Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) (N(A)) students who are eligible for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme will be invited to apply through the Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions 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:
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
Meet the following subject-specific requirements:
Here’s an example of how aggregate score is computed for a Group 2 course:
The Raw ELMAB3 Aggregate is therefore: 2+3+2+1+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.
All RP courses are offered for PFP. Visit our course page to find out which full-time diplomas come under Group 1 and Group 2 courses.
Here’s an overview of the entire PFPAE process:
All Sec 4N(A) students interested in applying for PFP will still need to progress to Sec 5 first even if they meet the eligibility criteria based on their N-Level results.
Eligibility to apply for PFP does not guarantee placement in the programme.
Report to school as per normal for your Sec 5 lessons. Continue to attend lessons until you are informed that your PFP application is successful.
If you are eligible for PFP, you will receive Form P through your school. The form will contain:
Instructions on how you can apply online for up to five polytechnic courses
Login details for the PFP application website
Check your posting results online at the Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise website.
You will need to either:
Accept the offer
Reject the offer and continue with Sec 5 or
Appeal for a change of PFP course
Please note that all postings are based on merit. Applicants with better aggregate scores will be considered for admission first, subject to the availability of vacancies in the selected course.
You should only withdraw from Sec 5 after you accept a PFP offer.
PFP begins for successful applicants. Visit our enrolment guide to get started on your fun and fulfilling RP experience!
The annual fees for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) for AY2023/AY2024 are:
* Fees for international students include GST. The Government will continue to absorb the GST payable by Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. All fees are subject to change as determined by Ministry of Education, Singapore
PFP students can also use funds in their Post Secondary Education Account (PSEA) Scheme to pay for PFP Fees.
Visit our financial support and scholarships & awards sections to find out more about the various schemes that can help with paying for your studies.
Note: Please note that eligibility to apply for PFP does not guarantee placement in the programme. Students 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.
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