Good news for Poly students: O Level “not counted” for Uni admissions

Should be good news for most Poly students. It is good to aim for a decent grade for key subjects like E maths and A maths though, as they may still be required for certain subjects in university. For example, a polytechnic student who wishes to apply to a computer science course at NUS would need at least a B3 in O-Level Additional Mathematics.

Source: Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: Polytechnic graduates applying to the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) from 2020 will no longer have their O-Level grades be considered for admission, except for certain courses.

This comes with the Ministry of Education (MOE) removing an existing requirement for an applicant’s O-Level results to comprise 20 per cent of his University Admissions Score (UAS).

The UAS is a framework adopted by the six autonomous universities to benchmark and rank applicants’ academic abilities for admission to university.

A-level Marks/Grade required to enter NUS

NUS Cut Off Points (COP)

Source: http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/gradeprofile/sprogramme-igp.html

Table 1: Grade Profiles of the 10th and 90th percentiles of A-Level Applicants offered places for courses at NUS in Academic Year 2012-20132

NUS Courses

Representative Grade Profile 3H2/1H1

10th percentile
90th percentile
Faculty of Law
Law*
AAA/A
AAA/A
School of Medicine
Medicine*
AAA/A
AAA/A
Nursing*
BCC/C
AAA/C
Faculty of Dentistry
Dentistry*
AAA/A
AAA/A
School of Design & Environment
Architecture*
ABB/B
AAA/A
Industrial Design*
BBB/B
AAA/A
Project & Facilities Management
BBC/C
ABB/C
Real Estate
BBC/B
AAB/B
Faculty of Engineering
Engineering
ABB/C
AAA/A
Bioengineering
ABB/C
AAA/A
Chemical Engineering
AAA/B
AAA/A
Civil Engineering
BBC/B
AAA/B
Electrical Engineering
BCC/B
AAA/B
Environment Engineering
BBB/C
AAA/B
Engineering Science
BBB/C
AAA/A
Industrial & Systems Engineering
AAB/B
AAA/A
Materials Science & Engineering
AAB/B
AAA/A
Mechanical Engineering
ABB/C
AAA/A
School of Computing
Computing (Computer Science)
BBC/C
AAA/A
Computing (Information Systems)
BBB/C
AAA/B
Faculty of Engineering & School of Computing
Computer Engineering
BCC/B
AAA/B
Faculty of Science
Pharmacy
AAA/A
AAA/A
Science
BBC/B
AAA/A
School of Business
Business Admin
AAA/B
AAA/A
Business Admin (Accountancy)
AAA/A
AAA/A
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Arts & Social Sciences
BBB/B
AAA/A
Arts & Social Sciences (MT related)
BBC/C
BBB/B
Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies
AAB/B
AAA/A

* Courses that require interview &/or test.

2 Double degrees are excluded from the table.