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:
Higher Nitec in Chemical Technology
Higher Nitec in Civil
& Structural Engineering Design
Higher Nitec in Electrical Engineering
Higher Nitec in Electronics Engineering
Higher Nitec in Mechanical
Higher Nitec in Mechatronics Engineering
Higher Nitec in Business Information
Higher Nitec in Information Technology
Higher Nitec in Games Art
Higher Nitec in Cyber & Network Security
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
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
b. Met the following course-specific requirements:
Sciences, Engineering and Info-Communications Technology courses:
GCE N-Level subjects
Minimum Required Grades
English Language Syllabus A
Any three other
subjects excluding CCA
For Business &
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
GCE O-Level Grade
The GCE O-Level grade of F9 and GCE N(A) grade of U will not be considered
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
Students should note that
eligibility to apply for the DPP does not
guarantee placement in
N(A) through-train students continue to be able to apply
Nitec, Higher Nitec and
polytechnic courses when they are in Secondary 5 through
the Special College
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
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
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
questions 6 and 7 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.
Alternatively, if students
are certain that they do
want to continue with Secondary 5 and sit
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 N(A), 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
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.
Yes, applicants can
submit separate applications to Higher Nitec courses
under the DPP and Nitec courses under the Joint Intake Exercise. However, once an applicant is
successful for a Higher Nitec course, he/she will not be offered a Nitec course.
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
into the ITE website to
check their results. Successful applicants have 3 days to accept the offer.
If they do not accept the
offer during this period, they are deemed to have forfeited their DPP offer.
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.
The DPP course fees are shown
below. Please note that these fees are for reference and are subject to change.
Fees for 10-Week Preparatory Course
Fees for Higher Nitec Course Per Term of 6 Months
All Higher Nitec
1) The above are based on Academic Year 2017 fees and are subject to revision. 2) One term is 6 months.3) Registration Fee is a one-time payment.4) Fee 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
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 Singapore Permanent Resident
before the term commencement
will have their fees adjusted to the
Singapore Citizen/Singapore Permanent Resident rate for that term.
However, for students who inform ITE officially of their Citizenship change
to Singapore Citizen or
Singapore Permanent Resident after the term commencement, their fees
will be adjusted to the Singapore
Citizen/Singapore Permanent Resident rate only with effect
from the next term.
Yes. However, the refund of fees is not automatic, and is subject to approval. Applicants
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
Less than 2 weeks before start
After start of course/term
Applicants must at least be 16 years old as of 1 January 2017.
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:
Applicants can submit an appeal via the ITE website (www.ite.edu.sg) after the release of
DPP application results. Actual dates of the appeal period will be published on the ITE website upon release
of the 2016 GCE