SELECTION CRITERIA FOR GCE 'O' LEVEL HOLDERS - AGGREGATE COMPUTATION

Having met the entry requirements, an applicant will have to compete for limited course vacancies. Since 1995, the selection criteria for entry to Polytechnic courses has been ELR2B2, where:

EL

=

English Language

R2

=

Two relevant subjects

Four categories of courses: A, B, C and D

B2

=

Any two other subjects excluding CCA

For details on the subjects comprising R2, please refer to the table below.

R2 For Polytechnic Courses

GroupELR2B2-AELR2B2-B

1st Group of Relevant Subjects

  • Art / Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Combined Humanities
  • Commerce
  • Commercial Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Higher Art
  • Higher Music
  • History
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in English)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Chinese)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Malay)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Tamil)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, History)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Geography)
  • Intro to Enterprise Development
  • Literature in English
  • Literature in Chinese
  • Literature in Malay
  • Literature in Tamil
  • Media Studies (English)
  • Media Studies (Chinese)
  • Music
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
2nd Group of Relevant Subjects
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Art / Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Chinese
  • Combined Humanities
  • Commerce
  • Commerical Studies
  • Creative 3D Animation
  • Design & Technology
  • Design Studies
  • Economics
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Geography
  • Higher Art
  • Higher Chinese
  • Higher Malay
  • Higher Music
  • Higher Tamil
  • History
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in English)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Chinese)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Malay)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Tamil)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, History)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Geography)
  • Intro to Enterprise Development
  • Literature in English
  • Literature in Chinese
  • Literature in Malay
  • Literature in Tamil
  • Malay
  • Media Studies (English)
  • Media Studies (Chinese)
  • Music
  • Principles of Accounts
  • Tamil
  • Art / Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Combined Humanities
  • Commerce
  • Commercial Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Higher Art
  • Higher Music
  • History
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in English)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Chinese)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Malay)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in Tamil)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, History)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Geography)
  • Intro to Enterprise Development
  • Literature in English
  • Literature in Chinese
  • Literature in Malay
  • Literature in Tamil
  • Media Studies (English)
  • Media Studies (Chinese)
  • Music
  • Principles of Accounts
GroupELR2B2-CELR2B2-D
1st Group of Relevant Subjects
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
2nd Group of Relevant Subjects
  • Additional Combined Science
  • Additional Science
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Computing / Computer Studies
  • Creative 3D Animation
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Electronics / Fund. of Electronics
  • General Science
  • Human & Social Biology
  • Integrated Science
  • Physics / Engineering Science
  • Science (Chem, Bio)
  • Science (Phys, Bio)
  • Science (Phys, Chem) / Physical Science
  • Science (Phys, Chem, Bio)
  • Additional Combined Science
  • Additional Science
  • Art / Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Computing / Computer Studies
  • Creative 3D Animation
  • Design & Technology
  • Design Studies
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Electronics / Fund. of Electronics
  • General Science
  • Higher Art
  • Human & Social Biology
  • Integrated Science
  • Media Studies (English)
  • Media Studies (Chinese)
  • Physics / Engineering Science
  • Science (Chem, Bio)
  • Science (Phys, Bio)
  • Science (Phys, Chem) / Physical Science
  • Science (Phys, Chem, Bio)

The R2 or two relevant subjects will be selected for computation as depicted in the 'R2 for Polytechnic Courses' Table above. A first subject will be selected from the '1st Group of Relevant Subjects' and a second subject from the '2nd Group of Relevant Subjects', to comprise the two relevant subjects (R2) for the various categories of courses. An example of the ELR2B2 aggregate computation is shown below:

SubjectGrade

ELR2B2-A

ELR2B2-B

ELR2B2-C

ELR2B2-D

English3ELELELEL
Mathematics4 r1r1r1
Science (Phy / Chem)3b1b2r2r2
Food & Nutrition3b2   
Combined Humanities2r1r2b1b1
Chinese2r2b1b2b2
  13141414

Note:
EL: English
r1: the first relevant subject selected to comprise R2
r2: the second relevant subject selected to comprise R2
b1: the first best other subject selected to comprise B2
b2: the second best other subject selected to comprise B2

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