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Course Overview

The SkillsFuture Work-Study Programme for the Biomedical Science sector is a 12-month work-study certificate programme leading to the part-time Diploma in Applied Science (Aquaculture).


This is targeted primarily at fresh ITE graduates who want to deepen their skills and knowledge in the Aquaculture industry and operations. With Singapore’s drive towards AgriBusiness, there is a huge demand for graduates with skillsets in these areas.


Upon completing the 2 skills-based Modular Certificates (MC) under this programme, participants should be able to:


  1. Apply basic concepts and principles of aquatic nutrition and feed development for various aquaculture species 
  2. Understand common causes of aquatic animal diseases transmission, identification and methods for diagnosing aquatic animal diseases
  3. Apply the range of practices in managing broodstock, spawning aids, timing in production of juvenile animals, and hatchery hygiene
  4. Apply concepts and principles of aquatic systems for recirculating systems in an aquaculture farm
  5. Apply knowledge and skills on water quality and treatment in aquaculture systems


Participants can expect to have attractive salaries upon completion of programme because their skillsets will be in high demand. Moreover, there are well-defined career progression pathways for this area. Hence, there will be many opportunities to further upgrading and skills-deepening in their careers.



Academic Progression


Participants have the option to take up the remaining 3 skills-based Modular Certificates (MCs) to obtain the part-time Diploma in Applied Science (Aquaculture).


Please see Course Structure for more information.


Entry Requirements


Eligibility Criteria


Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who are within three years of either graduation OR the Operationally Ready Date (ORD) for National Servicemen from the following full-time programmes.


The Sign-on Incentive is only applicable for Singapore Citizens.


Feeder Programmes
  • NITEC in Chemical Process Techonology
  • NITEC in Applied Food Science
  • Higher NITEC in Chemical Technology
  • Higher NITEC in Biotechnology
Other Higher NITEC courses in the areas of science and engineering

GPA Requirement

  • GPA≥ 2.0 for NITEC graduates
  • No GPA requirement for Higher NITEC graduates

What You'll Learn

Participants are required to complete a total of 2 skills-based Modular Certificates (MCs). Each MC can be completed in 1 semester, i.e. 6 months. A certificate will be issued once the requirements for each MC are met. Participants must complete the course within 12 months.


Work-Study Certificate Programme (12 months)

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1 Aquatic Animal Nutrition and Feed Development

This subject covers the basic concepts and principles of aquatic nutrition and requirements at different stages of the life cycle of different aquatic animals, including teleost, molluscs and crustaceans. The digestive system and feeding behaviour of these aquatic animals will also be outlined.

2 Aquatic Animal Health and Disease Management

This subject covers the common causes of aquatic animal diseases transmission, identification and methods for diagnosing aquatic animal diseases. Quarantine measures and procedures such as vaccination, prophylaxis, disease prevention and control will be highlighted. Research regulation such as National Advisory Committee for Laboratory Animal Research (NACLAR) and Responsible Care and Use of Fish (RCUF), International Organisation for Animal Health and Aquatic Animal Health Code will also be covered.

3 Hatchery Technology

This subject will integrate knowledge about larval and early life history biology and endocrinology with the practices and processes that underpin hatchery operations for algal, molluscan, crustacean and finfish production. This unit will expose students to a range of practices across key tropical and temperate aquaculture species, including the management of broodstock, spawning aids management of live feeds, timing in production of juvenile animals, and hatchery hygiene.

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1 Basic Fluid Mechanics

The principal aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the properties of fluids and to introduce fundamental laws and description of fluid behaviour and flow. Dynamic flow analysis inclusive of technique in solving flow problems is introduced especially to determine flow measurement, mass or volumetric flow rate, momentum in flow and loss in pipe network to aquatic system.

2 Aquaculture Engineering

The subject covers concepts and principles of aquatic systems for recirculating systems in an aquaculture farm. Maintenance and installation of high tech life support system (lss) for various groups of aquatic animals as well as costs of production and resource needs will also be covered.

3 Water Quality Management

This subject covers the knowledge and skills on water quality and water treatment in aquaculture systems. The topics included techniques for water quality testing and remote monitoring.

Upon completing the programme, participants have the option to complete the remaining 3 MCs to obtain the part-time Diploma in Applied Science (Aquaculture):


3 remaining MCs to complete to obtain the Diploma in Applied Science (Aquaculture)

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1 Environmental Science

This subject covers the study of patterns and processes in the natural world and their modification by human activities. Major environmental issues such as global climate system and climate change, and native issues relating to the environment in the context of aquaculture will be discussed. This subject will survey some key environmental science topics at an introductory level, and ultimately consider the sustainability of human activities.

2 Aquatic Ecology and Biodiversity

This subject covers the basic concepts and principles of biodiversity and ecosystems in marine, brackish and freshwater environment with emphasis on the ecological concepts pertinent to aquaculture systems. Key differences between a natural aquatic system and artificial aquatic ecosystem will be discussed.

3 Sustainable Aquaculture

This subject will explore the principles of sustainability and the technologies enabling it. Student will also explore the cultivation of aquatic organism for commercial purposes with positive impact on the environment, such as contributing to local social community development and generating an economic profit.

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1 Seafood Post Harvest Technology

This subject gives students a sound understanding of seafood processing and handling methods. Students will learn wet processing methods, high and low temperature preservation techniques, sashimi handling as well as traditional preservation methods of smoking, salting, canning, drying and low pH. During practical, students will learn the importance of good cleaning and sanitation practices. In addition, the methods and techniques associated with the storage and transportation of live crustaceans, bivalve molluscs and finfish will be explained and demonstrated.

2 Global Perspective in Aquaculture

This subject is intended to broaden exposure of students to current and relevant topics and issues in the local and global aquaculture through discussion and dialogue with both academics and industry players. It will cover broad areas such as aquaculture biology, global aquatic pollution, antimicrobial resistance/use in aquaculture, food security through sustainable farming, vertical and underground farming and the use of natural resources.

3 Application in Aquaculture

This subject provides a framework for student to solve practical problems, conduct research work and/or develop studies, through a self-directed aquaculture project.

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1 Aquaculture Farm Management and Regulations

This subject covers the specific needs when designing and operating farms from environmental and regulatory perspectives. Regulatory requirements for disease reporting and guide on good record keeping practices that provides supporting evidence of good farm practices and facilitating trade will be covered. Common food safety hazards in aquaculture to qualify for standards and guidelines for food safety in aquaculture products, as well as SFA’s food safety sampling programme will be highlighted as well.

2 Business Economics

The subject covers the fundamental principles of economics for understanding how individuals and aquaculture firms make decisions. It will focus on the various aspects of the product market: demand and supply, elasticity, market competition, product differentiation.

3 Enterprise Business Plan

This subject covers the essentials of a business plan. The subject highlights the impact of the aquaculture markets, competitors as well as business strategies on businesses. It addresses the roles of aquaculture operations and management team, the significance of financial forecasts and financing requirements to the organisation. Business continuity and contingency plans (such as handling emergencies and equipment on standby for deployment, manpower calculations required to handle such emergencies) will also be covered.

Modes of Assessment


The assessment will be based on a combination of coursework components such as written and practical tests, case studies, assignments and projects.

Career Opportunities

At the entry level, the job positions are Junior Aquaculture Technician (Trainee)¹.  Upon completing the course under the programme, a trainee can move on as a Junior Aquaculture Technician and finally as an Aquaculture Technician after completion of the diploma. They can also look forward to upgrading their knowledge and skills through further CET and executive programmes offered by local Institutes of Higher Learning.


¹Job titles may vary across companies

Course Schedule/Apply

Intake Info Application Period Course Duration

April and/or October

12 Months



Please submit the following documents during your submission. Kindly name the files according to the guidelines below. 


1. Resume (filename: Resume-YourName.pdf)
2. Highest Qualification Certificate (filename: Certificates-YourName.pdf)
3. Academic Transcripts (filename: Transcripts-YourName.pdf)
4. NS Completion Certificate, if applicable (filename: NS Certificate-YourName.pdf)


Please note that relevant documents will be forwarded to all participating companies for their selection.


Selection of applicants is at the discretion of the participating companies and participating companies will contact their shortlisted applicants for interview. Applicants have the right to reject the interview if they do not wish to be employed by the company who contacted them.


Only applicants who are successfully hired and placed on the Work-Study Certificate programme by the participating companies will be invited to submit an online application for the courses.

Course Fees

Course fees will be sponsored by company should candidates be placed under the Work-Study Certificate programme.

Fee Type MC in Aquaculture Fundamentals
MC in Aquatic Systems, Practices and Management
w GST 
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents S$338.76 S$436.32
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above S$327.42  S423.72
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 S$500.76 S$616.32
Self-sponsored Singapore Permanent Residents S$1,348.20  S$1,656.36
Others & Repeat Students S$3,351.24 S$4,140.90 

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.

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    Singapore 529757

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