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.

A whole spectrum of opportunities awaits, from fitness training and physical activity to sports rehabilitation and scientific research in the commercial, public, welfare, and uniformed group sectors.

With the Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science (DSES), you are on track to becoming an integral part of an effective sports science team.

Play a crucial role in developing Singapore’s growing sports industry — as a skilled practitioner, you will be able to support community sports and athletes.

Find out about human physiology, psychology, anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise prescription, learn how the human body works during exercise and discover why physical activity is vital for healthy living.

Taking a scientific approach to sports and exercise will give you the confidence to maximise impact for your clients.

My student life in SHL has been both fulfilling and exciting. I find myself more confident, driven and independent at the end of my three-year holistic education here.

Joel Wei Maojie
Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science, 2015 Graduate, currently a Physical Education and English Teacher at Punggol Secondary School

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

GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2023 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C  6 to 14
  • 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


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 opportunities in the sports, fitness, wellness and health industries. Take on challenging roles at fitness centres and specialist gyms, sports retail shops, sports associations, and sports institutions.

Career options include:

  • Allied Educators with the Ministry of Education

  • Exercise Specialist

  • Fitness Trainer

  • High Performance Executive

  • Rehabilitation Assistant

  • Sports Development Officer

  • Sports Trainer

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, 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 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. DSES graduates can apply to any of the local universities, or enjoy advanced standing at various overseas institutions such as:

  • Deakin University (Australia)

  • Monash University (Australia)

  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

  • Singapore Institute of Technology (Singapore)

  • 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 07 Jun 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

  • O-levels: 22 to 28 June 2023
  • ITE: 8 to 14 June 2023
  • Working Adults: 5 June to 2 July 2023