Entry Requirements for Foundation Programmes in Malaysia

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What are the Entry Requirements for Foundation at Private Universities in Malaysia

Students after SPM or IGCSE/O-Levels can consider taking the Foundation Programmes at top private universities in Malaysia. The Foundation Programme is a 1-year Pre-University Programme which transitions into a degree course. To enter the course you will need to check the Entry Requirements to find out if you qualify.

Many top private universities in Malaysia, have developed their own internal university foundation programmes. These Foundation courses are accredited by the Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA) and recognised by the respective foreign partner universities. 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 businesscomputer IT, and engineering, and hence, cater to the specific needs of different students.

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General Entry Requirements into Foundation Programmes in Malaysia

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After completing your SPM or IGCSE/O-Levels, you will need to check if your results qualify for you to enter the Foundation Programme at private universities in Malaysia.

The entry requirements into Foundation Programmes will vary from university to university. Furthermore, the entry requirements for the field of study will vary as well.

General Entry Requirements are 5 SPM Credits with Passes in BM & Sejarah. Note that the entry requirements will vary from university to university.

You will need to check with the university of interest to find out exactly what their entry requirements are. Or you may contact EduSpiral Consultant Services for advise on your entry to top private universities in Malaysia.

  • Foundation in Arts entering into the following degree programmes:
    • Business Administration, Management, Logistics & Marketing – 5 Credits
    • Accounting, Finance, Banking, Investment & Actuarial Science – 5 Credits including Maths and a Pass in English
    • Arts, Design, Advertising, Hospitality, Hotel Management & Communication  – 5 Credits
    • Psychology – 5 Credits including Maths, one Science subject and a Pass in English
    • Architecture and Information Technology (IT) – 5 Credits including Maths
    • Computer Science – 5 Credits including Additional Maths
    • English Language, TESL & Mass Communication – 5 Credits including English
  • Foundation in Science entering into:
    • Engineering – 5 Credits including Maths and 1 Science (Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology)
    • Architecture and IT – 5 Credits including Maths
    • Computer Science – 5 Credits including Add Maths
  • Foundation in Science entering into the following degree programmes
    • Biotechnology, Culinology, Food Science, Nutrition, Physiotherapy, Biotechnology, Biomedical Science, Medical Imaging & Optometry – 5 credits including Mathematics and 2 science subjects
    • Pharmacy – 5Bs including Biology and Chemistry and Physic and Math (or Additional Math)
    • Medicine & Dentistry – 5Bs including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics/Additional Mathematics and 1 other subject
    • Architecture and IT – 5 Credits including Maths
  • Foundation in Computing & Technology into the following degree programmes
    • Computing, Information Technology, Software Engineering, Game Development, Intelligent Systems, Cyber Security & Networking,  – 5 credits including Mathematics
  • Foundation in Business into the following degree programmes
    • Business Administration, Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Logistics & Marketing – 5 Credits
    • Accounting, Finance, Banking, Investment & Actuarial Science – 5 Credits including Maths and a Pass in English
  • Foundation in Engineering entering into:
    • Mechanical, Civil, Electrical & Electronic, Telecommunication & Mechatronic – 5 Credits including Maths and 1 Science (Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology)
  • Foundation in Architecture or Natural & Built Environment entering into:
    • Architecture – 5 Credits including Maths
    • Interior Architecture or Interior Design – 5 Credits
  • Foundation in Design to enter into:
    • Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Multimedia, Animation – 5 Credits
    • Some universities may require a portfolio of your artwork or a credit in Art
  • Foundation in Communication to enter into:
    • Mass Communication, Media Studies, Public Relations, Journalism, Branding & Advertising – 5 Credits

Top Ranked Universities such as Heriot-Watt University Malaysia will require higher entry requirements into the Foundation Course

English Language Requirement For Foundation Programmes in Malaysia

In addition to the academic requirements, students are also required to meet the English Language requirements. An applicant who does not meet the Universities’ English Language Requirements may need to take an extra English course at the university or an external English examination such as the IELTS.

Where Can I Study Foundation in Malaysia?

  1. Taylor’s College
  2. Asia Pacific University (APU)
  3. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia 
  4. University of Nottingham Malaysia
  5. UOWM KDU University College, Utropolis Glenmarie
  6. UOWM KDU Penang University College
  7. Multimedia University (MMU)  Cyberjaya
  8. Multimedia University (MMU) Melaka
  9. HELP University
  10. First City University College
  11. Saito University College
  12. MAHSA University
  13. Berjaya University College 

Study Foundation at Top Private Universities in Malaysia

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Malaysian private universities have been preparing students for study in top universities worldwide since the 1970s therefore they have the necessary experience to ensure quality for the Foundation programmes are adhered to.

Students after SPM or O-Levels should choose the foundation programme in Malaysia that best fits their career goals and needs. In addition, students should choose Foundation programmes from prominent and established universities.

Students will take about 10-12 subjects in 3 semesters (1 year) for the Foundation programme at private universities in Malaysia.

If you are still not sure of what to study for your degree, the Foundation programme is a good choice and is shorter in duration than the STPM and less difficult.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Entry Requirements: Min. 5 credits, inclusive of Maths and 2 pure Science subjects for Foundation in Science or Engineering. For IT, you must have a credit in Maths. Other courses just require 5 credits. For Medicine and Pharmacy, Min. 5B in Maths, Additional Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics but will vary from university to university.
  • Recognition: Mostly in Malaysia and some overseas. As long as the Foundation course is accredited by MQA, it will be accepted by another private university for entry into the relevant degree programme.
  • Cost: Generally cheaper than overseas Pre-University courses and A-Levels

Assessment for Foundation Programmes in Malaysia

Assessment for Foundation programmes in Malaysia will vary from university to university. It will contain a mix of coursework, assignments, quizzes and exams.

The coursework could cover different assessment tasks such as projects, assignments, laboratory work, presentations, tests, and others as assigned throughout each semester. The final examination is conducted at the end of each semester. The assessments are subject to quality assurance procedures to maintain high standards and ensuring fair assessment.

Foundation Pathways

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Unlike the external pre-university programmes in Malaysia which focus on more general Science and Art-based subjects, the Foundation programmes for private universities provide specialisation in specific areas of study such as business, computer & IT, or engineering, and hence, cater to the specific needs of different students.

However, there are also general Foundation programmes such as Foundation in Arts and Foundation in Science offered by the private universities.

Foundation in Science programmes can lead to engineering, pharmacy, medicine, applied sciences, health sciences and other arts related degree programmes.

The Foundation in Arts programme can lead to accounting, business, computing, architecture, design, and other arts related courses. After completing the Foundation in Science students have the choice to choose sciences or arts related degree programmes.

Ask a Knowledgeable & Experienced Education Consultant to Help you Make the Right Choice

Choosing a Foundation course to study after SPM or O-Levels  is not a science, it is a process

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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 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 15 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.

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.

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