Last Updated: 01 February 2021

From Pre-University to University Education


The six Autonomous Universities conduct separate admission exercises as guided by the following broad university admission framework for ‘A‘ Level and Polytechnic graduates.

For ‘A’ Level Applicants

  • Minimum application criteria: 2 H2 passes, an attempt at General Paper (or Knowledge and Inquiry) taken at the same sitting, and a sub-pass in a Mother Tongue Language (MTL).
  • A minimum MTL proficiency is required (‘S’ grade in H1 MTL or pass in MTL ‘B’ or D7 in GCE ‘O’ Level HMTL). Students who do not obtain a sub-pass for MTL under the current ‘A’ level curriculum can be granted provisional admission but must meet the universities' MTL minimum requirement (by taking MTL classes) sometime before they graduate.
  • Grades for the following subjects will be considered for admission: 3 H2 and 1 H1 content-based subjects (at least one of which must be from a contrasting discipline), GP (or KI), PW. Students who score well may also have their MTL grades taken into consideration for admission.
  • Additional faculty admission criteria such as interviews or aptitude tests
  • Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) performance (considered qualitatively)

For Polytechnic Graduates

  • Polytechnic results
  • Additional admission criteria such as GCE ‘O’ Level results, interviews or aptitude tests
  • CCA performance (considered qualitatively)

The universities also practise aptitude-based admissions, to take into account students’ demonstrated academic and non-academic aptitudes and strengths holistically alongside general academic grades.

Please refer to the respective university websites for more details on admission requirements.