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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 wondered what the components present in a bottle of perfume are?

If you are interested in extracting, isolating and identifying chemicals in a laboratory environment, you should take up this course now! You will learn to conduct and analyse chemicals using various wet chemistry techniques such as volumetric titration, liquid-liquid extraction and advanced analytical instrumentation techniques such as spectroscopy and chromatography.

What you'll learn

  • Perform laboratory housekeeping activities such as handling and storage of chemicals, and disposing of chemicals in a safe manner
  • Perform pre-testing activities such as cleaning of laboratory apparatuses and glassware, and verification of equipment suitability
  • Prepare chemical solutions for products and processes following standardised formulas
  • Conduct and analyse test samples using various techniques such as volumetric titration, gravimetric extraction, spectroscopy, chromatography and physical separation
  • Compile and compute data, interpret test results and analyses and generate analysis reports
  • Perform calibration of test equipment and troubleshooting of minor laboratory equipment breakdown
  • Maintain proper records of standards, test procedures and laboratory equipment usage

Entry Requirements

GCE 'O' level grades 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 a Science 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 enrolled during the January intake under the Direct Entry Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) 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 Chemical Technology graduates may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Higher Nitec in 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 Chemical Technology graduates are suitable for a career in the research and development department, quality assurance or quality control laboratories in the food, chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceutical, and urban farming sectors. Some of the job titles held by graduates include Laboratory Technician and Laboratory Assistant.