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Course Overview


The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP@TP) is a one-year programme provided by the Centre for Foundation Studies to provide a head start for the top Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students at the Singapore-Cambridge GCE N(A) Level Examinations in Temasek Polytechnic. Instead of taking the GCE O Level Examinations in Secondary 5, eligible students can join PFP@TP before admission to their pre-selected diploma courses.

The PFP curriculum consists of five common subjects and two domain cluster subjects each semester. PFP students go through a modular credit system, where credit units are awarded for every subject they complete.

The PFP curriculum follows Temasek Polytechnic’s academic calendar, which runs in two semesters. Lessons are conducted in small groups.


View the brochure for essential information about the programme.

Entry Requirements

Secondary 4 N(A) students who are eligible for the PFP will be invited to apply through the Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admission Exercise (PFPAE) in January.


They should first progress to Secondary 5 before the commencement of the application process.

Eligible N(A) students who have done well for Singapore-Cambridge GCE N(A) Level examination will be invited to apply for the Polytechnic Diploma courses of their choice under PFP.

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. Meet 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
  • Design and Technology
Any two other subjects excluding CCA 3


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
Any two other subjects excluding CCA 3

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)


Humanities (Social Studies, Geography)

Humanities (Social Studies, History)

Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in English)

Mother Tongue 2

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



For N(A) students who 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

What You'll Learn

PFP@TP offers a practice-oriented curriculum specially designed to:


  • Lay a strong foundation through applied and group-based learning
  • Provide students a foretaste of chosen diplomas
  • Enable an encouraging and nurturing transition to tertiary education
  • Develop self-directedness in learning and desired real world competencies

Assessments & Academic Progression

How you will be assessed?


How do you progress to Year 1 of the diploma course?

To progress to Year 1

  • You must pass all modules of the PFP
  • You must work consistently and put in your best effort during PFP

NB: You are not allowed to repeat PFP

The following will be in place to help you:

 Academic Support

  • Appropriate learning support will be provided to students who require additional help
  • Intervention measures will be implemented for those who are at risk

 Learning Experience

  • Facilities and resources to provide an applied learning and engaging curriculum
  • Opportunities to acquire good study habits as well as 21st century competencies


  • Important information will be disseminated through different communications platforms
  • Partnerships between parents/guardians and faculty will be established
  • Close monitoring and feedback throughout the semester of academic progress

Click here to view the list of courses available after your PFP completion.

Course Review

At TP, we strongly believe in providing our students with a well-rounded educational experience that also contributes to their personal enrichment. PFP students can look forward to a range of out-of-class activities, designed to enhance what they experience in class and to encourage interaction with other PFP students.

In this section, we are proud to showcase our PFP students – past and present – and their achievements.

Learn more about our student achievements here.


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Course Schedule

The following tables reflect the course structure for Semester 1 and Semester 2 in the individual schools. Click here to download this information from our PFP Brochure.

Semester One:

semester 1

Semester Two:

semester 2

Online application will commence on the same day as the release of the Singapore - Cambridge GCE 'O' Level examination results. Application will be held over a period of 5 calendar days.

Selection Process

Applicants are posted to a course based on merit according to their raw aggregate scores minus CCA bonus point. Applicants with better net aggregate scores will be considered for admission first, subject to the availability of vacancies in the selected course.

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



Posting results:

Applicants will be able to check their posting results online at the Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise website.

Student will be required to indicate whether they wish to accept, reject or appeal for a change of course.

Enquiries related to PFPAE:

Read the list of FAQs available at the Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise website.

Send an email to help-pfp@polytechnic.edu.sg.

Enrolment Period: Successful PFP applicants will receive their enrolment packages by early March.
Special Educational Needs Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) applying for a course in TP can contact Admissions Office at 6788 2000 or email us at admissions@tp.edu.sg for course advisement.
Medical Requirements: Information on Medical Requirements can be found here.

Course Fees

For more information on course fees, please click here.





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Contact Details for Admission & Application Enquiries:

Tel: 67802000

Email: admissions@tp.edu.sg

  • 67804220
  • 8.30 am to 6.00 pm (Mon to Thu) 8.30 am to 5.30 pm (Fri) Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays
  • Website: https://www.tp.edu.sg/centre-for-foundation-studies
  • Centre for Foundation Studies
    Temasek Polytechnic
    Block 13, Level 3, Unit 81, (Near Lift Lobby E)
    21 Tampines Ave 1
    Singapore 529757

  • Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.

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