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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College East

Course Certification

Higher Nitec

Are you fascinated with the Biology and Chemistry behind the things that are around us every day?

Join this course to discover the building blocks of our world! You will learn to perform microbial tests and a variety of chemical and biochemical analytical tests. You will also learn to use advanced instruments such as spectrometers and chromatography systems.

What you'll learn

  • Maintain occupational health and safety at workplace
  • Perform pre-testing activities and sampling
  • Perform analysis of test samples
  • Perform microbial tests
  • Perform biomolecule analytical tests
  • Analyse test samples using spectroscopic techniques
  • Analyse test samples using chromatographic techniques
  • Report analysis and test results
  • Maintain laboratory documentation and quality standards

Entry Requirements

GCE 'O' level passes in English Language, Mathematics and 1 approved subject:

  • Grade 1-8 in English Language
  • Grade 1-7 in Mathematics (Elementary or Additional)
  • Grade 1-8 in an approved subject: [Biology / Biotechnology / Chemistry / Combined Science / Human & Social Biology / Integrated Science / Physics / Engineering Science / Science (Chemistry, Biology) / Science (Physics, Biology) / Science (Physics, Chemistry) / Physical Science / Science (Physics, Biology, Chemistry)]


GCE ‘N(A)’ level passes in English Language, Mathematics and 3 other subjects:

  • Grade 1-4 in English Language
  • Grade 1-4 in Mathematics
  • Grade 1-5 in 3 other subjects; and
  • A total of 19 points or less for English, Mathematics and three other subjects (ELMAB3)*

* Eligible, graduating GCE N(A) students who applied and enrolled during the January intake under the Direct Entry Scheme, will undergo 10 weeks of preparatory programme, followed by 2 years of Higher Nitec training.


Nitec GPA:
For more details on minimum entry requirements for Nitec graduates, please click here.

Students will be required to purchase a Laptop for the course. This is in addition to the course fees. Financial assistance is available to eligible students under ITE Opportunity Fund subject to terms and conditions. For more details on the minimum laptop specifications, please click here.

Progression Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Bio-Chemical Technology graduates may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Higher Nitec in Bio-Chemical Technology graduates with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 and above may apply for progression to the first year of a related diploma course at the Polytechnics. For more details on diploma courses for progression, please refer to the Joint Polytechnic Admissions website.

Career Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Bio-Chemical Technology graduates are suitable for employment in quality assurance / quality control or testing laboratories in the chemical, petrochemicals, food, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare services and farming sectors. Their roles include performing a wide range of laboratory procedures and technical functions to support chemist or analysts. Some of the job titles held by graduates include Laboratory Technician and Laboratory Assistant.