Poly Foundation Programme

Polytechnic Foundation Programme

Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PLP)

One-year Diploma Preparatory Programme

The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) is a one-year preparatory programme for top Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who are keen to pursue a polytechnic education. Students enrolled in the PLP will be granted a provisional place in a diploma programme at the start of the PLP.

Featuring a practice-oriented curriculum taught by polytechnic lecturers, the PLP is designed to give you a head start in your diploma course. What’s more, you won’t need to sit for the GCE O Level Examinations in Secondary 5!

Upon successful completion of your PLP studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, you will be well-prepared for the industry-relevant and sought-after course that you are already enrolled in!

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The programme will begin in April every year.

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What is the PFP curriculum at NP?

NP’s PFP is grouped into three domain clusters:

  • Science (PFP Group 1);
  • Technology (PFP Group 1); and
  • Non-Science & Technology (PFP Group 2).

Note: Courses under the School of Design & Environment are clustered under PFP Group 1.

During the 30-week PFP that is spread across two semesters, 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.

The curriculum structure for the three domain clusters is shown in the tables below:

 

Programme curriculum

Science

School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology

 CoursesPFP Group  Semester 1Semester 2 
Biomedical Science

(N59)

 

1

Intro to Life Science

Module Synopsis

Introduction to Life Sciences 

 

This module aims to introduce students to the life sciences, which is essentially the study of biology. Students will learn to appreciate the complexities of cells; study characteristics and classification of living organisms; differentiate types of cells and cellular organelles, biomolecules and transport mechanisms; and applications of life science technologies. Principles of bioethics will also be covered.

 

Fundamentals of Digital Skills

Module Synopsis

Fundaments of Digital Skills

 

This module builds the foundation in digital skills and develop students’ competencies in the use of essential digital tools to create, communicate and collaborate information for learning and work. Students will also learn about cyber wellness, which involves the understanding of the norms of appropriate and responsible behaviour in technology use, as well as knowledge and attitudes as to how to protect oneself and other internet users.

Principles of Chemistry

Module Synopsis

Principles of Chemistry

 

This module aims to build a strong foundation in chemistry as well as to expose students to applications of chemistry in everyday life and in industry. The topics cover structure of matter, chemical bonding, electrochemistry, redox reactions, acids and bases, metals, and properties of elements and periodic trends. Students also learn organic compounds and functional groups.​

 

Fundamentals of Biology

​​Module Synopsis

Fundamentals of Biology

 

This module aims to provide students with a basic understanding of human physiology and cell biology. Students will be able to explain the basic characteristics and functions of living cells and their relationship to tissues and organ systems. They will also learn cell cycle and cell division, reproduction and survival of the species. A basic knowledge of genetics will also be covered.​

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

(N56)

1
Environmental & Water Technology

(N74)

1
Landscape Design & Horticulture

(N57)

1
Pharmaceutical Science

(N73)

1

 

School of Health Sciences

 CoursesPFP Group  Semester 1Semester 2 
Nursing

(N69)

1

Intro to Life Science

Module Synopsis: Introduction to Life Sciences

This module aims to introduce students to the life sciences, which is essentially the study of biology. Students will learn to appreciate the complexities of cells; study characteristics and classification of living organisms; differentiate types of cells and cellular organelles, biomolecules and transport mechanisms; and applications of life science technologies. Principles of bioethics will also be covered.

 

Fundamentals of Digital Skills

Module Synopsis: Fundaments of Digital Skills

Module Synopsis: Fundaments of Digital Skills

This module builds the foundation in digital skills and develop students’ competencies in the use of essential digital tools to create, communicate and collaborate information for learning and work. Students will also learn about cyber wellness, which involves the understanding of the norms of appropriate and responsible behaviour in technology use, as well as knowledge and attitudes as to how to protect oneself and other internet users.

Principles of Chemistry

Module Synopsis: Principles of Chemistry

This module aims to build a strong foundation in chemistry as well as to expose students to applications of chemistry in everyday life and in industry. The topics cover structure of matter, chemical bonding, electrochemistry, redox reactions, acids and bases, metals, and properties of elements and periodic trends. Students also learn organic compounds and functional groups.​

 

Fundamentals of Biology

Module Synopsis: Fundamentals of Biology

This module aims to provide students with basic understanding of human physiology and cell biology. Students would be able to explain the basic characteristics and functions of living cells and their relationship to tissues and organ systems. They will also learn cell cycle and cell division, reproduction and survival of the species. A basic knowledge of genetics will also be covered.​

Optometry

(N83)

1

Technology

School of Engineering

 CoursesPFP Group  Semester 1Semester 2 
Aerospace Engineering

(N65)

1

Essential Physics

Module Synopsis: Essential Physics

 

This module introduces applied Physics used in engineering and technology. It enables students to acquire the skills and knowledge to appreciate the contribution that physics makes to our understanding of the physical world. The main topics covered are Measurement, Newtonian Mechanics, Thermal, Waves and Electricity.

 

Fundamentals of Digital Skills

Module Synopsis: Fundaments of Digital Skills

 

This module builds the foundation in digital skills and develop students’ competencies in the use of essential digital tools to create, communicate and collaborate information for learning and work. Students will also learn about cyber wellness, which involves the understanding of the norms of appropriate and responsible behaviour in technology use, as well as knowledge and attitudes as to how to protect oneself and other internet users.

Fundamentals of Computing

Module Synopsis: Fundamentals of Computing

 

This module introduces problem-solving and logical thinking skills and will extend to the use of software design techniques such as flowcharts and pseudocodes. Students will also acquire the essential knowledge and skills to create and design interactive Web pages. Basic principles of web design will be introduced, which includes discussion of copyright and legal issues associated with publishing materials on the web.

 

Foundation in System Design

Module Synopsis: Foundation in Systems Design

 

This module strengthens students' appreciation and application of systems that are multidisciplinary in nature. These multidisciplinary systems require students to appreciate the inter-connectivity and inter-dependence of fundamental skills in IT, electronic and mechanical engineering, which may include smart, transportation, security and environmental systems. Students will acquire design, critical thinking and problem solving skills through case studies and group projects.

Automation & Mechatronic Systems 

(N50)

1
Biomedical Engineering 

(N60)

1
Common Engineering Programme 

(N71)

1
Electrical Engineering 

(N43)

1
Electronic & Computer Engineering 

(N44)

1
Engineering Science 

(N93)

1
Marine & Offshore Technology 

(N42)

1
Mechanical Engineering 

(N41)

1

School of InfoComm Technology

 CoursesPFP Group  Semester 1Semester 2 
Common ICT Programme 

(N98)

1

Essential Physics

Module Synopsis: Essential Physics

 

This module introduces applied Physics used in engineering and technology. It enables students to acquire the skills and knowledge to appreciate the contribution that physics makes to our understanding of the physical world. The main topics covered are Measurement, Newtonian Mechanics, Thermal, Waves and Electricity.

 

Fundamentals of Digital Skills

Module Synopsis: Fundaments of Digital Skills

 

This module builds the foundation in digital skills and develop students’ competencies in the use of essential digital tools to create, communicate and collaborate information for learning and work. Students will also learn about cyber wellness, which involves the understanding of the norms of appropriate and responsible behaviour in technology use, as well as knowledge and attitudes as to how to protect oneself and other internet users.

Fundamentals of Computing

Module Synopsis: Fundamentals of Computing

 

This module introduces problem-solving and logical thinking skills and will extend to the use of software design techniques such as flowcharts and pseudocodes. Students will also acquire the essential knowledge and skills to create and design interactive Web pages. Basic principles of web design will be introduced, which includes discussion of copyright and legal issues associated with publishing materials on the web.

 

 

Foundation in System Design

Module Synopsis: Foundation in Systems Design

 

This module strengthens students' appreciation and application of systems that are multidisciplinary in nature. These multidisciplinary systems require students to appreciate the inter-connectivity and inter-dependence of fundamental skills in IT, electronic and mechanical engineering, which may include smart, transportation, security and environmental systems. Students will acquire design, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through case studies and group projects.

Data Science Revamped 

(N81)

1
Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics 

(N94)

1
Information Technology 

(N54)

1
Immersive Media 

(N55)

1

Non-Science & Technology

School of Design & Environment

 CoursesPFP Group  Semester 1Semester 2 
Design 

N12

1

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

Module Synopsis: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

 

This module allows students to appreciate entrepreneurship. It starts with understanding the enterprising spirit and innovative mindset; exposure to basic economics; identification and evaluation of business opportunity; and how to set up a business and plan the resources required to run it. Real-life examples and case studies are used to help students understand the application of the entrepreneurial process in the real world.

 

Intro to Mass Media

Module Synopsis: Introduction to Mass Media

 

This module is designed to equip students with media literacy skills, so that they become individuals who understand the media's place in society and use media effectively. Students will learn about different media platforms, analyse media texts, discuss media representation and ethics, and understand the rationale for media regulation and the nature of media institutions.

Understanding Human Behaviour

Module Synopsis: Understanding Human Behaviour

 

This module introduces students to the world of behaviour and mental processes. Students will explore the nature and causes of human behaviour in relation to decision making. The aim is to provide students with a broad understanding of the mechanisms and processes by which human behaviours and opinions can be influenced by various social, cognitive, environmental, cultural and biological factors.

 

Fundamentals of Digital Skills

Module Synopsis: Fundaments of Digital Skills

 

This module builds the foundation in digital skills and develop students’ competencies in the use of essential digital tools to create, communicate and collaborate information for learning and work. Students will also learn about cyber wellness, which involves the understanding of the norms of appropriate and responsible behaviour in technology use, as well as knowledge and attitudes as to how to protect oneself and other internet users.

Hotel & Leisure Facilities Management 

N40

1
Real Estate Business 

N48

1

School of Business & Accountancy

 CoursesPFP Group  Semester 1Semester 2 
Accountancy 

(N51)

 2

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

Module Synopsis: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

 

This module allows students to appreciate entrepreneurship. It starts with understanding the enterprising spirit and innovative mindset; exposure to basic economics; identification and evaluation of business opportunity; and how to set up a business and plan the resources required to run it. Real-life examples and case studies are used to help students understand the application of the entrepreneurial process in the real world.

 

Intro to Mass Media

Module Synopsis: Introduction to Mass Media

 

This module is designed to equip students with media literacy skills, so that they become individuals who understand the media's place in society and use media effectively. Students will learn about different media platforms, analyse media texts, discuss media representation and ethics, and understand the rationale for media regulation and the nature of media institutions.

Understanding Human Behaviour

Module Synopsis: Understanding Human Behaviour

 

This module introduces students to the world of behaviour and mental processes. Students will explore the nature and causes of human behaviour in relation to decision making. The aim is to provide students with a broad understanding of the mechanisms and processes by which human behaviours and opinions can be influenced by various social, cognitive, environmental, cultural and biological factors.

 

Fundamentals of Digital Skills

Module Synopsis: Fundaments of Digital Skills

 

This module builds the foundation in digital skills and develop students’ competencies in the use of essential digital tools to create, communicate and collaborate information for learning and work. Students will also learn about cyber wellness, which involves the understanding of the norms of appropriate and responsible behaviour in technology use, as well as knowledge and attitudes as to how to protect oneself and other internet users.

Banking & Finance 

(N53)

 2
Business Studies 

(N45)

 2
Common Business Programme Revamped 

(N97)

 2
International Trade & Business 

N85

 2
Tourism & Resort Management 

N72

 2

School of Humanities & Social Sciences

 CoursesPFP Group  Semester 1Semester 2 
Arts Business Management 

(N91)

2

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

Module Synopsis: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

 

This module allows students to appreciate entrepreneurship. It starts with understanding the enterprising spirit and innovative mindset; exposure to basic economics; identification and evaluation of business opportunity; and how to set up a business and plan the resources required to run it. Real-life examples and case studies are used to help students understand the application of the entrepreneurial process in the real world.

 

Intro to Mass Media

Module Synopsis: Introduction to Mass Media

 

This module is designed to equip students with media literacy skills, so that they become individuals who understand the media's place in society and use media effectively. Students will learn about different media platforms, analyse media texts, discuss media representation and ethics, and understand the rationale for media regulation and the nature of media institutions.

Understanding Human Behaviour

Module Synopsis: Understanding Human Behaviour

 

This module introduces students to the world of behaviour and mental processes. Students will explore the nature and causes of human behaviour in relation to decision making. The aim is to provide students with a broad understanding of the mechanisms and processes by which human behaviours and opinions can be influenced by various social, cognitive, environmental, cultural and biological factors.

 

Fundamentals of Digital Skills

Module Synopsis: Fundaments of Digital Skills

 

This module builds the foundation in digital skills and develop students’ competencies in the use of essential digital tools to create, communicate and collaborate information for learning and work. Students will also learn about cyber wellness, which involves the understanding of the norms of appropriate and responsible behaviour in technology use, as well as knowledge and attitudes as to how to protect oneself and other internet users.

Chinese Studies

(N70)

2
Chinese Media & Communication

(N88)

2
Early Childhood Development & Education

(N96)

2
Community Development

(N11)

2

*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-Levels 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-levels 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

 CoursesPFP Group  Semester 1Semester 2 
Film, Sound & Video 

(N82)

2

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

Module Synopsis: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

 

This module allows students to appreciate entrepreneurship. It starts with understanding the enterprising spirit and innovative mindset; exposure to basic economics; identification and evaluation of business opportunity; and how to set up a business and plan the resources required to run it. Real-life examples and case studies are used to help students understand the application of the entrepreneurial process in the real world.

 

Intro to Mass Media

Module Synopsis: Introduction to Mass Media

 

This module is designed to equip students with media literacy skills, so that they become individuals who understand the media's place in society and use media effectively. Students will learn about different media platforms, analyse media texts, discuss media representation and ethics, and understand the rationale for media regulation and the nature of media institutions.

Understanding Human Behaviour

Module Synopsis: Understanding Human Behaviour

 

This module introduces students to the world of behaviour and mental processes. Students will explore the nature and causes of human behaviour in relation to decision making. The aim is to provide students with a broad understanding of the mechanisms and processes by which human behaviours and opinions can be influenced by various social, cognitive, environmental, cultural and biological factors.

 

Fundamentals of Digital Skills

Module Synopsis: Fundaments of Digital Skills

 

This module builds the foundation in digital skills and develop students’ competencies in the use of essential digital tools to create, communicate and collaborate information for learning and work. Students will also learn about cyber wellness, which involves the understanding of the norms of appropriate and responsible behaviour in technology use, as well as knowledge and attitudes as to how to protect oneself and other internet users.

Mass Communication 

(N67)

2
Media Post-Production 

(N13)

2

Common Modules

 Courses Semester 1 Semester 2
All Courses

Bridging English I

This module aims to equip students with the necessary language skills for entry into their diploma courses. A variety of topics will be explored to stretch students’ critical thinking abilities. The approach taken will be process-based and highly interactive with varied activities and ample opportunities to hone students’ listening, speaking, reading, writing and interpersonal skills.

 

Mathematics Fundamentals I

Fundamental Mathematics consists of two modules. It is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills in Mathematics required to solve basic engineering, science and business problems. It aims to equip students with a better understanding of the application of Mathematics in real-life situations.

 

Personal Development

This module is designed to enable students to develop personal effectiveness and interpersonal competency skills to handle life issues while relating to and working with others. An experiential and reflective approach is adopted to encourage students to interact and reflect on their growth.

 

Sports and Fitness I

The aim of this module is to enhance students’ physical, social and psychological well-being through a variety of sports and to take the students through the process of character development, as well as choice and decision making. Towards the end of the module, students will participate in a series of competitions.

Bridging English II

This follow-up module aims to build on knowledge and skills acquired to further enhance students’ language skills. Using a highly interactive approach, students will have many opportunities to deepen their listening, speaking, reading, writing and interpersonal skills.

 

Mathematics Fundamentals II

This module extends from Mathematics I. Topics cover graphs of functions, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, matrices and vectors in two dimensions.

 

Culture and the Community

This module aims to develop a deeper level of understanding and appreciation of the role of culture in communities. In studying various theories, students will examine different types of cultures from all over the world and learn to apply their understanding of multi-cultural societies to Singapore’s context.

 

Sports and Fitness II

The aim of this module is to build on Part 1 to further enhance students’ physical, social and psychological well-being through sports and to take them through the process of character development, as well as choice and decision making. Towards the end of the module, students will participate in a series of competitions.

Courses with medical requirements

 

What are the tuition fees?

The annual tuition fees are illustrated in the table below:

 Nationality PFP Tuition Fees per student
 AY2022 AY2021 
Singapore Citizen (SC) $340 $340
Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) $3,000 $2,750
International Student (IS) $10,640+ $10,340+

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

Note:

+ 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.

 

Is there financial assistance?

Financial Assistance and Award

We offer various forms of financial support to our students to finance their tuition fees. Please click on the respective Financial Assistance and Award for details.

Financial Assistance and Award Quantum

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