Top Advantages: Diploma Course for Malaysia’s IGCSE/O-Level Graduates

Advantages of the Diploma Course for Malaysia's IGCSE/O-Level Graduates

Advantages of the Diploma Course for Malaysia's IGCSE/O-Level Graduates

The Diploma Programme is Ideal for IGCSE/O-Level Students who have 3 or More Credits & are Sure of their Major

The IGCSE/O-Level approach towards education is holistic which teaches students not only academic excellence but also, creative thinking, problem-solving ability, teamwork, investigative skills, analytical thinking and makes them all-rounders. It focuses on the foundation of core subjects and builds upon cross-curricular perspectives that engage students in a wide variety of subjects. The students are given the flexibility to choose subjects according to their liking and preferences. After completing the IGCSE/O-Levels, Malaysian graduates who are sure of what they want to study may go for the Diploma programme at a private university. The Diploma course at Malaysia’s private universities is well suited for IGCSE/O-Level graduates as its assessment consists of exams, assignments, course work, quizzes, presentations, lab work and practical work which is similar to the IGCSE education. A Diploma programme has many advantages for IGCSE/O-Level graduates and should be seriously considered.

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How to Choose the Best Diploma Course after Completing the IGCSE/O-Levels?

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In order to choose the right Diploma course, you have to figure out what you want to study in your degree. There are many degree courses that you can choose to study in Malaysia. If you plan to work in Malaysia, then you should choose degree courses that would be in demand in Malaysia and have high salary so that you can support your family.

Many students in Malaysia tend to choose their course based on what their parents or relatives recommend, rather than on what they are good at or really like to study. The end result is that a lot of Malaysian students discover that they have started on courses that may be unsuitable to them after studying a few semesters. Worse is when they start work, they find that it is not what they like.

You should also ask yourself if you would still be interested in that subject for a further three or four years – enough to motivate yourself to work and research independently? Remember, you are going to work in this career for the next 50 years after graduation, therefore, you should have a high interest in the course.

Additionally, another important factor that many students after IGCSE O-Levels fail to take into account is the future job demand and salary for their course of choice.

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. If you choose a course that you like but the future job demand is low, you may be jobless or if the salary is low, it would be difficult for you to buy things that you like or travel.

Most importantly, the right diploma course will help you to develop skills for the long term, for your career and personal development.

When choosing a course students need to choose based on your personal strengths and your career goals. Let the experienced counselors at EduSpiral Consultant Services take you step-by-step through the choices.

What is the IGCSE/O-Level Equivalent in Malaysia?

IGCSE, short for International General Certificate of Secondary Education, is an exam taken by sixteen-year-olds at the end of Year 11 of the National Curriculum of England (British Curriculum).

In Malaysia, the IGCSE/O-Level qualification is equivalent to the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or Malaysian Education Certificate, with examinations conducted by the Malaysian Examination Syndicate (Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia).

Can I Study at Malaysia’s Private Universities after IGCSE/O-Levels?

Yes, IGCSE/O-Level students who meet the minimum requirements may enter into the Diploma course before proceeding to the related degree programme.  The qualification is globally recognised and allows for students to study locally or abroad. Malaysian students are able to enrol into a private university with IGCSE certification depending on the entry requirements

Is the IGCSE/O-Levels recognised in Malaysia?

The IGCSE/O-Level programme is the UK equivalent to Malaysia’s SPM. The preferred IGCSE examination boards in Malaysia are Pearson’s Edexcel and the Cambridge Assessment International Examinations

The SPM is the national examination for form 5 students (year 11 equivalent) in Malaysia. is offered at private schools, home schools and international schools. The qualification is recognised for entry into Malaysia’s private universities for Diploma, Foundation and Pre-University.

Can I Study at Malaysia’s Government or Public Universities after IGCSE/O-Levels?

Students who have obtained the IGCSE/O-Levels qualification may not enter into the government or IPTA universities as it is not accepted.

Choose to Study the Diploma Course that’s Accredited and Recognised

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Some students and parents are not aware that there are diploma courses in Malaysia offered by some colleges that are not recognised or accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The diploma course presented by the counselor may sound very attractive with low tuition fees and promises of job guarantee.

However, if you choose to study a diploma course that’s not accredited by MQA, you may not continue on to a degree programme at any private university in Malaysia and your future employers may not recognise the certificate to offer you a job.

Therefore, you should check the MQA website to see if the course is listed in there.

Why you Should choose a Diploma Course that is Accredited by MQA

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Accreditation is a formal recognition that a certificate, diploma or degree programme has attained the quality standards and criteria set by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and is in compliance with the MQF.

Institutions whose programmes have been accredited can use MQA recognition in their advertisements or any other statement. These programmes can be considered for recognition by the government for the purpose of employment in the public sector. Accreditation is a status or achievement as a result of quality assessment by MQA. It is a commitment by MQA to all stakeholders in higher education i.e students, parents, employers that the programme accredited by MQA is quality-assured. It is also a basis for other parties to recognise the programme for a variety of reasons. For example, the Public Service Department (PSD) will use this accreditation status to recognise the qualification for employment in the public service.

Accreditation status by MQA has many advantages. Besides being a benchmark for quality programme, it also has other advantages such as:-

  • Students are eligible to apply for loan from funding agencies such as National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN).
  • Students are eligible to continue their studies in higher education institutions and obtain credit transfer. However, the final decision lies with the institution concerned.
  • Students can be considered for employment in the public sector. In many cases, even employers from the private sector prefer accredited programmes in their selection of graduates for employment.
  • Institutions can franchise their accredited programmes to other institutions, subject to certain conditions.

What is the Main Aim for Studying a Diploma Course for Students after IGCSE/O-Levels?

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One of the aims of education is to get a job. One of the aims of getting a job is to obtain a salary that 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.

In addition, IGCSE/O-Level students who are sure of what they want to pursue for their degree course may go for the Diploma as the subjects are more focused and will prepare you well for the degree course.

The level of entry is 3 credits for most Diploma programmes and allows IGCSE/O-Level graduates who have obtained the minimum to continue on with their tertiary education without delay. The quality is not lower that other programmes although the entry may be lower.

The assessments for the Diploma course are similar to the IGCSE/O-Level teaching and learning practice at school level. Students will be familiar with the academic style and excel.

Why Should You Study a Diploma Course after Completing the IGCSE/O-Levels?

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  • The diploma course is more practical with mixed assessment.
  • You will study the subjects that you are interested in. The subjects are specific to your field of interest.
  • Choosing the A-Level programme will take you 18 months to complete where it will also take a similar amount of time to complete a Diploma course. After completing the Diploma course, you will enter into Year 2 while after A-Levels, you will only enter into Year 1. The Diploma course will save you a year.
  • The A-Level course is much tougher and exam based while the Diploma programme is a mixture of exams, assignments and course work which is ideally suited for students with an IGCSE education background.
  • IGCSE students who want to study overseas will enter into Year 2 of the Degree programme overseas therefore saving them a year in paying for overseas tuition fees and cost of living.
  • Upon completion of the Diploma, you may choose to start work or continue on to Year 2 of the related degree
  • Some diploma courses have internships which provides an opportunity for you to work for the company when you graduate.
  • The total tuition fees for a diploma plus degree course is generally cheaper when compared to Foundation plus Degree or Pre-U plus Degree.
  • You have at least 3 credits to enter the Diploma programme. The lower entry barrier allows students to continue with their tertiary studies unimpeded.
  • Students may apply for the PTPTN Loan for Diploma courses. There is no PTPTN Loan for  Foundation  & External Pre-University programmes

How to Choose a Diploma Course that will Lead to a Degree Programme that has Future High Job Demand & Salary?

Look for statistics and research to support whether there is a job demand for your future career in Malaysia. Here at EduSpiral Consultant Services, we do our research on the job demand for the careers in Malaysia, Salary Reports, and universities so that we can advise our students based on facts and evidence.

What is a Diploma Programme? – Practical & Specific

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Students after IGCSE O-Levels who are sure of what they want to study can go for a Diploma course.

The diploma generally is more practical while a degree course is more theoretical and academic.

It may require more hands on learning experience in the field of its study so that you are well trained and have specific knowledge the particular field.

Diploma programmes at private universities in Malaysia are  specific niche areas such as Diploma in Accounting, Diploma in Mass Communication, Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and so forth.

Therefore, students have to be sure that they want to specialise in that field for their degree studies as you cannot change to another course for your degree. For example, if you have studied a Diploma in Accounting, you cannot go for a degree in Engineering or Computer Science.

What’s the Entry Requirements for a Diploma Course?

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With at least 3 credits in your IGCSE O-Levels, you can join the Diploma course for most majors.

However, for health science diploma courses, you will need at least 5 credits.

There will be other subject requirements depending on the course & university. Some universities may require a Credit in English.

Other requirements would be Mathematics for Diploma courses in computer studies, computer science, information technology, architecture, accounting and finance.

Engineering diplomas would require credits in Mathematics & 1 science subject.

What’s the Grading for the IGCSE/O-Levels for Entry into the Diploma Course?

Below is a chart to compare the equivalent grading for the IGCSE/O-Levels to the SPM. A credit means anything from A* to C. A*(a*) is the highest grade and E(e) the lowest. “D’ and “E” are passes but do not qualify as a credit to for entry ‘UNGRADED’ shows that the candidate failed to reach the standard required for grade E(e).

SPM IGCSE/O-Levels
A+ A*
A A
A-
B+
B+ B
B-
C+
C+ C
C- Ungraded
D D
E E
G Ungraded

How long does it take to Study the Diploma Course?

The duration of the diploma is 2 years or 2.5 years depending on the university. Some diploma programmes will include internships.

How many Subjects are there in a Diploma Course at a Private University in Malaysia?

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Students will take  30-35 subjects in the diploma and it is a mix of Assignments, Coursework, and written examination percentage.

Generally, students will take about 5-7 subjects including MPU subjects a semester.

Students are required by the government to take about 3-4 MPU subjects during their diploma studies. You will need a Minimum of 90 Credits or 30 subjects to Graduate.

Some diploma courses will have an internship such as the Diploma in Hotel Management, Diploma in Culinary Arts, Diploma in Information Technology (IT), etc.

How is the Assessment for Diploma Courses?

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A diploma course is more practical while a Foundation, external Pre-University programme and degree courses are more academic.

The assessments for a diploma programme at private universities and colleges in Malaysia is a mix of Assignments, Coursework, and written examination percentage. The diploma programme provides students with relevant, interesting, stimulating and practical experience via a variety of teaching and practical techniques.

Students will experience different dynamic learning processes are employed in the delivery of a diploma programme, such as lectures, tutorials, computer lab work, team-based project, real life system development, presentations, independent projects supervised by supervisors from university lecturers or industry experts. The learning is very much practical oriented.

Methods of Delivery

  • Lectures
  • Lab work (depends on the course)
  • Tutorials
  • Field visits (e.g. business organisations, universities, non-governmental organisations, government-related corporations, etc.)
  • Scenario-based learning
  • Guest lecture series (prominent speakers from the industry and academic institutions)
  • Interactive learning

Can I find a Job using the Diploma?

You can use the diploma to apply for a job. On the other hand, if you choose to study a Foundation course, or Pre-University Programme, you have to continue on to the degree before going to work.

The diploma generally is more practical while a degree course is more theoretical and academic. Some courses such as culinary and design, a diploma is sufficient to join the workforce in Malaysia. Otherwise, it is advisable to continue your studies to degree level

What is the Starting Salary for Diploma Graduates in Malaysia?

Starting salaries for Diploma holders is generally not high but it will go higher will more experience. It is recommended for Diploma students to continue on to the Degree programme if you can afford it.

Starting salaries will range from RM1500 to RM2500 a month.

Can I change to another private university for the degree course?

After completing your diploma, you can continue on to Year 2 of the  related degree if your college or university offers it or you can transfer the diploma credits to another private university in Malaysia or even overseas to Australia or UK.

How to Transfer credits from Diploma into Degree Year 2 into Top Private Universities in Malaysia

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Most diplomas can be transferred to another college or university into the Year 2 of the relevant programme. If you have taken the Diploma in Accounting, it is highly likely that you can enter into Year 2 of the degree in Accounting or Accounting & Finance.

For the Diploma in Business Administration, you can enter into Year 2 of the degree in Business Administration depending on the exemptions.

However, if you go from the Diploma in Business Administration into the Degree in Accounting, then you may not get the optimum amount of exemptions because the subjects in your diploma are not similar with the degree course of the university that you want to transfer to.

To transfer your credits into another university, you will need to submit the following documents for exemptions:

  1. Transcripts from your current college or university
  2. Course outline and Syllabus for all the subjects taken
  3. Letter of completion or Diploma Certificate
  4. Copy of IGCSE Certificate

Is the PTPTN Loan Available for Diploma Courses?

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Yes, students may apply for PTPTN Loan for diploma courses that are accredited by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA)

IGCSE/O-Level graduates are able to apply for the PTPTN Loan.

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:

No Level Description of Eligibility
1 Maximum Student’s or parents’ names are listed as recipient of BR1M
2 75% from maximum loan amount Family income lower than RM8,000 (names not listed in BR1M)
3 50% from maximum loan amount Family income higher than RM8,000 (names not listed in BR1M)

 

Mode of Payment Payment from PTPN will be made TWICE a year directly into the university’s account. Students must make payment of first semester’s tuition fees to the university and then apply for the PTPN Loan for it to come into effect for the second semester. Eligibility for the 2nd Payment and onwards Student must obtain GPA 2.0 and above in order to continue enjoying the loan.

PTPTN Loan Amount
PERINGKAT PENGAJIAN UNTUK IPTS JUMLAH PEMBIAYAAN SETAHUNMENGIKUT PERINGKAT*
MAKSIMUM(RM) 75%(RM) 50%(RM)
Diploma in Business 6,800 5,100 3,400

 

How do we Apply for the PTPTN Loan for our Diploma Course?

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.

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