What is the

The PFP is a one-year programme specially designed for the top 'N' Level (Academic) cohort. Instead of continuing with your 'O' Level examinations in Secondary 5, you can join SP as part of this programme to prepare yourself for your pre-selected diploma course.

When you enrol in the programme, you get a provisional place in SP, which means that you will need to pass a set of modules in the foundation year in order to progress onto the first year of your diploma course. But not to worry, you will be guided by a dedicated team of SP lecturers who will do their best to help you excel during the foundation year.


You will go through a one-year practice-oriented curriculum based on the track of the pre-selected diploma course.

English Foundation Language & Communication Skills
Culture, Aesthetics & Society
Mathematics Foundation Mathematics
Domain Cluster Physics Science for Everyday Living
Application Science Fundamentals of Enterprise Development
Engineering & Technology Project
General Education Active & Effective Citizenry
Sports Sports for Life
You should have heard from your seniors who are studying or have studied in SP how they have benefited from this unique learning journey. What makes us special?

  • Broad-based and practice-oriented curriculum
    Enjoy interesting and relevant subjects!
  • A vibrant campus environment
    You bet! We are constantly upgrading our environment to instill the mood to excel in you.
  • Design Thinking (DT)
    This is a new method of learning and teaching where you explore creative ways to develop solutions to your coursework or projects. SP is the only polytechnic to offer Design Thinking as part of the teaching of core subjects.
  • Small group teaching
    No one is left out.
  • Out-of-classroom experience
    Field trips, industry visits, workshops, and more.
  • Leadership camps
    We give you opportunities to be a leader.
  • Sports for Life programme
    We help you to develop a love for sports.
  • Personal tutor network and buddy system
    If you encounter problems, your personal tutor or senior students are always there to guide and motivate you. You are never alone in your SP journey.
  • Scholarships and awards
    Your hard work will be recognised and rewarded!
  • Close to 120 Co-Curricular Activities
    Whether you prefer sports, music or arts, there is definitely a CCA that will interest you.
  • Raw ELMAB3 aggregate score at the GCE N level of 11 points or better.
  • ELMAB3 = English Language + Mathematics + Best 3 subjects (which also include one of the relevant subjects based on either the Science & Technology or non- Science & Technology courses).


Subject Grade
English Language Syllabus A 3
Mathematics (Syllabus A/Additional) 3
One of the following subjects:
Food and Nutrition
Design & Technology
Science (Chemistry/Biology)
Science (Physics/Biology)
Science (Physics/Chemistry)
Any two other subjects (excl. CCA) 3

Applies to: All SP Diploma Courses (except Accountancy, Business Administration, Business Innovation and Design, Banking & Finance, Human Resource Management with Psychology and Tourism & Resort Management)

Subject Grade
English Language Syllabus A 2
Mathematics (Syllabus A/Additional) 3
One of the following subjects:
Combined Humanities
Literature in English
Principles of Accounts
Any two other subjects (excl. CCA) 3

Applies to: Accountancy, Business Administration, Business Innovation and Design, Banking & Finance, Human Resource Management with Psychology and Tourism & Resort Management

Computation of Aggregate Scores
The following combinations of results can be used to compute the aggregate score:
  • GCE 'N(A)' level only
  • GCE 'N(A)' level + GCE 'O' level


1. GCE 'O' level grades are converted to their 'N(A)' level grades using a conversion table set up by the Ministry of Education and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board:

"O" level Grade "N(A)" level Converted Score/Points
A1 - B3 1
B4 - C6 2
D7 3

*For the PFP, 'O' level grades of E8 and F9 will not be considered.

How to apply?

Students who are interested in applying to the PFP should first progress to Secondary 5 next year. Upon the release of the GCE 'O'-Level results in January, eligible N(A) students will receive a copy of Form P through their schools, inviting them to apply for the Polytechnic Diploma courses of their choice under the PFP.

Applications for the PFP will commence after the release of the GCE 'O'-Level results, at the same time as the annual Joint Admissions Exercise. A successful applicant will be posted to the corresponding PFP for the Diploma course that he/she has been offered a place in.

Application results will be released by end-January. Students should only withdraw from Secondary 5 after they have accepted a PFP offer.

Medical requirements of courses in SP
Code Course Medical Requirements
S88 Aeronautical Engineering Do not suffer from colour appreciation or hearing deficiency.
S90 Aerospace Electronics
S64 Applied Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Science Do not suffer from colour appreciation deficiency.
S98 Biomedical Science Do not suffer from colour appreciation deficiency.
S72 Biotechnology
S70 Chemical Engineering
S45 Energy Systems and Management Do not suffer from colour appreciation or hearing deficiency.
S53 Computer Engineering Applicants suffering from impairments must be prepared for interviews and undergo any manual dexterity or aptitude tests.
S99 Electrical & Electronic Engineering Do not suffer from colour appreciation deficiency.
S47 Food Science & Technology
S63 Marine Engineering
S39 Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Applicants with colour appreciation deficiency will be required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for the course.
Tuition Fees & Financial Assistance

The annual tuition fees for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme for AY2016 are as follows:
Nationality PFP Fees per Student
Singapore Citizens S$340
Permanent Residents S$2250
International students S$9000

*Note: The above tuition fee per student has not factored in GST.

Various forms of financial support are available to SP students, to help them pay for tuition fees and with daily living expenses.

PFP students can also use funds in their Post Secondary Education Account (PSEA) to pay for tuition fees and other approved charges for enrichment programmes.

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Top FAQs

All Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who intend to apply for the PFP should progress to Secondary 5 in January, even if they have met the PFP eligibility criteria based on their 'N'-Level results in December.

The PFP application window will open in mid-January for five calendar days, starting on the day of the release of the 'O'-Level Examination results. On the day of the release of the 'O'-Level Examination results, schools will issue an eligibility form to PFP-eligible students. The form contains a PFP PIN, which will allow students to log onto the PFP application website. Applications should be submitted online at https://pfp.polytechnic.edu.sg/PFP/pfp_application.html.

You will be notified via SMS when the posting results are ready, shortly after the end of the application period. You should then log into the PFP website to check the outcome of your application. All students who have been offered a place must indicate their acceptance within 3 days of the posting results. Students who have accepted a place in the PFP will not be provided a place in Secondary 5.

Yes. CCA bonus points are deducted from your ELMAB3 aggregate when you are considered for posting to a PFP course.

Assessment during the PFP will comprise coursework assignments, projects, class tests and/or end-of-semester examinations, to ensure that students will be able to cope with the rigour of the diploma course. Upon passing all PFP modules, students will be admitted to the first year of their pre-selected polytechnic courses.

Students are strongly encouraged to continue with the pre-selected diploma course which they are enrolled in.

All polytechnic graduates, including PFP students, may apply to the local universities upon completion of their polytechnic diploma. Applicants will be assessed based on their academic results, performance during the PFP (in lieu of the GCE 'O'-Levels), as well as any other academic and non-academic achievements presented for admission.

Interviews and aptitude tests may also be administered by the universities to which the students apply.


Course counselling will be available during Singapore Polytechnic's Open House /Joint Admissions Exercise(JAE) 2017.

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