Education Pathways for SPM, IGCSE O-Level & UEC Students with 1 or No Credits
Now that you have gotten your SPM or IGCSE O-Levels or UEC results, you may be disappointed to find out that you did not meet the minimum requirements to continue on with the normal pathway to the Pre-University course or degree. Sometimes we make mistakes and didn’t study hard enough to get the grades to enter university but there are still some options for you. There are 3 pathways for students to choose from for those who managed to obtain at least 1 credit in SPM with passes in BM & Sejarah, IGCSE O-Levels or UEC or those who just did not get any credits at all. Take note that a credit in SPM or IGCSE O-Levels is a “C” and a pass is a “D” or “E”. A credit in UEC is a “B” while the “C” are just passes.
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What are the Courses for Malaysian Students with at Least 1 Credit or No Credit?
Students with SPM with 1 or 2 credits and passes in BM and Sejarah or IGCSE O-levels/UEC with at least 1 credit, don’t worry, there are Certificate courses that you can still take before continuing on to Diploma or Degree courses in Malaysia. The certificate courses are offered by private universities and is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
Students after SPM or O-Levels who did not get any credits can choose to study a vocational course such as the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) or Malaysian Skills Certificate course or the UK-based BTec Diploma.
In this article, we will cover 3 types of courses:
- Certificate course
- Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) or Malaysian Skills Certificate course
- UK-based BTec Diploma
Certificate Courses for Students with at least 1 Credit
Students with 1-2 credits in SPM and a pass in BM & Sejarah can join a Certificate course for 1 year 4 months and then go on to the Diploma for 2 or 2.5 years. After the Diploma, you will enter into Year 2 of the related Degree for another 2 years.
Certificate (1 year 4 months) – Diploma (2 or 2.5 years) – Degree (2 years)
It will cost about RM12,000 to RM16,000 for the Certificate Course depending on which private college or university.
Note that you cannot apply for the PTPN loan for the Certificate course. This is not allowed by PTPN. You may apply for the PTPN Loan for the Diploma and Degree programme.
With 1 or 2 credits in SPM and a pass in BM & Sejarah or IGCSE O-Levels or UEC, you can take the following certificate courses at private universities in Malaysia:
- Certificate in Administrative Skills
- Certificate in Business Administration
- Certificate in Information Technology (IT)
- Certificate in Hotel Operations
I would recommend the above mentioned certificate courses as they would stream you into diploma courses that have future job demand and good salary.
After completing the certificate, you will continue on to the relevant Diploma courses depending on the college. For the Certificate in IT, you must have a pass in maths to go for the Diploma in IT and you cannot continue on to any engineering or health science courses.
Students may contact me for the universities that offer these certificate courses. Seeing that you are weak in your studies, I would recommend that you choose reputable universities that have a serious study environment so that you would not get distracted. You have already made a mistake once, now is the time for you to get serious and get your life back on track.
Courses for Students with No Credits
There are 2 pathways for students with no credits in their SPM, IGCSE O-Levels or UEC and they are the Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) HnD Diploma and the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Vocational course.
Please note that students who have completed the BTEC Diploma may not progress to MQA degree courses in Malaysia. You may only continue on to study the degree programme offered at that college or go to UK. In addition, the SKM Vocational courses also may not progress to degree courses in Malaysia. The highest level is the SKM Diploma.
Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) HnD
A BTEC qualification is unlike any other. Why? Because it WORKS for everyone. It works for learners developing the skills and knowledge they need to be successful, for teaching professionals preparing their learners for the jobs of the future, and for employers recruiting teams who can hit the ground running.
BTECs are all about applying knowledge and skills in real-life scenarios to create career success and develop the employability skills modern businesses need.
BTECs are high quality, hands-on qualifications grounded in the real world of work. For BTEC students, it’s all about learning by doing and putting what they learn into practice straight away. With their focus on skills-based learning, BTEC courses are designed around themed units. Rather than testing everything together at the end, BTECs are assessed throughout the course using assignments set in real-life scenarios, where students develop and apply the practical knowledge and skills employers and higher education are looking for.
And that means there are plenty of chances to learn, improve and succeed.
A BTEC is so much more than just a certificate – BTEC-qualified students will keep applying what they learn on their BTEC course to go on to further study, progress to a job – and throughout their career.
Higher Education with BTEC
If you want to continue into higher education, you’ll need to achieve enough UCAS points to qualify for entry into your preferred university. You will secure these with your BTEC Nationals, and may also choose to study a Higher National Diploma (equivalent to first two years of a degree) before progressing to a full degree.
BTEC Higher Nationals
BTEC Higher Nationals are internationally recognised, career-focused higher education qualifications that are equivalent to the first and second years of a university degree. They represent the latest in professional standards and are designed to help you secure the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace or university. Co-designed with industry, BTEC Higher Nationals provide real-world experience as well as academic knowledge. This ensures you’ll leave with the required expertise as identified by business and industry, and with the flexibility to go straight into employment or continue to a degree.
Students may choose from the following below:
- BTEC HnD in Business
- BTEC HnD in Computing
- BTEC HnD in Graphic Design
Higher National Diploma
- Usually takes two years to complete if studying full-time
- Equivalent to the first and second year of a university degree.
- A more specialised programme of learning with pathways linked to occupational outcomes.
- An increased focus on research skills.
- develop project management skills.
Benefits of taking BTEC Program
1) Internationally Recognition
Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) HnD diploma in Business, Computing & Graphic Design are awarded by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications that are
globally recognized and bench marked.
2) No Exam, Open Book concept
BTEC HnD is designed as an hand-on qualifications grounded in the real-world scenario. It is all about learning by doing and that means students put what they learn into practice straight away. Throughout the course, they work on a series of assignments set in real-life scenarios. It gives students the opportunity to show what they have learned in each unit, and build on their achievements as they progress through the course. That means there are plenty of chances to learn, involve, improve and succeed.
3) Clear Marking Scheme
BTEC programs have a clear marking scheme, and student know what tasks need to be achieve in order to score.
There are four grade points, distinction, merit, pass & fail.
4) Reasonable price
Affordable price to get a UK Diploma compare study in Singapore & UK. And also the most affordable way to acquire a UK University Degree. If you wish to study abroad for a degree from a recognized university and wish to save
money by completing the first two years of studies locally, a Pearson BTEC HND Diploma in Business would be more suitable for most of the students.
5) A 2-year Duration to get a UK Diploma
Students will only take two to two and the half years to get a UK Diploma while studying in Malaysia.
6) New way of teaching methodology
BTEC teaching method is more on counsellingand motivating the student.That’s why the whole BTEC HnD Diploma programs are designed with a series of assignments. There is number of task which the student need to achieve or complete in each assignment. Each task is stated clearly what student need to do and achieve. If the student fails to submit the assignment. Counsellor or lecturer will have to counsel, motivate or coach the student, in order to tune the student mindset in a more positive way to finish the task.
7) Entry Requirements for a recognised UK-Based Diploma
Students with IGCSE O-Level, UEC or SPM results without any credits may apply.
8) Age Requirements
Above or 17 years old
9) Education that’s Aligned to Real World Environment
BTEC HnD is designed as an hand-on qualifications grounded in the real-world scenario. It is designed around a number of themed units. Rather than testing everything together at the end of the course. Each unit involve a series of tasks designed around a work-related, real-life scenario. It gives students the opportunity to show what they have learned in each unit, and build on their achievements as they progress through the course. That means there are plenty of chances to learn, apply, improve and succeed.
10) BTEC Hnd program give chances for the student to certify themselves
Student should finish the program within 2 years by normal timeframe. Student can also finish the program within 2 and the half years, 3 years or 4 years. As long as they finish the minimum requirement of the task which require from the assignment.
11) BTEC Hnd Level 5 is higher than A-Levels
- BTEC Level 1 and 2 = equivalent to a GCSE O-level
- BTEC Level 3 = equivalent to an A-level
- BTEC Level 4-5 = equivalent to 1st and 2nd year of an undergraduate degree (the BTec HnD Diploma is at this level)
The BTEC Hnd diploma in Business, Computing & Graphic Design offered is in BTEC HND Level 5.
12) Shorter duration to get a UK Honours Degree
i) Study locally at a private college in Malaysia With minimum result Pass.
- 2 years BTEC HnD in Business + 1 year BA (Hons) Business Management (awarded by Buckinghamshire New University)
- 2 years BTEC HnD in Computing + 1 year Business Computing & Information Systems (awarded by University of Central Lancashire -UCLan)
ii) For Abroad Studies
After completing the BTEC HnD in Malaysia, students my transfer to universities in the UK under the following conditions:
- With result Distinction, students can direct enter into the final year of UK Bachelor degree.
- With result Merit, it can be second or final year of UK Bachelor degree, depends on different University requirement.
- With result Pass, it can be first or second year of UK Bachelor degree, depends on different University requirement.
The above link is the finder degree program after Btec Diploma, this is for student who want to go aboard. You can choose level 5 (2010) Btec, then click Business. The student can choose university from canada, new zealand, UK &
List of University which already Link up HND Diploma in Business
- University of Central Lancashire
- Coventry University
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- University of Greenwich
- Oxford Brookes University
- York ST John University
- Teesside University
- University of Lincoln
- University of Hull
- University of Salford
- Birmingham City University
- University of Huddersfield
- University of Hertfordshire
- Anglia Ruskin University
- University of Worcester
- University of Gloucestershire
The Best Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia or Vocational Courses in Malaysia for SPM Students with No Credits
Students after SPM or O-Levels who did not get any credits can choose to study a vocational course such as the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) or Malaysian Skills Certificate course. The Certificate is awarded by the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia and is recognised by the Malaysian government for work. The course is an excellent opportunity for students who have no credits in SPM to get some education for a better future.
Entry Requirements for the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Courses
- PMR/ SPM/ UEC Certificate holders for Malaysian candidates
- Have gone through PMR even if failed all subjects or minimum aged 16.
Financial Aid from Government for Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Courses
- 100% full loan through the Perbadanan Tabung Pembangunan Kemahiran (PTPK)*
- PTPK also provides a monthly allowance of RM300*
*Terms & Conditions Apply
What is the Malaysian Skills Certification System (Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia)
The Malaysian Skills Certification System is a skills and work-based certification system in Malaysia that is achieved through assessment and training. Candidates can receive Malaysian Skills award if they meet the requirements of the National Occupational Skills Standard developed and regulated by the Department of Skills Development (formerly known as the National Vocational Training Council).
It is conferred as a formal recognised certificate to individuals who has shown capabilities that acquired or practised with competencies to do a task or work, which usually in the form of basic vocational skills. The criteria and standards of the Malaysian Skills Certification System are articulated with higher level qualifications to enable holders to progress from the level of semi skills, to skilled production, right up to supervisory, executive and managerial functions.
Academic equivalency of the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM)
According to the Malaysian Qualifications Framework, the Malaysian Skills Certification System is mapped to the following equivalents in the higher education and academic sector:
- Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) or Malaysian Skills Certificate (Levels 1,2 & 3)
- Certificate awarded by a recognised institution of higher education accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
- Malaysian Skills Diploma
- Diploma awarded by a recognised institution of higher education accredited by the MQA.
Award levels for the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM)
There are currently 5 levels of awards in the Malaysian Skills Certification System:
- Level 1: Malaysian Skills Certificate Level 1 (SKM 1)
Awarded to candidates who show evidence of competence in performing a range of various job tasks or work activities, most of which are routine and predictable.
- Level 2: Malaysian Skills Certificate Level 2 (SKM 2)
Awarded to candidates who show evidence of competence in performing a significant range of varied work activities that are being performed in a variety of contexts. Some of these activities are non-routine, requiring individual responsibility and autonomy.
- Level 3: Malaysian Skills Certificate Level 3 (SKM 3)
Awarded to candidates who show evidence of competence in performing a broad range of varied work activities that are performed in a variety of contexts, most of which are complex and non-routine. There is considerable responsibility and autonomy and control or guidance of others is often required.
- Level 4: Malaysian Skills Diploma (DKM)
Awarded to candidates who show evidence of competence in performing a broad range of complex technical or professional work activities that are performed in a wide variety of contexts, and with a substantial degree of personal responsibility and autonomy. Responsibility for the work of others and the allocation of resources is often present. Higher level of technical skills should be demonstrated.
Choosing the Best College or University in Malaysia for the Certificate, BTec Diploma or SKM Vocational Course
There are a few quality colleges and universities offering the Certificate, BTec Diploma and SKM Vocational courses.
Because you did not do well for your SPM, IGCSE O-Levels or UEC, you will need a college that will give you the necessary support with excellent facilities to make sure that you do well. If you simply choose any college, you may not succeed again because the college did not give you the necessary support. The college environment is important for your success as well. For example, if you want to master Kung Fu, you do not simply ask anyone to teach you, you ask a Master or Sifu. He will give you good training so that you will succeed.
The environment is important as well. If you are playful and distracted by friends, then you should not go to a party university where most of your friends are. Go for a university or college with a more serious study environment and get your life back on track.
I believe that in life, God has given each person a “bag”. in this “bag”, some people have “hands-on skills”, some have “studying skills” while others have “service skills”.
We just need to find out what’s in your bag, so that you can do well in life and earn a living.
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