Academic requirements for local psychology diplomas and degrees

Psychology is becoming such a popular subject and program that there are a lot of schools (private and government-funded) that offers psychology programs. In this post, I will mainly focus on the local and non-private institutions as they tend to be the most popular, and the ones which tend to be thought of first when considering for diploma and degree programs. The programs that will focused on are from: SP (Singapore Polytechnic), NP (Ngee Ann Polytechnic), TP (Temasek Polytechnic), NUS, NTU, and SMU.
There are actually many psychology diploma and degree programs in Singapore that are being offered in private institutions, but in order not to confuse the readers, only those mentioned above would be looked at. To find out more, please contact the individual private institutions for the diplomas and degrees.

There is the assumption in this post that readers understand the Singaporean education system with the 'O' levels, 'A' levels, and diplomas, and their grading systems, so I will not go much into them.

For the diplomas:
These cut-off points are based on ELR2B2: (Please refer to the websites for more details)
EL=English Language; R2=Two relevant subjects; B2=Any two other subjects excluding CCA
SP Programs:  Applied Drama and PsychologyHuman Resource Management with Psychology (Cut-off for Both: 12)
NP Programs: Psychological Studies (Cut-off: 9) / Child Psychology and Early Childhood (Cut-off: 12)
TP Programs: Psychological Studies (Cut-off: 9)


For the degrees: (This are represented by their current year entry students' 3H2/1H1 and polytechnic GPA grades and stated by 10th <lowest minimum> and 90th <safest to be confirmed> percentile)
NUS (2011/12)3H2/1H1: 10th - ABB/C, 90% - AAA/A.  GPA: 10th - 3.68, 90% - 3.89
(Additional criteria - Students must obtain at least a B-grade in each of these modules during their first year of the program: PL1101E and PL2131)
NTU (2011/12)3H2/1H1: 10th - BBB/C, 90% - AAA/A.  GPA: 10th - 3.67, 90% - 3.91
SMU (2011/12)3H2/1H1: 10th - BBB/C, 90% - AAA/A.  GPA: 10th - 3.63, 90% - 3.89

Please note that this cut-off points tend to change from year to year, and hence if you are looking at this list in 2013, it might be different. Hope this will help students who wish to do psychology and preparing for their exams to have an aim towards getting good grades to enter university!

For the updated version of 2012/13, please view here!

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