Common Science Programme (R59)


What You Will Learn

Intrigued by the fascinating world of Science, but uncertain about the right specialisation for you? Join the Common Science Programme (CSP) to gain a broad understanding of the various science disciplines offered by the School of Applied Science (SAS).

Conducted during the first semester in your first year of study, the CSP will equip you with adequate science knowledge and essential life skills required in the applied science industries.  Through the CSP, you will also be introduced to a myriad of career options in applied science, guiding you to make an informed decision on the field which best suits your interest.

Towards the end of semester 1 in your first year of study here, you will be able to select your preferred diploma specialisation from any of the following SAS's diplomas to continue your studies.

In the first semester, you will take the following modules:


From the second semester onwards, students will study the modules that are allocated to a specific diploma from the School of Applied Science. 

GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2021 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C  10 to 18


a) English Language/1 - 7
b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)/1 - 6
c) Any one of the following subjects/1 - 6
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Electronics / Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physics / Engineering Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry) / Physical Science

Nitec/Higher Nitec

Minimum net GPA Relevant Qualifications
Nitec ≥ 3.5
  • NT39 (Chemical Process Technology / Chemical Process Technology (Biologics) / Chemical Process Technology (Petrochemicals) / Chemical Process Technology (Pharmaceuticals) /Chemical Process Technology (Process Instrumentation))
  • NT58 (Applied Food Science)
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • IT58 (Biotechnology / Biochemical Technology)
  • IT59 (Chemical Technology)

GCE A-Level

Minimum Entry Requirements
  • Obtain an A-S grade for General Paper (English Medium),
  • Obtain an A-E grade for 2 other H2 subjects, AND
  • Must have taken GCE 'A' Level examinations whilst studying in a Junior College / Millennia Institute in Singapore
  • Please click here to view a list of module exemptions


For more details on admission using Singapore Cambridge GCE A-levels qualifications, please refer to our webpage at


Admission to RP is based on academic merit and subjected to available vacancies of our diploma programmes. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee that applicants will be offered a placement in the diploma programme. These requirements are set in place to ensure fairness to all applicants.

Further Studies

Upon completion of the Common Science Programme, you will have a better understanding of all the diploma programmes available at SAS and be able to make an informed decision on a programme that best suits your interests.

Last updated on 03 Aug 2021

Important Dates

Joint Admissions Exercise

Intake for AY2021 has closed

Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise (PFPAE)

Intake for AY2021 has closed

Direct Admissions Exercise

January 2021 – April 2021

Early Admissions Exercise

Application Dates for Intake AY2022:

  • O-Level Students: 24 - 30 June 2021
  • ITE Students: 10 - 16 June 2021
  • Working Adults: 7 June - 4 July 2021