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Polytechnic Foundation Programme

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.

TP-PFP Outstanding Alumni and Award Recipients 

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.


At every TP graduation ceremony, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to the top three graduates of each diploma course. Since the first PFP@TP cohort graduated from TP in 2017, the programme is proud to have:



In 2020, four PFP alumni were among TP’s 11 prestigious Polytechnic-Level Awards recipients. Hear from our 4 recipients, Teo Xuan Ming, Clemens Choy, Aileen Tan and Pearlyn Tan on how PFP@TP was instrumental to their TP journey!

Teo Xuan Ming – Diploma in Financial Business Informatics

Recipient of The Lee Kuan Yew Award


A recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Award, Teo Xuan Ming’s interest in IT was sparked when he went through the Polytechnic Foundation Programme at TP. The eldest son of a mechanical engineer and a housewife, he was in the Normal (Academic) stream at Xinmin Secondary School. With his inclination for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, he decided to pursue the Diploma in Financial Business Informatics.


Recalling his PFP@TP journey, Xuan Ming said that his PFP@TP journey had helped him improve his research and reasoning skills, provided the foundational maths knowledge required for fundamental computational thinking, and developed his public speaking and presentation skills.


Xuan Ming also credits the PFP@TP programme for providing him with an opportunity to explore programming and discovering his passion for it. While serving an attachment with JP Morgan, Xuan Ming was commended for his exceptional resourcefulness and skill in conducting research and learning in a project at JP Morgan, where together with a software engineer, he worked to design and develop dashboard applications. Most importantly, Xuan Ming is thankful for how he was given a bunch of classmates and friends that he could count on for help in his IIT modules throughout his poly years, whom he continues to hang out nicely with even after his graduation!

Clemens Choy – Diploma in Communications and Media Management

Recipient of The Lee Kong Chian Award


A Lee Kong Chian Award winner with a Diploma in Communications & Media Management, Clemens entered Temasek Polytechnic through the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) in AY16/17 after his N Levels at Ngee Ann Secondary School.


Clemens indicated that he did not expect to receive the LKC award and was often thought of as a “carefree” student instead of a scholarly one. However he admits to a book-loving habit cultivated by his librarian parents and his grandfather’s collection of books. He enjoyed borrowing books from the TP library to gain new knowledge as a form of self-improvement.


Clemens spoke fondly of his PFP year which he said taught him how to have fun while learning. He added that opportunities such as being in charge of the sixth issue of the PFPipeline gave him confidence and a chance to gain leadership skills that was helpful in his internship in Year 3 with Youth SG, a website powered by youths of Singapore. He mentioned that while his resilience and constant hard work were keys to his success, he is grateful to his PFP lecturers who were passionate educators who guided him along the way.

Aileen Ooi – Diploma in Product and Industrial Design

Recipient of The Lee Kong Chian Award


A recipient of the distinguished Lee Kong Chian (LKC) award, Aileen was eager to join TP’s Diploma in Product and Industrial Design and chose to enrol in TP through the Polytechnic Foundation Programme after her N Levels at Kranji Secondary School in AY16/17.


Aileen expressed her gratitude for her teachers from PFP as they provided her with opportunities to contribute to different committees even as a PFP alumni. Her CCAs which also include Digital Media Crew and Graphic Design were also a big part of her journey in TP, cultivating independence and resourcefulness. Aileen noted that her participation in CCAs such as being a PFP Ambassador and part of TP Emcees had helped create many valuable connections with people in the industry. The networking enabled her to prepare herself for the industry and connect with unique job opportunities. 


However Aileen’s success was not just academics, as she also received various awards for her contribution and leadership in her CCAs such as the Temasek Student Excellence Awards in 2018 and 2019. One of her diploma projects also received the IKEA Young Designers Award! 

Pearlyn Tan – Diploma in Accounting & Finance

Recipient of The Ngee Ann Kongsi Most Outstanding Overcomer Award 


A recipient of the Ngee Ann Kongi Most Outstanding Overcomer Award, Pearlyn entered the Diploma in Accounting and Finance course in TP through the Polytechnic Foundation Programme after graduating from her N Levels at Pasir Ris Secondary School.


Pearlyn had just started her first year in her diploma programme when she suffered from Guillain Barre syndrome – a rare disorder where her body’s immune system attacks her nerves.


Through sheer grit and determination, Pearlyn graduates with an amazing cGPA of 3.97. Currently pursuing her Bachelor of Accounting at Nanyang Technological University, Pearlyn credits the PFP@TP with allowing her a better transition from secondary school to polytechnic. Pearlyn said that the business modules that she was taught during pfp provided her with a good foundation and stepping stone to her first year. She did not feel as lost, and felt more comfortable and confident going into her first year.


Summing up her PFP@TP experience, Pearlyn said, “The experience was really fulfilling and engaging. It provides the required knowledge for the transition to year 1 and it makes the process smoother and easier. The lecturers in PFP were very helpful and approachable, which makes the whole experience better!”

PFP Student Activities 

PFP Ambassadors Virtual Bonding Session

The PFP Ambassadors of AY2019/20 and AY2020/21 met virtually over Microsoft Teams as part of a PFP Ambassadors Virtual Bonding Session. During the session, the 35 incoming PFP Ambassadors of AY2020/21 were inducted into the PFP Ambassadors’ family. The PFP Ambassadors also took the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for a cohort wide distribution of an encouragement card to encourage and motivate the AY2020/21 batch of PFP students amidst a home based learning semester. 



PFP Funtastic 2019

Organised by the PFP Ambassadors for the AY2019/20 PFP cohort, the PFP FUNtastic was a 2 day day-camp organized in October 2019. Centred around the Fantastic 4 theme, teams were split and named after the 4 heroes; Reed, Storm, Grimm and Torch, where they squared off in grueling games such as Point to Point, Dodgeball, and the main highlight of the camp – the campus wide Scavenger Hunt.

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PFP Games Day 2019

The AY2019/20 PFP cohort came together to compete in an inter-class game of “Tchoukball” as part of their Fitness & Wellness lessons. The 13 PFP classes were split into 3 groups as they competed across 3 different courts. Each class was represented by a team of 7 members. The winning teams with the highest points from the play-offs then progressed to the semi-finals.


After a grueling and nail-biting final match, 1B1 emerged victorious. Brute strength is not the only reason that got 1B1 the gold medal. 1B1 players shared that their winning strategy was to revise their roster according to the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents in order to deter them (their opponents). They also took time to analyze their opponents and devised their own strategy to position their own members for defence.


What a great display of teamwork! 

Our Pioneer Batch

The Centre for Foundation Studies is proud to share that our pioneer batch of PFP students has completed their diploma programmes with stellar results. We have:

  • 1 winner of The Lee Kuan Yew Award
  • 41 graduands with Diploma With Merit
  • 7 Gold, 7 Silver and 3 Bronze Award winners



Scroll down or click here for more details of their achievements, and their reflections on their time in TP.

"PFP definitely helped me achieve my goals. Not only did it allow me to adapt to the lifestyle changes from secondary school to polytechnic, it also taught me many relevant and important skills that would give me a head start as compared to my peers who took O levels in my diploma.
The best advice I can give to PFP juniors is to make as many friends as you can! They will stay with you throughout your entire polytechnic life. Grab all the opportunities given to you – they will benefit you in the long run!"


• Lee Kuan Yew Award 2017
• IBM Singapore Course Gold Medal
• IMDA Excellence Award
Diploma in Cyber & Digital Security
(School of Informatics and IT)  

"PFP has successfully inculcated essential skills such as research and writing, and allowed me to better handle my projects and assignments. More importantly, I made many friends in PFP, and that sense of camaraderie is invaluable. These helped me time and time again in riding out the tougher periods of my diploma program.

Remember that in this one year, you are practically very well supported. After you complete PFP, it will become even more competitive and rigorous. So breathe. Take it all in. Try out something new and don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone. Be very willing to learn and remember to play as hard as you learn."

ACCA Singapore Course Gold Medal
Diploma in Accounting & Finance
(School of Business)

"Having learnt the basics of certain modules in PFP, it has definitely provided a smoother transition into our official polytechnic years. Furthermore, along with the patient guidance of our PFP teachers, it helped us to grasp what we are learning faster and easier. Therefore, with a head-start into the poly life, I certainly have a competitive edge against my fellow peers.

Be 'kiasu' and do not be afraid to ask when in doubt. Learning your foundations right would help you greatly when you progress into your diploma years. Also, dare to participate and try all the activities PFP got to offer."

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Course Silver Medal
Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Management
(School of Business)

"PFP has helped me build the foundation I needed for my diploma, as some of the subjects I had taken in PFP helped me immensely when I went to the diploma programme. Research and Reasoning is one of the most useful subjects I've taken, as it taught me to do research and write critically. This was very important as my diploma was focused on research and if you wish to go to university, strong research skills will be needed. PFP also prepared me for poly life, as I learnt how to cope with studies better as they come.

Take advantage of the opportunities you get in PFP. You get a year's head start, so take this year to adjust to poly life accordingly, because PFP gives you one of the most balanced schedules you'll ever get here. Work hard and ensure your grades are good so that you can keep up the momentum towards your diploma programme. The lecturers are nice and willing to help, so take advantage of this! Lastly, be prepared for what's to come and never give up."


Zurich Insurance Singapore Course Silver Medal
Gerontological Management Studies
(School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

"PFP sets a solid foundation for my studies in the coming diploma programme. The modules that I have learnt throughout the diploma course are relatable to those in PFP.

Although your results in PFP do not affect you in your diploma programme, you should not be complacent and lazy. Paying attention in PFP has most certainly and definitely helped me to cope with my studies."

Thales Course Bronze Medal
Aerospace Electronics
(School of Engineering)

"After graduating from PFP, I felt more prepared and confident as I embarked my journey in my diploma course. PFP allowed me to adapt to the polytechnic lifestyle one year in advance as compared to others. The programme also lays a strong foundation in Language and Mathematics. With that, I was able to score in various modules, such as Engineering Math.

Work hard, Play Hard. Enjoy PFP as it is only going to last for one year."

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Course Silver Medal
Aviation Management & Services
(School of Engineering)

"PFP was a great transitional phase from secondary school to tertiary education. It provided me with fundamental knowledge on design, which is relevant and helpful till today.

Do not be afraid to speak up in class and during presentations!"

Comwerks Course Silver Medal
Communication Design
(School of Design)

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