Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Operations (R46)


What You Will Learn

Discover the recipe for success in food and beverage (F&B) operations!

Singapore’s vibrant F&B industry provides abundant opportunities for a rewarding and enriching career with new restaurants and themed dining concepts that are constantly popping up across the island. Learn core skills including F&B management, culinary science and kitchen operations to build a successful F&B career.

Discover the world of gastronomy and unleash your passion in the F&B industry with the Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Operations (DRCO). Gain core knowledge and technical skills, ranging from culinary science to restaurant operations from a professional team of instructors. Their wealth of experience will ensure you are ready for success in the F&B industry.

You will receive hands-on training in our three fully operational training restaurants and other well-equipped training facilities on campus. These venues provide the ideal setting for you to gain extensive training in kitchen, dining and bar operations. You will also gain valuable real-world experiences through a 24-week Industry Immersion Programme with F&B outlets, leading restaurant chains or catering companies.

The course consists of general modules such as Mathematics, discipline modules such as Service Quality and Professional Etiquette, and specialisation modules such as Wine and Beverage Management.


GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for Previous (2019) JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-B 13 to 24


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
Nitec ≥ 3.5
  • NT58 Applied Food Science
  • NT89 Asian Culinary Arts
  • NT90 Food & Beverage Operations
  • NT91 Pastry & Baking
  • NT92 Western Culinary Arts
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • BS21 Higher Nitec in Pastry and Baking
  • BS83 Hospitality Operations
  • BS84 Business Studies (Event Management)
  • BS86 Business Studies (Administration/ Secretarial)
  • 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
  • Please click here to view a list of module exemptions


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

As a DRCO graduate, you can pursue a variety of interesting roles within the F&B sector, working anywhere from critically acclaimed restaurants to international food chains. You will be able to join the ranks of talented restaurateurs and culinary experts such as:

  • Barista

  • Mixologist

  • Restaurateur

  • Catering Sales Executive

  • Cost Controller

  • Pastry Chef 

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, DRCO 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

DRCO graduates can choose to pursue a degree in business and hospitality management related programmes at local universities. Top universities overseas also welcome our graduates with advance standing of up to one year, they include:

  • National University Singapore

  • Nanyang Technological University

  • Singapore  Management University

  • Singapore Institute of Technology

  • Griffith University

  • RMIT University

  • The University of Adelaide

  • The University of Western Australia

  • University of Derby

  • University of New South Wales

Last updated on 19 Jun 2019