Students in the Normal course follow either the Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) curriculum.
Students may also be offered to take up to 3 subjects at higher level should they demonstrate aptitude and attitude to cope with higher academic demands.
Normal (Academic) Course
Since 2012, two N(A) through-train pathways have been made available to Sec 4N(A) students taking their GCE ‘N’-Level examinations: the Polytechnic Foundation Programme and the Direct-Entry-Scheme-to-Polytechnic Programme. These two pathways present new applied learning options and progression opportunities at the polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) for N(A) students who do well in their studies. Alternatively, N(A) students can proceed on to Sec 5 to take their GCE ‘O’ Level examination.
· Polytechnic Foundation Programme
The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) is a one-year programme that offers a practice-oriented curriculum taught by polytechnic lecturers, to better prepare polytechnic-bound N(A) students for entry into the relevant Polytechnic Diploma courses. This is an alternative route to the Sec 5 year. PFP students are given provisional placement in diploma programmes, subject to them passing all modules in the one-year PFP. To be eligible to apply for the PFP, students must obtain ELMAB3 (English, Math, Best 3 Subjects) raw aggregate score of 11 points or better (excluding CCA bonus points) at the GCE ‘N’-Level examination and meet certain subject-specific requirements. More information on the PFP can be found at: https://pfp.polytechnic.edu.sg/PFP/pfp_introduction.html
· Direct-Entry-Scheme-to-Polytechnic Programme
The Direct-Entry-Scheme-to-Polytechnic Programme (DPP) is a through-train pathway for N(A) students who do well in their GCE ‘N’-Levels, and who will benefit from hands-on and experiential learning at the ITE by enrolling in a Higher Nitec programme immediately after Sec 4. Graduates from the DPP will also be assured of either a first- or second-year place in a related Polytechnic Diploma course, provided they achieve the qualifying ITE Grade Point Average (GPA) in their Higher Nitec programme. To be eligible to apply for the DPP, students must obtain ELMAB3 (English, Math, Best 3 Subjects) raw aggregate score of 19 points or better (excluding CCA bonus points) at the GCE ‘N’-Level examination and meet certain subject-specific requirements. More information on the DPP can be found at: https://www.ite.edu.sg/wps/portal/definitely-des/
Normal (Technical) Course
This course prepares students for a technical-vocational education at the Institute of Technical Education.