Last Updated: 01 February 2021

Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP)

1. Overview

The Direct-Entry-Scheme to Polytechnic Programme (DPP) is one of the two Normal (Academic) through-train pathways that were launched in 2013. It allows Secondary 4 N(A) students to be admitted directly into a 2-year Higher Nitec programme at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) without having to sit for the O-Level examinations or undergo a Nitec programme.

If you successfully complete the course with the minimum required Grade Point Average (GPA), you are guaranteed a place in a polytechnic diploma course mapped to your Higher Nitec course.

Who can apply

Secondary 4 N(A) students who have taken the most recent N-Level examinations as a school candidate.

When is it

DPP application timeline for admission to the 2021 intake is as follows:

Key Events

Thu, 17 Dec 2020

Release of N-Level results

Thu, 17 Dec to Mon, 21 Dec 2020

Apply

You can apply directly to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) based on a combination of your N-Level examinations results and your school’s preliminary examination results.

Wed, 23 Dec 2020

Release of posting results

You will be notified of your posting result through email and SMS. You need to accept the offer through the ITE website before the deadline stated.

Wed, 23 Dec to Mon, 28 Dec 2020

Appeal

You can appeal for admission or transfer to other Higher Nitec courses with vacancies.

Wed, 30 Dec 2020

Release of appeal results

You can log in to the ITE website to check appeal results.

Mon, 11 Jan 2021

Release of O-Level results

Mon, 11 Jan 2021

Go for DPP preparation programme

Get ready for the start of school term, report to ITE for the DPP preparation course.

Mon, 11 Jan to Fri, 15 Jan 2021

Apply for final phase

You can apply for Higher Nitec courses under the DPP based on a combination of your N-Level examinations results and their O-Level examinations results.

Tue, 19 Jan 2021

Release of final phase results

You will be notified of your posting result through email and SMS. You need to accept the offer through the ITE website by 11.59pm on Tuesday, 19 January 2021.

Thu, 21 Jan 2021

Start of Higher Nitec term

After your successful postings, you can report to ITE for classes