Other Qualifications

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  • Applicants holding international qualifications can apply to our full-time diploma courses.
  • To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must meet the Minimum Entry Requirements (MER). For more information on the MER, please refer to the "Minimum Entry Requirements" tab.
  • For the list of courses requiring medical check-up or specific tests, please click here.
  • Admission to RP is based on academic merit and subject to available vacancies of our diploma programmes. Meeting the MER does not guarantee that applicants will be offered a placement in the diploma programme. These requirements are set in place to ensure fairness to all applicants
  • Shortlisted applicants may be evaluated further through an assessment or interview to determine their suitability for the diploma courses
  • Interested applicants are to submit an online application through the Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE) when the application window opens. Applicants are required to upload soft copies of their:
    • Identification Document
    • Result Slip(s)
    • Other Supporting Documents

Conditions for Admissions
   
  • Applicants must read the terms and conditions.
  • Applicants must provide all supporting documents.
  • Applicants are admitted to the Polytechnic based on the specified assessment criteria.
  • Applicants must provide true and accurate information in the application forms, including a full declaration of any medical condition or disability.
  • Shortlisted applicants may be required to sit for an entrance test as part of the evaluation procedures to determine their suitability for the diploma courses.
  • International applicants must comply with the instructions to apply and collect the Student’s Pass issued by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) before they start their enrolment procedures with the Polytechnic.
  • If any of the above conditions are not met, RP reserves the right to:
    • rescind an offer of admission to any applicant;
    • report the applicant to authorities for wrongful declaration and
    • disallow the applicant from continuing with the admission process

The minimum requirement for entry into RP's 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 (MER) listed under the following Country Requirement are eligible to apply for a course of study with RP.

Note: Students with international qualifications are required to submit valid IELTS or TOEFL results except for the following group of students with Cambridge O-level equivalent qualifications:

  • IGCSE (English as a 1st Language)

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • Malaysia (UEC / SPM)

  • Brunei (GCE – Ordinary Levels)

Acceptable IELTS min score: 6 for all individual components and overall band score; TOEFL min score: 78

The IELTS Indicator and TOEFL iBT ® Special Home Edition are also accepted.

GCSE/IGCSE

• Same MER as GCE O-levels
• Minimum Entry Requirements for specific courses. Refer to here for the list of courses and their MER.
• GCSE/IGCSE Grades A to C is comparable to GCE O-levels Grades 1 to 6, and IGCSE/GCSE Grade D is comparable to GCE O-levels Grade 7.
• New GCSE/IGCSE Grades 9 to 4 is comparable to GCE O-levels Grades 1 to 6, and IGCSE/GCSE Grade 3 is comparable to GCE O-levels Grade 7.
• For IGCSE, only English taken as First Language will be considered. 

Note:

• GCSE / IGCSE qualifications from Cambridge, Edexcel, Oxford AQA are accepted.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

 All requirements are for Standard Level
• English: minimum grade 5
• Mathematics: minimum grade 5
• 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: minimum grade 5 

BRUNEI

General Certificate of Education - Ordinary Levels 

• Same MER as GCE O-levels
• Minimum Entry Requirements for specific courses. Refer to here for the list of courses and their MER.

CHINA

 National College Entrance Examination (NCEE) (Gao Kao, 高考)*

• English: Min. 60%
• Mathematics: Min. 60%
• 1 relevant subject or 1/2 best subjects (where applicable): Min. 60%

*Applications only open to applicants holding the most recent NCEE results, i.e AY2021 intake is only open to applicants with Year 2020 NCEE results

INDIA

Secondary School Certificate from Examination Boards including:
   
  • Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) 
  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
  • Indian Secondary School Certificate (ISSC)
  • Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC)

• English: Min. 70% or C
• Mathematics: Min. 70% or C
• 1 relevant subject and 1 - 2 best subjects (where applicable): Min. 70% or C 

Higher Secondary Certificate

• English: Min. 70% or C
• Mathematics: Min. 70% or C
• 1 relevant subject and 1 - 2 best subjects (where applicable): Min. 70% or C

INDONESIA

National Final Evaluation Examinations: Ujian Akhir Nasional (UAN) Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) SMU Ebtanas


• English: Min. Grade 7
• Mathematics: Min. Grade 7
• 1 other relevant and 1 best subject: Min. Grade 7

MALAYSIA

 Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)

• Same MER as GCE O-levels
• SPM Grades A+ to C are comparable to GCE O-levels Grades 1 - 6
• UEC Grades A1 to C8 are comparable to GCE O-levels Grades 1 - 6
• Minimum Entry Requirements for specific courses. Refer to here for the list of courses and their MER.

MYANMAR

 Basic Education High School (BEHS)

• English: Min. 70%
• Mathematics: Min. 70%
• 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Min. 70%

PHILIPPINES

 High School Diploma

• English: Min. 85%
• Mathematics: Min. 85%
• 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Min. 85%

SRI LANKA

 Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education – Ordinary Level Examination 

• English: Min. 70% or C
• Mathematics: Min. 70% or C
• 1 relevant subject and 2 best subjects: Min. 70% or C

Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education – Advanced Level Examination

• English: Min. 70% or C
• Mathematics: Min. 70% or C
• 1 relevant subject and 2 best subjects: Min. 70% or C

VIETNAM

 Year 12 with High School Graduation Certificate of National Examination

• English: Min. Grade 7
• Mathematics: Min. Grade 7
• 1 other relevant and 2 best subjects: Min. Grade 7

HONG KONG

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

• Scores should be similar to those of the 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

USA

Year 12 High School Diploma

• English: Min. Grade B
• Mathematics: Min. Grade B
• 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Min. Grade B

THAILAND

Mathayom 6

• English: Min. Grade 3.0 (70%)
• Mathematics: Min. Grade 3.0 (70%)
• 1 other relevant and 2 best subjects: Min. Grade 3.0 (70%)

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

Other International Qualifications

Assessed on a case-by-case basis but should generally have the following:

Completed Year 12 of High School with
• English: Min. Grade B
• Mathematics: Min. Grade B
• 1 other relevant and 2 best subjects: Min. Grade B

For Returning Singaporeans and PRs only:
Returning Singaporeans and PRs are required to have completed at least Year 10 of High School with:
• English: Min. Grade B
• Mathematics: Min. Grade B
• 1 relevant and 2 best subjects: Min. Grade B