General Studies Modules (GSM)

To provide an all-rounded educational experience, the polytechnic offers General Studies Modules (GSMs). This means that besides taking diploma modules related to your chosen area of discipline, you will have the opportunity to be exposed to areas beyond your usual field of study. Through a combination of prescribed and elective inter-disciplinary GSMs, you will can gain interesting, practical knowledge that can be beneficial to you as you prepare for the world of work and life after graduation.

To learn more about the GSMs offered, click on the tabs below.


All students in Year 1 will take a number of prescribed General Studies modules that are key to building up an all-rounded education in NYP.

Personal Career Strategy 1 (15 hours)

Here, you will discover the various career options related to your field of study and pick up skills that will help you succeed in  work and life. Gain life skills that will help you clarify your career goals, engage early in career planning, and recognise what resilience means. Learn to appreciate values, skills and attitudes in different settings. More importantly, learn how to identify opportunities and set personal goals for career success.

Fitness for Life (30 hours)

The Fitness for Life module gives you the opportunity to select one sports/wellness activities, from a wide range – from aerobics to yoga, from Frisbee to basketball. You can try out a new sport and keep fit and healthy at the same time! This module enables you to participate in a sport of your choice and you will be able to enjoy learning the sport together with your peers. 

Understanding Singapore (15 hours)

Engage in meaningful discussions on national policies and issues relating to Singapore’s security, economy, and society. Explore the unique advantages and constraints that shape Singapore’s policies and development, and discuss different perspectives on contemporary issues. There are activities that will engage you to make sense, reflect on and respond to current challenges in the Singaporean context.

Fitness for Life Modules