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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’ Levels in Secondary 5.​
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1. Can I apply?​
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

Subjects Minimum Grade Subjects Minimum Grade
English Language Syllabus A1-3English Language Syllabus A1-2
Math (Syllabus A / Additional)1-3Math (Syllabus A / Additional)1-3
One of the following subjects:
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Design & Technology
1-3One of the following subjects:
  • Principles of Accounts
  • Literature in English
  • History
  • Combined Humanities​
  • Geography
  • Art
Any two other subjects (excl. CCA)1-3Any two other subjects (excl. CCA)1-3
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 Grade A1 to B3 – 1 Aggregate Point for PFP
  • ​GCE O Level Grade B4 to C6 – 2 Aggregate Point for PFP
  • GCE O Level Grade D7 – 3 Aggregate Point for PFP​
2. Which course can I choose?
Choose from 2 groups of courses listed below, which have different minimum grade requirements. If the NP course that you want is not ​listed below, you have to continue with your Secondary 5 studies and prepare well ​for the GCE 'O' Level examination.​
Group 1

School of Health Sciences​

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Group 2
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School of& Film & Media Studies

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3. How do I apply?​
​Apply online at the PFPAE portal using the PFP PIN in your Form P. You can choose up to 5 eligible courses across all polytechnics. Application period is 5 calendar days staring from the release of GCE-O Level results.​

4. What happens next?

Posting Results

  • Results will be released online at the PFPAE Portal on 21 January 2020 2pm.
  • If your result is successful, please indicate acceptance by 23 January 2020 4pm. 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 PFPAE Appeal Exercise by 23 January 2020 4pm.
  • Appeal results will be released online at the PFP Appeal Exercise Portal on 31 Jan 2020 2pm.
  • If your appeal is successful, please accept by 4 Feb  ​​  2020 4pm. Your original PFPAE posting will be revoked.
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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.​