N(A) Students

Poly Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise

The Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise (PFPAE) allows top Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students to apply for admission to courses offered under the Polytechnic Foundation Programme. This is an alternative pathway instead of taking the GCE O-Level in Secondary 5.

You must be a Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) student with a raw ELMAB3* aggregate score of 12 points or better. If you are eligible, your school will issue you a Form P on the day of the release of the GCE O-Level results.

*ELMAB3 = English Language (EL), Mathematics (MA), Best 3 other subjects (B3), excluding CCA bonus points

Course Entry Requirements

Group 1

Group 2

SubjectsMinimum GradeSubjectsMinimum Grade
English Language Syllabus A
1-3English Language Syllabus A1-2
Math (Syllabus A / Additional)1-3Math (Syllabus A / Additional)

One of the following subjects:

  • Design & Technology
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

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
Any two other subjects (excl. CCA)
1-4Any two other subjects (excl. CCA)1-4

You are granted CCA bonus points if you obtained the following CCA grade:

  • Excellent (A1 to A2) = 2 points
  • Good (B3 to C6) = 1 point

If you sat for certain subject(s) in the GCE O-Level examination, the following conversion matrix will be adopted during the computation of aggregate.

GCE O-Level GradeConverted Grade
A1 - B31
B4 - C62

Choose from the 2 groups of courses listed below, which have different minimum grade requirements.

Group 1

School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology

  • Biomedical Science (N59)
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (N56)
  • Environmental & Water Technology (N74)
  • Landscape Design & Horticulture (N57)
  • Pharmaceutical Science (N73)

School of Design & Environment

  • Hotel & Leisure Facilities Management (N40)
  • Real Estate Business (N48)
  • Design (N12)

School of Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering (N65)
  • Biomedical Engineering (N60)
  • Common Engineering Programme (N71)
  • Electrical Engineering (N43)
  • Electronic & Computer Engineering (N44)
  • Engineering Science (N93)
  • Marine & Offshore Technology (N42)
  • Mechanical Engineering (N41)
  • Mechatronics & Robotics (N50) *

* Formerly known as Diploma in Automation & Mechatronic Systems

School of Health Sciences

  • Nursing (N69)
  • Optometry (N83)

School of InfoComm Technology

  • Common ICT Programme (N98)
  • Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics (N94)
  • Data Science (N81) [Renamed]
  • Immersive Media (N55)
  • Information Technology (N54)

Group 2

School of Business & Accountancy

  • Accountancy (N51)
  • Banking & Finance (N53)
  • Business Studies (N45)
  • Common Business Programme (N97)
  • International Trade & Business (N85)
  • Tourism & Resort Management (N72)

School of Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Arts Business Management (N91)
  • Chinese Media & Communication (N88)
  • Chinese Studies (N70)
  • Community Development (N11)
  • Early Childhood Development & Education (N96)*

*In order to be granted teacher certification status to teach up to Kindergarten levels by Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), new teachers must have a minimum of a B4 grade for GCE O-Level English as a First Language (EL1) or equivalent.

PFP Students will be granted conditional certification to teach up to Kindergarten levels upon graduation and have two years from the point of teacher certification to obtain at least a B4 (GCE O-Level EL1) or an English Language Acceptable Alternative. Otherwise, students will be certified to teach up to Nursery Levels after the two-year conditional certification.

School of Film & Media Studies

  • Mass Communication (N67)
  • Film, Sound & Video (N82)
  • Media Post-Production (N13)

Apply online at the PFP portal using the PFP PIN in your Form P. You can choose up to 5 eligible courses across all polytechnics. Application period is 6 calendar days starting from the release of GCE O-Level results.

Posting Results

  • Results will be released online at the PFP Portal seven days after the close of the application window.
  • If your result is successful, please indicate acceptance within three working days after results released. Once accepted, you will be withdrawn from Secondary 5.
  • If you have accepted the posting, you will receive an enrolment package in 3 to 4 weeks with instructions on how to enrol for your course online via eEnrol portal.


  • To appeal for a transfer, submit up to 3 course choices across all 5 polytechnics via the PFP Appeal Exercise after the posting results are released.
  • Appeal results will be released online at the PFP Appeal Exercise Portal.
  • If your appeal is successful, please accept within three working days after appeal results are released. Your original PFP posting will be revoked.
  • More details on the timeline will be made available on the PFP portal following the release of the GCE O-Level results.

If the appeal is unsuccessful, you have 2 options:

  • Accept the original PFP offer or
  • Reject the offer and continue with Secondary 5 and try again via the Early Admissions Exercise or the Joint Admissions Exercise after taking your ‘O’ levels.

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