Common Business Programme (R57)


What You Will Learn

Interested in business or hospitality but not sure which course to choose? The Common Business Programme (CBP) offered by the School of Management and Communication (SMC) is specially designed to help you gain a better understanding of yourself and the various business and hospitality disciplines before making a more informed decision on which diplomas from the School of Management and Communication (SMC) or School of Hospitality (SOH) best suits your interest and passion. 

Conducted in the first semester of your first year of study, the programme has two important components:

  1. Common Year 1 Semester 1 modules that will equip you with essential business and life skills that will be useful in the business and hospitality field.

  2. Specially-designed Educational and Career Guidance (ECG) activities that will allow you to better understand yourself as well as the different diploma programmes offered by the School of Management and Communication (SMC) as well as School of Hospitality (SOH). 

Towards the end of the first semester of their first year, students can apply for their choice of the following seven diplomas:

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 Management and Communication or the School of Hospitality.

GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2020 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-B 13 to 26


a) English Language/1 - 6 
b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)/1 - 6
c) Any three other subjects/1 - 6

To be eligible for admission, you must also have sat for one subject listed in the 2nd group of relevant subjects for the ELR2B2-B Aggregate Type in the JAE booklet

Courses with remaining vacancies after JAE posting are indicated with an asterisk (*). In order to appeal to these courses with vacancies, students need only meet the course’s MERs. Do note that meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee placement, as appeals posting is in order of merit, and subjected to available vacancies in the course.

Nitec/Higher Nitec

Minimum net GPA Relevant Qualifications
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • BS23 Retail & Online Busines
  • BS83 (Hospitality Operations)
  • BS84 (Business Studies (Event Management))
  • BS90 (Business Studies (Service Management) / Service Management)
  • BS94 (Retail Merchandising)
  • BS98 (Event Management)
  • IT65 (Leisure & Travel Operations)

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


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 Business Programme, you will have a better understanding of the diploma programmes available at School of Management and Communication (SMC) and the School of Hospitality (SOH); providing you a clear decision in which diplomas to choose from based on what best suits your interests and passion.

Last updated on 17 May 2020