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SPM/UEC/IGCSE/IB/Other Foreign Qualifications holders may apply for admission through the following pathway:

 

Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE-Foreign):
 

  • Holders of foreign or international qualifications, including Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents, can apply for admission to Temasek Polytechnic (TP) under the Direct Admission Exercise (Foreign Qualifications).
  • The minimum requirement for entry into a diploma programme is a College or High School Certificate, equivalent to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Certificate. Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirement are eligible to apply for a course of study at Temasek Polytechnic. Please refer to the Country Requirement listed in Who May Apply. 

Who May Apply?

 

CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION QUALIFICATIONS REMARKS
Holders of foreign or international qualifications, including Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents

Foreign or International Qualifications

The minimum requirement for entry into a diploma programme is a College or High School Certificate, equivalent to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level Certificate. Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirement listed under the Country Requirement are eligible to apply for a course of study at Temasek Polytechnic.


Country Requirements:
 

COUNTRY ENTRY QUALIFICATION MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENT (MER) REMARKS
BRUNEI Brunei General Certificate of Education - Ordinary Levels Same MER as GCE ‘O’ Level  
CHINA 'Gaokao' or National College Entrance Examination (NCEE) – Year 12
  • Min. 60% for English
  • Min. 60% for Mathematics
  • Min. 60% for 1 relevant and 1 or 2 best subjects^
Only consider the most recent NCEE results i.e. for AY2020 intake, we accept 2019 NCEE results
HONG KONG Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

  • English: Min. grade 3 
  • Mathematics: Min. grade 3
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects^: Min. grade 3

* Category A subjects only

Scores for HKCEE should be similar to those of the HKDSE

 
Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE; until 2011)

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

  • English: Min. grade 3 
  • Mathematics: Min. grade 3
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects^: Min. grade 3

* Category A subjects only

Scores for HKCEE should be similar to those of the HKDSE

 
INDIA

Secondary School Certificate (Year 10)

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE)

The Central Board of Secondary Education Examinations (CBSE)

Indian Secondary School Certificate (ISSC)

Indian – Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC)

  • English: Min. 70% or C
  • Mathematics: Min. 70% or C
  • 1 relevant subject and 1 or 2 best subjects^: Min. 70% or C each
 
Higher Secondary School Certificate (Year 12)
  • English: Min. 70% or C
  • Mathematics: Min. 70% or C
  • 1 relevant and 1 or 2 best subjects^: Min. 70% or C each
 
INDONESIA National Final Evaluation Examinations:
Ujian Akhir Nasional (UAN)
Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA)
SMU Ebtanas
  • English: Min. grade 7
  • Mathematics: Min. grade 7
  • 1 relevant and 1 best subjects^: Min. grade 7
 
MALAYSIA (SPM) Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Same MER as GCE ‘O’ Level  
MALAYSIA (UEC) Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) Same MER as GCE ‘O’ Level  
MYANMAR Basic Education High School Certificate (BEHS)/ Matriculation – (Standard 10)
  • English: Min. grade 70% 
  • Mathematics: Min. grade 70% 
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects^: Min. grade 70%
 
PHILIPPINES High School Diploma (Year 12)
  • English: Min. 85%
  • Mathematics: Min. 85%
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects^: Min. 85%
 
SRI LANKA Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education – Ordinary Level Examination
  • English: Min. 70% or C
  • Mathematics: Min. 70% or C
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects^: Min. 70% or C each
 
Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education – Advanced Level Examination
  • English: Min. 70% or C
  • Mathematics: Min. 70% or C
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects^: Min. 70% or C
 
THAILAND Mathayom 6 (Year 12)
  • English: Min. grade 3.0 (70%)
  • Mathematics: Min. grade 3.0 (70%)
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects^: Min. grade 3.0 (70%)
 
USA High School Diploma (Year 12)
  • English: Min. grade B
  • Maths: Min. grade B
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects^: Min. grade B
 
VIETNAM Year 12 High School Graduation Certificate of National Examination
  • English: Min. grade 7
  • Mathematics: Min. grade 7
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects^: Min. grade 7
 
OTHERS International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Same MER as GCE ‘O’ Level  
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

All requirements to be for Standard Level:

  • English: Min. grade 5
  • Mathematics: Min. grade 5
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects^: Min. grade 5
 
Completed Year 12 of High School
  • English: Min. grade B
  • Mathematics: Min. grade B
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects^: Min. grade B
Assessed on a case-by-case basis, but should have completed Year 12 of High School
SINGAPORE Home-Schooled
Completed Year 10 of High School
  • English: Min. grade B
  • Mathematics: Min. grade B
  • 1 relevant and 2 best subjects^: Min. grade B
Assessed on a case-by-case basis, but should have completed Year 10 of High School or equivalent to GCE ‘O’ level


1. Results should be submitted with information of the subject maximum score and grading scheme/scale.

2. Applicants with foreign qualifications applying for the Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education course, please click here for specific requirements. 

3. For information on the Aggregate Type & Relevant subject, please click here.

4. All successful applicants are required to pass a pre-enrolment medical examination. An applicant with a medical condition may be assessed further to verify the severity of the condition and to determine suitability for the course posted to. Applicants are to refer here for the list of medical requirements.

When and How to Apply

For April 2021 Intake (3 Years Full-time Diploma Courses)

(Note: Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or take an entrance test at Temasek Polytechnic upon the request by the polytechnic.)
 

No.

Qualifications

Application period

How to Apply

Release of Application Outcome

1

All foreign or international qualifications holders, including:

  • Returning Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents with foreign or international qualifications
  • International students with foreign or international qualifications
  • Those awarded IGCSE or IB certificates in 2020 or before
  • Home-schooled students who have completed Year 10 and attained qualifications equivalent to G.C.E. ‘O’ Level Certificate

Nov 2020

Apply online during the application period.

By 31 Mar 2021

2

Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) - Malaysia

Dec 2020

Apply online during the application period.

By 31 Mar 2021

3

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

Jan 2021

Apply online during the application period.

By 31 Mar 2021

4

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Feb 2021

Apply online during the application period.

By 31 Mar 2021

5

Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)

Mar 2021

Apply online during the application period.

By 31 Mar 2021

Application Process and Outcome

Documents Required for Submission
 

1. Printout of the ‘Application Registration Record’.
 

2. Identification card or Passport (if any)
 

For Singapore Citizens

Photocopy of Singapore NRIC (front and reverse side)

Singapore Permanent Residents (Malaysian)

Photocopy of Malaysia identity card (front and reverse side)

Singapore Permanent Residents (Others)

Photocopy of Passport

For Foreigners

Photocopy of identity card and passport (if any)

3. Certified true copy of your country’s national detailed examination results and certificate (inclusive of English Translation)
 

No.

Qualifications

Supporting Documents

1

Malaysia (UEC)

UEC results slip

2

Malaysia (SPM)

SPM results slip

3

China (NCEE)

Year 2020 NCEE detailed results with indication of
a) the full marks of each subject, and
b) proof of Arts or Science Combination

4

IGCSE/ GCSE

Statement of results

5

Others

Detailed examination results and certificate awarded

Notification of Application Results
 

Please refer to the respective release of application outcome period listed in the table above. Applicants may check their application status here.*
 

* Applicants who have provided a valid email address in their application may expect to receive an auto-generated email when there is a change in your application status. Should you require clarification on your application, you are advised to contact the respective offices, stating your full name, NRIC / Passport number, date of birth and course applied.

 

If the application status is 'Under Consideration', it means we are still processing the application. Please continue to check online until the final outcome is either 'Successful' or 'Unsuccessful'.
 

All applicants will be notified by email on the outcome of their application latest by 31 Mar 2021.

Medical Requirements & Support for Students with Special Educational Needs

Information on Medical Requirements can be found here (PDF: 92KB).

 

Special Educational Needs

For enquiries on support for students with Special Educational Needs (SEN), applicants may refer to SEN website.

FAQ

What are the courses offered by TP?

What are the courses offered by TP?

Click here for the list of courses offered by TP.

Which Admissions Exercise do I qualify for? When and how do I apply?

Which Admissions Exercise do I qualify for? When and how do I apply?

You may retrieve information on the respective admissions exercises (grouped by entry qualifications), eligibility criteria, application period and other information from the respective admissions exercises web pages.

GCE 'O' Level

GCE 'N(A)' Level

ITE Certificate Holders

GCE 'A' Level

Applicants with working experience

IP / IB (DAE-Local)

Foreign Qualifications (DAE-Foreign)

Can I apply for admission while I am serving my NS in Singapore?

Can I apply for admission while I am serving my NS in Singapore?

Yes, you may. The Polytechnic will reserve a place for successful male applicants who are unable to obtain approval to defer or be disrupted from their Singapore full-time National Service (NS) to join the current intake. Reservation of a place is only applicable to male Singaporeans and Singapore PRs who are required to serve NS and are admitted to a polytechnic course for the first time.

I am an International Student. Where can I find out about application/admission-related information? Also, what do I need to know before applying to TP?

I am an International Student. Where can I find out about application/admission-related information? Also, what do I need to know before applying to TP?

Holders of international qualifications may apply through the Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE-Foreign Qualifications). Information pertaining to accommodation, programmes and part-time employment is available here.

How many intakes are there per year?

How many intakes are there per year?

1 intake (course commences in April).

Can I combine my GCE ‘O’ Level results to apply for admission?

Can I combine my GCE ‘O’ Level results to apply for admission?

Applicants are allowed to combine their GCE 'O' level results of up to two sittings (e.g. 2015 and 2017) when seeking admission to the Polytechnic.

I failed my GCE 'O' Level English. Can I still apply?

I failed my GCE 'O' Level English. Can I still apply?

You may wish to consider the following TP courses that accept Grade D7 for English. Please check that you meet the other entry requirements for the courses. Information on the entry requirements is available by clicking on the respective course names.

Course code

Course name

T50

Aerospace Electronics

T51

Aerospace Engineering

T04

Aviation Management

T60

Big Data & Analytics

T38

Biomedical Engineering

T43

Business Process & Systems Engineering

T33

Chemical Engineering

T52

Clean Energy

T56

Common Engineering Programme

T63

Common ICT Programme

T13

Computer Engineering

T62

Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics

T65

Electronics

T17

Financial Business Informatics

T26

Food, Nutrition & Culinary Science

T58

Game Design & Development

T29

Green Building & Sustainability

T30

Information Technology

T28

Integrated Facility Management

T22

Interior Architecture & Design

T66

Mechatronics

T64

Medical Biotechnology

T25

Pharmaceutical Science

T35

Product & Industrial Design

T45

Veterinary Technology

I failed my GCE 'O' Level Maths. Can I apply or appeal?

I failed my GCE 'O' Level Maths. Can I apply or appeal?

You may wish to consider the following TP courses that accept Grade D7 for Mathematics. Please check that you meet the other entry requirements for the courses. Information on the entry requirements is available by clicking on the respective course names.

Course code

Course name

T20

Apparel Design & Merchandising

T59

Communication Design

T40

Communications & Media Management

T23

Digital Film & Television

T68

Early Childhood Development & Education*

T22

Interior Architecture & Design

T35

Product & Industrial Design

T48

Psychology Studies

T53

Social Sciences in Gerontology

*Students with a D7 in Mathematics may apply for the course provided they have GCE ‘O’ Level passes (1-6) in 5 subjects (including English).

What are my chances of getting into the course of my choice?

What are my chances of getting into the course of my choice?

For your top few choices for JAE, you may wish to select those TP courses that you are passionate about and for which your net ELR2B2 aggregate score is less than or equal to the previous year’s highest aggregate score of the course or not too far above the highest score.

To maximise the likelihood of being posted to a course of your JAE choices, you should ensure that, for some of your selected courses, your net ELR2B2 aggregate score falls below the previous year’s highest aggregate scores of those courses.

I am an IP Year 4 student. Where can I find out about application/admission-related information?

I am an IP Year 4 student. Where can I find out about application/admission-related information?

Students who have completed Year 4 of the Integrated Programme (IP) in Singapore may apply through the Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE-Local).

I have obtained an IB Diploma. Where can I find out about application/admission-related information?

I have obtained an IB Diploma. Where can I find out about application/admission-related information?

Students who have completed Year 6 of the Integrated Programme (IP) in Singapore and have obtained an IB Diploma may apply through the Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE-Local). Students with IB Diploma may also apply for selected diploma courses which allow them to complete the course in 2 or 2.5 years, provided they meet the entry requirements.

I have received my GCE ‘A’ Level examination results. Where can I find out about application/admission-related information?

I have received my GCE ‘A’ Level examination results. Where can I find out about application/admission-related information?

You may apply through the Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE-Local). Students with GCE ‘A’ Level qualification may also apply for selected diploma courses which allow them to complete the course in 2 or 2.5 years, provided they meet the entry requirements.

Contact Details

For enquiries related to DAE (Foreign)

Email: isohotline@tp.edu.sg

 

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