HELP University is One of the Top Universities in Malaysia for A-Levels Producing Top Award Winners
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HELP Academy is the Holder of the highest record 77 World Top Awards together with another 37 National Awards. They are the first centre in the Malaysia to conduct both Edexcel International Advanced Level and Cambridge International A-Levels and is also recognised by the QCA, UK and fully accredited by the Malaysian MQA. HELP Academy is recognised by Pearson Edexcel as Centre of Excellence for delivery of the International Advanced Level programme Best Performing Registered Training Centre 2014. Furthermore, HELP Academy is Winner of 7 Gold Medallion Awards from Pearson Edexcel 2014 for Best Scores in Individual Subjects.
With a total of 85 World Top Awards to date, including this year’s record of eight, the Malaysian Toray Science Foundation (MTSF) winners for thirteen years running, and not surprisingly, being declared the “Best and Biggest Edexcel A-Levels Centre in the World” in 2011 (World Conference, Hong Kong), HELP is indeed more than a centre of excellence. The long list of top achievers continues to expand, with an increasing number of annual graduates gaining both admission as well as scholarships to top universities worldwide.
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Top College in Malaysia for Edexcel A-Levels at HELP Academy
HELP Academy offers both the Cambridge Board A-Levels and the Edexcel International Advanced Levels A-Levels. Students are able to switch Boards at the beginning of the studies should they decide to.
HELP University A-Level Graduates Enter Top Ranked Universities in the World
HELP has coached A-Level students to enter the world’s top universities with many gaining both admission and scholarships either from prestigious scholarship boards or directly from the universities.
HELP A-Levels graduates have entered the following top universities amongst others:
- Cambridge University
- Oxford University
- London School of Economics
- University College London
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London
- University of E dinburgh
- Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
- University of Hong Kong
- National University of Singapore (NUS)
- University of Melbourne
- Australian National University
- Harvard University
- Stanford University
- Princeton University
- University of Chicago
- University of California
Top performing SPM students can also apply for scholarships from HELP Academy for the A-Levels.
Excellent facilities for A-Level students at HELP Academy
State-of-the-art facilities, especially the Curie Science Labs, which are equipped with top quality apparatus and safety features. These labs are acclaimed to be among the best in the world by the Edexcel A-Levels Chief Examiner from the UK.
In addition, the unique Students Lounge bears testimony to HELP’s total commitment to providing for the essential needs of students, in and out of the classroom.
Affordable accommodation is also provided within walking distance to the campus.
HELP Academy’s A-Level lecturers are the top in the education industry with A-Level students from other top universities seeking them out for tutoring. They are qualified with more than 10 years of teaching experience in A-Levels.
Malaysian Toray Science Foundation
TORAY is a Japanese Foundation collaborating with the Malaysian Ministry of Education to promote science and technology education through research and competition at both secondary and tertiary levels. The prestigious, lucrative MTSF awards are given each year to the most innovative, original projects submitted and judged by a leading team of professors from HELP’s top universities.
HELP’s A-Levels lecturers, together with their students, have won a record number of awards:
- Cost-effective Design for an Interesting Spectroscope (2005)
- Easy-to-build, Low-cost, High-functioning Van De Graaf Generator (2006)
- Simple Light-sensitive Robot (2007)
- Three-in-one Generator (2009)
- Easy-to-build, Low-cost Electromagnet-powered Speakers (2010)
- Contactless Electromagnetic Braking System (2011)
- A simple saponification device for recycling cooking oil
- A Visual Auditory Kinesthetic (VAK) Approach to Understanding Light-independent Reactions of Photosynthesis
- Dancing Parallel Wires – Integration of Demonstration & Teaching Model (2012)
- Wireless Power Transmission (2013)
- A simple saponification device for recycling cooking oil
- A Visual Auditory Kinesthetic (VAK) Approach to Understanding Light-independent Reactions of Photosynthesis
GTE students are entitled to this 2 hours per week option added to their normal academic time table, where they will work with lecturers assigned to each specific project based on the standards of the annual MTSF competition.
HELP University has consistently shown that they are the best for A-Levels in Malaysia. HELP University is the only institution in Malaysia offering both the Cambridge A-Levels and the Edexcel A-Level programme.
Both are recognised globally and operate under guidelines for quality, standards and consistency specified by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) of the United Kingdom. There is no difference in the level or degree of difficulty between the examinations of Edexcel and CIE. The specifications of syllabuses may differ but both of them are recognised by top universities, colleges and employers all around the world.
Cambridge A-Levels at HELP Academy
|Duration and Intakes||1.5 years of 3 semesters:
|Entry Requirements||SPM, O Levels or equivalent 5 credits including English and Mathematics/Science Subject pre-requisites apply|
|No. of Subjects||A minimum of 3 or a maximum of 4 A Level subjects|
|Examination Sessions||May / June
October / November
|Assessment Style||100% external examinations in 2 phases: Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) and A2 Level|
|Awarding Body||University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)|
- Students take the A-Level examinations conducted by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in two
phases: AS Level and A2 Level.
- AS Level will account for 50% of the marks while Advanced Two (A2) Level the other 50%.
- Students who complete the correct pattern of AS level units (usually 2 or 3 units at this level, depending on the subject) will be awarded an AS level certificate.
- A2 refers to the final stage of A-Levels. Students who have successfully completed AS units in a subject move on to do A2, which are of a higher standard.
- Completing the correct sequence of subjects at both AS and A2 level means students have finished a full A level in a subject.
- University places often need a number of grades at A-Level (so both AS + A2 in a subject) but completed AS awards also attract UCAS points and are often counted towards university entrance.
- There is no coursework in the syllabus, however, unit 3 of science subjects is a practical examination in which students are assessed based on their laboratory skills. The practical is conducted up to 2 hours under controlled conditions. The whole unit is marked by CIE.
- To obtain an A* you require an average of 90% in your both AS and A2 units to qualify for an A*. If a student scored very highly in AS and only got grade A in A2, but overall uniform mark scale (UMS) is 90% or above, it’s an A*
How many units should I take to get AS or AL certificate?
- For sciences, you need to take three units to be awarded an AS Level Certificate and five units to be awarded an A Level Certificate.
- However, for other subjects such as Accounting, Mathematics, Economics and English Literature students need to take two units to get an AS Level Certificate and four units to get an A Level Certificate.
- To get an A Level Certificate for Further Mathematics, students are required to take all the two units at A2 level.
What happens if I am dissatisfied with my results? Can I retake an exam if I am unhappy with my marks?
- You can discuss your options with your subject lecturer. It is possible to retake subjects.
- However, students unsatisfied with any of their individual units must re-sit the entire level.
- Also, some university courses, such as medicine, sometimes require students to have taken all their AS or A2 units in a single sitting without any re-sits.
- It might be worth considering having the paper remarked.
Edexcel International Advanced Levels at HELP Academy
Edexcel International Advanced Levels is a new suite of A level qualifications developed for international centres. With a
modular structure, our new suite of International Advanced Levels have examination windows in January and June of each year, allowing students to finish their course in January if they need to, for entry to local and international universities. Please note Law will continue to be examined in June of each year only.
- Widest options & opportunities
- Knowledge & strong preparation for further studies
- Students sit for the exams in the same time as UK students
- Worldwide recognition
- Modular System (curriculum 2008) allows student to retake any modules to improve subject grade
- Professional Recognition: recognised by Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), UK and fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
- Top ranked examination board
|International Advanced Levels|
|Structure||Modular structureAS can be used as a stage on the way to completing an Advanced Level.|
|Assessment||· No coursework (100% examination).· January and June examinations.|
|Recognised by universities||Yes.|
|Regulator||Regulated by Pearson.|
The qualifications have been written to the same rigorous standard as all Edexcel qualifications and Edexcel International
Advanced level qualifications are already recognised by many leading universities in the UK and internationally.
Subjects offered in the Edexcel International Advanced Levels at HELP Academy
(Choose 3 or 4 modules from the list below)
- Further Mathematics
What’s the difference between the Cambridge A-Levels and the Edexcel A-Levels in Malaysia?
Academic system: The Cambridge A-Level programme follows a staged assessment route to A Level by taking the AS Level in
one examination session and completing the final A Level assessments at a subsequent session. Some papers are actually practical papers, in which you have to do experiments and answer related questions.
The Edexcel A- Level programme follows a modular system. Most Edexcel A-Level students would sit for 1-2 papers per subject at the end of every 5 to 6-month period.
Examination board: Edexcel and CIE are both examples of UK examination boards which provide a range of exams and qualifications. All exam boards operate under the guidelines produced by the JCQ (Joint Committee for Qualifications).
There is no difference in the level or degree of difficulty between the examination offered by Edexcel and CIE. The specifications of syllabuses might differ but both of them are recognized by colleges, universities and employers all around the world.
The Edexcel International Advanced Levels A-Levels modular system aims to test you on the application of each unit, and hence a student can choose to repeat a single unit on its own, without having to repeat an entire level.
Only the highest mark scored in any attempt will automatically be taken into account.
The Cambridge Board, on the other hand, is linear-based. Students attempt to take the examinations in two stages, AS & A2 Level.
Students unsatisfied with any of their individual units must re-sit the entire level, i.e. either AS or A2, and only the last score will automatically be taken into account.
Edexcel International Advanced Level (IAL) and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) : Worldwide Recognition
- IAL and CIE are top ranked examination boards.
- Both operate under guidelines for quality, standards and consistency specified by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) of the United Kingdom.
- There is no difference in the level or quality between the examinations of Edexcel and CIE.
- The specifications of syllabuses may differ but both of them are recognised by top universities, colleges and employers all around the world.
Main difference between IAL and CIE
- IAL modular system allows students to retake any module to improve their subject grade without having to repeat an entire level. Only the highest mark scored in any attempt will be taken into account.
- CIE’s linear system requires students to take the exam in two phases – AS level and A2 level – to make up a full A-Level pass. Each level accounts for 50% of the total marks. Students dissatisfied with any units must re-sit the entire level. Only the last score will be taken into account. Although universities often require a number of full A-Level passes for admission, AS grades also attract UCAS points and are counted for university entrance.
Advantage of the Cambridge A-Level programme
- Examination fees for Cambridge A-Level are lower than its Edexcel counterpart.
- Fewer modules per subject (max five) than Edexcel (max six).
- The CIE is internationally recognised by universities around the world including all UK universities and over 450 US universities including Harvard, Yale, MIT and Stanford.
Advantage of the Edexcel International Advanced Levels programme
- This modular system aims to test you on the application of each unit, and hence a student can choose to repeat a single unit on its own, without having to repeat an entire level. Only the highest mark scored in any attempt will automatically be taken into account.
- The Cambridge Board, on the other hand, is linear-based. Students attempt to take the examinations in two stages, AS & A2 Level. Students unsatisfied with any of their individual units must re-sit the entire level, i.e. either AS or A2, and only the last score will automatically be taken into account.
Why Study the Cambridge Board A-Levels and the Edexcel International Advanced Levels A-Levels at HELP Academy
- Getting The Edge (GTE) for Personal & Leadership Development: In order to cultivate leadership and organisational skills, students are encouraged to participate in the prestigious GTE program. Under this program, students get to work closely with our most experienced lecturers on various winning science projects, participate in creative writing and drama workshops, challenging yet fun mathematic workshops and to develop the technological skills through the multimedia workshops.
- Centre of Excellence: The Department of A-Levels at HELP University was accorded the Centre of Excellence award by Edexcel International, UK for exceptional delivery of the London Examinations GCE A-Levels, in recognition of HELP’s superior facilities, outstanding quality of teaching by qualified and experienced lecturers, and for the excellent pastoral support available to their students.
- The A-team: HELP A-Level lecturers are not only experienced, but also dedicated. We have an indisputable great team of lecturers to guide and motivate our students to strive for excellence
- Superior Facilities: HELP offers state-of-the-art facilities, especially the Curie Science labs, which are equipped with top quality apparatus and safety features. These labs are acclaimed to be among the best in the world by the A-Levels
Biology Chief Examiner from the UK.
- Outstanding Track Record: 39% of our students scored outstanding straight As and attained an impressive passing rate of more than 90%. Many are also admitted to prestigious universities worldwide with scholarships.
- University Placement Service Centre: Dedicated staff from this centre to assist A-Level students in their application for admission to universities worldwide and in their bid to secure scholarships.
- Unique Pastoral Care: Each A-Level student at HELP is assigned to a mentor, usually a lecturer, who serves to monitor and guide the student on academic performance and also advise on application for university admission. A team of counsellors from the Center of Psychology also provides a range of mental health and leadership programs and personal counselling services for A-Level students at HELP.
Why isn’t Critical Thinking Skills offered at HELP?
- Critical Thinking Skills or Social Skills are basically subsidiary papers and non-traditional subject – not an entry requirement into universities.
- Some colleges impose this subject to have their lecturers fulfil their annual workload hours.
- At HELP, our A-Level lecturers have been trained to infuse the Critical Thinking Skills in each subject offered. This exposes you to real life scenarios via “stretch and challenge” approach adopted in the teaching and learning effort. Learning becomes much more interesting as you are able to relate to the knowledge acquired to real life application of it.
27 students from HELP University obtained straight A’s in the January 2014 results. HELP University students constantly achieve excellent results to obtain scholarships from top universities in the world. Chang Ruo Lin, who is a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Year 1 student at HELP University has been awarded The Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS).
This Scholarship will cover part of her tuition fee at the University of Melbourne for the duration of her studies at the university. A point to note is that Ms. Chang Ruo Lin also scored 4 As in her A-Levels at HELP University.
In the June 2013 A-Level exam results, there was a dramatic increase in the number of straight A’s from 40% last year to 46.5% this year was announced: a total of 135 students scored straight A’s.
The top scorers were commended by the senior management of HELP, as well as the Chancellor Dato’ Paul Leong. Twin sisters Cherilyn and Jacqueline had scored 4 Straight As: Jacqueline 4 A* and Cherilyn 3 A* and 1 A.
Jacqueline is toying with the idea of studying music in the UK, before getting a degree. Both of them have not really decided what to study, but most likely they’ll settle for Engineering. They took similar A-Level subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Math and Further Math.
Cambridge Trust scholarship, returned home for a vacation in Malaysia, but it was not to be a quiet vacation. She also helps with other Malaysian Cambridge students to organise an orientation program for other students about to be admitted to Cambridge.
She was also delighted to learn she had been awarded the Pearson Edexcel High Achiever Award, and attended a special Pearson Edexcel ceremony with her parents to receive the award. Melissa is one of 5 HELP University students to be awarded for their performance in the 2013 Edexcel ALevels exams.
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