The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) is a one-year programme that caters to the top Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students with a practice-oriented curriculum taught by polytechnic lecturers, to better prepare them for entry into the relevant Polytechnic Diploma courses.

PFP students are given provisional places in diploma programmes, subject to them passing all modules in the one-year PFP. The requirement to pass all modules ensures that students continue to work hard during their PFP year and are well prepared for polytechnic studies.

The programme will begin in April every year.

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Programme Curriculum

Our courses are grouped into seven domain clusters in NP Foundation Programme; namely Engineering, Applied Sciences, Business, Design & Environment, Health Sciences, InfoComm Technology and Humanities & Media.

During the Programme, you will undertake academic modules such as English, Mathematics and domain-specific cluster modules and non-academic modules such as life skills, general education and national education. These are taught over 30 weeks.

The curriculum structure for the seven domain clusters is shown in the table below.


  • Essential Physics >​
  • Information Technology & Applications >​

  • Basic Engineering Systems​​ >
  • Engineering Experimentation >​

Applied Science

  • Intro to Life Sciences >
  • Information Technology & Applications >

  • Fundamentals of Biology >
  • Principles of Chemistry >​


  • Fundamentals of Economics >
  • Fundamentals of Data Analysis I >
  • Fundamentals of Finance >
  • Fundamentals of Data Analysis II >

Design & Environment

  • Essential Physics >
  • Information Technology & Applications >
  • Design Fundamentals >
  • Engineering Experimentation >

Health Sciences

  • Biology I
  • Intro to Behavioural Sciences >
  • Biology II >
  • Principles of Chemistry
    [For Optometry course] >
  • Basic Nursing Sciences
    [​For Nursing​ course] >
  • Fundamental Nursing Skills >

InfoComm Technology

  • Basic Computer Literacy >
  • ​Information Technology & Applications >​
  • Web Publishing >
  • Fundamentals of Data Analysis I >
  • Understanding the Web >
  • Intro to Problem Solving >
  • Fundamentals of Data Analysis II >

Humanities & Media

  • Intro to Mass Media >
  • Basic Computer Literacy >
  • Web Publishing >

  • Design Fundamentals >
  • Intro to Behavioural Sciences >

Common Modules for all Students

  • Bridging English I >
  • Mathematics Fundamentals I >
  • Personal Development >
  • Sports and Fitness I >

  • Bridging English II >
  • Mathematics Fundamentals I >
  • Culture and the Community >
  • Sports and Fitness II >

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Tuition Fees

The annual tuition fees are illustrated in the table below:

​Singapore Citizen​ (SC)


Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR)


International Student (IS)


Other fees include Examination Fee*, Miscellaneous Fee, Insurance Fee, Sports Fee and Students'Union Fee.


+ Fees for IS include GST. The Government will continue to absorb the GST on fees payable by SC and SPR.

* Applicable to IS and SPR.​

Financial Assistance and Award

Various forms of financial support are available to our students to finance their tuition fees. Please click on the respective Financial Assistance and Award for details.

Ngee Ann PFP Study Award

Cash Award of S$340

Diploma Foundation Programme (DFP) Bursary ​

Cash Award of S$970

Post Secondary Education Account (PSEA) Scheme​

Students can use PSEA to pay their tuition fee​

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