Diploma in Sport Coaching (R49)

School of Sports, Health and Leisure, Diploma in Sport Coaching (R49)

What You Will Learn

Be the coach behind a successful sportsman.

Designed in consultation with Sport Singapore, you will learn the rudiments of sport coaching through extensive hands-on training in this course.

Through the Diploma in Sport Coaching (DSC), you will learn the latest sports coaching techniques and applications.

Be adept in the soft skills of communications, athlete and team management and be an authority on professional ethics. The DSC will empower you as you embark on a rewarding career as a sports coach, instructor or fitness trainer.

RP’s unique problem-based learning pedagogy and its student-centric learning environment gave me the support I needed in acquiring problem-solving skills. It also shaped the way I think, honed my skills and helped me pick up valuable life lessons for the next phase of my life.

Kor Wei Ting Vivian
Diploma in Sport Coaching, 2016 Graduate, Currently studying Sport Science and Management degree at Nanyang Technological University

The course structure consists of general, discipline, and specialisation modules. There is also an industry orientation component.

General Modules

Discipline Modules

Specialisation Modules

Select two modules from the list below:

Industry Orientation Programme

Elective Modules

Freely Chosen Modules

Select either one of the following:

GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2023 JAE  Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 13 to 18 English Language: D7
Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): C6
Any one of 11 subjects (subset of 2nd group of R subjects, see below): C6

List of Subjects: 11
Design & Technology
Electronics/Fundamentals of Electronics
Exercise & Sports Science <NEW>
Science (Chemistry, Biology)
Science (Physics, Biology)
Science (Physics, Chemistry) 

Nitec/Higher Nitec

Minimum net GPA Relevant Qualifications
Nitec ≥ 3.5
  • IT79 Elder Care
  • NT18 Business Administration
  • NT19 Electronics & Internet of Things
  • NT39 Chemical Process Technology/ Chemical Process Technology (Biologics)/ Chemical Process Technology (Petrochemicals)/ Chemical Process Technology (Pharmaceuticals)/ Chemical Process Technology (Process Instrumentation)
  • NT45 Nursing
  • NT55 Fitness Training
  • NT58 Applied Food Science
  • NT69 Community Care & Social Services
  • NT84 Business Services
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • BS81 Early Childhood Education
  • BS84 Business Studies (Event Management)
  • BS85 Business Studies (Accounting)/Accounting
  • BS89 Business Studies (Sport Management)/Sport Management
  • BS90 Business Studies (Service Management)/Service Management
  • BS93 Community Sport & Recreation Management
  • BS98 Event Management
  • BS99 Human Resource & Administration
  • IT58 Biotechnology/Biochemical Technology
  • IT59 Chemical Technology
  • IT62 Paramedics & Emergency Care

GCE A-Level

Minimum Entry Requirements


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


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.

Career Opportunities

DSC graduates benefit from transferable skills and knowledge that can be applied to diverse domains such as sporting institutions, schools, gyms, and recreational clubs. You can also pursue further studies to become a Physical Education teacher. Look forward to these fulfilling and rewarding career options upon graduation:

  • Allied Educator with the Ministry of Education
  • Fitness Trainer / Instructor
  • Sports Administrator
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Instructor
  • Sports Official

Further Studies

RP graduates are well-placed to embark on meaningful careers, immediately after graduation. They could even improve their employability by taking part-time courses or SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes (ELPs).

What’s more, every RP diploma is recognised and has a pathway leading to a relevant degree with top local and overseas universities. RP graduates may complete their degrees in just over two or three years in a four-year programme.

Skills Deepening

Upon graduation, DSC students can choose to deepen their skills and knowledge in a chosen field before embarking on their career. They could either sign up for part-time courses or pursue ELPs. Please visit our lifelong learning page to find out more.

Undergraduate Studies

The diploma is designed to meet the requirements for advanced standing in local and overseas universities. DSC graduates can apply to any of the local universities, or enjoy advanced standing at various overseas institutions such as:

  • Curtin University (Australia)

  • Deakin University (Australia)

  • Monash University (Australia)

  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

  • Singapore University of Social Sciences (Singapore)

  • Singapore Institute of Technology (Singapore)

  • The University of Queensland (Australia)

  • The University of Western Australia (Australia)

For more information about university pathways, visit RP's Further Studies page.

Last updated on 19 May 2023

Important Dates

Joint Admissions Exercise

Application for Intake AY2023:
12 to 17 January 2023

Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise (PFPAE)

Application for Intake AY2023:
12 to 17 January 2023

Direct Admissions Exercise

Application for Intake AY2023:

  • O-levels & IP: 12 to 17 January 2023 and 21 to 28 February 2023
  • ITE: 20 March to 6 April 2023
  • IB & Working Adults: 12 to 17 January 2023 

Early Admissions Exercise

Application for Intake AY2024 will open in June 2023.