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Entry to Polytechnic via the PFP – A Student’s Perspective

27 Dec 2016

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    Photo Credit: Nanyang Polytechnic

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    Photo Credit: Germaine Leow, Nanyang Polytechnic

‘Do not aim for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme only because you want to graduate as soon as possible. Aim for it if you want the foundation year to prepare yourself for the Diploma’

The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP), a one-year programme that is offered as an alternative to Secondary Five, offers a practice-oriented curriculum to prepare polytechnic-bound Secondary Four Normal (Academic) students for entry into relevant polytechnic diploma courses.

Germaine Leow, who is currently pursuing her Diploma in Mass Media Management in Nanyang Polytechnic after her PFP, shares her experiences: 

  1. Why did you enrol for PFP?

    Moving to the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) has been at the top of my wishlist ever since I was in Secondary Two. I see it as a stepping stone to my polytechnic journey after the N-levels and I made it a point to strive towards that goal.

    I was grateful to be accepted into Nanyang Polytechnic’s PFP course in 2015. During the year-long bridging course, my course mates and I took a combination of Secondary Five subjects and also specific modules that prepared us specifically for our chosen diplomas.

  2. Was PFP what you envisioned it to be?

    I had expected it to be less intensive but that was not the case because we had to take on several core subjects (English, Mathematics) which I felt was much tougher than expected.

    Also, we were exposed to different tasks but what struck me the most was the experience of working in groups. There was group work in secondary school, but the level of complexity cannot be compared what we had to go through in PFP. That was an eye opener for me and I greatly appreciated the challenges as it helped train us up for poly life.

  3. Will you recommend PFP to the future batch of students?

If you are sure that you want to take the polytechnic route, try to strive towards PFP. However, do not aim for PFP only because you want to graduate as soon as possible, but aim for it to prepare yourself for your diploma course. Some friends whom made it to the PFP realised that it did not suit them.

Do consider what you are suited for and identify courses based on your interests, aptitude and future career plans. Obtain more information on the courses offered and discuss various options with your parents and teachers.

The Polytechnic Foundation Programme admissions exercise will commence in January 2017 following the release of the GCE O-level examination results. Refer to more details on the Polytechnic Foundation Programme

#This article is contributed by Germaine Leow and reproduced with permission from Nanyang Polytechnic.