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.

 

 

Why should you take up the PFP in SP?

Broad-based and practice-oriented curriculum
Build a strong foundation in English Language, Mathematics and Science and you are ready for a seamless integration into the course of your study.
A vibrant campus environment
You bet! We are constantly upgrading our environment to instil the mood to excel in you.
Design Thinking (DT)
You will learn the elements of Design Thinking using designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.
Small group teaching
No one is left out.
Out-of-classroom experience
Enhance learning with field trips, learning journeys, workshops, active learning and more.
Leadership camps
Foster friendship and bonding in an outdoor camp to build your leadership skills.
Sports for Life programme
We help you to develop a love for sports.
Personal tutor network and buddy system
Your personal tutor or senior students are always there to offer pastoral care and guidance when you encounter problems.
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.

Nazran Sufardi Bin Rendra
Diploma in Chemical Engineering

My PFP experience was nothing short of amazing. Besides gaining a strong academic foundation, the industry visits, learning activities in class, leadership opportunities, inspiring lecturers and friendships forged made the experience a memorable one.

Chong Pei En
Diploma in Integrated & Project Management

I was interested in the Diploma in Integrated Events & Project Management course after attending SP Open House in secondary four. I jumped at the opportunity to apply for the course through the PFP and it definitely made the transition from secondary school to poly easier for me. I met great friends and had the opportunity to hone my presentation and leadership skills as well. 

Garry Teo
Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering

I've always had interest in aeronautical engineering since secondary school. Witnessing first-hand SP's vast Aerohub during the Open House blew my mind! SP also has a strong reputation in engineering, and that made me determined to pursue PFP with SP. My PFP year was full of learning opportunities - I joined a CCA and participated in the Overseas Community involvement Programme.

 

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 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  here

When will I be informed of the application outcomes?

You should 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; and
  • The subject-specific requirements listed in Group 1 and/or Group 2

ELMAB3 = English Language + Mathematics + Best 3 subjects


Eligibility Criteria

Group 1

SubjectGrade
English Language Syllabus A3
Mathematics (Syllabus A / Additional)3

One of the following subjects:

  • Food and Nutrition / Nutrition and Food Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Science (Chemistry / Biology)
  • Science (Physics / Biology)
  • Science (Physics / Chemistry)
3
Any two other subjects (excl. CCA)3
Applies To: All Diploma Courses offered for PFP except those listed in Group 2.

Group 2

SubjectGrade
English Language Syllabus A2
Mathematics (Syllabus A / Additional)3

One of the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Geography
  • History
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Geography)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, History)
  • Humanities (Social Studies, Literature in English)
  • Literature in English
  • Principles of Accounts
3
Any two other subjects (excl. CCA)3
Applies To: Accountancy, Business Administration, Banking & Finance,
Common Business Programme, Human Resource Management with Psychology
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 GradeAggregate Point for PFP
A1 - B31
B4 - C62
D73

Tuition Fees & Financial Assistance

The annual tuition fees for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme for AY2023 are as follows:

NationalityPFP Fees per Student
Singapore CitizensS$340
Permanent ResidentsS$3,000
International Students*S$10,640

*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.

Click here  to find out more.


What will you learn?


SP PROGRAMME STRUCTURESP SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY TRACK #SP NON-SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY TRACK *
EnglishFoundation Language & Communication Skills
Foundation Language & Communication Skills
MathematicsFoundation MathematicsFoundation Mathematics
Domain ClusterPhysics
Application Science
Introduction to Technical Solutions
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 Curriculum Track
* Non-Science & Technology Curriculum Track

SP Diploma Courses offered under the PFP

The "Net ELMAB3 Range for PFP2023" in the table below shows the net ELMAB3 aggregate of the highest to lowest-ranked students who were admitted to these courses in the 2023 PFP Admissions Exercise.


School of Architecture & the Built Environment

Course CodeCourse NamePFP GroupSP Curriculum TrackNet ELMAB3 Range for PFP2023
S66Architecture1Science & Technology5 to 9
S68Civil Engineering1Science & Technology7 to 10
S95Facilities Management1Science & Technology6 to 10
S50Integrated Events & Project Management 1Science & Technology4 to 9
S89Interior Design1Science & Technology3 to 9
S94Landscape Architecture1Science & Technology7 to 10

School of Business

Course CodeCourse NamePFP GroupSP Curriculum TrackNet ELMAB3 Range for PFP2023
S75Accountancy2Non-Science & Technology4 to 8
S76Banking & Finance2Non-Science & Technology5 to 6
S71Business Administration2Non-Science & Technology4 to 10
S31Common Business Programme 2Non-Science & Technology4 to 9
S48Human Resource Management with Psychology 2Non-Science & Technology3 to 6

School of Chemical & Life Sciences

Course CodeCourse NamePFP GroupSP Curriculum TrackNet ELMAB3 Range for PFP2023
S64 Applied Chemistry1Science & Technology3 to 4
S98Biomedical Science1Science & Technology3 to 4
S70Chemical Engineering
1Science & Technology6 to 8
S28Common Science Programme (New) 1Science & Technology4 to 5
S47Food Science & Technology1Science & Technology4 to 5
S67Optometry1Science & Technology5 to 6
S38Perfumery & Cosmetic Science1Science & Technology5 to 7

School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Course CodeCourse NamePFP GroupSP Curriculum TrackNet ELMAB3 Range for PFP2023
S90Aerospace Electronics1Science & Technology4 to 7
S53Computer Engineering1Science & Technology4 to 9
S99Electrical & Electronic Engineering1Science & Technology7 to 11
S42Engineering with Business 1Science & Technology3 to 7

School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering

Course CodeCourse NamePFP GroupSP Curriculum TrackNet ELMAB3 Range for PFP2023
S88Aeronautical Engineering1Science & Technology4 to 8
S40Common Engineering Programme1Science & Technology6 to 10
S91Mechanical Engineering1Science & Technology4 to 10
S73Mechatronics & Robotics1Science & Technology5 to 8

School of Computing

Course CodeCourse NamePFP GroupSP Curriculum TrackNet ELMAB3 Range for PFP2023
S30Applied AI & Analytics1Science & Technology3 to 10
S32Common ICT Programme1Science & Technology6 to 9
S54Infocomm Security Management1Science & Technology3 to 7
S69Information Technology1Science & Technology4 to 9

Media, Arts & Design

Course CodeCourse NamePFP GroupSP Curriculum TrackNet ELMAB3 Range for PFP2023
S29Media, Arts & Design1Non-Science & Technology4 to 9

Singapore Maritime Academy

Course CodeCourse NamePFP GroupSP Curriculum TrackNet ELMAB3 Range for PFP2023
S63Marine Engineering1Science & Technology6 to 11
S74Maritime Business1Non-Science & Technology5 to 10
Medical

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 should 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.