Polytechnic Foundation Programme

The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) is a one-year programme that offers a practice-oriented curriculum to better prepare you for a polytechnic education. Instead of preparing for your ‘O’ Levels, you can make full use of that time to get a head-start in polytechnic life and gain insights into our unique Problem-based Learning model. What’s more, the PFP serves as an alternative route for you to gain direct entry into Republic Polytechnic!

For Who?

You qualify for the PFP Admissions Exercise if you are a Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) student attaining a ELMAB3 (English Language, Mathematics, Best 3 other subjects) aggregate score of 11 points or better, excluding CCA Bonus Points based on the following examination results:

If you have sat for subjects in the GCE ‘O’ Level examinations in addition to the subjects in your GCE ‘N(A)’ Level examinations, the ELMAB3 aggregate score will be computed based on your examination results for your ‘O’ Level subjects.

Application Process

If you are eligible to participate in the PFPAE, your school will issue you a Form P on the day of the release of the GCE 'O' Level Examination results. The form contains a PFP PIN which allows you to log onto the PFPAE Portal.

You can then apply online through the PFPAE Portal.

Understanding Form P

Here’s a quick guide to interpreting your Form P.

Useful Application Tips

You are given five choices in PFPAE.
Upon the release of the PFPAE posting results, you have to indicate your decision to accept or reject the course offered or submit an appeal online, before the indicated end date and time.
No appeal is allowed if you missed the application or acceptance period.

Important Dates

If you are eligible for the PFPAE and your school has issued you a Form P, you can apply through PFPAE Portal tentatively from 11 January 2017, 2:00pm to 16 January 2017, 4:00pm.

PFP results will be released on 19 January 2017, 2:00pm. The acceptance phase and centralised appeals will be carried out from 19 January 2017, 2:00pm to 22 January 2017, 4:00pm.

If you are successful in your application, you will be required to indicate acceptance of the posting within three working days of the posting results via the PFPAE Portal. Once accepted, you will be withdrawn from Secondary 5.

Upon receiving the PFPAE posting results, if you want to appeal for a transfer to another polytechnic course, you may submit an online appeal via the PFPAE Appeal Exercise for polytechnic courses. You do not need to submit separate appeal to the individual polytechnics.

Successful candidates are required to take part in the one-year corresponding Foundation Programme for the diploma that they have been offered a provisional place in. The programme will commence in April.

Find Out More

If you need more information about this exercise, visit the PFP website.