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3 credits in SPM/IGCSE O-Levels – What Can You Study in Malaysia?

With 3 Credits in SPM/IGCSE O-Levels or UEC 3Bs you can join a Diploma Course in Malaysia

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Now that you have received your SPM/IGCSE O-Levels or UEC results, you may be disappointed that you only obtained 3 credits.  However, look on the bright side in that you can still continue to study at university by going for the diploma course. You should not give up your studies because without any university education, it will be difficult for you to find a job that is stable and will provide a good salary.

One of the aims of studying a course is to get a job. And the aim of getting a job is to obtain a salary so that you can take care of yourself, your future family and your parents. Therefore, keep in mind what kind of lifestyle you want and whether the course that you are choosing will give you the salary to sustain that lifestyle.

With at least 3 credits in your SPM/IGCSE O-Levels or 3 Bs in UEC, you can join the Diploma course for 2. Some colleges or universities which offer hotel management or design diploma courses may be 2.5 years in duration.

After SPM or IGCSE O-Levels , there are many different pathways for you to choose from and sometimes it can be confusing. Students may fill up our EduSpiral Career Assessment form for evaluation.

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Which Course Should I Choose to Study Diploma in Malaysia?

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The Diploma pathway is a good choice 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. 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.

If you are not sure what to study, do ask a trained counselor and always make decisions based on evidence and facts. The decisions that you make now, can change your life forever. You can contact us for a free career test to help you understand yourself better so that you are able to make the right decision.

At EduSpiral Consultant Services, we have counseled and helped thousands of students to choose the right course and private university to study in Malaysia.

How is the Diploma Course Assessed?

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Jun Chung, Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Asia Pacific University

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

The diploma course is more hands-on with some theory while a degree programme is more academic. In the diploma, there will be a mixture of Coursework, Assignments, Quizzes, Exams and Projects.

What is the Duration for the Diploma Course in Malaysia?

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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 which is the same duration if you go for Foundation.

SPM – Diploma (2 years) – Degree (Enter into Year 2 of related degree and finish in 2 more years)

SPM – Foundation/Pre-U (1 year) – Degree (3 years, engineering is 4 years for some universities)

What are the Entry Requirements for the Diploma Course?

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To join a diploma programme, you will need at least 3 credits in your SPM/IGCSE O-Levels or 3 Bs in UEC. SPM students must have a Pass in BM and Sejarah. A credit in SPM or IGCSE O-Levels are A, B or C. Passes are D and E.

For UEC, a credit is a B, while C’s are not considered for entry.

There are other specific entry requirements depending on which course you want to study. For example, Maths will be a required credit for Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Technology (IT), Finance and Accounting. While Engineering course, you must have at least a credit for Maths and Science (for Arts students) or 1 Pure Science subject (for Science students).

Most courses in Design, Hospitality and Business would just require at least 3 credits however some universities may have additional requirements like English.

You may contact EduSpiral for guidance for which course that your results would allow you to enter.

Can I Apply for the PTPTN Loan for the Diploma Course in Malaysia?

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Students can apply for the PTPTN Loan for the Diploma course while there is no PTPTN loan for Foundation or Pre-University courses.

The Diploma course must be accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) then you can apply for the PTPTN Loan.

Most universities and colleges will have a special department and staff to help you to make all the necessary arrangements for the loan so you do not need to worry about it. They will brief you about it during Orientation

Please note that generally, you have to pay the First Semester Fees first and then apply for the loan, which would take 2-3 months to process. The loan should be given out in time for the second semester but if it doesn’t happen in time, you have to prepare the fees for the Second Semester. 

Students whose parents are under Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M) may get the full PTPTN Loan amount RM14,030 (Science-related Diploma) or RM 13,600 (Arts-related Diploma). This is the total loan amount for the whole course.

Students whose parents’ combined income is not more than RM8,000 but not under BR1M will get RM10,520 (Science-related Diploma) or RM 10,200 (Arts-related Diploma).

Finally, students whose parents’ combined income is more than RM8,000 will get RM7,010 (Science-related Diploma) or RM 6,800 (Arts-related Diploma).

The details of the loan level are as below:

PTPTN Loan Amount
PERINGKAT PENGAJIAN UNTUK IPTS JUMLAH PEMBIAYAAN SETAHUNMENGIKUT PERINGKAT*
MAKSIMUM(RM) 75%(RM) 50%(RM)
Foundation 6,800 5,100 3,400
Diploma 6,800 5,100 3,400
Diploma (Farmasi, Pergigian & Sains Kesihatan) 12,750 9,560 6,380
Ijazah Sarjana Muda (Sains) 14,030 10,520 7,010
Ijazah Sarjana Muda (Sastera) 13,600 10,200 6,800
Ijazah Sarjana Muda (Farmasi, Pergigian & Sains Kesihatan) 17,000 12,750 8,500
Ijazah Sarjana Muda Perubatan (MBBS) 30,000 30,000 30,000

Peringkat jumlah pembiayaan ditentukan berdasarkan kelayakan di bawah:-

PERINGKAT PEMBIAYAAN

KELAYAKAN

Maksimum

Sekiranya pelajar atau penjaga pelajar disenaraikan sebagai penerima Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M)

75% daripada pembiayaan maksimum

Pendapatan keluarga tidak melebihi RM8,000  (tiada dalam data BR1M)

50% daripada pembiayaan maksimum

Pendapatan keluarga melebihi RM8,000 (tiada dalam data BR1M)

Can I Transfer the Credits from my Diploma Course to the Degree?

Diploma in IT at Multimedia University (MMU)

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After the Diploma course, you can continue on to a degree and generally enter into the 2nd Year for another 2 years of study. If you enter engineering, it could be another 2 or 3 years depending on which course.

It 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.

What are the Diploma Courses that you can Study in Malaysia?

Diploma in Hotel Management at YTL International College of Hotel Management

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Dora, Diploma in Hotel Management at YTL International College of Hotel Management

I have prepare a list of the best diploma courses to study in Malaysia that has high job demand to help students choose the right career for a successful future. They are not in any particular order.

  1. Diploma in Accounting
  2. Diploma in Business Administration
  3. Diploma in Business with Information Technology (IT)
  4. Diploma in Logistics Management
  5. Diploma in Computer Studies
  6. Diploma in Information Technology (IT)
  7. Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  8. Diploma in Interior Design or Diploma in Interior Architecture
  9. Diploma in Fashion Design & Marketing
  10. Diploma in Multimedia Design
  11. Diploma in 3D Animation
  12. Diploma in Hotel Management
  13. Diploma in Event Management
  14. Diploma in Culinary Arts
  15. Diploma in Physiotherapy
  16. Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)
  17. Diploma in Medical Imaging (Radiography)
  18. Diploma in Nursing
  19. Diploma in Mass Communication
  20. Diploma In English Language Teaching

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