Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science (R26)

School of Sports, Health and Leisure, Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science (R26)

What You Will Learn

Drive the science that supports the sports industry. 
This diploma combines scientific principles with practical application for a good understanding of human physiology, biomechanics, sports nutrition and sports psychology. You will learn how to analyse and optimise athletic performance, prevent injuries and develop effective training programmes. 
Centred on evidence-based research and practical experience, you will be equipped to thrive and create a meaningful impact in the ever-evolving realm of sports and exercise.

The learning processes and mentorship by my lecturers in DSES helped to nurture my critical thinking skills. I am an advocate for RP's problem-based learning approach, as it helps me tackle all types of academic challenges and is applicable in the real world. It was especially beneficial when I embarked on my Final Year Project (FYP) and my internship.

Melody Chiam Jiale
Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science, 2018 graduate, currently pursuing a Masters by Research (Biomechanics) with scholarship at the National Institute of Education (NIE).

General Modules

Discipline Modules

Elective Module

For this diploma programme, students will select ONE of the following options:

Option A: Select Elective modules totaling 12 MCs from applicable Minor Programmes and/or from the List of Electives below.

Option B: Select a Minor programme

Option C: Select a CET-based Certificate programme and/or Elective module(s) from applicable Minor Programmes (only for eligible students)

List of Electives:

Learn how you can customise your learning pathways here

Industry Orientation Programme

GCE O-level

Aggregate TypeRange of Net ELR2B2 for 2024 JAEMinimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C  7 to 15
  • English Language: D7
  • Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): C6
  • Any one of the following subjects: C6
    - Biology
    - Biotechnology
    - Chemistry
    - Design & Technology
    - Electronics / Fundamentals of Electronics
    - Exercise & Sports Science
    - Physics
    - Science (Chemistry, Biology)
    - Science (Physics, Biology)
    - Science (Physics, Chemistry)

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)
  • NT45 Nursing
  • NT55 Fitness Training
  • NT58 Applied Food Science
  • NT69 Community Care & Social Services
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • BS81 Early Childhood Education
  • BS89 Business Studies (Sport Management)/Sport Management
  • BS93 Community Sport & Recreation Management
  • IT58 Biotechnology/Biochemical Technology
  • IT59 Chemical Technology
  • IT62 Paramedics & Emergency Care
  • IT79 Elder Care


GCE A-Level

Minimum Entry Requirements


  • Obtain an A-S grade for General Paper (English Medium), AND
  • Obtain an A-E grade for 2 other H2 subjects


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

Aim high after you graduate as you can look forward to exploring a myriad of career opportunities in the following industries:

  • Education
  • Fitness
  • Healthcare
  • Sports 

You can explore potential positions such as:

  • Fitness Instructor/Trainer
  • High Performance Executive
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Sports Administrator
  • Therapy Assistant

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 Work-Study Programmes (WSPs).

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, DSES 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 WSPs. 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. DSES graduates can apply to any of the local universities such as:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Institute of Technology
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences

DSES graduates also enjoy advanced standing at various overseas institutions such as:

  • Deakin University (Australia)
  • Monash University (Australia)
  • The University of Adelaide (Australia)
  • 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 11 Jun 2024