Diploma in Sport Coaching (R49)

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What You Will Learn

Be a great sports coach behind a successful sportsman.

Designed in consultation with Sport Singapore, the Diploma in Sport Coaching (DSC) will equip you with the art and science of coaching. You will be rooted in the fundamentals of sport science, sport pedagogy and professional practices in sport coaching - your building blocks to be the next great sports coach!

You will learn evidence-based practices through a rigorous curriculum that covers both theory and extensive hands-on training in this diploma.

The problem-based lessons were very flexible, allowing me to study at a comfortable pace. The lessons suit my learning style, which is more kinaesthetic and self-directed. The open-book examinations, field-based lessons and daily projects motivated me to study harder and I found the workload manageable. Most importantly, my interest was sustained as we could apply classroom concepts to real-world situations.

Khwang Li Yi
Diploma in Sport Coaching, 2019 Graduate. Currently a Project Officer with the Singapore Armed Forces. At the same time, Li Yi is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Sport Science and Management at Nanyang Technological University.

General Modules

Discipline Modules

Select TWO modules from the list below:

Elective Modules

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

Option A: Select Elective modules totaling 16 MCs from the list of modules in applicable Minor Programmes and/or from the List of Electives below.

Option B: Select a Minor programme totaling 12MCs and Elective module(s) totaling 4MCs from the list of modules in applicable Minor Programmes and/or from the basket of modules listed below.

Option C: Select a CET-based Certificate programme and/or Elective module(s) from the list of modules in 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 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 16 to 23
  • 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 GPARelevant Qualifications
Nitec ≥ 3.5
  • 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
  • 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

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 pursue a career in the following industries such as:

  • Education
  • Fitness
  • Sports
  • Uniformed Forces

You can explore potential positions such as:

  • Fitness Instructor/Trainer
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Sports Administrator
  • Sports Coach
  • 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 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, 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 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. DSC graduates can apply to any of the local universities:

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

DSC students can also enjoy advanced standing at various overseas institutions such as:

  • Curtin University (Australia)
  • Deakin University (Australia)
  • Monash University (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