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KBU International College offers 100 full scholarships to STPM top achievers


KBU International College (KBU) will be offering 100 full scholarships to STPM top

KBU International College offers excellent facilities with affordable fees.

KBU International College offers excellent facilities with affordable fees.

achievers to pursue their tertiary education at KBU.

These scholarships will be offered to those who have obtained 4.0 in cumulative grade point average (CGPA) but are unable to obtain a place in our public universities.

The scholarships will be covering 100per cent of the tuition fees for the wide range of UK honours degree programmes conducted by KBU, KBU board of governors chairman Tan Sri Dato Dr Teo Soo Cheng said.

This is to provide opportunities for these top students to carve out a career for themselves, Teo added.

“Secondly, we recognise that the nation needs quality human capital as she

KBU International College offers a conducive environment to study. Their Foundation in Science is recognised for entry into IMU's courses including Medicine

KBU International College offers a conducive environment to study. 

moves towards a developed nation status meeting the goal of Vision 2020. The degrees at KBU are awarded by three reputable UK universities namely Nottingham Trent University, Sheffield Hallam University and Anglia Ruskin University,” he said.

The 100 scholarships comprise 10 scholarships each for the following UK 3+0 degree programmes of

  • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Computer and Network Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Software Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Information& Communication Technology
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
  • BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting
  • Finance and BA (Hons) Marketing.

Partial scholarships are also available for other STPM holders.

Interior Design students at KBU International College where they are the only one to offer the Degree in Interior Design

Interior Design students at KBU International College where they are the only one to offer the Degree in Interior Design

For those students who achieved CGPA 3.75 – 3.99, KBU is offering 10 scholarships valued at 70 per cent of the tuition fees for each of the above programme.

All the offers will be based on a first come, first served basis.

STPM students who obtained CGPA ranging from 3.50 to 2.88 can also apply for partial scholarship which is being offered under the Merit Scholarship.

The college also offers a number of other scholarships in order to aid deserving students with financial problems.

Some of the scholarships that are being offered include the Chinese Independent

KBU international College provides a conducive learning environment that is affordable

KBU international College provides a conducive learning environment that is affordable

High School Principal Scholarship, Selected School Principal Scholarship, Community Scholarship and Student Leaders and Top Office Bearers Scholarship.

KBU also collaborates with more than 30 well-established companies and professional bodies as part of its efforts to prepare students for the world of work through internships and employment after graduation.

KBU is a private institution of higher learning known for its programmes that are relevant in keeping with the requirements of the industries of today.

KBU is also well-known for its excellent track record in providing UK 3+0 degree programmes.

KBU offers programmes on art and design, business, mass communication,

KBU International College is the only college that has a 3D Printer for her design students

KBU International College is the only college that has a 3D Printer for her design students

hospitality and tourism management, computing /ICT/ software engineering, engineering, Master of Business Administration, languages (English and German) as well as pre-university programmes such as the Australian Matriculation and GCE A-Levels.

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What to study after A-Levels or STPM?


Now that your A-Levels and STPM is over, as well as the UPU results are out, you have to choose your degree course to

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study. If you do not like what you have been offered for the public universities, you can always consider going into the private universities where the PTPN Loan can make it affordable. In addition, the environment at some private universities help groom your communication and presentation skills which is valuable when you start work.

Choosing a university where the students mostly use English to communicate is important so that you can improve your English. According to a report on May 29, 2013 in the Star newspaper, “A research study has confirmed that there is a correlation between English language skills and the salary gap between those who are proficient in the language and those who are not.

A study by research organisation Euromonitor International for the British Council states that the learning of the English language could increase the earning power of individuals in developing countries by approximately 25%.

A lot of students also like to wait a long while before they start their Foundation studies. We must keep in mind that “TIME = Money”. The faster you begin your studies, the faster you complete, the faster you begin your work and gain valuable work experience and this translates to money in term of your salary.

Remember, the decisions that you make now, can change your life (in this case, your salary) forever. Take time to discuss with an experienced counselor to make your decisions wisely. Choose the university with the best environment and not the university with the cheapest fees, so that your salary will high for the next 60 years of your work life

Pharmacy lab at UCSI University

Pharmacy lab at UCSI University

Choosing the right degree can be confusing. It is important to choose based on your results, your interests and the future job prospects.

For most courses, you will need at least 2 principals or 2 Cs (STPM) or 2Es for A-Levels in the relevant subjects to join the degree program. For Pharmacy or Medicine, you will need to have at least 3Bs.

If you have chosen the Science subject combination with interest in Chemistry, then you can consider the following:

  1. Petroleum Engineering
  2. Chemical Engineering
  3. Pharmacy
  4. Food Science & Nutrition

Students who are into Biology can find fulfillment in degree programs like:

  1. Medicine
  2. Biotechnology
  3. Nursing

If you like to move around a bit and like Maths & Physics, you think logically and like to be organised, the following are engineering degree programs are good choices:

  1. Mechanical Engineering

    Petroleum Engineering Lab at UCSI University

    Petroleum Engineering Lab at UCSI University

  2. Mechatronic Engineering
  3. Civil Engineering
  4. Communication & Electronic Engineering
  5. Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  6. Telecommunication Engineering
  7. Automotive Engineering

Those with a passion for Maths only can consider:

  1. Actuarial Science or Actuarial Maths
  2. Accounting
  3. Finance
  4. Software Engineering
  5. Information Technology

    Students from the Asia Pacific University (APU) ranked Tier 5 or Excellent by SETARA 2011 and graduates will receive a dual degree, one from APU and the other from Staffordshire University, UK

    Students from the Asia Pacific University (APU) ranked Tier 5 or Excellent by SETARA 2011 and graduates will receive a dual degree, one from APU and the other from Staffordshire University, UK

  6. Game Technology

If you are good in Maths with a passion for computers, you can consider degree programmes like:

  1. Software Engineering
  2. Forensic Computing
  3. Information Systems Security
  4. Intelligent Systems
  5. Network Computing
  6. Mobile Computing
  7. Enterprise Computing
  8. Multimedia Technology
  9. Computer Games Technology
  10. Web Media Technology

If you are a people person and like to help people out, like reading and research, you

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can consider degree programs in:

  1. Psychology
  2. Law
  3. Human Resource Management

Teaching is a good option for students who are caring, love children and desire to see them grow. You can choose Teaching English as A Second Language, Education and English or Early Childhood Education.

Those with a creative flair, love of building designs, history, and art can consider architecture.

Design oriented personalities who are creative have the following degree options:

  1. Multimedia Design

    KBU International College is the only college that has a 3D Printer for her design students

    KBU International College is the only college that has a 3D Printer for her design students

  2. Interior Design or Interior Architecture
  3. Graphic Design
  4. Fashion Design
  5. Product Design
  6. Game Design
  7. 3D Animation

Creative people who do not like Maths, and enjoy organising events, interest in strategies, writing, and interacting with people can consider degree courses in:

  1. Mass Communication
  2. Public Relations
  3. Media Studies
  4. Marketing
  5. Hospitality or Hotel Management
  6. Tourism Management

A love of travel, history, and desire to help people, the following degree courses are good:

Studying tourism is not boring as students will have hands-on experience in organising tours and going on an actual tour just like the Reliance College students in the picture. Reliance College is one of Malaysia's top tourism colleges with a wide network of its own Reliance Travel Agencies where graduates are able to find jobs easily with a good starting salary.

Studying tourism is not boring as students will have hands-on experience in organising tours and going on an actual tour just like the Reliance College students in the picture. Reliance College is one of Malaysia’s top tourism colleges with a wide network of its own Reliance Travel Agencies where graduates are able to find jobs easily with a good starting salary.

  1. Hospitality Management
  2. Hotel Management
  3. Tourism Management

The business world is wide and students have a lot to choose from like:

  1. Business Administration or Business Management
  2. Management Science
  3. Finance
  4. Banking & Finance
  5. Finance & Investment
  6. Islamic Banking & Finance
  7. Financial Economics
  8. Investment & Risk Management
  9. FOREX & Investments
  10. Economics
  11. Accounting
  12. Accounting & Finance
  13. Logistics
  14. Human Resource Management
  15. Marketing
  16. Business with IT

    State-of-the-art biotech and biomedical labs at MDIS Singapore

    State-of-the-art biotech and biomedical labs at MDIS Singapore

Culinary Arts is an excellent choice for students who love to cook and like to use their hands. There are many types of cuisines to specialise in like Italian, French, Western, Asian, Chinese, Korean and others. Mixing Chemistry with culinary arts, you can go into molecular gastronomy.

After your A-Levels, you can consider studying locally in Malaysia at top universities such as Asia Pacific University, UCSI University, KDU University College, KBU International College, Reliance College and others. Or go overseas to MDIS Singapore or to Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

 

Choosing the right course will depend on your results, personality, interests, job outlook and budget. It is important to talk to the right people to help you make this next important decision.

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Should I study Form 6 or continue with Form Six and take the STPM exam or stop?


Students can check whether they have been accepted into Form 6 here http://apps.moe.gov.my/sst6/semakanrayuan2013/

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) was previously known as the Higher Schoolacsipohschool Certificate (HSC). The STPM is Malaysia’s version of the UK’s GCE A-Levels and is a Pre-University course recognised for entry into public universities in Malaysia. The other way is the Matriculation course where only 10% of the seats are set aside for Non-bumis therefore the competition will be extremely high for the spots.

The STPM is set and run by the Malaysian Examinations Council since 1982, which also runs the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) since 1999.

All students who have passed the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) are eligible to enter into Form 6 to take the STPM, and will be automatically assigned a place in a government secondary school after the release of the SPM results.

The examination body, Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia (www.mpm.edu.my), allows students to enroll for the examination with a minimum of one (1) subject and a maximum of five (5) subjects (including General Studies). The intake for Form 6 is in May of each year.

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Most students take STPM after attending two years of Form 6 (Lower 6 and Upper 6) at a government or private secondary school.

Should I study Form Six?

In order to consider studying Form 6, students should take the time to understand the system and how Form 6 works.

Duration of Form 6 studies

In the new system, the duration of form six studies is similar to the previous system which is based on one-and-a half years of form six studies comprising the lower and upper six form. The allocation of teaching periods remains the same: eight periods per week for each subject (one period = 40 minutes).

Subjects for STPM

There are two streams, which are the Arts Stream and the Science Stream.

  1. 900 General Studies
  2. 910 Malay Language
  3. 911 Chinese Language
  4. 912 Tamil Language
  5. 913 Arabic Languange
  6. 920 Literature in English
  7. 922 Communicative Malay Literature

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  8. 930 Syariah
  9. 931 Usuluddin
  10. 940 History
  11. 942 Geography
  12. 944 Economics
  13. 946 Business Studies
  14. 948 Accounting
  15. 950 Mathematics (M)
  16. 954 Mathematics (T)
  17. 956 Further Mathematics
  18. 958 Information and Communications Technology
  19. 960 Physics
  20. 962 Chemistry
  21. 964 Biology
  22. 966 Sports Science
  23. 970 Visual Arts

Modular System

The new modular STPM format began in 2012, will combine two forms of assessments, and will be similar to the A levels format except that it will be in BM. Students will go through a school-based assessment with a weighting of 20-40% of the final score and a centralised examination with a weighting of 60-80% of the final score (The weighting varies according to subjects). Nevertheless, School Based Assessment (SBA) cannot be repeated and repeaters are required to sit for an alternative written paper in place with SBA.

The curriculum is divided into three parts based on topic areas. Each part will be

UCSI University offers the London Board A-Levels at their state-of-the-art campus in Cheras, KL

UCSI University offers the Cambridge A-Levels at their state-of-the-art campus in Cheras, KL

taught and studied in either the first, second or third term.

You will take the examinations at the end of each term (3 in total). One term is 6 months. Students who are not satisfied with their results for the first two terms can retake the examinations at the end of the third term.

Students’ assessment will be carried out each term with the results being released at the end of each respective term. The overall STPM results will be based on the best combined results of the three terms. Soft skill such as communication skills, teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving,information management and ethics are included in the new curriculum.

School-Based Assessment (SBA)

The introduction of SBA in this system is in line with the aspiration of the Education

KBU International College's Foundation in Science programme is accepted for entry by IMU University into their Pharmacy degree programme

KBU International College’s Foundation in Science programme is accepted for entry by IMU University into their Pharmacy degree programme

Ministry to develop human capital who embrace intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and physical values in line with the National Educational Philosophy. The SBA consists of project work, field study and practical work. The coursework question/task is prepared by the Council and will be conducted either over three terms or as determined by the individual subject requirements.

Examination

A centralised written examination is administered at the end of each term. Question

types consist of multiple choice, structed and essay questions. Question papers are prepared and provided by the Council, and the marking of answer scripts will be carried out by Council-appointed examiners.

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STPM Grading System

The grading system in the new STPM assessment system is similar to that of the previous STPM system. The score (question paper level) acquired by students for each term will be aggregated to determine the overall subject grade. The is no prerequisite minimum pass grade in each term for students to qualify to continue their studies in the following term.

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STPM uses a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system. There are 11 grades, which are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+ and D, with F as the failing grade. The grade points for each of these grades are between 4.0 and 1.0, A being 4.0 and D- being 1.0. The F grade gives a grade point of 0. From year 2012 onwards, CGPA point for each subject is known as Subject Grade Point (SGP) meanwhile the overall CGPA point for all subjects will be known as “Overall Subject Grade Point”.In accordance with the implementation of modular system in STPM from year 2012 onwards, MEC will implement a new assessment system for each STPM subjects.

Cumulative and subject GPA at 2.0 and above is considered a pass with credit or principal pass. GPA below 2.0 is considered a sub-fail, and a 0 is considered a fail. Admissions to local public universities requires at least a CGPA of 2.0 and above.

Paper Grade Subject Grade SGP* Status
A A 4.00 Full Pass
A- A- 3.67 Full Pass
B+ B+ 3.33 Full Pass
B B 3.00 Full Pass
B- B- 2.67 Full Pass
C+ C+ 2.33 Full Pass
C C 2.00 Full Pass
C- C- 1.67 Partial Pass
D+ D+ 1.33 Partial Pass
D D 1.00 Partial Pass
F F 0.00 Fail

*Subject Grade Point (SGP)

Advantages of the STPM

With School Based Assessment, teaching and learning are integrated with assessment.

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KDU College Penang is the best college in Penang offering the A-Levels programme

SBA humanises assessment making schooling a cooperative enterprise between teachers and students.

Through the new examination system, students will also have more opportunities to obtain better results. Students are allowed to improve on their first term and second term results by retaking these term examinations at the end of the third term. Students who do not obtain satisfactory results for the third term may also re-sit it.

Disadvantages of the STPM

Lower 6 used to be called the honeymoon year, but now, as soon as you enter Lower 6

Studying tourism is not boring as students will have hands-on experience in organising tours and going on an actual tour just like the Reliance College students in the picture. Reliance College is one of Malaysia's top tourism colleges with a wide network of its own Reliance Travel Agencies where graduates are able to find jobs easily with a good starting salary.

Studying tourism is not boring as students will have hands-on experience in organising tours and going on an actual tour. Reliance College is one of Malaysia’s top tourism colleges with a wide network of its own Reliance Travel Agencies where graduates are able to find jobs easily with a good starting salary after their 2.5-year diploma.

you will have to hit the books because your first exam will be in December and you will have not much time to study and the teachers do no have enough time to cover the material as well. There is no rest as you will need to keep studying  the exams every 6 months.

To enter into most private universities, students must achieve at least a CGPA of 2.00 or at least 2 Principal Cs in the relevant subjects. A C- is not a principal and some universities do not accept the Pengajian Am as entry into the university.

STPM requires you to take in too much information in 1.5 years. That in itself shows the inadequacies of a system which doesn’t give enough time for students to consume the information required. Furthermore, STPM needs a lot of study time in order to score well. If you are not ready to commit the time and effort, you should consider other options.

From the time you enter Form 6 till the exam and getting into IPTA would be 2 years. If you had taken a diploma, you would have already completed it. There are 180,000 graduates each year and competition for jobs are high therefore the faster you graduate, the faster you get a job and start your savings.

English is very important to secure a job as well as getting a higher salary and faster promotions. This is reported in the Star and from research conducted by the Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia. The medium of instruction in IPTA is in BM and most of the Chinese there communicate in Mandarin. In 2011, 70,000 IPTA graduates were unemployed.

Personally, I only recommend the STPM if students do not have the finances to study in private universities but with the PTPN Loan, studying in the private colleges or universities are more accessible.

A lot students and parents want to save money by going for the STPM but do not realise that for some, in the end, they are wasting time and eventually have to spend more money. When you pay for the A-Levels, you get good lecturers who will guide you to score so that you can apply for more scholarships. A-Level graduates from HELP University, UCSI

Ang Chee Chyuan (right) scored 4 A* in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths; he will study Engineering at Monash University  Calvin Yeoh Kai Yuan (left) was offered admission to 4 top universities: Imperial College London, University College London, Oxford University and Stanford University. He has chosen Stanford, where he will study Economics on a Bank Negara scholarship. Calvin scored A* in Physics

Ang Chee Chyuan (right) scored 4 A* in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths; he will study Engineering at Monash University
Calvin Yeoh Kai Yuan (left) was offered admission to 4 top universities: Imperial College London, University College London, Oxford University and Stanford University. He has chosen Stanford, where he will study Economics on a Bank Negara scholarship. Calvin scored A* in Physics

University, KDU University College, KDU College Penang and KBU International College have obtained scholarships into top ranking universities worldwide.

The STPM is extremely tough and if you do not do well, you would have wasted 2 years of your life and time is money. The earlier you graduate and join the work force, the more work experience you can gain and add this to your resume where it translates into higher salary. If you take a diploma, you would have finished it at the same time you would have taken to complete Form 6. Students say they cannot afford but for example, the Diploma in Business at KBU International College costs only RM22,560 total for 2 years and can apply RM16,000 total for the PTPN Loan.  KBU is very affordable and value for money. Furthermore, even if you do well in the STPM, you may not get the course of your choice at the Public University.

If you plan to study Medicine, Pharmacy or Law, you can go into the A-Levels while for the other courses, you can choose an easier way through the 1-year Foundation offered at the Private Universities or the Pre-University programmes offered at the Private Colleges. You need a lot of discipline and good teachers in order to do well in the STPM. If you have alright results for your SPM, don’t expect a miracle in the STPM as it is 20 times tougher than the SPM.

Advantage Disadvantage
Free The toughest Pre-University course around
Modular system Take 1.5 years but if you include the 6 months taken to enter Form 6 and the 6 months waiting to enter Public university, it will be 2.5 years
If you fail, then you would have wasted 2.5 years
English language not emphasized so you do not gain the all important language and communication skills needed to succeed in the workforce
You do not get to choose the course you want to enter Public University

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The types of Pre-University Programmes in Malaysian Colleges and Universities


Pre-University Programmes
What does Pre-U mean?
“Pre” means before, therefore, “Pre-University” means the course that you take before entering into a university programme. Most

Students from the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation

students will enter into the Pre-U after completing SPM or UEC (although some countries accept the UEC equivalent to a Pre-U). There are many different Pre-University programmes available in Malaysia. I will list some of the most popular ones.

SPM – Pre-University (1-1.5 years) – Degree (3-4 years)

Duration
The Pre-U vary from programme to programme and takes about 8 months to 24 months to complete.
Entry Requirements for all Pre-U: SPM or ‘O’ Level or equivalent – 5 credits including English and Mathematics/Science.
Subjects
The number of subjects vary from 3 to 12.When choosing the subjects, it is important to take those that would be relevant to the

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intended degree course. For example, if you take up Arts subjects, you will not be able to continue into a Biotech degree course.
NOTE: Required subjects: It is a requirement by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education that All Malaysian students must pass a module each in Malaysia Studies, Moral Studies (non-Muslims) / Islamic Studies (Muslims) and Bahasa Kebangsaan (exempted if a credit in BM has been obtained at SPM level).

Acceptance & Recognition
For those intending to pursue medicine, it is important to find out if the particular Pre-U programme is accepted by the medical schools. If it is, you also need to find out what the entry requirements are to enter into the medical school with the Pre-U results.

1. STPM – This one do not need much explanation. It is the cheapest “Pre-U programme” and usually taken by students interested in entering into the Public Universities. It takes about 1.5 years to complete. It is quite tough.

2. AUSTRALIAN YEAR 12
The Australian Year 12 is known by different names according to the states that offer it in Australia. It takes about 12 months to complete the programme beginning January until November. The results are released in December so that students can apply into the Australian universities for the February intake.

STATE / TERRITORY SENIOR SECONDARY CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION

Haw Jeh completed his Foundation course at APU and is now a first year software engineering student at APU or formerly UCTI.

-Australian Capital Territory (ACT) ACT Year 12 Certificate
-New South Wales (NSW) Higher School Certificate (HSC)
-Northern Territory (NT) Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
-Queensland (QLD) Senior Certificate
-South Australia (SA) South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
-Tasmania (TAS) Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
-Victoria (VIC) Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
-Western Australia (WA) WA Certificate of Education (WACE)

South Australian Matriculation (SAM)
The South Australian Matriculation, or SAM, is an internationally-recognised Australian pre-university matriculation programme which is set and administered by the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA). This is a statutory authority of the South Australian Government with the sole legislative responsibility for the curriculum and assessment of senior secondary education in that state. SAM has been offered to students outside of Australia since 1984 and is accepted by many renowned universities in Australia, the UK, the USA, New Zealand and India into their undergraduate programmes.

SAM has a unique assessment pattern, in which 50% of the final mark is derived from the final examination while the other remaining 50% is internally-awarded through continuous assessment of coursework and tests, thereby assessing the student’s overall performance. It offers students the flexibility to complete over an extended period although the normal duration of study is one year. The

KBU International College offers the A-Levels and AUSMAT at their 13-acre campus in Bandar Utama

curriculum consists of five subjects and students must take up English as a Second Language Studies or English Studies. Students can alsorepeat subjects without a penalty. Students will be awarded the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

The intake for students is only held once a year. The minimum qualification for admission into the SAM programme is the ‘O’ Levels or equivalent qualifications, with at least 5 credits totaling not more than 30 points, including credits in English and Mathematics / Science.

Western Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
The Western Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) is the final year (Year 12) of the secondary school programme offered by the government of Western Australia to enable entry into year one Bachelor’s degree programmes of most universities around the world, such as Australia, the UK, New Zealand, the US, Canada, and private universities in Malaysia.

The AUSMAT is an internationally-recognised pre-university programme administered by the Curriculum Council of Western

KBU International College offers excellent facilities for their AUSMAT students

Australia on behalf of the Western Australian government. Students are graded based on their performance throughout the year, i.e. 50% course and project work and 50% final examination. This arrangement not only helps to remove pressure of the single year-end assessment, but also provides opportunities for the usage of a variety of assessment techniques in determining students’ standards of achievement.

The entry requirement into AUSMAT is SPM, ‘O’ Levels or other equivalent qualifications, with a minimum of 5 credits in subjects of Science and Mathematics. The student intakes are in January and March. The course duration is between 8 to 10 months and students are required to take up five subjects including either English or ESL.

4. UNITED KINGDOM A LEVELS
The GCE A-Levels courses are examined by an external approved examination boards as bellow:-

• Associated Examining Board (AEB)

KBU International College offers a conducive environment to study. Their Foundation in Science is recognised for entry into IMU’s courses including Medicine

• University of Cambridge
• University of Oxford
• University of London

Duration. There are FIVE grades at A-Levels: A, B, C, D, and E.

The A-Levels is quite popular however it is quite tough and not for those who do not have the discipline or motivation to complete it. It is recommended for those intending to pursue medicine, law or pharmacy to take up this programme.

GCE ‘A’ Levels by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
After GCSE ‘O’ levels, students have a choice to continue with the GCE ‘A’ Levels programme (UK’s post-16 qualifications) offered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) which is part of the Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES). Many private

HELP University’s London Board A-Levels is highly regarded in Malaysia producing many top scorers

colleges in Malaysia prepare students to sit for this examination which is a popular option among Malaysians as well as international students. It is internationally-recognised for admission into universities worldwide including professional courses.

The A-level syllabuses are divided into Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced Two (A2) levels, each contributing 50% towards the final A-Level grade. AS Level is the first half of the course and forms the foundation of A-Level. A2 Level is the second part of the syllabus and covers more difficult topics. There are normally between 2 to 4 A-level subjects and General Paper or English is compulsory. The duration of study is usually 15 to 18 months (3 semesters). Both the ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ levels are flexible and students have the freedom to select the subjects that they are interested in, either to study a broad variety of subjects or to specialise in a particular area.

For assessment purposes, students can choose any one of the following options:

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Take all papers of the ‘A’ levels in one sitting, usually at the end of the second year of study, or
Take the ‘staged’ assessment route, that is, to take the ‘AS’ level in one examination session and the final part of the assessment ‘A2’ level at a subsequent session, or
Take the ‘AS’ level only, either at the end of a one-year or two-year course.

Assessment
It is 100% external examination-based. Both the ‘A2’ and ‘AS’ level examination sessions occur twice a year, in June and November, with some subjects only available in June or November. Results are issued in August and February respectively.

GCE ‘A’ Level by the London Examinations Board
International Students can also take up the ‘A’ Levels programmes conducted by the prestigious London Examinations and delivered by the Edexcel International. The London Examinations GCE Advanced Levels are exactly the same as the examination in the UK. International Students sit for the same examination papers as students in the UK and candidates are awarded certificates of the same standard regardless of where they are in the world.

The London GCE ‘A’ Levels is accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) of the United Kingdom. The

UCSI University offers the London Board A-Levels at their state-of-the-art campus in Cheras, KL

qualifications consist of two sets of three units; Advanced Subsidiary (AS) units, generally studied in year one, and A2 units, studied in year two.

Both Science and Arts subjects are available for students who have just completed their SPM or ‘O’ Levels examinations (or their equivalent). The programme is flexible and may be completed in 18 months (3 semesters). Students may take the examination in stages or in one final sitting. Most subjects comprise 6 modular units. Students are also allowed to re-sit a unit for an unlimited number of times and only the better grade will be counted. There are two examinations conducted per year (in January and June). Most combinations of at least 3 subjects are acceptable as entry qualifications to many universities in the world into their undergraduate programmes.

5. CANADIAN PRE UNIVERSITY (CPU)
The Canadian Pre-University (CPU) is a program provides students with the entry requirements into University Levels courses.

Methodist College specialises in the A-Level programme having produced many top scorers entering into prestigious universities worldwide including Yale University

Upon successful of the Canadian Pre University program, students receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma which is
accepted for university admission worldwide.

The Canadian Pre-University program is a one year course that follows a semester system with two semesters each year.
Each semester is approximately 20 weeks in length.

The CPU is based on the Ontario Secondary School system where continuous assessment is done throughout the course.
College/University Internal Foundation Programme.

CIMP is a one-year (1) course based on an Ontario Curriculum and students take a total of six subjects which include one English subject, that is, either ENG4E or ENG4U. Assessment comprises 70%

UCSI University’s Foundation programme is recognised for entry into universities from UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA

coursework and 30% final examinations. Intake is three times a year i.e. January, March and July. The minimum entry requirement is five (5) credits in SPM, O-Level or equivalent.

6. Private University College/University internal Foundation programme

Many private higher educational institutions, especially those offering twinning degree programmes have developed their own internal university foundation programmes. These courses are accredited by the Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA) and recognised by the respective foreign partner universities and also accepted by many other overseas universities as an equivalent to pre-university qualification in their respective home countries.

Unlike the external qualifications which focus on more general Science and Art-based subjects, the internal qualifications provide specialisation in precise areas of study such as the fields of business, computer & IT, and engineering, and hence, cater to the specific needs of different students.

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Entry requirements into Foundation, Diploma and Degree Courses in Malaysia


Many students are confused about the education possibilities available to them. For those who only obtained 1-2 credits in SPM/UEC and a pass in BM, there is still hope for you as you can go for a Certificate in Business or Certificate in Creative Design and then go on to the Diploma course.

Some students are also confused that the “C” in UEC is equivalent to a credit and that is not true. I had a staff before who counseled a student to join the Diploma programme with 3C’s in UEC and he had to apologise to the student because it is actually 3B’s as the C in the UEC is not a credit.

If you had obtained 5B’s in the UEC, you can go directly into the degree programme.

With the change in the duration of the diploma programme from 2.5 years to 2 years, students can go for the Diploma programme for 2 years and then enter into Year 2 of the relevant degree programme and complete the degree at the same time as those who took the Foundation. One advantage of taking the Diploma is that you can apply for the PTPTN loan up to RM8,000 a year. You cannot apply for the PTPTN loan for the Foundation course. In addition, for the Diploma, you would be studying subjects that you like. However, if you are not sure of what you want to study, then taking the Foundation course you have time to decide later which course you would like to pursue.

Another confusion is when students take the AS subject in the A-Levels, it is not a full subject and therefore is not counted as a principal. When choosing subjects in the A-Levels, it is important to ask the counselor the right questions and to choose wisely. Go Google and find out for yourself as well. The General Paper is also not accepted by some universities as well.

If you had taken a diploma course, you can transfer your credits into Year 2 of a relevant degree. For example, if you have a Diploma in Accounting, you can generally be accepted into Year 2 of the Accounting degree programme. If you decide to join a marketing degree course, you may not get as many exemptions. To perform the exemption advise, you will need to submit the transcripts of all the subjects that you have taken at the college and the course outline as well. It will take some time to perform the exemptions so you need to submit the documents early.

New assessment system for STPM


A report from Star newspaper today on the new assessment system for STPM

OPINION

IN accordance with the Education Transformation Programme, starting from the year 2012, the Malaysian Examinations Council (MEC) will implement a new Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) assessment system to enhance the form six education programme.

Existing STPM examination system

The existing examination is conducted based on one-and-a-half years of form six studies, comprising the lower six form and the upper six form.

The 2012 STPM examination

In 2012, the examination will be conducted in two modes. The first mode is for students who are currently in upper six form and will be under the existing examination system.

The second mode is for lower six form students in 2012 who will be the first cohort for the new assessment system. They will take the first term examination in November 2012.

New assessment system

In the new system, the duration of form six studies is similar to the present system. The allocation of teaching periods remains the same: eight periods per week for each subject (one period = 40 minutes).

The subjects offered remain at 23 subjects which are General Studies, Business Studies, Malay Language, Accounting, Chinese Language, Mathematics (M), Tamil Language, Mathematics (T), Arabic Language, Further Mathematics, Literature in English, Information and Communications Technology, Communicative Malay Literature, Physics, Syariah, Chemistry, Usuluddin, Biology, History, Sports Science, Geography, Visual Arts and Economics.

The curriculum is divided into three parts based on topic areas. Each part will be taught and studied in either the first, second or third term. The total duration of study is one-and-a-half years.

Students’ assessments will be carried out each term with the results being released at the end of the term. The overall STPM results will be based on the best combined results of the three terms.

Soft skills such as communication skills, teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, information management and ethics are included in the new curriculum.

There will be two forms of assessment: the School-Based Assessment (SBA) with a weighting of 20% to 40%, and the centralised examination with a weighting of 60% to 80% (the weighting varies according to subjects).

School-based assessment (SBA)

The SBA consists of project work, field study and practical work. The coursework question/task is prepared by the council and will be conducted either over three terms or as determined by the subject requirements. The assessment will be carried out by the subject teacher in government schools and government-aided schools. For private schools, integrity schools and individual private candidates, the examiner is appointed by the council.

The assessment moderation will be conducted by council appointed personnel at district, zone or state levels to ensure judgments of standards are comparable as well as a fair, valid and reliable assessment of students’ achievements. The council has also prepared a Teacher’s Manual and Student’s Manual for each subject as guidance and reference for all.

Examination

A centralised written examination is administered at the end of each term. Question papers are prepared by the council, and the marking of answer scripts will be carried out by council appointed examiners.

Grading

The grading system in the new assessment system is similar to that of the existing one. The score (at the question paper level) acquired by students for each term will be aggregated to determine the overall subject grade. There is no prerequisite minimum pass grade in each term for students to qualify to continue their studies in the following term.

Improvement of exam results

A special feature of this system is that students are allowed to improve on their first and second term results by retaking these term examinations at the end of the third term. Students who do not obtain satisfactory results for the third term may also re-sit it.

Advantages

Through the new system, students will have a lesser curriculum load to study and have more opportunities to obtain better results. The introduction of SBA is in line with the aspiration of the Education Ministry to develop human capital. This is also consistent with the ministry’s vision to strengthen and make the assessment and evaluation system more holistic, with an emphasis on outcome-based education that focuses more on students and is less exam-oriented.

Standards and recognition

In these terms, the new system is similar to that of the present one. In general, the curriculum content has not changed. A representative from Cambridge Assessment (CA), United Kingdom will attend the Standards Setting Committee meeting to endorse the results.

The CA representative will give his opinion on the analysis of the examination results for each paper and a collective decision will be made on the standards.

The Student Intake Management Division under the Higher Education Ministry has been briefed on the implementation of the new assessment system.

Vision

The system is expected to strengthen and enhance pre-university studies in order to attract more students to take up the programme, and to transform the assessment and evaluation to one that is more holistic in nature. For more information, log onto the MEC’s website at
www.mpm.edu.my
.

KHAWARI IDRIS
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
THE MALAYSIAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL

Education Pathway after SPM or UEC


What to study after SPM or UEC?

After SPM or UEC, there are many different pathways for you to choose from and sometimes it can be confusing. The best thing to do is to ask questions.

Talk to your teacher counselors, college counselors or send me a question here! Below is a chart of some of the normal pathways to choose from and the different grading systems for SPM, UEC, STPM and A-Levels.

Many Private Colleges & Universities are having their intakes in May and June so you should quickly find out more information to join their intakes. There are still later intakes in August and October but that’s just wasting your time unless you have National Service.

Certificate Course

If you have 1-2 credits in SPM or UEC and a pass in BM, you still have the chance to

Taking students on a campus tour of UCSI University and finishing off with counseling and registration

Taking students on a campus tour of UCSI University and finishing off with counseling and registration

continue your studies. This will help strengthen you enough to enter into the Diploma progamme. Of course it will take longer but well, you did not study for SPM so, at least, here you have a “second chance”. Note that not all colleges offer certificate courses. You will not be able to take the PTPN Loan for the Certificate Course or for Diploma or Degree because of your results.

You can join a Certificate in Business Admin for 1 year 4 months and then continue on to the Diploma in Business Management, Diploma in Mass Comm or Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Another way is to take the Certificate in Creative Studies and then go on to the Diploma in Graphic Design, Interior Design, or Multimedia Design.

Diploma Course

With 3 credits, you can join most diploma courses. Nowadays, you can finish a diploma in 2 years, it used to be 2.5 years. Therefore, now you will complete a degree in 4 years after the diploma.

• To join a diploma programme, you will need at least 3 credits in your SPM or 3 Bs in

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UEC. The credits of the subjects will depend on what course you take. For example, Maths will be a required credit for IT and Engineering. If you do not have enough money, you can at least graduate with a diploma as it is cheaper and a shorter duration. After working a few years to save money, you can continue to complete your degree.

•You can apply for the PTPN Loan up to RM8,000 a year.

• If you find it difficult to study and yet would like a certificate, maybe you should study a diploma as takes less time to complete. A degree may be too difficult and is longer hence you may not have the motivation to finish it.

• Diploma programmes tend to be more practical oriented while degree programmes are more theoretical.

• To continue on to a degree after a diploma, you will generally enter into the 2nd Year

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EduSpiral staff with student on a tour of APU’s campus

of the Degree Programme. Depends on the exemptions from the particular institution. Generally you will enter into Year 2 of the similar programme at the same university but if you choose to transfer to another university, you may not get enough exemptions and may only enter into the Final semester of Year 1.

•Diploma graduates can generally enter into the final year of the related degree at Northumbria University, UK. Fees are about RM50,000 a year and cost of living at about RM40,000 a year.

Pre-University or Foundation Programmes

You will need at least 5 SPM credits to enter into a Pre-U programme.

It is important to find out what you would like to study after SPM instead of blindly

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following your friends or just assuming that some said that the A-Levels is good, and so you chose it without finding out more. I don’t have anything against the A-Levels, but my humble opinion is that it is a great programme and is quite challenging. I would recommend it for those who plan to continue on to Law, Medicine or Pharmacy.

Keep in mind that the A-Levels is quite challenging, is in English and takes up 1.5 years. If you do not make it, you may have wasted a lot of time. If you know what you would like to study, you should just take up the college’s Pre-U/Foundation programme or an internationally recognised Pre-U programme such as the SAM, CPU, AUSMAT, UNSW, etc. They generally take 8-12 months to complete, so you could save on time. Note that if you want to pursue Medicine, some of the Pre-U programmes are not accepted.

The Pre-U programmes vary in time and course content. Some emphasise on course work, others exam oriented so choose one that fits your character.

What about STPM?

STPM is very tough and takes 2 years to finish. If you do not do well in STPM, you

Eddy Soo, a student recommended to HELP University by EduSpiral Consultant Services

Eddy Soo, a student recommended to HELP University by EduSpiral Consultant Services

would have wasted the time which is also money. If you had graduated faster, you would have started work earlier and start earning money and gain experience valuable for your resume. The time you take for STPM, you would have completed the diploma.

Still not sure what to study?

If you are not sure of what you want to study, then you can join the Pre-U or Foundation course. After that, you will continue on to the degree programme for another 3-4 years depending on the course. You do not have to choose what to study yet during foundation as it is general. The only choice is either Foundation in Arts or Foundation in Science. Note that if you take Foundation in Science, you can change to arts courses for your degree but if you take Foundation in

Attend education fairs and talk to the staff at the universities to find out more information.

Attend education fairs and talk to the staff at the universities to find out more information.

Arts, you can’t change to science-based courses.

It is important to talk to the right people to give you proper advise. Just like you won’t

ask a Doctor how to repair your car or a mechanic about your health, you should ask someone who has the necessary experience with in depth knowledge of the hundreds of courses and universities out there.

The choice that you make now can change your life forever, so you should talk to the right people and make the right choices.

EduSpiral Consultant Services has helped thousands of students to find the right

course and university that fits them so please contact us if you need help. Make sure you provide your full name and handphone number.

Grading Systems

SPM UEC O-Levels STPM A-Levels
A+ A1 A A A
A A2 B A- B
A- B3 C B+ C
B+ B4 D B D
B B5 E B- E
C+ B6 U – Ungraded C+ F
C C7 C
D C8 C-
E D+
G D

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Undergraduate Focus: Pre-U – Revitalised exam system (The new STPM format)


The article below is taken from NST yesterday.

THE Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia has been around for 30 years. In that time, depending on who you ask, it has been a blessing, a nuisance, or the torment of thousands of Malaysian students.

But no matter which, there is no doubt that the STPM, known as Form 6, is one of the toughest and most prestigious pre-university exams a hopeful young person can take. The STPM is recognised by international universities, especially within the Commonwealth, and even in the US, and is considered by many to be equivalent to GCE A-Levels.

Besides advancing the curriculum with the times, not much has changed with the STPM, until now. Just this year, the STPM examination policy was changed from the accustomed terminal system (a final exam at the end of the year) to a new modular examination system — exams at the end of every semester.

The new system: Starting this year, students will sit for a centralised assessment and a school-based assessment. Students already in Upper Sixth will continue with the old examination system, the last group to do so. Students currently in Lower Sixth will be the first to undertake the new system.

The centralised assessment, which will be administered at the end of each term, consists of written examinations comprising essays, and both structured and multiple-choice questions. The school-based assessment is coursework consisting of project work, field work and practical work. The coursework will be conducted either over three terms or in a specific term, depending on the subject.

A special feature of this system is that students will be allowed to retake the first, second and third term written examinations if their performance is not satisfactory the first time around. The best result obtained will be the one taken
into account, and the overall STPM results will be based on the best combined results of the three terms.

Looking to the future: The examination system was changed from the single high-stakes pen-and-paper examination system in line with the Economic Transformation Programme’s objective of moulding

a more all-rounded graduate.

The less examination-oriented approach means that the teaching and learning pedagogy caters to a range of learning approaches. It endeavours to prepare students for their further education and work life, and to encourage higher-order thinking skills, problem-solving skills, independence, team work and maturity.

Form Six teachers have been briefed on the new modular system; another expected result of the new system is that it will empower teachers, enabling them greater creativity and innovation in teaching.

Long time coming: The new system took about six years to develop and implement. The Ministry of Higher Education together with the Malaysian Examinations Council (MEC) studied various syllabi of different examination bodies – University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, International Baccalaureate Organisation, Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, and Singapore Examination and Assessment Board to name a few — and used what they learned to formulate a system that works in the Malaysian context.

Prestigious qualification: While the new system makes the STPM more manageable for students — the fact that students can re-sit modules will increase the passing rate — the standards and quality of the STPM will be maintained.

While the system certainly needed an overhaul, it was vital that its quality and international recognition not be compromised. To ensure these standards continue to be met, a representative of Cambridge Assessment sits as advisor to the Standards Setting and Certification Committee to provide advice and opinion on the analysis of the results of each STPM paper before a collective decision is made.

Only time will tell how much more
effective these examinations are as the first step to creating a thinking, innovative, whole
person. Meanwhile, continuous improvements will be carried out, and the system will be closely monitored by the MOHE and the MEC to ensure it runs without a hitch.

Quick facts

The new examination system combines two assessments:

School-based assessment with a weighting of 20-40 per cent of the final score

Centralised examination with a weighing of 60-80 per cent of the final score

The new grading system is similar to that of old sytem. Scores for each term will be aggregated to determine the overall subject
grade. There is no prerequisite minimum pass grade in each term.

Students are allowed to retake first and second term exams at the end of the third term if they are unsatisfied with their results.

The standards and recognition of the new STPM examination system is similar to the old system.

Fees

Basic fee                         RM120

Fee per subject              RM90

Re-sit                               RM50

For more information about the new STPM examination system,  visit http://www.mpm.com.my

New STPM Modular Format


The STPM will be going modular with the first batch of students going in this year in May 2012. For those who missed the article on the new format in Star Newspaper on April 1, 2012, I have copied below for you. I have also added some other details on STPM as well.

Mixed feelings over new STPM format

By AMINUDDIN MOHSIN
educate@thestar.com.my

Students have differing views about the recent changes to the STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia) format. Some find it appealing while others think otherwise. What was once very much like the A-Levels, a course based around an externally assessed final examination, the STPM is now more akin to pre-university programmes such as the South Australian Matriculation (SAM).

The STPM’s new assessment system revolves around continuous school-based assessments and centralised examinations which can be re-taken to improve grades.

Even though the ratio between school-based assessments and examinations is between 20 to 40% and 60 to 80% unlike SAM’s 70% college-based assessments and 30% external examinations, it is still seen as a welcome change by many students and teachers.

Darren hopes that the results will be better under the new format.

“As someone who is thinking about sitting for the STPM, this is good news for me. At least now I won’t be ‘pigeon-holed’ into studying for one huge exam.

“Instead of cramming whole text books into my head for final exams, I will be able to focus and score on the tests spread across the one and a half years,” said Neda Nejim Al-Asedi, 16, from SMK Assunta on Stuff@school’s Facebook page.

She added that the changes were a great move that would help reduce and spread out the stress levels of STPM students a little bit.

Another student who thinks the changes to the STPM are for the better is Tan Hui Jin, 19, from SMK Taman Connaught who said she never considered Form Six as a pre-university option.

“I never thought about it, but the new format is definitely better for the students, as it is no longer entirely exam oriented.

“The assignments and projects under the school-based assessments will help them develop much needed soft skills through presentations and group discussions,” she said explaining that students need to be all rounders and well balanced.

Hui Jin elaborated that the new format will help students with their communication and interpersonal skills which are essential in the working world.

Celine says the first batch will be viewed as the ‘experimental batch’ .

“What is the point of acquiring deep knowledge in any field if you can’t communicate, express and apply what you learn?” she added.

But to many students, the new format is untested and there are already many longstanding reasons why they are not keen on taking the exam. “New format, new challenges, sounds tempting to me. Seems a whole lot easier than the previous format. However, I’m not jumping on the bandwagon just yet.

“I want to see the learning outcomes of this new format. If it produces better students and results, perhaps I’ll take up STPM,” posted Syasya Aqilah Abu Bakar, 16, from SMK (P) Methodist Ipoh who has a year to go before deciding whether or not the STPM is for her.

SMJK (C) Yu Hua student Darren Koh, 16, said in his post that he finds the STPM changes really convincing, but he would like some solid evidence first before he decides to take it up.

“Lets see the results of the STPM with the new format, hopefully it will be better. Lenient assessments equals less stress which means healthier students,” he said adding that the changes to the STPM did make it more appealing.

Darren continued in his post that he would definitely consider it as an option after he is done with his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

For SMK (P) Sri Aman student B. Jeetha, who cried tears of joy after scoring 10 straight A’s in her SPM, the STPM is a risky option she is not willing to take.

Neda Nejim: I will be able to focus and score on the tests …”

“I’m afraid I can’t cope with it, even with the changes. I want to take up accountancy and if I take the STPM I will have to enter the Arts stream.

“I am a Science stream student and I would be treading on unfamiliar ground if I go into the Arts stream just to pursue accountancy,” she said.

She described that it would be easier to pursue a diploma or other accountancy courses than to sit for all the STPM papers. “Plus the time it takes to finish programmes or courses other than the STPM tend to be faster, which is much more convenient for me,” she explained.

B. Jeetha added that she is currently busy looking for a scholarship to further her studies as her mother is a single parent.

Catherine Yee, also a Sri Aman alumni, now a Sunway University A-levels student said she would not consider taking the STPM even after the changes because she believes the syllabus would still be as hard as it used to be.

“I think even with the change in assessment systems and structure, the syllabus will still be harder than most other pre-university courses out there.

“Unless they change the syllabus itself, I believe it is still harder than the A-levels,” she said.

After celebrating her straight A’s success in the SPM, Siti Diyana also disclosed the fact that she did not want to pursue the STPM, but for simpler reasons.

“I don’t want to go back to school. I don’t want to put on a uniform anymore, I think I’m quite done with that,” she quipped.

She added that she did not think the STPM is too much to handle and with the new format it would definitely relieve the burden of students.

Naysayers and skeptics aside, STPM students who sat or are sitting for the old the exam in its old format think the changes are a boon. Shakthswary Raja, 19, from SMK Cochrane explains.

“I’m jealous of my juniors who will be sitting for the new STPM. My teacher gave me a glimpse of what it’s like, and I love it.

“It lightens the burden of the student and spreads it out across the STPM’s study duration. This in turn reduces the amount stress students go through,” she said.

Perhaps the most colourful comment on the Stuff@school’s facebook STPM thread comes from Celine Wu.

The 17-year-old from SMJK (C) P.Pinang who like Syasya Aqilah, found STPM to be a tempting option with the new format, said that she also had her doubts.

“I get the feeling that the first batch of STPM students using the new format will be viewed as an experimental batch to see if the format works.

“So even if I do decide to take the STPM, it will be in the second batch of students after the quality of the certificate under the new format has been confirmed,” she said.

STPM

STPM uses a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system. There are 11 grades, which are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+ and D, with F as the failing grade. The grade points for each of these grades are between 4.0 and 1.0, A being 4.0 and D- being 1.0. The F grade gives a grade point of 0.

Grade Grade Points
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
F 0.00

In order to pass a paper, candidate must at least score a C (2.00) or above. Having a grade between D to C- is a principal pass (lulus separa). But certain private institutes, UTAR for instance, refers to principal pass as C.

Each paper’s grade appears on the result slip and the certificate. The subject’s grade and grade point is determined by the weighted average results of all papers in that subject, where all papers must be passed, otherwise the grade and grade point would be, respectively, F and 0. The cumulative grade point average is the average of the top four subjects taken and usually rounded up to 2 decimal points. Therefore, if a student scores A in four subjects and fail in the fifth, his CGPA would be 4.0.

The actual range of scores within each grade is undisclosed and changes annually, depending on the performance of the candidates. Usually, the range of marks of science subjects is higher than non-science subjects.

Cumulative and subject GPA at 2.0 and above is considered a pass with credit or principal pass. GPA below 2.0 is considered a sub-fail, and a 0 is considered a fail. Admissions to local public universities requires at least a CGPA of 2.0 and above, though private universities, university colleges and colleges generally may accept student with CGPA less than 2.0.

To enter into local private colleges or universities for most courses, students need at least 2 Principal Passes or 2Cs. It does not include the Pengajian Am paper.

STPM candidates sit for no more than five subjects, all within the same examination season. All Science- and Mathematics-related subjects (Mathematics S, Mathematics T, Further Mathematics T, Computing, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) are offered bilingually in English and Malay. All other exams, other than languages, are still offered only in Malay and are likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

STPM is an open-list examination; that means any combination of subjects may be taken. However, to be considered for Malaysian public university admission, students must take Pengajian Am (General Studies) and at least three other subjects. Most, if not all, schools and colleges offering STPM, however, do stream their students into science and arts (humanities).

A list of all subjects available for STPM students are:

  • Pengajian Am (General Studies)
  • Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language)
  • Bahasa Cina (Chinese Language)
  • Bahasa Tamil (Tamil Language)
  • Bahasa Arab (Arabic Language)
  • Literature in English
  • Kesusasteraan Melayu (Malay Literature)
  • Syariah (Islamic Law)
  • Usuluddin (Usuluddin)
  • Sejarah (History)
  • Geografi (Geography)
  • Ekonomi (Economics)
  • Pengajian Perniagaan (Business Studies)
  • Perakaunan (Accounting)
  • Mathematics S (may not be taken with Mathematics T)
  • Mathematics T (may not be taken with Mathematics S)
  • Further Mathematics T (may only be taken with Mathematics T)
  • Computing (may only be taken at certain schools)
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Sains Sukan (Sports Science)
  • Seni Visual (Visual Art)

What is Pre- University?


Pre-University Programmes

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What does Pre-U mean?
“Pre” means before, therefore, “Pre-University” means the course that you take before entering into a university programme.

Most students will enter into the Pre-U after completing SPM or UEC (although some countries accept the UEC equivalent to a Pre-U). With 5Bs in UEC, you can enter into most degree programmes.

There are many different Pre-University programmes available in Malaysia. I will list some of the most popular ones.

SPM (5 credits) – Pre-University (1-1.5 years) – Degree (3-4 years)

UEC (4Bs) – Pre-University (1-1.5 years) – Degree (3-4 years)

Duration

The Pre-U vary from programme to programme and takes about 8 months to 24 months to complete.

Entry Requirements for all Pre-U: SPM or ‘O’ Level or equivalent – 5 credits including English and Mathematics/Science.

Subjects
The number of subjects vary from 3 to 12.When choosing the subjects, it is important to take those that would be relevant to the

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intended degree course. For example, if you take up Arts subjects, you will not be able to continue into a Biotech degree course.

NOTE: Required subjects: It is a requirement by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher

Education that All Malaysian students must pass a module each in Malaysia Studies, Moral Studies (non-Muslims) / Islamic Studies (Muslims) and Bahasa Kebangsaan (exempted if a credit in BM has been obtained at SPM level).

Acceptance & Recognition
For those intending to pursue medicine, it is important to find out if the particular Pre-U programme is accepted by the medical schools. If it is, you also need to find out what the entry requirements are to enter into the medical school with the Pre-U results.

 

 

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1. STPM – This one do not need much explanation. It is the cheapest “Pre-U

KBU International College offers the A-Levels and AUSMAT at their 13-acre campus in Bandar Utama

KBU International College offers the A-Levels and AUSMAT at their 13-acre campus in Bandar Utama

programme” and usually taken by students interested in entering into the Public Universities. It takes about 1.5 years to complete. It is quite tough.

2. AUSTRALIAN YEAR 12
The Australian Year 12 is known by different names such as AUSMAT according to the states that offer it in Australia. It takes about 12 months to complete the programme beginning January until November. The results are released in December so that students can apply into the Australian universities for the February intake.

STATE / TERRITORY SENIOR SECONDARY CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION
-Australian Capital Territory (ACT) ACT Year 12 Certificate

KDU College Penang is the best college in Penang offering the A-Levels and AUSMAT

KDU College Penang is the best college in Penang offering the A-Levels and AUSMAT

-New South Wales (NSW) Higher School Certificate (HSC)
-Northern Territory (NT) Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
-Queensland (QLD) Senior Certificate
-South Australia (SA) South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
-Tasmania (TAS) Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
-Victoria (VIC) Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
-Western Australia (WA) WA Certificate of Education (WACE)

South Australian Matriculation (SAM)

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The South Australian Matriculation, or SAM, is an internationally-recognised

Australian pre-university matriculation programme which is set and administered by the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA). This is a statutory authority of the South Australian Government with the sole legislative responsibility for the curriculum and assessment of senior secondary education in that state. SAM has been offered to students outside of Australia since 1984 and is accepted by many renowned universities in Australia, the UK, the USA, New Zealand and India into their undergraduate programmes.

SAM has a unique assessment pattern, in which 50% of the final mark is derived from the final examination while the other remaining 50% is internally-awarded through continuous assessment of coursework and tests, thereby assessing the

student’s overall performance. The curriculum consists of five subjects and students must take up English as a Second Language Studies or English Studies. Students can also repeat subjects without a penalty. Students will be awarded the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

The minimum qualification for admission into the SAM programme is the ‘O’ Levels or equivalent qualifications, with at least 5 credits totaling not more than 30 points, including credits in English and Mathematics / Science.

Western Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
The Western Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) is the final year (Year 12) of the secondary school programme offered by the government of Western Australia to

KDU's Wong Jin Eu, winner of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award, being the Top in Malaysia for History (A-Level) studying History at Oxford University, UK

KDU’s Wong Jin Eu, winner of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award, being the Top in Malaysia for History (A-Level) studying History at Oxford University, UK

enable entry into year one Bachelor’s degree programmes of most universities around the world, such as Australia, the UK, New Zealand, the US, Canada, and private universities in Malaysia.

The AUSMAT is an internationally-recognised pre-university programme administered by the Curriculum Council of Western Australia on behalf of the Western Australian government. Students are graded based on their performance throughout the year, i.e. 50% course and project work and 50% final examination.

This arrangement not only helps to remove pressure of the single year-end assessment, but also provides opportunities for the usage of a variety of assessment techniques in determining students’ standards of achievement.

The entry requirement into AUSMAT is SPM, ‘O’ Levels or other equivalent

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qualifications, with a minimum of 5 credits in subjects of Science and Mathematics.

The student intakes are in January and March. The course duration is between 8 to 10 months and students are required to take up five subjects including either English or ESL.

4. UNITED KINGDOM A LEVELS
The GCE A-Levels courses are examined by an external approved examination boards as bellow:-

• Associated Examining Board (AEB)
• University of Cambridge
• University of Oxford
• University of London

Duration. There are FIVE grades at A-Levels: A, B, C, D, and E.

The A-Levels is quite popular however it is quite tough and not for those who do not have the discipline or motivation to complete it. It is recommended for those intending to pursue medicine, law or pharmacy to take up this programme.

GCE A-Levels by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
After SPM, students have a choice to continue with the GCE A-Levels programme (UK’s post-16 qualifications) offered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) which is part of the Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate

UCSI University's Ling Chen Jiet, Yong Sue Wen and Lee Chia Choon wrote a piece of history for themselves when they bagged Top 10 Achiever Awards in the GCE A-Level June 2012 examinations. By outscoring prodigious students from around the world, the trio effectively proved that Malaysians are more than capable of being the best.

UCSI University’s Ling Chen Jiet, Yong Sue Wen and Lee Chia Choon wrote a piece of history for themselves when they bagged Top 10 Achiever Awards in the GCE A-Level June 2012 examinations. By outscoring prodigious students from around the world, the trio effectively proved that Malaysians are more than capable of being the best.

(UCLES).

Many private colleges in Malaysia prepare students to sit for this examination which is a popular option among Malaysians as well as international students. It is internationally-recognised for admission into universities worldwide including professional courses.

The A-level syllabuses are divided into Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced Two (A2) levels, each contributing 50% towards the final A-Level grade. AS Level is the first half of the course and forms the foundation of A-Level. A2 Level is the second part of the syllabus and covers more difficult topics.

There are normally between 2 to 4 A-level subjects and General Paper or English is compulsory. The duration of study is usually 15 to 18 months (3 semesters).

2013 A Levels 4 Straight A twin sisters Cherilyn and Jacqueline Hoe from HELP University

2013 A Levels 4 Straight A twin sisters Cherilyn and Jacqueline Hoe from HELP University

Both the ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ levels are flexible and students have the freedom to select the subjects that they are interested in, either to study a broad variety of subjects or to specialise in a particular area.

For assessment purposes, students can choose any one of the following options:

Take all papers of the ‘A’ levels in one sitting, usually at the end of the second year of study, or

Take the ‘staged’ assessment route, that is, to take the ‘AS’ level in one examination session and the final part of the assessment ‘A2’ level at a subsequent session, or

Take the ‘AS’ level only, either at the end of a one-year or two-year course.

Assessment
It is 100% external examination-based. Both the ‘A2’ and ‘AS’ level examination sessions occur twice a year, in June and November, with some subjects only

Kailash Kalaiarasu, HELP A Level student, ex-St John’s Institution KL, scored A in Physics, Chemisty and Economics, and A* in Math. He will study Law at University College London on a JPA scholarship.

Kailash Kalaiarasu, HELP A Level student, ex-St John’s Institution KL, scored A in Physics, Chemisty and Economics, and A* in Math. He will study Law at University College London on a JPA scholarship.

available in June or November. Results are issued in August and February respectively.

GCE ‘A’ Level by the London Examinations Board
International Students can also take up the A-Levels programmes conducted by the prestigious London Examinations and delivered by the Edexcel International. The London Examinations GCE Advanced Levels are exactly the same as the examination in the UK. International Students sit for the same examination papers as students in the UK and candidates are awarded certificates of the same standard regardless of where they are in the world.

The London GCE A-Levels is accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) of the United Kingdom. The qualifications consist of two sets of three units; Advanced Subsidiary (AS) units, generally studied in year one, and A2

Well known for health sciences & engineering courses, UCSI University has achieved Tier 4 or Very Good Rating in the SETARA 2011. UCSI's A-Levels students are given first choice to enter into their Pharmacy & Medical programmes

Well known for health sciences & engineering courses, UCSI University has achieved Tier 4 or Very Good Rating in the SETARA 2011. UCSI’s A-Levels students are given first choice to enter into their Pharmacy & Medical programmes

units, studied in year two.

Both Science and Arts subjects are available for students who have just completed their SPM or ‘O’ Levels examinations (or their equivalent).

The programme is flexible and may be completed in 18 months (3 semesters). Students may take the examination in stages or in one final sitting.

Most subjects comprise 6 modular units. Students are also allowed to re-sit a unit for an unlimited number of times and only the better grade will be counted. There are two examinations conducted per year (in January and June). Most combinations of at least 3 subjects are acceptable as entry qualifications to many universities in the world into their undergraduate programmes.

5. CANADIAN PRE UNIVERSITY (CPU)
The Canadian Pre-University (CPU) is a program provides students with the entry

Top KDU students - Yvonne Ng Ee Lyn, a JPA sponsored student & Song Cai Li, a PETRONAS sponsored student, winners of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards, being the Top in the World for Mathematics (A-Level)

Top KDU students – Yvonne Ng Ee Lyn, a JPA sponsored student & Song Cai Li, a PETRONAS sponsored student, winners of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards, being the Top in the World for Mathematics (A-Level)

requirements into University Levels courses.

Upon successful of the Canadian Pre University program, students receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma which is accepted for university admission worldwide. Note that some universities do not accept the Canadian Pre-U especially into Medicine or Pharmacy.

The Canadian Pre-University program is a one year course that follows a semester system with two semesters each year. Each semester is approximately 20 weeks in length. The CPU is based on the Ontario Secondary School system where continuous assessment is done throughout the course.

CIMP is a one-year (1) course based on an Ontario Curriculum and students take a total of six subjects which include one English subject, that is, either ENG4E or ENG4U. Assessment comprises 70% coursework and 30% final examinations. Intake is three times a year i.e. January, March and July.

6. Private University internal Foundation programme

Many private higher educational institutions, have developed their own internal

Asia Pacific University (APU) achieves excellence in the SETARA 2011 Ratings with a Tier 5 ranking

Asia Pacific University (APU) achieves excellence in the SETARA 2011 Ratings with a Tier 5 ranking

university foundation programmes. These courses are accredited by the Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA) and recognised by the respective foreign partner universities and also accepted by many other overseas universities as an equivalent to pre-university qualification in their respective home countries.

Unlike the external qualifications which focus on more general Science and Art-based subjects, the internal qualifications provide specialisation in precise areas of study such as the fields of business, computer & IT, and engineering, and hence, cater to the specific needs of different students.

Students who know what they want to study can just go for the Foundation at the university offering the degree of interest. It is cheaper, easier and a faster way to continue to completing the degree.

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