Foundation Diploma in Life Sciences

Provided by PSB Academy


Awarded by PSB Academy

Course introduction


The Foundation Diploma in Life Sciences programme aims to instil a firm foundation in the basic knowledge of Life Sciences, while developing the students’ ability to think clearly and to express their ideas, whether verbally or in writing, with clarity and logic.  The modules offered in this programme differ qualitatively from traditional biology, chemistry and mathematics, both in terms of teaching approach and the quality of time spent in the laboratory.

Intakes: February, May, August & November

Practical Facilities
Full-fledged campus with well-equipped life science laboratories.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

The objective of this programme is to bridge O-Level students, without a background in Life and Chemical Sciences, to the La Trobe University (LTU) Bachelor of Science degree programmes delivered in collaboration with PSB Academy. It aims to:

- Impart a sound basis in chemistry,biology and mathematics to non-Life Sciences trained individuals who wish to pursue further studies within the Life Sciences and Biotechnology sectors.
- Support management professionals (especially those from related industries) who recognise the benefits of acquiring an understanding of Life and Chemical Sciences.
- Prepare individuals for new career opportunities as they emerge from the Life Sciences and Biotechnology sectors.

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements
- 1 GCE ‘O’ level or equivalent; OR 
- Nitec; OR
- Mature candidates (≥ 30 years old with 8 years work experience); OR
- Candidates may also fulfil entry requirements via our IGCSE programmes

Language Proficiency 
- GCE 'O' level English (grade 1 to 6) or equivalent

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may also apply, but will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Students with relevant prior learning and experience may be exempted from specific modules.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Full time: 12 months
Part time: 15 months

Fees & Funding

  • Total Programme Fee : S$9,202.00*
* All fees inclusive of 7% GST and may be subject to change annually
* Programme fee excludes textbooks 

Students will enjoy a 5% rebate if they progress to a Degree programme within a year. Terms and conditions apply.