ITE training has become a practical and viable alternative route to tertiary education. At every course level, ITE has created opportunities for graduates to progress to higher level training both internally and externally.


Higher Nitec graduates with the following minimum GPA score (including CCA bonus points) may apply for admission to ITE Technical Diploma courses:

Progression to

Technical Diploma Courses

Minimum GPA from relevant Higher Nitec course (including CCA bonus points)2.0

For details on entry requirements, click here.

For the lists of related Technical Diploma courses for progression from a Higher Nitec course, click here.

The application period for 2023 intake is in Nov 2022 to Jan 2023. For details on application, click here.

Progression to

Work-Study Diploma Courses

The application period for 2023 intake is in Nov 2022 to Jan 2023. For details on entry requirements and application, click here.

Progression to

Polytechnic Diploma Courses

Higher Nitec graduates with a relevant GPA can also apply for admission to the first year of a related diploma course at the polytechnics. For some diploma courses in the Engineering / IT field, Higher Nitec graduates with a GPA ≥ 3.5 may be admitted directly to the second year of training. Please refer to JPAE website for more information on progression to diploma courses.

National Service Deferment and Disruption Policies

For courses commencing from 1 Jan 2023, NS-liable males will be granted NS deferment for the pursuit of full-time studies at pre-university government-funded institutions including ITE if they attain a place and are pursuing a course for higher academic qualifications from what they have previously attained (e.g. from N/O Levels to Nitec/Higher Nitec, from Nitec to Higher Nitec or from Nitec/Higher Nitec to ITE Work-Study Diploma/Technical Engineer Diploma/Technical Diploma courses) and NS deferment will no longer be subject to cut-off ages. For latest updates on NS deferment eligibility and policy, you can visit Students who are not eligible for NS deferment will need to withdraw from the course that they are enrolled in.

For more information on National Service (NS) disruption, please click here.