ite college east higher nitec courses

Last Updated on August 30, 2023


ITE College East is one of the Institute of Technical Education’s three colleges under the “One ITE System, Three Colleges” Governance and Education Model.


Name of principalhideYears served
Ricky Tam2005-2010
Eden Liew Ee Chong2010–2015
Yek Tiew Ming2015–Present

Schools and courses


The college has four schools which currently provides 43 full-time courses, 75 part-time courses, 3 traineeships and 9 work-study diplomas.

Full Time Courses
School of Applied & Health Sciences (AHS)Nitec in Applied Food Science
Nitec in Chemical Process Technology
Nitec in Community Care & Social Services
Nitec in Nursing
Nitec in Opticianry
Higher Nitec in Biotechnology
Higher Nitec in Chemical Technology
Higher Nitec in Paramedic & Emergency Care
School of Business & Services (BS)Nitec in Beauty & Wellness
Nitec in Business Administration
Nitec in Business Services
Nitec in Fitness Training
Nitec in Hair Fashion & Design
Nitec in Logistics Services
Nitec in Retail Services
Higher Nitec in Accounting
Higher Nitec in Beauty & Wellness Management
Higher Nitec in Event Management
Higher Nitec in Human Resource & Administration
Higher Nitec in International Logistics
Higher Nitec in Passenger Services
Higher Nitec in Sport Management
School of Electronics & Info-comm Technology (EIT)Nitec in Electronics & Internet of Things
Nitec in Electronics, Computer Networking & Communications
Nitec in Infocomm Technology
Nitec in Web Applications
Higher Nitec in Business Information Systems
Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security
Higher Nitec in Electronics Engineering
Higher Nitec in IT Applications Development
Higher Nitec in IT Systems & Networks
School of Engineering (ENGG)Nitec in Built Environment (Mechanical & Electrical Services)
Nitec in Built Environment (Vertical Transportation)
Nitec in Electrical Technology (Lighting & Sound)
Nitec in Electrical Technology (Power & Control)
Nitec in Mechanical Technology
Nitec in Urban Greenery & Landscape
Higher Nitec in Electrical Engineering
Higher Nitec in Facility Management
Higher Nitec in Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Design
Higher Nitec in Landscape Management & Design
Higher Nitec in Mechanical Engineering


ITE College East has traineeship course. Traineeship course consist of experience trainer, ITE and the person who sign up for traineeship. It helps to gain a head start in career, will receive a certificate as a full-time student but will receive an additional certificate. Once the person who sign up for traineeship gets accepted, training will start immediately. Traineeship has different of varieties of different courses and different course needs different criteria to enter.


The campus covers 10.7 hectares and was built in 2005. The building’s walls are decorated with rectangular metal panels to match the surrounding Singapore Expo and Changi General Hospital. The architectural concept of the campus is a circular-shaped stool-like forum followed by three six-story curved buildings surrounding the central forum. There are several campus facilities likewise three cafeterias, 1000 seater auditorium, 36 IT training rooms, 60 lecture rooms, multimedia learning centre, retail outlets and indoor sports hall.

Full-time Nitec & 3-Year Higher Nitec Courses

ITE College West - Craft

New 3-Year Higher Nitec

ITE will introduce a new 3-year Higher Nitec full-time programme from Academic Year 2022. Streamlining the current Nitec and Higher Nitec curricula, this new option will allow students to attain a Higher Nitec qualification directly, in only three years instead of the current four years.

Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) students can apply for this new 3-year Higher Nitec programme using the existing Nitec entry requirements.

O-Level and Direct Entry Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) Normal (Academic) students will join the programme directly in the second year and will continue to attain their Higher Nitec in 2 years.

ITE will adopt a phased implementation approach beginning with eight Higher Nitec courses in Academic Year (AY) 2022:

  • Higher Nitec in Accounting
  • Higher Nitec in Sport Management
  • Higher Nitec in Electronics Engineering
  • Higher Nitec in Security System Integration
  • Higher Nitec in IT Systems & Networks
  • Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security
  • Higher Nitec in Business Information Systems
  • Higher Nitec in IT Applications Development

The new 3-year Higher Nitec courses are open to graduating students with GCE ‘N’ Level and GCE ‘O’ Level qualifications.

Students may apply for admission to the eight courses under the first phase of implementation through the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) in May 2021, or the Joint Intake Exercise (JIE) in December 2021. These students will automatically be enrolled into the three-year curricular pathway leading to a Higher Nitec qualification.

3-Year Higher Nitec Courses

By clicking on the course, you will see the duration, subjects covered, core and elective module details, specific entry requirements, occupational traits and functional ability requirements (if any), progression opportunities, career opportunities and related courses. Explore our courses below.

School of Business & Services

  • Higher Nitec in Accounting (3-year)
  • Higher Nitec in Sport Management (3-year)

School of Electronics & Info-comm Technology

  • Higher Nitec in Business Information Systems (3-year)
  • Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security (3-year)
  • Higher Nitec in Electronics Engineering (3-year)
  • Higher Nitec in IT Applications Development (3-year)
  • Higher Nitec in IT Systems & Networks (3-year)
  • Higher Nitec in Security System Integration (3-year)

Nitec Courses

Our full-time Nitec courses equip students with industry-relevant skills needed to be successful professionals. It covers six industry sectors, so we welcome students who eye various career paths, whether that is providing excellent patient care, establishing a thriving business or engineering solutions.

Entry requirements include a GCE ‘O’ Level or a GCE ‘N’ Level. These Nitec courses also offer rich progression and career opportunities.

By clicking on the course, you will see the duration, subjects covered, core and elective module details, specific entry requirements, occupational traits and functional ability requirements (if any), progression opportunities, career opportunities and related courses. Explore our courses below.

School of Applied & Health Sciences

  • Nitec in Applied Food Science
  • Nitec in Chemical Process Technology
  • Nitec in Community Care & Social Services
  • Nitec in Nursing
  • Nitec in Opticianry

School of Business & Services

  • Nitec in Beauty & Wellness
  • Nitec in Business Services
  • Nitec in Floristry
  • Nitec in Hair Fashion & Design
  • Nitec in Logistics Services
  • Nitec in Retail Services
  • Nitec in Retail Services (3-year)
  • Nitec in Travel & Tourism Services

School of Design & Media

  • Nitec in Architectural Technology
  • Nitec in Digital Animation
  • Nitec in Fashion Apparel Production & Design
  • Nitec in Interior & Exhibition Design
  • Nitec in Product Design
  • Nitec in Video Production
  • Nitec in Visual Communication

School of Engineering

  • Nitec in Aerospace Avionics
  • Nitec in Aerospace Machining Technology
  • Nitec in Aerospace Technology
  • Nitec in Automotive Technology
  • Nitec in Built Environment (Mechanical & Electrical Services)
  • Nitec in Built Environment (Mechanical & Electrical Services) (3-year)
  • Nitec in Built Environment (Vertical Transportation)
  • Nitec in Digital & Precision Engineering
  • Nitec in Electrical Technology (Lighting & Sound)
  • Nitec in Electrical Technology (Power & Control)
  • Nitec in Mechanical Technology
  • Nitec in Mechanical Technology (3-year)
  • Nitec in Mechatronics & Robotics
  • Nitec in Rapid Transit Technology
  • Nitec in Urban Greenery & Landscape

School of Hospitality

  • Nitec in Asian Culinary Arts
  • Nitec in Hospitality Operations
  • Nitec in Pastry & Baking
  • Nitec in Western Culinary Arts

Institute of Technical Education

The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is a public vocational education institution agency in Singapore that provides pre-employment training to secondary school graduates, and continuing education and training to working adults.

ITE offers apprenticeships for the skilled trades and diplomas in vocational education for skilled technicians and workers in support roles in professions such as engineering, accountancy, business administration, nursing, architecture. Established by the Ministry of Education, it was formerly known as Vocational and Industrial Training Board (VITB). ITE has three colleges that offer the National ITE Certificate (NITEC), Higher NITEC, Technical Diploma and Work-Study Diploma.


1960s to 1970s: Vocational and Industrial Training Board (VITB)

During the 1960s and 1970s, vocational training was managed by two separate statutory boards, the Adult Education Board (AEB) and the Industrial Training Board (ITB). They merged in 1979 to become the VITB. The VITB was formed to promote and develop vocational training.

1992: Institute of Technical Education (ITE)

The ITE was established as a post-secondary institution to improve the employability of vocational trainees and to restructure the VITB’s programmes. The government decided that every student in Singapore had to have at least 10 years of general education, with technically inclined students filtered to the Normal (Technical) stream in secondary schools as preparation. These students would then attend the ITE after they finished secondary school education.

  • 1992 : Establishment of ITE as Post-Secondary Technical Education Institution.
  • 1994 : Operation of New ITE Bishan Institute.
  • 1995 : Operation of New ITE Headquarters.
  • 1996 : Operation of New ITE Dover Institute.
  • 1998 : Operation of New ITE Balestier Institute, ITE Tampines Institute and ITE Yishun Institute.
  • 2000 : Operation of New ITE Bukit Batok Institute.
  • 2001 : Operation of New ITE MacPherson Institute.
  • 2002 : Launch of eTutor Learning System, eStudent Administration System and new national ITE Certification System (Nitec/Higher Nitec/Master Nitec).
  • 2003 : Launch of ReNEW Initiative for Adult Learners.
  • 2005 : Operation of ITE College East, ITE’s first comprehensive college. Establishment of the Info-Comm Centre of Technology, ITE’s first centre of technology. Winning of Singapore Quality Award for World-Class Business Excellence.
  • 2007 : Winning of global IBM Innovations Award in Transforming Government.
  • 2010 : Operation of ITE College West, ITE’s second comprehensive college.
  • 2013 : ITE College Central, third and final regional campus of ITE was fully operational.

Student intake

Every year, ITE takes in 25% of an annual school cohort, or an intake of about 13,000 students, with an annual enrollment of about 25,000. Full-time students are typically secondary school graduates with the requisite GCE ‘N’ or ‘O’ level qualifications.


To refine technical education in Singapore, the “One ITE System, Three Colleges” Model of Education and Governance was introduced in 2005 to merge the 10 ITE’s into 3 regional colleges. ITE College West (Dover Campus), ITE Headquarters (Balestier Campus), ITE College West (Bukit Batok Campus) and ITE College West (Clementi Campus) were merged into ITE College West while ITE College Central (Bishan Campus), ITE College Central (Balestier Campus), ITE College Central (MacPherson Campus), ITE College Central (Yishun Campus) and ITE College Central (Tampines Campus) were merged into ITE College Central.

  • ITE College Central
  • ITE College East
  • ITE College West


ITE has won a number of local awards as well as international awards. In 2005, it became the first educational institution to be awarded the Singapore Quality Award by Spring Singapore. This award is awarded to world-class organisations that demonstrate the highest standards of business excellence. ITE has also won the Public Service Distinguished Award, awarded by the Prime Minister’s office in 2010, as well as the Singapore Innovation Class, awarded by Spring Singapore in 2011.

In 2007, among 30 countries that participated, ITE won the inaugural Harvard-IBM Innovations Award in Transforming Government. This prestigious award was conferred by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation of Harvard University and recognises ITE’s programmes as having a profound impact on the lives of citizens.

Notable alumni

  • Jeremy Chan – Singaporean actor
  • Hayley Woo – Singaporean actress
  • Jayley Woo – Singaporean actress
  • Romeo Tan – Singaporean actor
  • Fandi Ahmad – Singaporean footballer
  • Safuwan Baharudin – Singaporean footballer

Students across all three ITE colleges will be taught money management skills using NAV Planner, DBS’ new digital advisory tool

According to 95% of survey respondents, previous year’s programme helped students learn and implement financial planning basics

SINGAPORE, 20 May 2020 – The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and DBS Bank are rolling out an enhanced ITE-wide financial literacy programme to all 27,000 of ITE’s attending students. With ITE rolling out Home-Based Learning (HBL) given elevated Covid-19 social-distancing measures, lessons have been adapted accordingly for students. This year’s iteration expands on last year’s pilot, which involved 10,000 Year 1 students1. The new curriculum for Year 2 students will focus on teaching them how to manage their finances after they graduate and enter the workforce.

The DBS-ITE financial literacy programme complements the government’s current MoneySense financial education curriculum, with each lesson structured to help students relate easily to bite-sized information. This approach, optimised with the use of intuitive digital learning tools, will enhance lesson delivery for HBL. As part of the curriculum refresh, more time has been allocated to hands-on activities this year so students can more easily apply the personalised insights gleaned to their daily lives.

Said Li Xinling, Lecturer at ITE College West, “In challenging times like these, it has become more critical for students to be equipped with the right knowledge and tools to make prudent financial decisions. This is especially since more monetary transactions are being conducted digitally. We have continued to support our students’ financial learning in this period, by adapting the lessons for delivery as web-based exercises.”

ITE College East - Sunray Woodcraft Construction

Year 2 students will be taught subjects such as how Central Provident Fund (CPF) accounts work; learn about the different types of insurance coverage available; and acquire best practices on cybersecurity. They will also be introduced to the basics of investing and how to protect their assets against inflation. Year 1 students can make use of DBS’ new digital advisory solution, NAV Planner, as a complementary digital learning tool which provides them a personalised balance sheet as well as insights, analyses and suggestions unique to them.

Students shown to have made good progress on their financial wellness journeys

Last year’s pilot was designed so programme administrators were able to measure any changes in the students’ financial habits with DBS’ data analytics capabilities. These findings, synthesised with a qualitative survey of the pilot student batch, revealed the following insights:

  • A vast majority (more than 95%) of the 2,500 respondents say they now have a better understanding of their spending habits and are committed to saving more of their allowance. The dollar amount of students’ savings had also increased by 80%, suggesting that they were able to incorporate what they learnt in class easily into their daily habits.
  • More than 60% now receive their pocket money electronically. This is a reversal from previous behaviour the administrators observed1, which can be directly attributed to the ease and convenience the students experienced with digital payments and digital financial planning capabilities. Debit cards, NETS and DBS PayLah! are the top three digital payment methods they prefer.
  • The majority also found an earlier iteration of NAV Planner2 useful as a pocket digital financial planner, with many highlighting they found the budgeting capability extremely useful. One in three students now uses a digital financial planning app regularly as compared to their peers, where one in four does so.
  • Parents and friends are the two top-ranked sources of influence on how students spend their money; almost half credit their parents, which underscores the importance of parents teaching their children about money from when they are young.

Said Syamira Bte Mohammad Sidi, a student from ITE College West who is part of the pilot, “In the past, I would often buy a lot of clothes on impulse but I did not wear a lot of these clothes. After going through this course, I pay attention to every dollar I spend and what I spend it on. I will think twice before buying something and only buy what I need. This has allowed me to save more money. I have learnt that savings are important to help me achieve my future goals. Through savings, I can fund my plan for further studies and reduce my parents’ financial load.”

“Hearing such positive feedback is incredibly encouraging and we, together with our partners at ITE, will continue to help students to take charge of their personal finances,” said Jeremy Soo, DBS’ Singapore Head of Consumer Banking Group. “DBS’ proprietary financial planning framework comprehensively covers our customers for every life stage and by extending this approach to the new Year 2 curriculum, we hope we can help ease the students’ transition into their next phase in life more seamlessly. This year is also a learning opportunity for these young adults as it has brought home the importance of having good financial habits, and how these habits can help safeguard one’s finances in times of crisis.”

Ms Low Khah Gek, CEO, ITE added: “Cultivating good personal financial habits is an important life skill. By drawing insights of youths’ financial habits through data analytics, the DBS-ITE financial literacy curriculum has incorporated practical examples that students can relate to. Students can also turn knowledge into action, by using digital tools to track and manage their expenses. We are glad that many of them have improved their spending and saving habits through the curriculum, and taken their first step towards financial wellness.”

Classes developed under the DBS-ITE financial literacy programme are offered as enhanced segments within mandatory modules under ITE’s Lifeskills curriculum. DBS is committed to its plan to reach every Singaporean, regardless of their income levels, to help them get started on their financial wellness journeys. In doing so, the bank has conducted free financial literacy classes and partnered with various government and tertiary institutions, such as ITE, to help educate the public on a wide range of topics.

1 – Details of the pilot can be found here: Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and DBS partner on ITE-wide financial literacy curriculum

2 – Your Financial GPS, DBS’ first-gen digital pocket financial planner, is NAV Planner’s predecessor. Details on NAV Planner can be found here: DBS unveils new digital financial planning proposition to provide personalised financial advisory for all


About DBS
DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia with a presence in 18 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is in the three key Asian axes of growth: Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The bank’s “AA-” and “Aa1” credit ratings are among the highest in the world. 

Recognised for its global leadership, DBS has been named “World’s Best Bank” by Euromoney, “Global Bank of the Year” by The Banker and “Best Bank in the World” by Global Finance. The bank is at the forefront of leveraging digital technology to shape the future of banking, having been named “World’s Best Digital Bank” by Euromoney. In addition, DBS has been accorded the “Safest Bank in Asia” award by Global Finance for 11 consecutive years from 2009 to 2019.

DBS provides a full range of services in consumer, SME and corporate banking. As a bank born and bred in Asia, DBS understands the intricacies of doing business in the region’s most dynamic markets. DBS is committed to building lasting relationships with customers, and positively impacting communities through supporting social enterprises, as it banks the Asian way. It has also established a SGD 50 million foundation to strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts in Singapore and across Asia.

The ITE Certification System comprises certification levels as follows:

Full-Time Education

  • National ITE Certificate (Nitec) for courses that require completion of GCE ‘N’ Level or GCE ‘O’ Level as an entry requirement, with pre-requisites for certain courses.
  • Higher National ITE Certificate (Higher Nitec) for courses that require GCE ‘O’ Level or GCE ‘N’ (Academic) Level with pre-requisites as an entry requirement.
  • Technical Diploma for courses that require relevant Higher Nitec / Nitec as an entry requirement.

Traineeship Programmes

  • Some Nitec and Higher Nitec courses are offered in traineeship mode as well. Entry requirements are similar to related courses in full-time education.

Work-Study Programmes

  • Work-Study Diploma for courses that are in partnership with employers targeted at ITE Graduates with relevant Higher Nitec / Nitec or relevant working experience as an entry requirement.

Part-time Education

  • National ITE Certificate (Nitec) for courses that cater to the upgrading needs of the workforce, and require completion of GCE ‘N’ Level or GCE ‘O’ Level as an entry requirement, with pre-requisites for certain courses.
  • Higher National ITE Certificate (Higher Nitec) for courses that cater to the upgrading needs of the workforce, and require GCE ‘O’ Level or GCE ‘N’ (Academic) Level with pre-requisites as an entry requirement.
  • ITE Skills Certificate (ISC) for courses that cater to the upgrading needs of the workforce.
  • SkillsFuture Series Certificate of Competency (COC) for short courses that provide industry-relevant training in emerging and critical skills areas, comprising beginner to intermediate to advance levels.
  • Train the Trainer Programme (TTT) prepares trainers and On-the-Job Training practitioners to effectively instruct, coach, assess, and develop curriculum and assessments for industry training.

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