What is the Polytechnic Foundation Programme?

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 this programme, you will be offered a provisional place in SP. This means that you will need to pass a set of modules in your foundation year in order to progress onto the first year of your diploma course. But not to worry as there will be a dedicated team of SP lecturers who will do their best to help you excel during your foundation year.

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Why should you take up the PFP in SP?

Broad-based and practice-oriented curriculum
Enjoy interesting and relevant subjects!
A vibrant campus environment
You bet! We are constantly upgrading our environment to instil 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!
Over 100 Co-Curricular Activities
Whether you prefer sports, music or arts, there is definitely a CCA that will interest you.

I applied to join Singapore Polytechnic under PFP because this is a unique poly experience that will help me to learn, grow and develop my full potential.

The best thing about PFP is the chance to experience the poly learning route without having to take the ‘O’ levels.

The foundation modules were really useful when I started my diploma course.

My passion for tinkering with robots motivated me to apply for PFP at Singapore Polytechnic.

My experience in PFP was an extraordinary one.

 

Besides skipping the ‘O’ levels, I got to experience a vibrant polytechnic life - attending classes independently and picking up new skills in various CCAs.

Since secondary school, I had always done well and liked Principles Of Accounting so I knew I wanted to pursue accountancy.

Through PFP, I have developed a strong foundation for my course and also made many great friends along the way!

Looking back, I am more than glad I made the choice to join PFP!

 

Calling all 'N' LEVEL (Academic) Students

Here Is Your Opportunity To Join 
Singapore Polytechnic – Singapore’s First Poly.
 

The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) provides a pathway for you to join SP right after your ‘N’ level examinations if you meet the necessary criteria. At SP, we have tailored a unique learning experience that will help you achieve your aspirations, bringing you a step closer to your dream.

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How do I apply

for the PFP?


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 six 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 here

When will I be informed

of the application outcomes?


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.

How to know If You’re Eligible?


Raw ELMAB3 aggregate score at the GCE ‘N’ Levels of 12 points or better.

ELMAB3 = English Language + Mathematics + Best 3 subjects (which also include one of the relevant subjects based on either Group 1 or Group 2 courses)


Group 1 Group 2 Entry Requirements SUBJECT SUBJECT GRADE GRADE English Language Syllabus A 3 Mathematics (Syllabus A /Additional) 3 One of the following subjects: 3 • Food and Nutrition • Design & Technology • Science (Chemistry/Biology) • Science (Physics/Biology) • Science (Physics/Chemistry) Any two other subjects (excl.CCA) 3 English Language Syllabus A 2 Mathematics (Syllabus A /Additional) 3 One of the following subjects: 3 • Art • Combined Humanities • Geography • History • Literature in English Any two other subjects (excl. CCA) 3 • Principles of Accounts Applies To: All Diploma Courses offered for PFP Except Those Listed in Group 2 Applies To: Accountancy, Business Administration, Banking & Finance, Common Business Programme, Human Resource Management with Psychology, Applied Drama & Psychology, Creative Writing for TV & New Media and Media & Communication.

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

 


Take Note...

1. 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.

2. 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
A1 - B31
B4 - C62
D73

Medical requirements of courses in SP


CodeCourseMedical Requirements
S88Aeronautical EngineeringIt should be noted that applicants particularly those who wish to pursue a career as a Licensed Aircraft Engineer (LAE) who have severe colour vision deficiency, uncontrolled epilepsy and hearing deficiency may encounter difficulties meeting the course requirements and expectation. Interested applicants with mild deficiencies in these areas are advised to contact Singapore Polytechnic for consultation.
S90Aerospace Electronics
S99Electrical & Electronic EngineeringIt should be noted that applicants, particularly those who wish to pursue a career in electrical power engineering or as a Licensed Electrical Worker (LEW), with colour vision deficiency may encounter difficulties meeting the course requirements and expectation, as normal colour vision is required by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) of Singapore. Those with mild colour deficiency are required to undergo an in-house test. Interested applicants with this condition are highly encouraged to contact Singapore Polytechnic for more information.
S63Marine EngineeringAll applicants must pass the colour vision test as per The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
S67OptometryApplicants with severe vision impairment may encounter difficulties meeting the course requirements and expectations. Please refer to the Ministry of Health (MOH) website on "Fitness to Practice" for registered Optometrists. Interested applicants with this condition are highly encouraged to contact Singapore Polytechnic for more information.

Tuition Fees & Financial Assistance

The annual tuition fees for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme for AY2018 are as follows:


NationalityPFP Fees per Student
Singapore CitizensS$430.55
Permanent ResidentsS$2,372.65
International Students*S$9,756.65

*Fees for International students include GST. The Government will continue to absorb the GST payable by Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.

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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What will you learn?


SP PROGRAMME STRUCTURESP SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY TRACK #SP NON-SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY TRACK *
EnglishFoundation Language & Communication Skills Culture, Aesthetics & SocietyFoundation Language & Communication Skills Culture, Aesthetics & Society
MathematicsFoundation MathematicsFoundation Mathematics
Domain ClusterPhysics
Application Science
Fundamentals of Innovation Design
Fundamentals of Information Technology
Science for Everyday Living
Fundamentals of Enterprise Development
Fundamentals of Information Technology
General EducationActive & Effective CitizenryActive & Effective Citizenry
SportsSports for LifeSports for Life

# Science & Technology Track
* Non-Science & Technology Track

SP Diploma Courses offered under the PFP

School of Architecture and the Built Environment

  • Architecture#
  • Civil Engineering with Business#
  • Facilities Management#
  • Integrated Events & Project Management#
  • Landscape Architecture#

# Science & Technology Track
^ Non-Science & Technology Track

SP School of Business

  • Accountancy^
  • Banking & Finance^
  • Business Administration^
  • Common Business Programme ^
  • Financial Informatics ^
  • Human Resource Management with Psychology^

# Science & Technology Track
^ Non-Science & Technology Track

School of Chemical and Life Sciences

  • Applied Chemistry#
  • Biomedical Science#
  • Biotechnology#
  • Chemical Engineering#
  • Food Science & Technology#
  • Nutrition, Health & Wellness#
  • Optometry#
  • Perfumery & Cosmetic Science#

# Science & Technology Track
^ Non-Science & Technology Track

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
School of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering

  • Aeronautical Engineering#
  • Aerospace Electronics#
  • Bioengineering#
  • Common Engineering Programme#
  • Computer Engineering#
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering#
  • Engineering with Business#
  • Mechanical Engineering#
  • Mechatronics & Robotics#

# Science & Technology Track
^ Non-Science & Technology Track

School of Computing

  • Common Infocomm Technology Programme# 
  • Infocomm Security Management#
  • Infocomm Technology#

# Science & Technology Track
^ Non-Science & Technology Track

Media, Arts & Design School

  • Applied Drama & Psychology ^
  • Creative Writing for TV & New Media ^
  • Digital Animation ^
  • Game Design & Development ^
  • Experience & Communication Design ^
  • Media and Communication ^
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics^

# Science & Technology Track
^ Non-Science & Technology Track

Singapore Maritime Academy

  • Marine Engineering#
  • Maritime Business^

# Science & Technology Track
^ Non-Science & Technology Track

Top FAQs

How do I apply for the PFP?

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 six 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 here.

When will I be informed of the application outcomes?

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.

Do my CCA bonus points count towards my posting?

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

How are students assessed during the PFP?

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.

Are students allowed to transfer to a different pre-selected diploma course during or after the PFP?

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

Can PFP students progress to the local universities?

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.