How to choose the right Polytechnic

How to choose the right Polytechnic

Need help finding a polytechnic? Here’s a guide that may help.

  You’ve just completed your ‘O’ Levels & now you have a tough choice to make. Which route should you take? A polytechnic diploma, GCE ‘A’ Levels or the International Baccalaureate diploma? Each of these 3 options have their own advantages and disadvantages. And it’s important for you to know all of them before you narrow down your choices and discard the other qualifications as possible routes for yourself. Here’s a useful infographic which we hope will give you a better idea about Singapore’s five polytechnics, Singapore, Temasek, Nanyang, Ngee Ann and Republic. We hope that this will help you decide which one fits you best! If you’re looking for more information, check out our guide to choosing a junior college, and our take on the JC/Polytechnic debate, as well as the differences between the ‘A’ Level certificate and International Baccalaureate diploma. To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled ‘O’ Level Results 2015: the Ultimate Guide.

Which polytechnic?

Polytechnics offer hands-on experience and prepare you well for the working world, but which course should you choose? Which polytechnic would you choose? We hope the following information helps you make a decision. There are 2 major factors to consider:

1. Course

Here’s what’s popular among polytechnic students. Course Average Cut-Off Points Engineering: 19 points Business & Management: 15 points Information & Digital Technology 20 points Health Sciences: 21 points Why not take your career path into consideration when choosing a course? Top Salaries for Fresh Diploma Graduates Optometry: SGD $2929 Diagnostic Radiography; Radiation Therapy: SGD $2326 Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering: SGD $2120 Occupational Therapy: SGD $2118 Physiotherapy: SGD $2108 Computer & Network Technology; Computer Engineering: SGD $2107 Marine & Offshore Technology: SGD $2069 Mechatronics Engineering: SGD $2049 Maritime Transportation Management: SGD $2034 Integrated Facility Design & Management: SGD $2032

2. School

Graduating from a more reputable polytechnic may provide you with better international recognition.
 Polytechnic Rankings  Singapore  Global
 Singapore Polytechnic  1 (up from 3)  2917
 Ngee Ann Polytechnic  2 (down from 1) 3659
 Nanyang Polytechnic  3 (down from 2) 5507
 Temasek Polytechnic  4 5744
 Republic Polytechnic  5 6990
Choosing a school near you means less travelling time, which means spending less money on transport and having more time for yourself! Regardless of which polytechnic and course you choose, always keep an open mind and enjoy the polytechnic experience!

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