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Overview

Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students may apply for admission through the following pathway:

 

Polytechnic Foundation Programme:
 

The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) is a one-year programme that offers a practice-oriented curriculum taught by polytechnic lecturers, to better prepare polytechnic-bound N(A) students for entry into the relevant Polytechnic Diploma courses. This is an alternative to the Sec 5 year.
 

For more information, access the PFP Admission Guide.

Who May Apply?

To be eligible to apply for the PFP, N(A) students must:
 

  1. Obtain ELMAB3 (English Language, Mathematics, Best 3 subjects) raw aggregate score of 12 points or better (excluding CCA bonus point) at the GCE N(A) Level examination; and
  2. Met the following subject-specific requirements:

 

For Courses featured in Group 1 Minimum Required Grades
English Language Syllabus A 3
Mathematics (Syllabus A / Additional) 3

One of the following relevant subjects:

  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Food and Nutrition / Nutrition and Food Science
  • Design and Technology
3
Any two other subjects excluding CCA 4

For Courses featured in Group 2 Minimum Required Grades
English Language Syllabus A 2
Mathematics (Syllabus A / Additional) 3

One of the following relevant subjects:
 

  • Principles of Accounts
  • Literature in English
  • History
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Geography)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, History)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in English)
  • Geography
  • Art
3
Any two other subjects excluding CCA 4

Below is an example of how aggregate score is computed:
 

Subjects Grades
English Language Syllabus A 2
Mathematics (Syllabus A / Additional) 3
Science (Physics, Chemistry) 1
Humanities (Social Studies, Geography) 2
Mother Tongue 2

Raw ELMAB3 Aggregate: 2+3+1+2+2 = 10

 

 

For N(A) students whom have sat for certain subject(s) in the GCE O Level examination, the following conversion matrix will be adopted during the computation of aggregate.
 

GCE O Level Grade Aggregate Point for PFP
A1 - B3 1
B4 - C6 2
D7 3

PFP Aggregate Range

The aggregate scores in the table below show the range of net ELMAB3 aggregate score of the students who were admitted to these courses through the 2023 Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) admission exercise. These aggregate scores are meant as a reference for applicants applying to these courses and do not constitute the admissions scores for subsequent admissions exercises.

 

Admission to a course is based on merit and subjected to the availability of vacancies.

School of Applied Science
 

Diploma Net ELMAB3 aggregate range from 2023 PFP

Chemical Engineering (T33)

3 - 9

Common Science Programme (T70)

5 - 6

Food, Nutrition & Culinary Science (T26)

3 - 6

Medical Biotechnology (T64)

3 - 5

Pharmaceutical Science (T25)

3 - 5

Veterinary Technology (T45)

4 - 5

School of Design
 

Diploma Net ELMAB3 aggregate range from 2023 PFP

Apparel Design & Merchandising (T20)

5 - 7

Common Design Programme (T71)

6 - 9

Communication Design (T59)

4 - 7

Digital Film & Television (T23)

3 - 7

Interior Architecture & Design (T22)

6 - 8

Product Experience & Design (T35)

7 - 8

School of Engineering
 

Diploma Net ELMAB3 aggregate range from 2023 PFP

Aerospace Electronics (T50)

3 - 9

Aerospace Engineering (T51)

4 - 10

Architectural Technology & Building Services (T29)

7 - 9

Aviation Management (T04)

3 - 8

Biomedical Engineering (T38)

3 - 7

Business Process & Systems Engineering (T43)

5 - 9

Common Engineering Programme (T56)

6 - 10

Computer Engineering (T13)

3 - 10

Electronics (T65)

6 - 11

Integrated Facility Management (T28)

9 - 11

Mechatronics (T66)

4 - 10

School of Informatics & IT
 

Diploma Net ELMAB3 aggregate range from 2023 PFP

Applied Artificial Intelligence (T69)

4 - 8

Big Data & Analytics (T60)

4 - 7

Common ICT Programme (T63)

5 - 8

Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics (T62)

5 - 7

Immersive Media & Game Development (T58)

8 - 8

Information Technology (T30)

5 - 7

School of Business
 

Diploma Net ELMAB3 aggregate range from 2023 PFP

Accountancy & Finance (T02)

4 - 6

Business (T10)

4 - 7

Common Business Programme (T01)

4 - 8

Communications & Media Management (T40)

4 - 6

Culinary & Catering Management (T18)

6 - 9

Hospitality & Tourism Management (T08)

3 - 7

International Trade & Logistics (T07)

7 - 9

Law & Management (T09)

3 - 5

Marketing (T67)

6 - 9

School of Humanities & Social Sciences
 

Diploma Net ELMAB3 aggregate range from 2023 PFP

Early Childhood Development & Education (T68)

5 - 10

Psychology Studies (T48)

4 - 6

Social Sciences in Gerontology (T53)

9 - 9

When and How to Apply

Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise will commence from 12 Jan 2023, 2pm to 17 Jan 2023, 4pm. Eligible candidates for the PFP will receive a copy of Form P, inviting them to apply for the PFP. 

 

Apply online at the Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise website.
 

In the application, applicants are allowed to submit up to 5 course choices for which the applicants are eligible for.
 

PFPAE Technical Assistance
 

For technical assistance, please send an email to help@pfp.polytechnic.edu.sg.

Posting Procedure

Applicants are posted to a course based on merit according to their net aggregate score (i.e. Raw ELMAB3 aggregate score - CCA Bonus Point).
 

Eligibility to apply for PFP does not guarantee placement in the programme. Student placed on the PFP may or may not be posted to the course of his/her choice, subject to competition based on merit and the availability of places.
 

Types of Bonus Points No. of Bonus Points Awarded
Grades of A1 - A2 / Excellent 2 points
Grades of B3 - C6 / Good 1 point

Posting Results and Appeal

Posting results:

Applicants will be able to check their posting results online at the Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise website on 26 Jan 2023, 2pm.

Applicants are required to indicate whether they wish to accept, reject or appeal for a change of course online by 31 Jan 2023, 4pm.

Enrolment Period: Successful PFP applicants will receive their e-enrolment packages via email by early March..
Enquiries related to PFPAE:

Appeal Period: PFP applicants who had participated in the PFP application exercise may submit their appeal for a change of course through Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise website  from 26 Jan 2023, 2pm to 31 Jan 2023, 4pm.
Additional Information on PFP Appeal
  • Successful appeal will supersede the initial PFP posted course (if any).
  • Processing of appeal is based on merit and subject to availability of vacancies.
Appeal Results

 

 

Medical Requirements & Support for Students with Special Educational Needs

Medical Requirements

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)

Part-Time ITE Certificate Holders & WSQ Diploma Holders

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?

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

T71

Common Design Programme

T59

Communication Design

T40

Communications & Media Management

T23

Digital Film & Television

T68

Early Childhood Development & Education*

T22

Interior Architecture & Design

T35

Product Experience & 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

Visit PFP FAQs at PFP Portal