You’ve just received your O-Level results, now… what’s next? With so many study options available for the next lap of your educational journey, we’ve mapped out an overview to help get you started.

Junior College (JC) and Centralised Institute (CI)

Junior College
Image: Meridian Junior College

With the ability to study a mix of different subjects (e.g. Biology, Mathematics, Econs etc.) along with specialised electives (e.g. Music, Arts, Language etc.), your two (JC) or three (CI) year course of study will see you ending with a GCE ‘A’ Level qualification, which will then determine your entry into a local university of your choice.

Choose this if:

  • You prefer a structured and guided curriculum focused on theory-based learning
  • You want a longer time frame to think about your future specialisation
  • You want a faster and higher chance of getting into a local university
  • You prefer independent study instead of group work


Image: Nanyang Polytechnic

Offering a wide selection of skill-oriented courses that fit a range of interests, a polytechnic education prepares students for the real world through networking opportunities with industry professionals as well as industrial attachments. Many polys also offer internships opportunities abroad – if you’re lucky enough, you might just find yourself doing your internships overseas!

Choose this if:

  • You prefer hands-on practical learning that will equip you with applicable real world skills
  • You have a desired field of study and want to gain a better insight into the industry
  • You want to be able to enter the workforce upon graduation
  • You thrive when working with others and love project-based assignments

Institute of Technical Education (ITE)

Image: Institute of Technical Education

The practical skills ITE students gain through their course of study act are highly sought after by employers. Offering students on-the-job exposure, you can choose between full-time courses or part-time traineeship programmes. 

Choose this if:

  • You prefer an engaging learning environment that places emphasis on technical and vocational skills
  • You want to make full use of apprenticeship opportunities with industry partners
  • You want to be able to enter the workforce and apply skills you’ve learnt upon graduation

Specialised Education

Focusing on niche programmes that allow you to explore your topic of interest in depth, specialised educations provide students with the relevant skills and expertise in that field of study, giving you an added advantage to excel in the industry.

Choose this if:

  • You have decided are are committed on a particular career path
  • You want better internship and job placement assistance that may lead to direct employment
  • You fancy having more well developed facilities at your disposal for all your learning needs

Private Education Institution (PEI)

Private Education
Image: The Straits Times

If you want to obtain an international certificate at the end of your studies without leaving the comforts of  Singapore, then private institutions are for you. With some courses taking as short as 18 months (full time) to complete, choosing this study path will allow you to graduate faster and enter the workforce sooner than all your peers. Part-time courses are also available.

Choose this if:

  • You want an international qualification without having to study abroad
  • You want to enter the workforce as quickly as possible
  • You want to have flexibility in enrollment due to there being multiple intakes per year

Overseas Education

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will see you becoming fully independent and self-sufficient, the networking sessions you will be exposed to studying abroad may also open doors to employment opportunities, should you decide to stay on after graduation. Do take note of the high cost of living if you’re going for this option though!

Choose this if:

  • You want an international qualification while at the same time experiencing student life abroad
  • You believe independent living encourages aptitude and personal growth
  • You want to immerse in new cultures and experiences, and meet people from all over the world

Choosing which educational pathway to embark on is one of the most crucial decisions you will have to make during your teenage years. We hope this overview helped you get closer to making an informed choice! 

If you’re headed down to Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) Open House on 5 to 7 January, boy are you in for a treat. Not only has NYP planned a plethora of fun activities, showcases and workshops, they even have a Night Open House on 6 January for you to experience NYP at night! Here are 11 must-catch highlights over the entire NYP OH. 

School Your Parents 

Setting your educational pathway is a decision that should also involve your parents’ input. Help them get updated with the Choices After ‘O’s Parents’ Seminar, where they’ll gain more insights on post-secondary and post-ITE options, as well as learn tips to help you through the process and beyond so you won’t have to handle it alone. This talk isn’t just for parents, so pull up a chair and learn useful tips on how to join your preferred course, entry requirements for Joint Admissions Exercise, Polytechnic Foundation Programme, and more.

The Choices After ‘O’s Parents’ Seminar will be held on 6 January (Friday), 7pm at the NYP Auditorium. Sign up here for the seminar! 

Course and Career Exhibition 



Undecided on which course to pursue or the career options available for your diploma of choice? Head to NYP Auditorium Lobby (Blk A, Central, Level 1) to find out all about NYP’s 47 diploma courses, including their new Diploma in Sustainable Architectural Design. There, you’ll be able to speak to experienced NYP lecturers and students across all seven schools, and learn more about NYP – its vibrant campus life, exciting CCAs, yummy food, learning experiences, and more. 

Be A Potential Scholarship Recipient


Scoring a scholarship boosts your résumé, provides great networking opportunities, and also eases financial load – learn about some of the rewarding scholarships that NYP has to offer through the National Precision Engineering Scholarship (NPES) Seminar (7 January, 1pm onwards, two sessions available) and Scholarships @ School of IT Seminar (7 Jan, 11am). The former is offered to eligible students who enrol into NYP’s Diploma in Digital & Precision Engineering, while the latter offers various bond-free scholarships and opportunities available at School of IT. 

NPES Seminar
Date: 7 January (Saturday) 
Time: Session 1 – 1pm to 2:30pm, Session 2 – 3:30pm to 5pm
Venue: Blk S, Level 2, Lecture Theatre S-2, School of Engineering 
Click here for more info

Scholarships @ School of IT Seminar
Date: 7 January (Saturday)
Time: 11am to 1pm
Venue: Blk L, Level 3, Conference Room L.319, School of Information Technology
For registration or enquiries, please contact Mr Lawrence Tham at [email protected] or 6550 1711. 

NYP Scholarships & NYP-Industry Scholarships
Visit the Admissions Information Booth at the Course & Career Exhibition at Auditorium Lobby, Blk A, Level 1, for more information on these prestigious, bond-free scholarships awarded by NYP and their distinguished industry partners.

Get Toured Around Like A VIP 



Check out NYP’s state-of-the-art facilities with ease by signing up for a guided school tour! Led by NYP student guides, view innovative projects created by students and soak up NYP’s learning environment – this will be the best way to ensure you get the full NYP experience without getting lost amidst the hustle and bustle. 

Sign up for a guided school tour at the Tour Registration Counter, Atrium, Blk A, Central, Level 1. 

Get Legit Career Advice


If you have totally no inkling of what you’d like to pursue, approach NYP’s Education & Career Guidance (ECG) Centre where their ECG Counsellor will shed some light on the possible career paths that are suitable for your personality, interests and strengths via career profiling. Even if you do have an idea of what you’d like to do in the future, it wouldn’t hurt to get some professional advice to help you advance further. 

Career Interest Profiling (CIP) sessions run at 10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.30pm, 4.00pm daily. 

Make Your Own Gear



Self-designed T-shirts, costumes, plush toys, robots, bespoke furniture, gadgets, skateboards and more – check out how NYP students create new innovations and get the chance to make your own swag at NYP’s MakerSpace (Blk P, Level 2). We foresee this spot to be pretty popular, so get there earlier to snag yourself some personalised gear. 

Listen To Young Talent  


Watch the finalists of NYP Jam! sing their hearts out onstage in the final showdown – be it dynamic soloists or charismatic bands, the competition will be one to remember. Plus, you’ll get to see Mediacorp 987 DJ, Sonia Chew up close as she hosts this exciting event. 

The NYP Jam! finals will be happening at the NYP Night Open House on 6 January (Friday), from 7pm to 9pm at Atrium Stage, Blk A, Central, Level 1. 

Watch An Exciting Dance Battle



There’s always something extra exciting about street dance competitions, and the NYP Groove! Finals will not disappoint. Gathering the best dance crews across the secondary schools and ITEs, this NYP signature event promises an epic finale as each team battles it out for the top spot. 

The NYP Groove! Finals will be happening on 7 January (Saturday), from 1pm to 2:30pm at Atrium Stage, Blk A, Central, Level 1.

Catch The Sam Willows ‘Live’

The Sam Willows 2Photo: Sony Music 

Fans of local bands The Sam Willows and The Summer State rejoice! These popular acts will be performing at the NYP Night Open House from 6pm to 7pm as part of NYPTV on Air ‘Live’, so head over to the Atrium Stage (Blk A, Central, Level 1) to catch ’em live. 

Eat Your Heart Out

There will be plenty of food to feast on at NYP campus at super affordable prices, but there will be free nosh too! Swensen’s ice cream, popcorn, and candy floss will be available during the Night Open House, while there’ll be a a Grab-All You-Can candy booth stationed at the Atrium all throughout the Open House! Simply flash your secondary school ID and you’ll be able to grab as many of your favourite snacks as you can manage, completely for free. Where do we sign up? 

Chill and Play

Take advantage of NYP’s recreational facilities: their student recreation centre is open to public during the Open House and it has a cafe, pool table, air hockey tables, jamming and karaoke rooms, and even a gym. Just snag a spot and game away! 

NYP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 180 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8

NYP Night Open House
Date: 6 January
Time: 6pm – 11pm 

We hope you’ll have an awesome time at the NYP OH 2017! Click here for a digital map of the NYP campus and here for more info on NYP OH.   

Photos: NYP

Skechers Singapore

It’s official, The Tee Guys has made school merch actually cool. Here’s how they did it.

(From left to right, Simon Ng and Bryan Lian)

When the word got out that Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) has launched an exclusive streetwear available exclusively in D’Studio, it was gone before many could even check them out! Yup, this latest collection of NYP tees was designed by NYP’s very own students Simon Ng Wei Hao (Diploma in Business Management) and Bryan Lian Jenn Yi (Diploma in Engineering with Business).


Simon, a final-year student, was attached to D’Studio during his Teaching Enterprise Project (TEP) was first intrigued by how well the NYP tees were selling. He toyed with the idea of creating NYP’s first ever streetwear collection with his buddy Bryan Lian Jenn Yi, also a final-year student but from the Diploma in Engineering with Business. Both of them shared a common interest in fashion trends and thought they could design something new.

With encouragement from D’Studio’s TEP lecturers, they researched on the creative elements of streetwear. Eventually, they came up with a Japanese-inspired design that cleverly used Japanese words and an assortment of shapes. The tees were in two basic colours – black and white –commonly used in streetwear.


Simon was also guided by his TEP’s lecturers on how to source and negotiate with suppliers to print the tees. Imagine their astonishment and ecstasy when they found out that the first batch of 300 pieces were snapped up within a few days! Not to mention, they had just replenished their inventory with a new batch of T-shirts and already some sizes were out of stock.

Inspired with their success, Simon and Bryan decided to set up their own company and started work on new and exciting designs. Named The Tee Guys, their new collection was showcased during the NYP Entrepreneurial Fair in December, and it was a great success.

Images: NYP

Simon and Bryan have turned their idea into reality. With NYP nurturing them, their first step has taken off beautifully. Because We Can!

Skechers Singapore

In this segment, we highlight Open House activities at each poly to include into your itinerary. From music performances to CCA showcases to dance competitions, there’ll definitely be something you’d want to catch! Check out part one of our Ultimate Guide To Poly Open House 2017 here


Photo: NYP

NYP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 180 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8

  • Catch the epic finals of NYP Groove! 2017 (7 Jan, 1pm to 2:30pm) as the super talented dance crews battle it out onstage. It’s a street dance competition to remember! 
  • Create your own personalised tote bags, customised T-shirts, robots, skateboards and more at NYP MakerSpace (Block P, Level 2). 
  • Campus tours are pretty much happening throughout the Open House – they have different routes so be sure to make sure you’ll be visiting the facilities/schools of your choice. Register at the Tour Registration Counter (Atrium, Blk A, Central, Level 1).

NYP Night Open House
Date: 6 January
Time: 6pm – 11pm 

  • Show your support for the finalists of the NYP Jam! singing competition (7pm to 9pm), hosted by 987 DJ, Sonia Chew. 
  • From 6pm to 7pm, NYPTV On Air ‘Live’ features pulsating performances by NYP’s very own dance crew, Foreign Bodies, along with local bands The Sam Willows and The Summer State!

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP)

NP Open House
Photo: NP

NP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 535 Clementi Road, Singapore 599489

  • Have an immersive experience of being an NP student by signing up to spend A Day with NP Fam where you’ll get to preview your dream course. Starting from 11am onwards, these previews range from Drawing For Animation (School of Infocom Technology), to Design Possibilities with 3D Printing (School of Design & Environment) to Take Flight (School of Engineering). 
  • Workshops and talks will be on-going throughout the NP Open House, including Admission Talks for O- and N-Level and ITE students. Full schedule here.
  • Check out the various CCA exhibitions and workshops at NP’s PoCCAmon Showcase, while capturing sightings of sports demos (12pm – 5pm), fun performances (Admin Field2, 2pm-6pm (5 and 6 Jan), 11:30am to 6pm (7 Jan) and more! 
  • Parents can register for the All About Poly Education: A Forum For Parents (10am and 2:30pm, Convention Centre, Level 2) – all their burning questions will definitely be answered here. 
  • NP’s digital savviness is pretty impressive. Not only do they have an app (iTunes App Store, Google Play Store) for you to find out more about their courses beforehand, they also have a super cool interactive map to help you get around campus. And they’ve even prepped a 360 video tour for you in case you miss a faculty tour. 

Republic Polytechnic (RP)

RP Open House
Photo: RP

RP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 9 Woodlands Avenue 9, Singapore 738964

  • Before heading down to RPOH, take RP’s personality quiz to help you determine what which school suits you the best. Take the quiz here
  • Experience RP’s state-of-the-art facilities at each school, including an anatomy museum, an interactive touch pool, a live television recording set and a virtual aerodrome simulator! 
  • Besides exploring each faculty, be sure to participate in the special activities each school has prepared to showcase its uniqueness.  
  • RP’s School of Hospitality is looking or its next #SOH star! Aside from free etiquette, grooming and makeup workshops, attendees an also take part in the #SOHstar Photo Contest and stand to win attractive prizes.  
  • Win up to $500 worth of Capita Vouchers by taking part in the Instagram Contest that’ll be ongoing throughout RPOH, simply by snapping a creative selfie with the RP bear and uploading it on Instagram! Check out the details here

Singapore Polytechnic (SP)

SP Open House
Photo: SP

SP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: 500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651 (Beside Dover MRT) 

  • Hope onto SP’s campus tour bus and get a peek at unique spaces such as a navigation simulator, a fully integrated communications agency, a music production studio and even a cyber wargame centre. 
  • Enjoy performances by student clubs, including dance, cheerleading, mixed martial arts and more at the SP Plaza. Alternatively, find out more about their over 100 CCA clubs by visiting the SP CCA Booths at Eleven². 
  • Drop by the Career Interest Profiling Booth at the Convention Centre where you’ll receive a detailed analysis of your recommended career path based on your personality and interests. Also, discover your potential career options with this fun SP Personality Quiz.  
  • SP also offers Course Counseling with SP lecturers and students – learn more about the courses of your interest so that you can make an informed decision. 

Temasek Polytechnic (TP)

TP Open House
Image: Temasek Poly

TP Open House details:
Date: 5 to 7 January 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm daily
Venue: Temasek Convention Centre, 21 Tampines Avenue 1, Singapore 529757

  • Get around campus easily – TP has a campus shuttle that’ll bring you from point A (Temasek Tourism Academy) all the way to point H (Glocal Connect Village). Check out their pick up points here
  • Fancy trying out radio broadcasting, DNA fingerprinting, virtual reality games or even being part of a live fashion runway? Immerse in interactive activities that’ll open your eyes to what the courses are truly about. 
  • Find out what’s in store for you after your O-Levels by attending the Beyond O-Levels Seminar (7 Jan, 10am) that will address any questions you have about pursuing a poly education. After which, there will be a guided tour to the school of your choice. Register here
  • TP will be hosting School Talk sessions dedicated to individual schools (5 and 6 Jan, 12pm onwards), so grab a seat to find out more about the school you’re interested in. Each session lasts about 40 minutes. 
  • N-Level students who are interested in finding out more about TP’s Polytechnic Foundation Programme can speak to TP’s counsellors at their Course Counseling Area, located at Campus Tour Pickup point D.  

The Poly Open Houses will be overwhelming, but we hope our guides will make your experience an enjoyable (and fruitful) one. Check out part one of our Ultimate Open House Guide here. Keep your eyes peeled for the Teenage booth at each poly and pay us a visit to score awesome goodie bags. Last but not least, read all about Poly education and more in our  January 2017 Passport To Your Future

The title says it all: we’ve prepared a comprehensive guide of literally everything you need to know, see and do during Poly Open House 2017 to make the most out of your trips to each Poly Open House! As a start, here are 10 tips and tricks to take note of. 

In case you didn’t already know, the Poly Open House is an annual affair where all five local polytechnics – Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic – open their doors to newly graduated secondary school students seeking the next step in their tertiary education. Over a span of three days, the institutes introduce their courses, CCAs, facilities, and school spirit etc. through guided tours, CCA showcases, and even guest performances, amongst other fringe activities. With the slew of ongoing activities at the different polys, and the short timeframe to cram everything in, you’ll definitely need a few pointers to help plan your itinerary wisely. 

Before heading out, be sure to: 

#1 Research on the courses you’re interested in

Don’t just aim for courses that spark your interest without reading up on it first. Check out the different topics the syllabus has to offer, the credit weightage for each module, as well as the career prospects available. There are over hundreds of options to choose from across the five polytechnics, so narrow down your choices to the ones that appeal most to you. With that list in mind, search for the relevant booths/schools at each Open House you visit – that should keep you from getting distracted. 


#2 Seek a second (or third, or fourth) opinion

Whether you’ve decided on a course or not, speak to your parents and teachers before fully committing to it. They are the ones who’ve been with you throughout your growing up years and would know where your expertise lies. Sharing your goals with a trusted party will give you a better insight on what’s the best course of study, and they will be able to foresee any future pitfalls you may encounter. Alternatively, you could also approach a education and career guidance counsellor in your school – they will be able to offer practical insight to help you make your final decision. 

#3 Map out your route

All five polys are scattered across the island, so find out the travel time required between schools and split up your visits into batches based on proximity. It will take you days to cover all five polytechnics, so plan your schedule accordingly and keep track of the duration spent in each school to efficiently to maximise your time. While you should keep your eyes on the prize (i.e. finding out about your course info), take some time to explore campus grounds and immerse yourself in booths and activities available; only then will you be able to truly experience each poly and what they have to offer. 

Click here for a quick list of happenings across the polys! 

While you’re there:


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#4 Get there early

There’s going to be a lot of people and a lot of activities going on, so it’s best to head down early. Not only do you get to beat the crowd (and the heat), you will also be the first in line to get your hands on exclusive perks and free goodie bags!

#5 Don’t be fazed by the crowd

Upon stepping into the bustling campus grounds, you might feel overwhelmed by the whirlwind of events and swarm of unfamiliar faces. Don’t panic – remember that everyone there is around your age and you guys might even end up as schoolmates in the future, so go ahead and mingle! If you’re here without any friends or family members to accompany you, don’t be shy to approach a fellow student ambassador on site who will gladly greet you with open arms. You can usually find them along activity booths and where the guided campus tours are held.


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#6 Ask a lot of questions

Come prepared with a list of questions you may have about the faculty. Don’t hesitate to clarify your doubts and ask for feedback from the seniors present. How was their experience as a first-year student? How are the orientation camps here conducted? What do they find the most challenging about their course? Remember to speak with the academic staff or a course counsellor to get a professional point of view as well. Polytechnic life is a completely different ball game compared to secondary school, so it’s important to know what you are in for as a prospective student. 


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#7 Save every piece of info you get

You may feel tempted to throw out that stash of brochures you’ve gathered, but trust us: these handouts will certainly come in handy when it comes to finalising your top 12 choices. Locate a quiet corner after settling down and take a good look at all the information listed, which will give you a complete summary of what you can expect from each course. Having all the pros and cons laid out will help you to weed out and prioritise your options.


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#8 Register for seminars/workshops

Attend the various seminars and workshops that will be taking place, where you can find out more about the different curriculums, scholarship opportunities, admission requirements and other academic queries in detail. There are also dedicated forums for parents to participate, which gives an overview of what pursuing a tertiary education is all about and also allows them to pick up tips on how they can guide their child into making informed decisions. Spots might be limited, so make sure to register for the talks you have in mind on their respective websites ahead of time!


#9 Explore the campuses

Aside from seminars and workshops, go on the guided campus tours where you get to check out the academic buildings, student amenities and specialised equipment provided for your preferred courses. Having a conducive environment ensures that students get ample hands-on experience in and out of the classroom, which is why it’s important to ensure that the facilities are readily accessible and in good working order. While you’re at it, explore the study areas, food courts and recreational offerings too as these are the places you will be spending most of your time at in between classes. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the Teenage booth for awesome goodie bags! 

#10 Check out the CCAs available

Don’t forget the CCAs showcases! Take your pick from the endless array of extra-curricular activities available – from academic school clubs, to special interest groups, to sports and adventure teams, there’s sure to be one that tickles your fancy. To really step out of your comfort zone, why not challenge yourself by joining something you’ve not tried before? Not only is it a great platform for you to pick up new hobbies and develop it into a passion, CCAs can also help to beef up your resume and help it stand out from the sea of university/job applications in the future. Win-win!

Our Ultimate Guide ain’t over yet! Check out our Open House 2017 activities listings at each poly here. What are some of your tips and tricks to navigating the Poly Open Houses? Comment below and share your insight. Last but not least, read all about Poly education and more in our  January 2017 Passport To Your Future

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