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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College East

Course Certification


Have you wondered how new food is created, tested, manufactured, packed and finally served on your plate?

Well, you can discover and experience the answer in this course! You will learn how new food is developed, analysed, processed, packaged and served, while adhering to strict regulatory requirements in the food industry.

What you'll learn

  • Maintain food safety and food hygiene standards in food industries
  • Perform basic measurements and calibration techniques in the laboratory
  • Conduct physical and chemical checks and tests
  • Perform basic microbiological tasks
  • Conduct laboratory analysis for incoming, in-process and final products
  • Perform pre- and post-cleaning, start-up and shutdown of food processing equipment
  • Operate food processing equipment
  • Carry out basic maintenance activities of plant and equipment
  • Carry out logging and documentation of manufacturing activities
  • Perform food service operations
  • Carry out activities in compliance with legislative and organisational requirements
  • Assist in product development activities

Entry Requirements

GCE ‘O’ level grades in any 2 subjects:

  • Grade 1-8


GCE ‘N’ level passes in Mathematics or Science* and 2 other subjects:

  • Grade A-D or Grade 1-5

* Mobile Robotics, Smart Electrical Technology, Mechanical Design & Automation, IoT Applications, and Mobile Web Applications subjects can be used in lieu of Science for admission to this Nitec course.


  • Applicants for this course must ensure that they are free from colour appreciation deficiency.
  • 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

Food Technicians assist in the processing and packaging of food products as well as in establishing and maintaining quality control standards. They may be employed in a food manufacturing plant or in food service operations of the food & beverage industry and may work with specific types of foods, or in particular areas of food production.

In production and quality control, they monitor and ensure that hygienic conditions and procedures are followed during food processing and packaging. This may involve proper storing of raw materials, testing of microbial content, and monitoring the operation, cleaning as well as the maintenance of food processing equipment.

They rely on various sensory abilities to conduct certain physical and chemical checks and tests on food products in terms of the smell, colour, taste and appearance of the food. sensory abilities (sight, smell, touch, taste), finger dexterity, colour recognition ability, attentiveness to safety & hygiene
They are required to carry out basic measurements and calibration techniques, laboratory analysis, operation of food processing equipment as well as maintenance activities of plant and equipment effectively and safely. They often have to handle hot ovens, autoclaves/sterilizers, hot pots and pans as well as food products. physical mobility, hand & finger dexterity, attentiveness to safety & hygiene
In food service operations and management, food technicians are required to work quickly in response to given instructions in a fast-paced environment. Communication with vendors, suppliers and customer enquiries are part of their work in this area. mental agility, sensory ability (hearing), communication skills, interpersonal skills

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

Nitec in Applied Food Science graduates with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Nitec in Applied Food Sciences graduates with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 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.

Nitec in Applied Food Sciences graduates with a GPA of 2.3 and above may also apply for progression to related Higher Nitec courses offered by ITE. For more information on progression, please click here.

Career Opportunities

Nitec in Applied Food Science graduates are employed by companies in food manufacturing and food and beverage (F&B) sectors where they could contribute significantly in ensuring resilient, safe and quality food supply for consumers. Some of the job titles held by graduates include Food Technician, Food Production Technician and Food Processing Technician.