With 3 Credits in SPM or UEC 3Bs you can join a Diploma Course in Malaysia
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You have just received your SPM/O-Levels or UEC results and you may be disappointed that you only got 3 credits. Looking on the bright side, if you have at least 3Cs in SPM/O-Levels or UEC 3Bs, you can still continue your tertiary studies by joining a diploma programme at a private university or college in Malaysia.
Joining the diploma course would not make you lose any time after SPM/O-Levels as it will take the same amount of time to complete a degree compared with taking a Foundation course.
There are many advantages to taking a diploma course and many more to continue your studies instead of finding a job. Read on to find out more about the diploma courses available for you to study in Malaysia.
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Choosing the Right Diploma Course to Study in Malaysia
Now that you know that with 3 credits in SPM/O-Levels or UEC, you can join most diploma courses at top private universities or colleges in Malaysia, you will need to choose the right course and university.
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.
Diploma programmes in Malaysia tend to be more practical oriented while degree programmes are more theoretical. Foundation programmes are more academic.
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.
Choose the Right College or University to Study Your Diploma Course
Some of the colleges charge RM30,000 for a business diploma but with terrible facilities or even is located in a shoplot! I know of 2 institutions with medium sized campuses where you can complete the 2-year diploma at a cost of only RM21,000.
This is great savings for the facilities that you get. It is value for money as when you graduate with a business diploma, your starting salary is about RM1500-1800, so for a RM21,000 diploma is pretty good investment. I know of an automotive college charging RM50,000 for their 2.5 year diploma and the starting salary for a mechanic is about RM1000-1800. Do you think that it is worth the investment?
Top Reasons to Study the Diploma Programme in Malaysia
- The diploma programme develops both academic understanding and practical skills required for careers in the professional ﬁeld.
- Entry requirement is 3 relevant credits in SPM or O-Levels
- You will study the subjects for the course that you are interested in
- The diploma course is more practical and application of concepts
- PTPN Loan is available
- You can stop at diploma level to start working
- Completed in 2 or 2.5 years
- You can complete a diploma in 2 years while those taking STPM would complete theirs at about the same time and it is only a Pre-U level
- The Diploma programme is easier than the STPM or A-Levels course
What qualifications do I have already?
You may already have an idea of the area you want to study and find a career in, which will have dictated what subjects you’re already studying at school.
However it’s good to look at the qualifications and grades you have (or are predicted to have) to see what you are already eligible to study. For example, some students want to study Computer Science, however, if you don’t have a credit for Maths, you cannot join the Computer Science course.
It would be unrealistic to choose a course where you do not qualify for entry.
Entry Requirements for Diploma Courses in Malaysia
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.
How to Transfer my Diploma Credits to Another University for my Degree Studies?
After the 2 or 2.5-year diploma, you can continue on to Year 2 of the Degree at the same university or college if the degree course is offered. There is no need to perform exemptions if you continue on to degree at the same university.
If not, you can transfer your diploma credits into another university to enter into Year 2 of the degree for another 2 years depending on the exemptions.
It will take about one to three weeks for the university to perform the exemption evaluation.
To perform exemptions, you will need to submit the following documents to the university of interest for exemption evaluation:
- Transcripts for the subjects taken
- Course outline for all subjects taken
- Letter of Completion or Diploma Certificate
- Copy of SPM/O-Levels or UEC certificate
For assistance in transferring to top private universities in Malaysia, diploma graduates may contact EduSpiral Consultant Services at 01111408838
PTPTN Loan for Diploma Course in Malaysia
Furthermore, most private 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*|
|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:-
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)
How to Choose the Right Diploma Course to Study?
It can be confusing for students to choose the right major for their undergraduate degree studies in Malaysia. Preparations should have been made even before this time but fear not it is still not too late if you have not decided on a career path. It is important for you to research carefully the career that you intend to pursue.
It can be confusing to choose the right course after SPM. You should carefully think about what are the options available to you. To choose the best course that fits you, you need to consider the following:
- Look at your results – what are your best & worst subjects, and which subjects are your favourite?
- What are your interests & hobbies?
- What is your passion?
- Job demand for the career of choice. There is no point in choosing a course out of passion and then graduate to find out that you cannot get a job in that field.
- Salary of the career of choice
- Discuss the budget for your studies with your parents.
- What are your results? There is no point in choosing a course like Pharmacy or Medicine, if you don’t qualify for entry.
Ask a Knowledgeable & Experienced Education Consultant in Malaysia to Help you Choose the Right Diploma Course
Choosing a course to study is not a science, it is a process
in finding out who you are and what you are good at.
An experienced Education Advisor would be invaluable in assisting you to choose the right Diploma course. Students need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.
Ask the right Education Counselors. Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car? Or would you ask a mechanic for medical advise? Although this sounds ridiculous, but many students do listen to advise from young and inexperienced counselors from universities, colleges or agents’ offices.
Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.
Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration. EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 20 years experience in counseling students. Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at.
EduSpiral Consultant Services has worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.
What are the Diploma Courses that you can Study in Malaysia?
- Diploma in Accounting
- Diploma in Business Administration
- Diploma in Business with Information Technology (IT)
- Diploma in Logistics Management
- Diploma in Computer Studies
- Diploma in Information Technology (IT)
- Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- Diploma in Interior Design or Diploma in Interior Architecture
- Diploma in Fashion Design & Marketing
- Diploma in Multimedia Design
- Diploma in 3D Animation
- Diploma in Hotel Management
- Diploma in Event Management
- Diploma in Culinary Arts
- Diploma in Physiotherapy
- Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)
- Diploma in Medical Imaging (Radiography)
- Diploma in Nursing
- Diploma in Mass Communication
- Diploma In English Language Teaching
Talk to the right people to help you choose the right course
Have you ever asked for directions to a place and your friend gave you the wrong information? It can be very frustrating and stressful. You would have wasted precious time. If you ask directions from someone who don’t know where the place is, they will give you the wrong directions.
Would you ask a doctor on how to repair your car? It does sound ridiculous but most of the time we do ask people who are not trained nor have the expertise for their advise on what to study.
I talked to this boy who was working at Parkson to save money so that he can continue his degree studies in Mass Communication.
He stopped after Year 1. He had graduated with a Diploma in IT and realised that he did not like IT. So, he had to begin all over again by taking the Foundation before going into the Degree in Mass Comm.
I guess he could have saved time if he had asked the right people to help him.
Some of these university counselors have little or no training in career counselling. They are trained in the products that the university is offering and on how to best “sell” them to you.
Their priority is not your future but to ensure they meet their sales targets. Therefore, you cannot believe everything they tell you. You need to check with the proper authorities and people with experience.
Always make your decisions based on facts and evidence. Do not decide based on your feelings or that your relatives say that it is good. Ask, “What are the reasons that it is a good course to study?”
There are basically 3 reasons in choosing a course to study in Malaysia
1. We have to choose a course that we like. If we study something that we do not like, then we will hate our working life for
EduSpiral has more than 10 years of experience in counseling students on choosing the right courses
the next 60 years. There must be interest as well as passion for the course of study.
2. We have to choose a career that we are actually good at. Just because you like something, doesn’t mean that you are good at it. For example, some people think that they can sing, but when they open their mouths to sing, people run away. Like the American Idol, we see that some people cannot sing but actually believe that they can.
3. We should choose a career that can give us a good salary. Unless you have rich parents or just want to work for charity, then you can ignore this. Most of us need money to survive in this world. We assist students with research on the top jobs in demand in Malaysia to best advise which one would be the best choice. Especially now for most Malaysians where the cost of living is so high, we need to get a career that can provide for us, our future family as well as to support our parents when they grow old.