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Admission Guide for Sec 4N(A) Students

Polytechnic Foundation Programme

The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) is a one-year programme that offers a practice-oriented curriculum to better prepare you for a polytechnic education. Instead of preparing for your ‘O’ Levels, you can make full use of that time to get a head-start in polytechnic life and gain insights into our unique Problem-based Learning model. What’s more, the PFP serves as an alternative route for you to gain direct entry into Republic Polytechnic!

For Who

You qualify for the PFP Admissions Exercise if you are a Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) student who has attained an ELMAB3 (English Language, Mathematics, Best 3 other subjects) aggregate score of 11 points or better, excluding CCA Bonus Points based on the following examination results:

  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘N(A)' Level results of 2017, or
  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘N(A)' Level results of 2017 and Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ Level results of 2017

If you have sat for subjects in the GCE ‘O’ Level examinations in addition to the subjects in your GCE ‘N(A)’ Level examinations, the ELMAB3 aggregate score will be computed based on your examination results for your ‘O’ Level subjects.

Application Process

If you are eligible to participate in the PFPAE, your school will issue you a Form P on the day of the release of the GCE 'O' Level Examination results. The form contains a PFP PIN which allows you to log onto the PFPAE Portal.

You can then apply online through the PFPAE Portal.

Understanding Form P

Here’s a quick guide to interpreting your Form P.

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Useful Application Tips:

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Important Dates

If you are eligible for the PFPAE and your school has issued you a Form P, you can apply through PFPAE Portal tentatively from 12 January 2018, 2:00pm to 17 January 2018, 4:00pm.

PFP results will be released on 22 January 2018, 2:00pm. The acceptance phase and centralised appeals will be carried out from 22 January 2018, 2:00pm to 23 January 2018, 4:00pm.

If you are successful in your application, you will be required to indicate acceptance of the posting within three working days of the posting results via the PFPAE Portal. Once accepted, you will be withdrawn from Secondary 5.

Upon receiving the PFPAE posting results, if you want to appeal for a transfer to another polytechnic course, you may submit an online appeal via the PFPAE Appeal Exercise for polytechnic courses. You do not need to submit a separate appeal to the individual polytechnics.

Successful candidates are required to take part in the one-year corresponding Foundation Programme for the diploma that they have been offered a provisional place in. The programme will commence in April.

Find Out More

If you need more information about this exercise, visit the PFP Portal.
To find more about other admissions exercises, visit