Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) allows secondary school students who are clearly interested in, and have the aptitude for a polytechnic education to obtain a place in a polytechnic course before they sit for their GCE ‘O’ Level examinations.
It not only benefits students whose interest in and talent for an applied education might not be fully reflected in their ‘O’ Level examination results but there are other advantages which should encourage you to apply under DPA :
1) You get a place in the course of your choice ahead of your peers, even before your GCE ‘O’ Level examinations.
2) You will join a customised 8-week polytechnic preparatory programme which will broaden your learning experience, orientate you to Ngee Ann’s learning environment, and give you a stronger foundation – even before you start your formal polytechnic term.
3) You will earn credits for modules ahead of your peers, thus freeing up curriculum time when you join Ngee Ann. This will allow you to engage in more CCAs, obtain extra certifications, or pursue enrichment modules.
You are eligible under DPA 2013 if you are one of the following :
• Singaporeans or Permanent Residents (PR) who have registered to sit for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' level examinations in 2013
• Non-Singaporeans or Non PRs from a government, government-aided and independent school (excluding private schools) who have registered to sit for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' level examinations in 2013
In addition, you must clearly demonstrate your interest and aptitude for a polytechnic education through :
• Participation in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s programmes, e.g. the Advanced Elective Modules (AEMs), competitions, seminars and enrichment programmes
• Your school CCA performance and interest / talent in the specific applied courses
• Your school examination results
• Recommendation by your school teacher(s)
Application opens from 4 Jul 2013 (2pm) to 9 Jul 2013 (4pm).
Apply online through the DPA portal
To participate in the DPA, you are required to sign up for a DPA account. An email with your login password will be sent to you after you have done so.
You can apply for a maximum of 3 courses within a single polytechnic or a single course at 3 different polytechnics or any other combination. You must apply for at least 1 course and no duplicate courses are allowed across your choices.
In addition, you are to submit a brief write-up of no more than 600 characters, detailing your aptitude for the course(s) that you wish to be considered.
Students applying under DPA will be short-listed and invited to participate in an interview as part of the admission process.
The interview is designed to assess your aptitude for polytechnic education and the course through your write-up indicated in your application. It provides the interviewers with a valuable opportunity to know you better beyond your application. The interview allows them to evaluate your understanding of, and aptitude for your course that you have applied for, and to give you the opportunity to explain why you are committed to studying it
Selection is based on your interview performance and demonstration of your talent and passion for the course.
Before your interview
1) Have I been shortlisted?
Close to 2 weeks after the end of the DPA application, if you have been short-listed, you will receive a call from the Polytechnic to invite you for an interview, together with the interview details.
Please note that you will be short-listed for only ONE interview regardless of the number of NP Diploma courses applied for.
2) What do I need to bring for the interview?
You are required to present a portfolio that shows evidence of special talent / achievements or passion / aptitude during the interview. Click here to find out what makes up a portfolio and some helpful tips.
If you are successful in your application, you will be granted a conditional posting. The condition is that you are required to sit for the ‘O’ Level examinations and obtain the following :
•Achieve a net ELR2B2 aggregate score of no more than 26 points, and
•Meet the Minimum Entry Requirements for the chosen course.
||Release of Posting Results|
The outcome of your application will be released online through the DPA portal between 28 Aug 2013 (2pm) and 2 Sep 2013 (3pm).
Login using your NRIC and password via DPA portal to check the posting results.
If you are posted, you are required to indicate acceptance of the posting by 2 Sep 2013 (3pm) via the DPA portal.
If you change your mind after accepting the posting, you must withdraw by submitting the downloadable form to the Polytechnic of your accepted course by 11 Oct 2013 (5pm). If not, you will not be allowed to participate in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) and the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE) upon the release of the Singapore Cambridge GCE 'O' Level results.
Successful candidates are required to take part in the Ngee Ann Preparatory Programme (NPP). Click here for more details.