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Course Overview

Oceans once teeming with life are being whittled away. This disintegration of the ocean’s wildlife corresponds with market demands for seafood, which have risen at an exponential rate since the last few decades.

In this course, you will learn about aquatic care and feeding management; aquatic diseases and treatment; designing a recirculation system for fish; monitoring water quality and many more! With the rapid expanding aquaculture production around the world, the insights gained here can improve aquaculture management so that seafood demand can be met in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.

Application/Entry Requirement


‘O’ Levels

At least 3 ‘O’ Level passes in the following subjects: 

English Language (EL1 or EL2) Grade 1 – 7

Any mathematics subject Grade 1 – 6

Any science subject Grade 1 – 6

and 3 years of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec

GPA ≥ 2.0 OR

GPA ≥ 1.5 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR


GPA ≥ 3.5 OR

GPA ≥ 3.0 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec in Technology/Services GPA ≥ 2.0 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
Nitec in Technology/Services GPA ≥ 3.5 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
WSQ Qualification Relevant WSQ Qualification with 3 years of relevant working experience and WSQ Workplace Literacy Statement of Attainment (SOA)(Level 6) AND Workplace Numeracy Statement of Attainment (SOA)(Level 6)

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.

Who Should Attend

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

What You'll 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
AAQU101 Aquaculture and Aquatic Eco-System

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

AAQU102 Fish Anatomy and Biology

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

AAQU103 Fish Care and Husbandry

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
AAQU201 Nutrition and Nutrient Requirements

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.

AAQU202 Feed Formulation and Preparation

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.

AAQU203 Feeding Management in Aquaculture

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
AAQU301 Fish Health Management

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

AAQU302 Fish Diseases and Diagnosis

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.

AAQU303 Fish Disease Prevention and Control

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.

Subject Code Subject
AAQU401 Fish Reproduction

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.

AAQU402 Broodstock Management and Breeding

This subject will focus on the various induced spawning techniques for commonly cultured food fish species. It will also cover the various natural and artificial spawning techniques reflecting the diversity, and the unique reproductive strategies employed by different species (e.g. livebearers, nesters and egg layers). Induced breeding techniques to enable control on the timing of the availability of fry and the quantity of fry will be highlighted and discussed.

AAQU403 Broodstock Development and Selection

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.

Subject Code Subject
AAQU501 Water Quality Management

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.

AAQU502 Culture Systems and Practices

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.

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.

AAQU503 Farm Management and Regulations

This section covers the specific needs when designing and operating ornamental fish and foodfish farms from environmental and regulatory perspectives, biosecurity measures to reduce . disease occurrence and to ensure optimum farm productivity.

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. Various schemes related to the standards of international import/export health rules and regulations for ornamental fish will also be covered.

Modes of Assessment


100% coursework

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.

Course Schedule

Intake Info Application Closing Date Course Duration

19 April 2021

02 November 2020 - 11 January 2021

2.5 Years


Course Fees

Course Fees per Modular Certificate

Fee Type Course Fees  (w GST) 
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents S$337.50
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above S$327.42
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 S$481.50
Singapore Permanent Residents S$1290.42
Others & Repeat Students S$3235.68

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Course fees payable is based on per MC.

Course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.

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