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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College East

Course Certification

Higher Nitec

Have you ever imagined what on Earth is happening inside a living organism? Let us bring you into the life of a living microorganism.

In this course, you will learn to perform biochemical and microbial tests, as well as identify and culture micro-organisms. You will also learn advanced topics such as molecular biology where you will handle the blue-print of life, DNA.

What you'll learn

  • Perform laboratory housekeeping activities
  • Perform pre-testing activities
  • Prepare reagents/solutions for products and processes following standardised formulas
  • Perform analysis of test samples using various techniques
  • Perform biochemical and microbial tests, identification of growth conditions of microorganism, enumeration and maintenance of microbes/microbial culture
  • Compile and compute data, interpret test results and analyses and generate analysis report
  • Perform calibration of test equipment and troubleshooting of minor laboratory equipment breakdown
  • Maintain proper records of standards, test procedures and laboratory equipment usage
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative testing of biological compounds and biomolecule analytical tests

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)]


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.

Occupation Traits and Functional Ability Requirements

 Nature of Work Functional Abilities
Biotech Laboratory Technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and perform technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientist and researchers in research, development, analysis and testing activities.  
They carry out pre-testing activities such as cleaning laboratory apparatus and glassware, interpreting data sheets and verifying equipment suitability. finger dexterity, attentive, sensory (visual) ability
They prepare reagents / solutions / media for processes following standardized formulas, perform biochemical and microbial tests and identify growth patterns of microorganisms. They perform qualitative and quantitative testing of biological compounds, compile and compute data and generate reports. finger dexterity, physical mobility, attentive sensory (visual ability)
They are also required to perform calibration of test equipment and troubleshoot minor laboratory equipment breakdown. dealing with non-routine schedule

This course is less suitable for students who do not possess the functional abilities indicated.  If in doubt, please consult your school career guidance officer or visit ITE College East for further academic advising.

Progression Opportunities

Higher Nitec in Biotechnology 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 Biotechnology graduates are well suited for employment as Biotech Laboratory Technicians in a research and development department or quality control laboratory in the medical technology, biotechnology or laboratory testing/ accreditation sectors. Their roles include performing a wide range of laboratory procedures and technical functions to support researchers or analysts with the preparative and maintenance work for research and development, analysis and testing activities. Employment prospects are bright with the increasing emphasis in life sciences and demand for health care services that would create a demand for Biotech Laboratory Technicians in the organisations mentioned above. There are excellent opportunities for career advancement to supervisory positions and beyond in the life science industry.