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Direct Entry Scheme to Polytechnic Programme

If you are a Secondary 4N(A) student and want a guaranteed place in the Polytechnic, then the ITE Direct Entry Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) is what you should consider.

Before you say yes to DPP, you should ask yourself a few important questions:

  • Do you enjoy a hands-on learning style?
  • Do you want to avoid the possibility of not performing well in your O levels?
  • Are you keen on the Higher Nitec courses that will lead you directly to a first-year or second-year place in the
    Polytechnics?

 

If you have answered YES to the questions, then DPP is definitely for you. Embark on a Higher Nitec course and prepare yourself for a Polytechnic Diploma course.

Students must obtain an ELMAB3 (English, Math, Best 3 Subjects) raw aggregate score of 19 points or less (excluding CCA bonus points) at the GCE N-Level examination to be eligible to apply to DPP. They must also obtain the following:

Applied Sciences, Engineering and Info-Communications Technology Higher Nitec DPP Courses Minimum Required Grades
English Language Syllabus A 4
Mathematics (Syllabus A / Additional) 4
Any three other subjects excluding CCA 5

 

Business & Services Higher Nitec DPP Courses Minimum Required Grades
English Language Syllabus A 3
Mathematics (Syllabus A / Additional) 4
Any three other subjects excluding CCA 5

Once you have completed the Higher Nitec course, you would be assured of a place in a Polytechnic Diploma course if you meet the Qualifying Grade Point Average (GPA) for DPP students, as follows:

Courses Progress to first-year in relevant Polytechnic Diploma course* Progress to second-year in relevant Polytechnic Diploma course*
Applied Sciences Higher Nitec Courses# ITE raw GPA >= 2.5 points
(excluding CCA bonus points^)
N.A.
Engineering or Info- Communications Technology Higher Nitec Courses# ITE raw GPA >= 2.5 points
(excluding CCA bonus points^)
ITE raw GPA >= 3.5 points(excluding CCA bonus points^)
Business & Services Higher Nitec Courses ITE raw GPA >=3.0 points(excluding CCA bonus points^) N.A.

#For Higher Nitec courses in Applied Sciences, Engineering or Info-Communications Technology, in addition to the qualifying GPAs, students are required to take up and pass a Mathematics elective at ITE to be eligible for Polytechnic courses under DPP.  GCE ‘N’ (Academic) holders with at least a grade C in GCE ‘O’ Level Mathematics will be exempted from taking the Mathematics elective at ITE.
 

^ CCA grades will be used for computing the students’ net GPA at ITE for selection and posting to a Polytechnic Diploma course.
 

 * DPP students who successfully complete the Higher Nitec courses and attain the required minimum qualifying Higher Nitec Grade Point Average (GPA) scores are guaranteed a place in the 1st Year relevant polytechnic diploma courses that are mapped to their Higher Nitec courses. Students who meet the minimum qualifying GPA for 2nd Year entry are not guaranteed admission into Year 2 of one of the mapped courses. Admission is based on merit, subject to vacancies in the courses.
 

GCE ‘N’ (Academic) Level holders who have been offered a place under DPP and accepted the course offer will not be provided a place in Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) studies.

The Polytechnic Diploma courses that you can apply after completing your Higher Nitec via DPP can be found here.

All courses listed are based on current available courses and will be subject to changes.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the DPP?

The DPP prepares Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) [N(A)] students for progression into selected polytechnic diploma courses via a two-year Higher Nitec course at ITE. DPP students who successfully complete their Higher Nitec courses and attain the required minimum qualifying Higher Nitec Grade Point Average (GPA) scores are guaranteed a place in one of the Polytechnic diploma courses that are mapped to their Higher Nitec course.

 

2. Which Higher Nitec courses are offered under the DPP?

ITE offers a wide range of full-time Higher Nitec courses under the DPP for eligible N(A) students. The 17 Higher Nitec courses offered under DPP are as follows:

Applied Sciences

  • Higher Nitec in Chemical Technology

Engineering

  • Higher Nitec in Civil & Structural Engineering Design
  • Higher Nitec in Electrical Engineering
  • Higher Nitec in Electronics Engineering
  • Higher Nitec in Mechanical Engineering
  • Higher Nitec in Mechatronics Engineering

Info-Communications Technology

  • Higher Nitec in Business Information Systems
  • Higher Nitec in Information Technology
  • Higher Nitec in Games Art & Design
  • Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security

Business & Services

  • Higher Nitec in Accounting
  • Higher Nitec in Banking Services
  • Higher Nitec in Event Management
  • Higher Nitec in Hospitality Operations
  • Higher Nitec in Leisure & Travel Operations
  • Higher Nitec in Logistics for International Trade
  • Higher Nitec in Service Management

Eligibility 

3. Who can apply for the DPP?

Secondary 4 N(A) students who have sat for their GCE N-Level examinations in 2016 as a school candidate and met the following requirements are eligible to apply.

a.  Obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate of 19 points or better (excluding CCA bonus points); and

b.  Met the following course-specific requirements:
 

For Applied Sciences, Engineering and Info-Communications Technology courses:

GCE N Level subjects Minimum Required Grades
English Language Syllabus A 4
Mathematics (Syllabus A / Additional) 4
Any three other subjects excluding CCA 5


For Business & Services courses:

GCE N Level subjects Minimum Required Grades
English Language Syllabus A 3
Mathematics (Syllabus A / Additional) 4
Any three other subjects excluding CCA 5

 

In addition, Secondary 4N(A) students who offered GCE O-Level examination subjects in 2016 (and those who offered GCE O-Level Mother Tongue in Secondary 3 in 2015) may combine their grades from these examinations with their N-Level results to apply for the DPP. In doing so, they may use the following grade conversion table for computation of their ELMAB3 aggregates:

GCE O Level Grade Converted Grade
A1-B3 1
B4-C6 2
D7-E8 3


The GCE O-Level grade of F9 and GCE N(A) grade of U will not be considered for computation of the ELMAB3 aggregate score. If a student has taken the same subject at both the GCE N- and GCE O-Level examinations, only the better grade will be used in the computation of his/her ELMAB3 aggregate to determine DPP eligibility.

Students should note that eligibility to apply for the DPP does not guarantee placement in a DPP course.
 

4. Are Normal (Technical) students able to apply for the DPP?

No. Secondary 4 Normal (Technical) students will continue to benefit from other available progression pathways such as the two- or three-year Nitec courses at ITE that provide a strong skills-based foundation for employment.
 

5. What is the age requirement for DPP applicants?

Applicants must be at least 16 years old as of 1 January 2017.
 

6. Are Secondary 4 N(A) through-train students who bypassed the GCE N-Levels eligible for the DPP?

No. Students must have sat for the GCE N-Level examinations in 2016 to be eligible for application to the DPP.

N(A) through-train students continue to be able to apply for Nitec, Higher Nitec and polytechnic courses when they are in Secondary 5 through the Special College Admissions Scheme and Early Admissions Exercise respectively if they have strong aptitude and interest in specific courses. The SCAS and EAE open for applications in end- June, before students take the O-Level examinations. These students may also apply for Higher Nitec and polytechnic courses through the Joint Admissions Exercise after the release of their O-Level results.

 

Application Process 

7. How do I apply for the DPP?

Upon the release of the GCE N-Level examination results, eligible Secondary 4N(A) students can apply for the DPP using their GCE N-Level examination results and school- based O-Level preliminary examination results (if applicable). Upon release of the DPP posting results, students who have been offered a place must indicate acceptance of the offer by end December, failing which the offer will lapse and the place will be offered to another student. More information on the admission procedures can be found in the January 2017 ITE Admission Booklet.

Secondary 4N(A) students who have sat for both GCE N- and GCE O-Level examination subjects may also apply for the DPP. Please refer to questions 9 and 10 for more details.

Successful applicants will be posted to respective DPP Higher Nitec courses, which will begin in January 2017. Students who have received and accepted a DPP offer by end 2016 need not report for Secondary 5 on 3 January 2017.
 

8. How many course choices do I have?

Eligible students are allowed to submit up to 12 DPP course choices in their application. Similar Higher Nitec courses conducted at different ITE Colleges are considered as separate choices (e.g. Higher Nitec in Electronics Engineering at ITE College East and Higher Nitec in Electronics Engineering at ITE College Central are taken as two choices). Students are strongly encouraged to consider their course choices carefully together with their parents and teachers, and make decisions in line with their interests and aptitudes.

 

9. Can I use my school-based O level preliminary results to apply for DPP?

Yes. Students can combine their GCE N-Level examination results and school-based O-Level preliminary examination results to apply for the DPP. Students who are successful in their DPP application will receive an offer for a DPP course. If a student takes the same subject at both N- and O-Levels, only the better grade will be used for computation of his/her ELMAB3 aggregate. Upon the release of the GCE O-Level examination results, ITE will verify if DPP applicants who had previously used school-based preliminary examination results for admission have fulfilled the necessary criteria for continuation in the DPP.
 

10. Can  Secondary 4N(A)  students who were not  previously eligible,  but  become eligible for DPP after the release of the GCE O-Level results apply for the DPP using a combination of their GCE O- and N-Level results?

Yes, after the release of the GCE O-Level results in January 2017, students who were not previously eligible but are now eligible will also be invited to apply for the DPP.
 

11. I am interested in both the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) and the DPP. What should I do, given that the DPP application is in December and the PFP application is in January?

One option for students who are interested in both the PFP and DPP is to first progress to Secondary 5 in January and then apply for both the PFP and DPP upon release of the GCE O-Level examination results.

Alternatively, if students are certain that they do not want to continue with Secondary 5 and sit for the GCE O-Level examinations, they should apply for the DPP in December. If the student successfully accepts his/her DPP offer, he/she will graduate from school at Secondary 4 Normal (Academic), and his/her school will not reserve a place for the student in Secondary 5. He/She will also be required to complete his/her DPP enrolment by paying enrolment fees and starting his/her 10-week DPP preparatory programme in January. If the student is eligible for the PFP, his/her secondary school will contact him/her regarding the collection of the PFP eligibility form (Form P), which is issued on the day of the release of the GCE O-Level results. If the student applies for and accepts his/her PFP offer in January, he/she will need to apply for withdrawal from the DPP course as well as for a refund of his/her DPP enrolment fees.
 

12. Can I apply for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) and DPP at the same time?

Yes. However, if the student is offered a place in both the PFP and DPP, he/she may only accept one course offer. Students who accept both offers will have their offers voided.


13. Can I apply for Higher Nitec courses under the DPP and Nitec courses under the Joint Intake Exercises at the same time?

Yes, applicants can submit separate applications to Higher Nitec courses under the DPP and Nitec courses under the Joint Intake Exercises. However, once an applicant is successful for a Higher Nitec course, he/she will not be offered a Nitec course.
 

14. When will I know my application results for the DPP?

Dates for release of the DPP application results will be published on the ITE website upon release of the 2016 GCE N-Level examination results.  Applicants are required to log into the ITE website to check their results.  Successful applicants have three days to accept the offer.  If they do not accept the offer during this period, they are deemed to have forfeited their DPP offer.
 

15. If I do not get posted to a Higher Nitec course during the main application phase, can I appeal for another course? What are the appeal procedures?

Applicants can submit an appeal via the ITE website (www.ite.edu.sg) after the release of the DPP application results. Actual dates of the appeal period will be published on the ITE website upon release of the 2016 GCE N-Level examination results.
 

16. Why can’t all students be offered a course of their choice?

Admissions to DPP courses are highly competitive and based on merit. Students may speak to ITE’s course counsellors or Education and Career Guidance Counsellors to learn more about the various DPP Higher Nitec courses. Students can also choose not to accept DPP offers that were not among their choices, and instead progress to Secondary 5 – this allows them the option of re-applying for admission into a course of their choice in the polytechnics or ITE upon completion of their GCE O-Level examinations.
 

17. My child has specific learning needs. How do I select a suitable Higher Nitec course for him/her?

Students with special education needs are advised to consult the respective ITE College's Learning Accessibility Office to discuss the range of DPP courses suitable for their abilities and needs before submitting their DPP application. More details on the Learning Accessibility Office may be found on the ITE website.
 

Post Application and Acceptance 

18. Do I need to attend any preparatory course as part of the DPP?

Yes. If students are successful in their DPP application, they will need to attend a 10-week preparatory course starting in January 2017 before the Higher Nitec course commences in April 2017. The preparatory course comprises:

  • Oral & Communication Skills; and
  • Mathematics, Science or Business Skills topics.

19. Can Higher Nitec students who are not under the DPP also gain admission into Polytechnic Year 1 or Year 2?

Higher Nitec students who are not under the DPP can apply for admission to the polytechnics under the Joint Polytechnic Admissions Exercise (JPAE). Admission to polytechnic diploma courses is based on merit, subject to the availability of vacancies. Students who wish to gain admission into a polytechnic course must also meet the minimum qualifying GPA for the course.
 

20. What is the training duration of the Higher Nitec courses under the DPP? 

The total training duration, including the 10-week preparatory course and Higher Nitec courses under the DPP is 2¼ years.
 

21. What are the fees for the Higher Nitec courses under the DPP?

The DPP course fees are shown below. Please note that these fees are for reference and are subject to change. Updated course fees will be available on ITE’s website in December 2016.

 

Course Category Fees for 10-Week Preparatory Course (AY2017 intake) Total
Registration Fee
(a)
Course Fees
(b)
Supplementary Fees
(c)
GHSI
Preparatory Course Singapore Citizen $5 $80 $9 - $94
Singapore Permanent Resident $5 $1,050 $9 - $1,064
International Student $5 $2,850 $9 $14 $2,878


 

Course Category Fees for Higher Nitec Course Per Term of 6 Months Total Per Term
Course Fee Supplementary Fees Exam Fees GHSI
Higher Nitec Singapore Citizen $290.00 $18.00 - - $308
Permanent Resident $3,875.00 $18.00 $14.40 - $3,907.40
International Student $10,175.00 $18.00 $28.00 $27.00 $10,248.00

 

Note:

1)  The above are based on Academic Year 2016 fees and are subject to revision.

2)  One term is 6 months.

3)  Registration Fee is a one-time payment.

4)   Fees rates are inclusive of GST or after GST subsidy.

5)  Students are required to pay their term fees for all terms by the stipulated dates in order to remain in their course of study. For subsequent terms, students are required to pay their fees through PSEA or GIRO.

6)  Full-time International Students studying in ITE are required to purchase a Group Hospitalisation and Surgical Insurance (GHSI). The purpose of the GHSI is to help defray the hospitalisation expenses for International Students in the event that they are hospitalised.

7)  Fees are charged based on Citizenship at the point of term commencement. Students who have officially informed ITE of their Citizenship change to Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident before the term commencement will have their fees adjusted to the Singapore Citizen / Permanent Resident rate for that term. However, for students who inform ITE officially of their Citizenship change to Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident after the term commencement, their fees will be adjusted to the Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident rate only with effect from the next term.    

  
22. Is there any refund of fees if I decide to withdraw from the Higher Nitec course?

Yes. However, the refund of fees is not automatic, and is subject to approval. Applicants must apply for refund before ITE will process the request. Fees may be refundable under the following conditions:
 

Date of Application for Refund Amount of Refund
2 weeks or more before start of course/term 100% refund
Less than 2 weeks before start of course/term 50% refund
After start of course/term No refund



23. Are ITE financial assistance schemes available to DPP students?                       

Yes. DPP students can apply for ITE's financial assistance schemes at the respective ITE Colleges upon admission to the course.

(Information updated as of 26 October 2016)