Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Operations (R46)


What You Will Learn

Explore the world of gastronomy and unleash your passion in the food and beverage (F&B) industry!

Launch your career in Singapore’s pulsating F&B industry with RP’s Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Operations (DRCO).

You will develop knowledge to manage various aspects of an F&B business. You will also cultivate an enterprising mindset and obtain the business know-how to embark on your own F&B entrepreneurship journey.

Gain practical experience in our fully operational and well-equipped training restaurants and facilities on campus. They provide the ideal learning environment for you to attain mastery of skills in service, culinary and bar operations.

Acquire knowledge to effectively implement solutions in food sustainability and technology within food and beverage businesses to optimise customer experience and drive profitability. 

This diploma lets you…

  • Develop knowledge and skills in the areas of F&B operations, business management, catering sales, and marketing
  • Attain sought-after expertise in emerging areas of the F&B industry such as food sustainability and technological solutions
  • Acquire valuable real-world experiences through a 24-week Industry Immersion Programme with leading restaurant groups, renowned international hotel brands and esteemed catering companies

Growth starts at the end of your comfort zone; therefore, growth and comfort cannot coexist. DRCO has presented me with countless opportunities that pushed my boundaries of growth and success. Being the President of the Team Republic Sports Club and several other interest groups strengthened my social and management skills as well as my adaptability to solve unexpected hurdles. Representing Singapore in different culinary competitions here and overseas magnified my knowledge and expertise. The exposure and experience gained were the fundamental building blocks that gave me the confidence to start my own business.
[TESTIMONIAL-DESIGNATION] Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Operations
2017 Graduate, chef-owner of Mixsense Private Dining and Sin & Savage Bakehouse.[/TESTIMONIAL-DESIGNATION]
DRCO’s practical modules train us to develop important skills such as teamwork, communication and how to think on our feet. These skills prepares us for a career in the business world including the hospitality industry. DRCO has opened my eyes in many ways and enhanced my critical thinking, presentation and collaboration skills. These are takeaways which I now apply in my daily life, be it in my undergraduate studies or when I work part-time. Overall, my experience in DRCO has helped me to realise my potential and encouraged me to perform to the best of my abilities. By utilising what I have learnt, I am confident that I will be able to tackle whatever life has in store for me.“
2021 Graduate of Diploma in Restaurant & Culinary Operations, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree, Majoring in Economics at Singapore Management University

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

General Modules

Discipline Modules

Specialisation Modules

Industry Orientation Programme

Elective Module

Freely Chosen Module

Students will need to either select the H290 Special Project module or select two modules from a list of Freely Chosen Modules. Students under the 1-year Industry Immersion Programme will not be required to take the Freely Chosen Modules. 


GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2024 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-B 15 to 26
  • English Language: C6
  • Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): C6
  • Any one of the 2nd group of Relevant Subjects for the ELR2B2-B Aggregate Type: C6

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Nitec/Higher Nitec

Minimum net GPA Relevant Qualifications
Nitec ≥ 3.5
  • NT18 Business Administration
  • NT19 Electronics & Internet of Things
  • NT44 Digital Media Design/ Digital Media Design (Interactive Media)
  • NT46 Product Design
  • NT54 Digital Media Design (Digital Video Effects)
  • NT56 Digital Audio & Video Production
  • NT58 Applied Food Science
  • NT60 Electrical Technology (Lighting & Sound)
  • NT65 Space Design (Architecture)
  • NT66 Space Design (Interior & Exhibition) / Interior & Exhibition Desgn
  • NT69 Community Care & Social Services
  • NT70 Interactive Media Design
  • NT71 Visual Communication
  • NT72 Visual Effects
  • NT80 Social Media & Web Development
  • NT81 Attraction Operations
  • NT84 Business Services
  • NT85 Finance Services
  • NT86 Retail Services
  • NT87 Travel & Tourism Services
  • NT89 Asian Culinary Arts
  • NT90 Food & Beverage Operations / Hospitality Operations
  • NT91 Pastry & Baking
  • NT92 Western Culinary Arts
  • NT93 Beauty & Wellness
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • BS21 Pastry & Baking
  • BS22 Culinary Arts
  • BS23 Retail & Online Business
  • BS24 Financial Services
  • BS81 Early Childhood Education
  • BS82 Banking Services
  • BS83 Hospitality Operations
  • BS84 Business Studies (Event Management)
  • BS85 Business Studies (Accounting)/Accounting
  • BS86 Business Studies (Administration/ Secretarial)
  • BS87 Business Studies (Logistics)/Integrated Logistics Management/Logistics for International Trade/International Logistics
  • BS88 Business Studies (E-Commerce)/Business-Information Technology
  • BS89 Business Studies (Sport Management)/Sport Management
  • BS90 Business Studies (Service Management)/Service Management
  • BS91 Beauty & SPA Management / Beauty & Wellness Management
  • BS92 Visual Merchandising
  • BS93 Community Sport & Recreation Management
  • BS94 Retail Merchandising
  • BS95 Passenger Services
  • BS96 Performance Production
  • BS97 Filmmarking (Cinematography)
  • BS98 Event Management
  • BS99 Human Resource & Administration
  • IT64 Business Information Systems
  • IT65 Leisure & Travel Operations
  • IT68 Facility Systems Design
  • IT76 e-Business Programming
  • IT77 Facility Management
  • IT78 Shipping & Operations Services / Maritime Business
  • IT81 Broadcast & Media Technology
  • IT84 Interactive Design
  • IT91 Robotics & Smart Systems
  • IT94 Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Design
  • IT95 Data Engineering

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

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/Bartender/Sommelier
  • Catering and Events Manager
  • Chef/Culinary Specialist
  • Food Services and Restaurant Manager
  • Food Sustainability Specialist
  • F&B Business Entrepreneur
  • F&B Business Sales and Marketing Manager
  • F&B Technology Specialist

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 (WSP).

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 Specialist Diploma in Hospitality Business Management. Please check out our lifelong learning programmes.


Undergraduate Studies

DRCO graduates can pursue domain areas in top universities such as (not limiting to):

Domain Areas

  • Business Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Culinary Science and Arts
  • Humanities
  • Entrepreneurship
Graduates may also be eligible for exemptions and advanced standing at top overseas universities.

Last updated on 02 Feb 2024