Common Engineering Programme (C42)

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Essentials for engineering success

Minimum entry requirements

4 to 24 points
7 to 10 points

Minimum entry requirements

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For O Levels


4 to 24 points


Minimum entry requirements / Grades

  • English Language : 7
  • Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) : 6
  • Any one of the following subjects: 6
    • Biology
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing / Computer Studies
    • Design & Technology
    • Electronics / Fundamentals of Electronics
    • Physics
    • Science (Physics, Biology)
    • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
    • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

Admission to a course is based on merit and subject to the availability of vacancies. The range of net ELR2B2 aggregate score of the students who were admitted to these courses through the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) are shown as a general reference.

For N levels


7 to 10 points

Minimum entry requirements / Grades

  • English Language Syllabus A : 3
  • Mathematics Syllabus A / Additional Mathematics : 3
  • Any one of the following subjects: 3
    • Design and Technology
    • Food and Nutrition / Nutrition and Food Science
    • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
    • Science (Physics, Biology)
    • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
  • Any two other subjects (excluding CCA): 4

Build the knowledge and problem-solving skills that underpin all engineering disciplines in this one-year programme

You will emerge from this foundational course:

Empowered. Inspired. Confident.
    Here's what you'll learn with us
  • Through hands-on experience and in-depth exploration, we’ll help you discover your perfect engineering niche. Our engaging Taster Workshops offer a sampling of various engineering disciplines and allow you to experience, firsthand, the thrill and fascination of engineering exploration. You’ll get the insights, knowledge and confidence you need to chart your future career path.


    At the end of Year 1 Semester 2, you will make an informed decision to pursue any one of the following as your preferred diploma from Year 2 Semester 1 onwards:

  • Experience effective learning with ample time to explore and excel beyond boundaries.


    Learning Units

    • 9 Competency Units (CmU): Each CmU integrates skills and knowledge from different disciplines. This enables the students to fulfil specific work-tasks upon completion.
    • 1 Work-Integration Unit (WIU): A WIU is a workplace contextualised project. It allows students to tackle real-world work problems under the guidance of our educators, so that our students graduate ready for the workplace. Each WIU belongs to a Competency Canvas that helps you develop and demonstrate your abilities to perform work tasks at a higher proficiency.


    1  Competency Canvas
    Each Competency Canvas consists of a collection of CmUs and WIUs, which is a workplace-contextualised project. Competency Canvases help you develop and demonstrate your abilities to perform work tasks at a higher proficiency.


    5 General Studies Modules (GSM)  
    General Studies Modules allow you to explore other areas of interest beyond your chosen area of specialisation. You will have to take 3 prescribed GSMs and 2 elective GSMs in Year 1. 

Course Curriculum

This course adopts the new Professional Competency Model

  • You will take a total of 2 elective GSMs in Year 1. You will have a wide range of elective GSMs to choose from. Please note that the modules offered are subject to change each semester.

    Elective General Studies Modules

    Each elective module consists of 10 hours of class time and 5 hours of eLearning/self-directed learning.

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    The Story of Animation (DXX113)


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    Navigating Design Sustainability (DXX115)


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    Digital Technologies for Sustainability (ITX114)


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    Healthy Relationships, Enriched Lives (FGX112)


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    Emotional Intelligence (FGX113)


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    Introduction to French Language 1 (FGX115)


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    Introduction to German Language 1 (FGX116)


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    Selamat datang ke kelas bahasa Melayu! (Welcome to the Malay Language class!)


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    As this is an introductory module, only students with no prior formal training in Malay may apply.


Nurturing you to be future-ready

Learning Journeys


Experience education beyond the confines of the classroom as you immerse yourself in cutting-edge technology and delve into the operations of leading companies – the same companies our individual diploma programmes collaborate with. Witness innovation firsthand, like last semester's trip to Siemens by our Common Engineering Programme students. Gain insights into industry practices that shape our modern world. 

Overseas Programmes


Expand your global horizons by exploring diverse business and cultural landscapes, international trends, and networking opportunities through our study exchanges and educational trips. NYP offers a range of opportunities, both close to home and further afield. 


You’ll have a chance to witness Asia’s growth story while you interact with local students, learn about the diverse education systems, and gain insights into cutting-edge technological advancements. 


You can also venture beyond the region to countries across the globe, where you will participate in university programmes, go on industrial visits and get an inside look into the most current engineering developments. 

Diploma-Plus Programmes


Starting from their second semester in the Common Engineering Programme, eligible students can apply for our Diploma-Plus Programme, acquiring specialised skills and advanced knowledge for immediate workplace application or further university studies. This certified programme culminates in a Dip-Plus transcript awarded at graduation.


Completing all prescribed Dip-Plus (DP) programmes may also exempt students from Mathematics modules at the following universities: 

  • National University of Singapore: Students who pass all three NYP Mathematics DP modules, specifically Analytical Geometry, Applied Calculus and Advanced Calculus, will be exempted from "MA1301 Introductory Mathematics". 
  • Nanyang Technological University: Students who get a good grade in all three NYP Mathematics DP modules, specifically, Analytical Geometry, Applied Calculus and Advanced Calculus, may be exempted from Mathematics modules offered by the various engineering schools at NTU.  The exemption from modules will be reviewed and granted on a case-by-case basis.

Real experiences, real results

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