fry and the quantity of fry, will be highlighted and discussed


The subject will cover the various natural and artificial spawning techniques reflecting the diversity, and the unique reproductive strategies employed by different species - such as livebearers, nesters and egg layers.


The subject covers basic fish genetics and its general application in aquaculture for broodstock development and selection. Factors affecting gonadal development and maturation as well as quality traits desired in aquaculture will be covered.

Modular Certificate in Aquatic Systems, Practices and Management

This certificate covers the regulations governing the establishment of fish farms, fish operations and import/export of aquaculture products as well as sustainable aquaculture and quality systems for farm management. Students will also be able to apply techniques for water quality management. Students from the ornamental fish industry will learn about the aquaria and relevant aquatic systems and those in the foodfish industry will learn about pond culture, cage farming and other relevant aquatic system. Post-harvest, packing and transportation will also be covered for both ornamental fish and foodfish industries.

* Foodfish 

^ Ornamental Fish

Student has to choose the Foodfish or Ornamental Fish option. 

Subject code Subject

The subject covers concepts and principles of water quality management and the effects of environment and water quality on fish care and health. Topics included will cover techniques for water quality monitoring and means of filtering and treating water in recirculating aquaculture systems.


This section will focus on farm practices for land-based farm – ponds and recirculating aquaculture systems, cage farming, for food fish species. Intensive farming management to ensure high farm productivity – high growth and survival rate, and efficient feed conversion, for hatchery, nursery, harvesting and post-harvest stages will be highlighted.


This section covers the specific needs when designing and operating foodfish farms from environmental and regulatory perspectives. Topics such as biosecurity to ensure high farm productivity, and GMP standards to qualify for international import/export health and food safety rules, will be highlighted and discussed.


This section will focus on the farm practices that cater for the special needs on maintenance of good body condition - colour and shape of ornamental fish species, including optimum water quality and health of the species.


This section covers the specific needs when designing and operating of ornamental fish farms from environmental and regulatory perspectives, biosecurity measures to reduce disease occurrence and to ensure optimum farm productivity. Emphasis will be focused on the various schemes related to the standards of international import/export health rules and regulations for ornamental fish.

Modes of Assessment

100% coursework

Minimum Entry Requirements

 At least 3 ‘O’ Level passes in the following subjects and with at least three years of relevant working experience:

English Language (EL1 or EL2) Grade 1 – 7                      
Any Mathematics subject Grade 1 – 6
Any Science subject Grade 1 – 6 OR

 NITEC with GPA ≥ 3.5 and with at least 2 years of relevant working experience OR 

 Higher NITEC with at least 1 year of relevant working experience OR 

 NITEC in Technology/Service with GPA ≥ 3.5 with at least 2 years of relevant working experience and successful completion of bridging programme conducted by ITE OR 

 Higher NITEC in Technology/Service with at least 1 year of relevant working experience and successful completion of bridging programme conducted by ITE OR 

 Relevant WSQ qualification or equivalent (by sector, programme &/or level) with at least 3 years of relevant working experience and WPLN at Level ≥ 6 for English and  Mathematics. OR

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 may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

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Application Procedures & Enquiries

Submit on-line application via: https://cetoas.tp.edu.sg/Account/Logon

Temasek SkillsFuture Academy
Temasek Polytechnic
(East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81)
21 Tampines Ave 1
Singapore 529757

Opening Hours
8.30 am to 7.00 pm (Mon to Fri)
Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Contact Details
Tel: 6788 1212
Email: tsa_acadcet@tp.edu.sg
URL: http://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa

Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.

Last updated 1 November 2017