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Course Overview

Are you excited about the business world but need more time, information and experiences before deciding which field to pursue? Then join the Common Business Programme (CBP) – your gateway to many possibilities, shaping the bedrock of your journey toward your dream career.


The one-year CBP helps you navigate the diverse functions of the vast business landscape through the newly curated ENhanced learning modules (EN modules) from seven diplomas offered by the School of Business. The EN modules allow you to explore topics across disciplines before narrowing down your focus on one diploma to pursue.


The CBP is designed to:

Equip you with strong business foundation knowledge spanning diverse business domains, arming you with the essential toolkit required to thrive in an ever-evolving business landscape.


Experience subjects from different disciplines like accounting, business management, marketing, and other essential aspects to help you make a well-informed decision when choosing a diploma tailored to your passions and aspirations.


Explore your strengths, interests, and passion through education and career guidance to equip you with self-awareness and a clear sense of direction before deciding on a diploma to pursue.


Empower you with the unique opportunity to select from seven diploma courses offered by the School of Business, giving you the autonomy to tailor your academic journey according to your interests and professional goals. These diploma courses include: 


Accountancy & Finance (T02)

Business (T10)

Culinary & Catering Management (T18)

Hospitality & Tourism Management (T08)

International Trade & Logistics (T07)

Law & Management (T09)

Marketing (T67)



1. CBP students who opt for the Diploma in Culinary & Catering Management will stream into the course in Year 1 Semester 2.


2. CBP students who opt for the other six courses will make their diploma selections at the end of Year 1 Semester 2, and progress to their selected diploma courses in Year 2.


3. Please see the sections on these diploma courses for more information.



What is CBP?


A Course of Possibilities


Empowering Youths to Choose


ONE Course | 7 Diplomas

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Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.


English Language (EL1)*


Mathematics (E or A)


Any one of the subject in the 2nd group of relevant subjects for ELR2B2-B Aggregate Type

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Combined Humanities
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Higher Art
  • Higher Music
  • History
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in English)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Chinese)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Malay)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Tamil)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, History)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Geography)
  • Intro to Enterprise Development
  • Literature in English
  • Literature in Chinese
  • Literature in Malay
  • Literature in Tamil
  • Media Studies (English)
  • Media Studies (Chinese)
  • Music
  • Principles of Accounts
2024 Planned Intake
Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2024 JAE)
4 - 13

Students opting to be streamed to the Diploma in Law & Management must fulfil the minimum entry requirement of grade 1 to 4 for O-level English Language.

*Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/ Unified Examination Chinese (UEC) holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the relevant English Language subject (e.g. Bahasa Inggeris).

Admissions Exercises


What You'll Learn

Build a good foundation in fundamental business subjects. The early exposure to TP Fundamental subjects and business subjects in the first semester will better guide you to the course you want to pursue.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
BAF1010 Business Accounting

This module provides students with an understanding of core accounting principles from the preparation of accounting entries to the financial statements of businesses. In addition to gaining practical knowledge of accounting, students will also learn to perform financial ratio analysis to draw critical insights, assess business performance and make impactful recommendations to management for improvement.

BBS1001 Business Psychology & Management

This subject introduces foundational management functions and how these practices are undergirded by psychology concepts and principles. It explores how fundamental psychology principles such as motivation, group dynamics, and leadership can provide insights into human behaviours and factors that should inform management practices relating to planning, organising, leading and controlling. It will highlight the importance of interpersonal and & teamwork skills in a business environment.

BBT1010 Business Technology & Analytics

This subject provides an overview of how digitalisation and business technology impact the future of work and businesses. It also encompasses the utilisation of digital information and applications to facilitate decision making and problem solving through data analysis and visualisation.

BEC1007 Business Economics

This subject covers the fundamental principles of economics for understanding how individuals and firms make decisions. It will focus on the various aspects of the product market: demand and supply, elasticity, market competition and product differentiation. It also includes an overview of macroeconomic indicators, the government’s macroeconomic objectives and policy tools.


Subject Code Subject Credit Units
BLO1001 Statistics for Business

The subject provides the statistical tools for business decision making. Students will learn how to organise and analyse data, as well as interpret results for decision-making in the business context. These foundational statistical methods aim to equip students with the necessary skills to learn and perform data analytic in a data-driven society.

BMK1005 Marketing Fundamentals

Generating revenue and leads for opportunity is the lifeblood and core critical function for all businesses. This subject covers the basic concepts and practices of the modern marketing process by leveraging on the understanding of consumer behaviour, market segmentation, target marketing, positioning and marketing mix.


Subject Code Subject Credit Units
BAF1013 Finance & Accounting for Decision Making

This is an introductory subject in finance and management accounting. This subject introduces key finance and accounting concepts required by students to make sound business decisions. Students will also learn fundamental management accounting concepts in business planning, decision-making and cost control. Upon completion, students will become more effective decision makers and make informed business decisions.

BCM1017 Visual Communication

This subject provides an introduction to the theories and practice of design graphics and photography. It will cover key areas such as principles of design, composition techniques, and camera controls.

BEC1008 Global Economics

The subject introduces the entity of a national economy and the structure which it exists in relationship with other economies on a global scale examining economic management by the government as it navigates macro and global economic issues such as cashless society, cryptocurrency and global sustainability.  The subject focuses on using case studies and current events to enable learners to experience the complexity of macro and global economic systems from the perspectives of economic management and firms.

BHT1010 Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism

This subject provides an overview of the multi-faceted hospitality and tourism industry and their key sectors. It introduces common terminologies used and covers the various theories on travel and tourism. It also highlights the interplay between demand and supply forces of the two industries and explores the major issues faced by them. It lays the foundation for future applications where decisions can be made about the hospitality and tourism industry.

BHT1024 Tourism Geography

This subject provides insights into the interconnectedness of places, people and landscapes of which tourism is a facet due to the social, cultural and economic activities present at tourist destinations. Topics covered include a spectrum of different types of special interest tourism and niche experiences such as ecotourism and wellness tourism. 

BLM1007 Business Law

This subject provides you with a working knowledge of the general principles of law that are important to business. Topics covered include contract, negligence, sale of goods, intellectual property and e-commerce.

BLM1008 Legal Systems

The subject will provide an overview of the legal system of Singapore and its various aspects, in particular, the 3 arms of government, being the Judiciary, the Legislature and the Executive.

BLM1009 Legal Methods

The subject will cover strategies, techniques and skills involved in legal work.  These include the understanding of the sources of law, classifying the various types of law, legal research, reading the law and interpreting statutes.

BLO1007 Supply Chain Management & Technology

The subject provides an overview of the relationship between supply chain management and logistics management, and their impact on the success of organisations. It focuses on how the major functional components interact with one another to meet customers’ requirements and on the application of technology, a key driver of business operations in the supply chain.


You will also take this set of subjects that equips you with the crucial 21st-Century life skills you need to navigate the modern world as an agile, forward-thinking individual and team player.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
GTP1201 Career Readiness

This subject focuses on personal management skills. It develops an understanding of one’s career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It covers the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to succeed in the workplace and achieve professional goals. There will be exposure to apply digital and information literacy skills, build competence through self-directed learning methods, and acquire the skills of being a lifelong learner.

GTP1301 Current Issues & Critical Thinking

This subject covers current issues, including diverse local and global concerns, that will impact lives and may have critical implications for Singapore. There will be opportunities to build competence through self-directed learning, communicate and collaborate in active discussions and objectively analyse issues using digital and information literacy skills and critical thinking scaffolds.

GTP1101 Leadership Fundamentals

This subject focuses on self-leadership based on the values of integrity, respect, and responsibility. Increasing awareness of self and others will lay the foundations for personal and relationship effectiveness. Consequential thinking, clear articulation of personal values and visions, emphatic listening, and collaboration in serving others are some of the essential skills covered in this leadership journey. There will be opportunities to build and to apply the concepts of being a values-centred leader.

BIN1001 Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond. Learners will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to develop problem statements and ideate solutions. Learners will then discover the tools for prototyping and innovation at TP’s Makerspace+ facility. In addition, commercial awareness will be imbued in learners through stages in the LEAN Startup framework, idea crystallisation, prototype building, customer testing and validation, refinement of business model canvas, and crowdfunding/crowdsourcing.

BTX1001 Effective Communication

This subject introduces the fundamentals of effective communication. It also covers how to communicate with and convince an audience through writing and speaking tasks. The skills in this subject will include the application of strategies for communication, appropriate vocabulary, language features, visual aids, tone and style. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) framework will also be applied when planning and engaging in written and verbal communication. There will be opportunities to communicate and collaborate through active learning activities, apply digital and information literacy skills and build competence through self-directed learning.

LSW1002 Sports & Wellness

This subject reinforces the fundamental knowledge learnt on health, fitness, exercise and sports. Hands-in time will be allocated for a greater variety of fitness exercises and sports skills in a recreation setting. In addition, theoretical knowledge such as sports safety and risk management when participating in physical activities will be introduced. Guidance will be provided for improvement of physical fitness, acquiring of sports skills and relating theoretical knowledge to the physical activities.


Career Prospects

Depending on which diploma course you choose to specialise in after your first semester, you will find excellent job prospects in areas such as 

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Course Fees

PET Course Fee


The table below shows the total subsidised fees (inclusive of GST) payable. 

(Age below 40 in the year 2021) 



There are 2 semesters in each Academic YEAR (AY). The billing periods for AY 2023/2024 are:
Semester 1:  17 April 2023 – 15 October 2023 
Semester 2:  16 October 2023 – 14 April 2024

Fees are billed and payable by semester. They are usually payable in June for Semester 1 and December for Semester 2.


View course fees for other intakes, subsidies, grants, bursary and awards at the Fees & Financial matters section. 

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