What is the Pre- University Course in Malaysia?

The Best Pre-University Programmes in Malaysia

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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)

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Duration for the Pre-University Programmes in Malaysia

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 for the Pre-University Programmes in Malaysia

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 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 the Pre-University Programmes in Malaysia

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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The Pre-University Programmes in Malaysia

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.

  1. 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

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

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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

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.

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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

(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).

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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

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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

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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

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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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Posted on November 6, 2011, in A-Levels, Choosing the right course, Choosing the right university, Pre-U Courses and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hey there, I would like to ask what Pre-U course would be more suitable for me?
    I am not planning to take A-levels since it’s very exam-based, I’d like a more flexible learning system that not only focuses on exam marks.

    Which pre u course is more not so exam based and what are the fees like?

    Thank you very much!

  2. Hi everyone please don’t take Sam. It is very stressful everyone if not 100% at least 80% regrets taking it.plus the requirements for sam is very high compared to a levels due to its less recognition. U can even check by yourself for Imy psych u need 70 atar and for a levels u just need two pass two subjects. For UK u need 98+ atar.

  3. hi, im want to ask can i study 4 subject in canadian pre u instead of 6 subject?

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