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Diploma in

Real Estate Business


 

The only diploma of its kind, with a comprehensive curriculum covering urban planning, sustainability, asset management and valuation

Be ready for the sustainable future with exposure to green technologies in property management and sustainable building practices

Acquire smart building m​anagement skills for the digital workplace driven by data and technology


Gain industry recognition and additional professional
certifications upon graduation​



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Course Overview​

Keep your finger on the pulse of global property and sustainability trends, and learn about asset management, land planning, and redevelopment with the Diploma in Real Estate Business (REB).

The course will enable you to play a role in the valuation and development of property assets, and leveraging research and analytics to develop strategies for the marketing and management of commercial, industrial, as well as residential properties. You will also learn about smart and sustainable building practices, urban planning and investment to help property developers and investors maximise their profits.

In your first year, you will learn the fundamentals of real estate business and building management, including using data analytics for market research. You will also gain a better understanding of the industry through the career and professional preparation module.

In your second year, you will be exposed to management, marketing, urban planning and sustainability, building services and maintenance, as well as project management, contract administration and legal aspects of real estate. You will also learn how to conduct property valuation and manage client relationships.

In your final year, you will be taught financial management such as real estate investment & finance, alongside other aspects of building management such as building diagnostics, asset enhancement and fire safety management. You will also undertake an industry-based project or internship (locally or overseas, such as in Silicon Valley).

Plus, you may get to go on overseas study tours to Dubai, Shanghai, Malaysia and Melbourne. There will also be local field trips that let you gain industry insights from property gurus.​ ​



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What You'll Learn

Year 1

  • Career & Professional Preparation for Real Estate Business

    (2 Credit Units)

    This first-year module helps to introduce students to their three-year diploma course curriculum; the real estate industries and how they can prepare themselves to meet the industries requirements and needs. Through the module, students will be required to explore, grow and reflect on how they can serve in these industries. This module is also designed holistically for the contribution towards the overall well-being of the society as we prepare our students to succeed in their careers by helping the students to transcend and link their academic studies to skills and character development. The module will take a student-centric approach to introduce multiple pathways to develop students of different abilities to their fullest potential during and after obtaining their diploma. The pathways include industry partnerships and students’ participation through SkillsFuture initiatives. Through the module, students should be able to embark on their course with the end in mind after guided reflection of their personal characteristics, and producing an overall game plan for their future education and career goals. The module also aims to deepen students’ commitment to the real estate sectors.

  • Data Analytics for Market Research

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module aims to equip students with critical thinking, problem-solving, analytical and decisionmaking skills. Students will be introduced to fundamental knowledge and tools in data analytics in the context of market research. Students will learn about data collection, analysis and synthesis of data, uncovering data patterns and drawing hypothesis or conclusion. With the statistical knowledge, students will also learn how to effectively visualize, analyze data and information and make meaningful presentation and research report to the target stakeholders.

  • Principles of Marketing

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module introduces the 4Ps of marketing, application of marketing concepts to Real Estate and market segmentation to different segments including public & private housing. Students learn the fundamentals of marketing concepts, marketing mix - its implications and strategies. This module helps students to understand consumer buying through the use of case studies that relate to the real estate environment. Students also learn the principles of marketing, ethics and respect during transactions so as to fully attract and engage consumers, and compel them to buy through a careful planning and execution of the marketing mix and effective communication.

  • Principles of Law

    (5 Credit Units)

    The topics in Principles of Law involve a study of the legal obligations relating to the planning, design, construction, management, use and operation of the built environment within a business, building and real estate management environment. The Legal System introduces the nature and administration of law. Law of Contract and involves a study of self-imposed obligations by individuals. Law of Torts involves a study of state-imposed obligations on individuals for civil wrongs.

    The module will provide students with knowledge of the concepts and principles of the law as well as the legal method of critical analysis, logical reasoning, problems-solving and management skills to face the many challenges of the building and real estate management profession in both the public and private sectors of the industry.

  • Environmental Services &Workplace Safety

    (4 Credit Units)

    To help sustain a clean and livable environment, the module covers the general aspects of environmental services, including the study of vector and pest control, cleaning services, security services and landscape services. Students also learn to apply these concepts and principles to health management, and to develop appropriate capabilities on workplace safety and health. Students will have an overview of refuse disposal, characteristics of solid waste and the corresponding environmental and health impacts. Current methods of refuse collection such as pneumatic waste conveyance system will also be introduced.

    Students will be able to attain bizSAFE Level 2 certification upon successful completion of the module.

  • English Language Express*

    English Language Express aims to give you a better grounding in the English Language and to strengthen the written and oral communications skills that you will need in your academic and professional careers. You will be engaged in writing, reading, listening and speaking activities that will develop your ability to speak and write grammatically, coherently and clearly. You will also hone your reading and listening comprehension skills.

  • Innovation Made Possible^

    (3 Credit Units)
* This module is only offered to students who are weaker in the English Language.

^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.


For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) electives
Click Here >
  • Building Information Modelling

    (3 Credit Units)

    In tandem with the construction Industry’s push towards the use of Building Information Modelling for construction and management of completed buildings, this module aims to equip students with hands-on skills in BIM modelling. They will learn to apply BIM in design and drafting, tagging and calculation of rentable spaces, model the changes for fitting-out works, generate and interpretation of extracted 2D drawings for building and M&E works and export of information for cost estimation amongst others. This module complements the learning of relevant marketing, property and facilities management modules.

  • Building Elements & Sustainability

    (5 Credit Units)

    In this module, students will study the various building elements of substructure, superstructure, floors, walls, roofs, building finishes and its components. It will also provide students with an understanding of sustainable constructions, particularly green materials, technologies and systems that will be adopted to achieve a sustainable green building environment. This provides the background knowledge for the students to progress on, to appreciate the green technologies that will be applied to buildings for the enhancement of building performance; and the pre-requisite to understanding the concepts of Building Maintenance and Asset Enhancement in the later year of studies.

  • Financial Accounting & Management

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module covers basic concepts of accounting, including the accounting equation, the double-entry system of book-keeping and the preparation of financial statements. It provides students with the technical knowledge to prepare simple accounts and cash budget, and interpret financial reports for sole proprietor, partnership, and non- profit organisation. This module provides students with the knowledge to understand basic accounting theories, concepts and conventions. The overall objective and outcome seek to equip students with the skills to interpret, analyse and use financial accounting information for financial management decision making purposes. This module will also cover budgeting. The ultimate domain knowledge will also seek to play a critical role in maintaining integrity, professionalism and ethics at the workplace.

  • Economics

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module involves the study of the interactions between individuals, groups, organisations and institutions with regard to the use of resources to satisfy individual wants and societal needs to regulate economic activity within the socio-economic environment.

    In micro-economics, the topics examine how consumers, households and firms make economic decisions; how they interact to determine the quantity and price of goods, factors of production and the allocation of resources.

    In macro-economics, the topics examine the determination of real income, employment, price level and inflation in an open economy, and the conduct of macro-economic policy.

    The module will provide students with adequate entry level knowledge of economic theory for the critical analysis, logical reasoning and problem solving skills towards social policy formulation and individual decision-making.

  • Communication Essentials^

    (3 Credit Units)
  • Health & Wellness^

    (1 Credit Unit)
^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) electives
Click Here >

Year 2

  • Project Management and Contact Administration

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces students to the functions and methods of project management and contract administration in the context of facilities maintenance such as addition and alteration works. It covers the fundamentals of project management, procurement, management of site operations, as well as management tools for project planning, budgeting and cash flow planning and project risk assessments.

  • Client Relationship Management

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces the fundamental concepts of Client Relationship Management (CRM). Topics covered included definition of customer service, understanding the needs and expectations of customer, challenges in customer service and CRM implementation. It will equip students with the knowledge and skills in effectively engaging customers and stakeholders. It aims to train students with the right service attributes to add value to organisations and provides ways of resolving disputes other than by means of litigation.

  • Building Services & Maintenance (Mechanical)

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module provides fundamental knowledge on the principles of operation of mechanical systems typically installed in modern high-rise buildings. Systems covered include potable water supply, sanitary plumbing and drainage, town gas supply, swimming pool water filtration, air-conditioning and mechanical ventilation. Emphasis will be placed on real-life applications in the operations and maintenance of these facilities in buildings and the reading of mechanical drawings and plans. Students will also gain an overview of the BCA Green Mark scheme requirements for new and existing buildings pertaining to the systems studied.

  • Property Management

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module provides a perspective of the main functions in property management, including legislation and interpersonal concerns involving everyday issues relating to building management activities. It also details specific practices and problems in the management of different types of properties – strata-titled and nonstrata titled properties. The module aims to equip students with adequate supervisory management knowledge and problem-solving skills to face the many challenges of the property management profession in both the public and private sectors of the real estate industry.

  • Real Estate Marketing

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module provides students with the fundamentals of real estate marketing concepts in sales and leasing of various property types in both private and public sectors. For public sector, it focuses on the processes, policies and regulations involved in the sale, resale, leasing and subletting of public housing.

    Students are exposed to marketing and negotiation techniques. They will learn to identify problems and apply problem-solving skills to face the challenges of the real estate marketing profession. Current happenings and relevant case studies will be highlighted.

  • Career & Professional Preparation 2

    (2 Credit Units)

    This second-year module helps to equip students with skills necessary to seek and secure work. They will also be equipped to communicate their personal brand in a positive way. As students sharpen their communication skills, they will also learn how to market themselves effectively.

  • Urban Planning & Sustainability

    (4 Credit Units)

    The topics covered in this module include a study of the concept of land as an economic resource, the real estate market and planning system in Singapore. This module will provide students with an adequate knowledge of urban planning and urban economics, as well as analytical skills to face the many challenges of the real estate profession in both the public and private sectors of the industry. Students will learn how the planning of a city has to be sustainable in terms of growth of space, connectivity and eco-friendliness.

  • Property Valuation

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module covers the basic concepts and principles of property valuation, the time value of money and the application of the six functions of a dollar. These basics provide students with the foundation to appreciate and apply the various methods of valuation used in determining the market value of a property for general purposes and of property tax assessment and development charge calculation. Students will be given a good working knowledge of the valuation of real estate interests for the purposes of sale and purchase, investment, mortgage, development charge and property tax.

  • Building Services & Maintenance (Electrical)

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module covers the different electrical facilities found in high-rise buildings. Topics covered include the electrical supply system, lifts and escalators. Emphasis will be placed on real-life applications in the operation and maintenance of these facilities in buildings and the reading of electrical drawings and plans.

  • Real Estate Law

    (5 Credit Units)

    Students will study the fundamental principles that underpin land ownership in Singapore and provide them with an understanding of the law that governs the creation, protection and transfer of interests in land.

  • World Issues: A Singapore Perspective^

    (2 Credit Units)
^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) electives
Click Here >

Year 3

  • Real Estate Investment & Finance

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module covers the basics of finance and investment pertaining to real estate. Students will understand the real estate investment decision-making process and the fundamental concepts of risks and returns. It introduces the corporate financing and investment options relevant to real estate. It focuses on how to conduct market analysis and financial analysis for a feasibility study.

    An understanding of the financial system and institutions and sources of financing for residential properties such as CPF funds and different mortgage housing loans from HDB and financial institutions, as well as the related regulatory measures and policies on lending, and credit assessment will also be provided.

  • Fire Safety Management

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module covers the Fire Safety Managers’ scope of work and prepares students to be fire safety managers. Topics covered include a study of the requirements contained in the Fire Safety Act, fire command centre operations, evacuation procedures, fire safety planning and fire incident management. It also covers the active and passive fire protection systems in buildings such as fire extinguishers, wet and dry rising mains, fire sprinkler systems, fire detection and alarm systems, smoke control systems and the protection of means of escape. Case studies will be used to illustrate the importance of fire protection systems.

  • Building Diagnostics & Asset Enhancement

    (5 Credit Units)

    The management of building stocks to meet the needs of occupants and to overcome the effects of physical deterioration and/or economical obsolescence entails the need to address the maintenance & dialogistic of defects that surfaced over time. The desire for upgrading is an asset enhancement strategy to meet the growing changing needs of users and competition from other buildings to ensure economic viability.

    This module covers four parts of the subject matters: Firstly, in defining the context of building maintenance & diagnostic and establishing the need for refurbishment as a form of asset enhancement strategy. Secondly, the study of the various types of defects, their causes, effects, remedies and prevention commonly associated with the structural frame, walls, roof, floors, doors and windows, including the materials used. Thirdly, the study of the various technologies used in refurbishment when structural alterations, energy saving improvements, façade upgrading and aesthetic enhancements are proposed in a refurbishment project. Fourthly, to dovetail into the greater context of real estate asset management commonly practiced by real estate investment trust companies in their approach towards their real estate portfolio.

  • Project ID: Connecting the Dots^

    (4 Credit Units)
^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) electives
Click Here >
  • OPTION 1

  • 3-Month Internship (Local/Overseas)

    (10 Credit Units)

    This 10-week internship is a major module in the REB curriculum. It is organised to offer work experience for the students to develop career-related skills and explore possible career options. This module provides an opportunity for the students to put theory into practice, adapt to working life and affirm their strengths. Students will also be able to develop hard and soft skills such as working independently and as a team, problem-solving, interpersonal and communication skills. It may be taken locally or overseas, depending on the availability of internship openings.

  • Final Year Project

    (10 Credit Units)

    This module provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learnt during the first two years and is part of their 10-week internship to complete a major project. During the 10 weeks, students will undertake a major individual project and complete it based on its requirements, prototyping and development with the necessary drawings and report. Through the module, students will also enhance their abilities in problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills.


  • OPTION 2

  • 6-Month Internship

    (20 Credit Units)

    In this module, students will be attached to organisations for a period of six months. This is to prepare them for future employment in their particular discipline of study. During their internship, they will undertake projects and tasks assigned by the organisations. This allows them the opportunity to take initiative as well as to develop their self-confidence, interpersonal and adaptation skills.


Career Options & Further Studies

Upon graduation, you can find jobs in all sectors of the real estate industry. You will also be able to work with finance and investment companies that deal in property assets. These include roles like leasing executive, property executive, real estate investment executive and customer service officer specialist.

​As an REB graduate, you may be given additional credit exemptions or advanced standing when you apply to study in related degree courses in local and overseas universities in Australia and the United Kingdom.​




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Entry Requirements

FOR STUDENTS WITH O-LEVEL EXAMINATION RESULTS

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-C

Candidates must have the following GCE 'O' Level examination (or equivalent) results.

  • English Language

    1 - 7
  • Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

    1 - 6
  • Science

    (with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component)
    or Art/Art & Design
    or Biotechnology
    or Computing/Computer Studies
    or Design & Technology
    or Design Studies
    or Electronics/Fundamentals of Electronics
    or Engineering Science/Physical Science
    or Higher Art
    1 - 6

You must also have sat for one subject listed in the 2nd group of relevant subjects for the ELR2B2-C Aggregate Type.

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Candidates who have completed the Higher NITEC in Facility Management and issued with the Fire Safety Manager Certificate will be exempted from the Fire Safety Management module in this diploma.


FOR STUDENTS WITH OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

Find out more on entry requirements and admissions exercise periods for qualifications such as N(A)-Level, A-Level, ITE, IP, IB and more.

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Application Information

  • Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2022 JAE

    8 to 14​
  • Planned Intake (2022)

    70

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