Best Course to Study in Malaysia with 3 credits in SPM, O-Levels or UEC

What Course to Study In Malaysia after SPM, O-Levels or UEC with only 3 Credits?

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There are so many options out there to choose after your SPM, O-Levels or UEC and it can get quite confusing.  A diploma is for students who are sure of what they want to study while students who are still unsure can take the Pre-University course first and then decide later what course to study. The diploma course is more practical with some theory while a degree programme is more academic. The assessment for the diploma course at top private universities in Malaysia will be a mixture of Coursework, Assignments, Quizzes, Exams and Projects.

To join a diploma course, you will need at least 3 credits in SPM, O-Levels or UEC. You must have a pass in BM & Sejarah. Entry requirements for the diploma will vary from course to course so do check with the university on the exact requirements or you may contact EduSpiral Consultant Services. If you are joining finance, IT or accounting, you will need to include Maths. For Diploma in Engineering courses you will need to include a credit in Maths and one Science subject. A student may apply for the PTPTN loan for the diploma course to study in Malaysia.

Duration for the Diploma programmes in Malaysia vary from 2 years to 2.5 years depending on the type of course. Upon completion of the Diploma, students may continue on to Year 2 of the related Degree programme at the same university or transfer to another university with exemptions.

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Why Study the Diploma at Top Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia?

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An advantage of the diploma is that after 2 years of studying, should you not want to continue on to the degree, you can stop and find a job. Your salary would be about RM1600-2000. But if you want to continue on to a degree programme, you can. You will need to provide all the transcripts, course outline and letter of completion to the university that you would like to continue your degree course.

They will then evaluate the subjects for exemptions. After the evaluation, they will let you know how many subjects left you need to take. Generally, you will enter into Year 2 of the related degree programme. For example, a diploma in business administration will enter into Year 2 of the degree programme or diploma in mass comm into Year 2 of the Mass Comm degree.

After SPM or O-Levels, it is normal to be confused about what you want to study. So, it is important to talk to counselors who are informed and experienced. You should also visit a few colleges or universities to see their facilities, student environment, lecturers and student support services for comparison.

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 RM23,000. 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 RM23,000 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 Diploma Courses offered by the Best Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia

Students should choose top private universities in Malaysia for their diploma education so that you can gain the best knowledge and skills for a successful career.

The Best Diploma Programs Offered at Asia Pacific University (APU)

Diploma Programmes offered at APIIT

Outstanding Diploma Programs Offered at Taylor’s University

Diploma Programmes at Multimedia University

First Rate Diploma Programs Offered at UCSI University

Top Rated Diploma Programs Offered at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Diploma Programs Offered at HELP University Damansara Heights

First Rate Diploma Programs Offered at KDU Penang University College

Affordable Diploma Programs Offered at First City University College

Outstanding Diploma Programs Offered at Berjaya University College of Hospitality

Diploma programs from the best colleges in Malaysia

Diploma Programs Offered at IACT College

Excellent Diploma Programs Offered at Saito University College

Top Rated Diploma Programs Offered at YTL International College of Hotel Management (YTL-ICHM), Malaysia

Industry Ready Diploma Programs Offered at Point College

First Rate Diploma Programs Offered at HELP College of Arts and Technology (HELP CAT)

Diploma Programs Offered at Reliance College Kuala Lumpur

The Best Diploma Programs Offered at UCSI University Sarawak

Studying Diploma at Top Private Colleges & Universities in Malaysia

EduSpiral helped me to transfer my business diploma into UCSI University. He had advised me to go for a university with an English-speaking environment so that I can improve myself. Kwang Wei, Business graduate from UCSI University

EduSpiral helped me to transfer my business diploma into UCSI University. He had advised me to go for a university with an English-speaking environment so that I can improve myself.
Kwang Wei, Business graduate from UCSI University

Students who are sure of what they want to study can go for a Diploma course. If you are still not sure, then you should go for a Foundation in Arts, Foundation in Science or an external Pre-University Programme like the A-Levels, Canadian Pre-University (CPU), South Australian Matriculation, etc.

If you have taken a Diploma in IT and decide later you want to study Business, you will have to start all over again from the beginning. Talk to an experienced and knowledgeable education counselor to find out the best pathway for you.

Generally, 2 years in duration with some at 2 years 4 months or 2 years 6 months. Upon completion of the Diploma programme, you can either continue on to Year 2 of the related degree programme or go out to work. Taking a Pre-University programme, you must continue on to the degree as a Pre-University is not recognised for work purposes. 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.

Starting salaries for diploma holders range from RM1500 to RM2000 while degree holders range from RM2500 to RM3500.

You can apply for the PTPN Loan . You cannot apply for the PTPN Loan for Foundation, Pre-University or A-Level programmes. The amount of the loan varies depending on your family income.

Assessments for Diploma Programmes in Malaysia

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I was confused where to study & EduSpiral gave me good information to help me to decide. EduSpiral also helped me with my application, & accommodation.
Wei Siong, Diploma in Interior Design at First City University College

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.

Entry Requirements for Diploma Programmes in Malaysia

Entry requirements for Diploma programmes are lower than for Pre-University. You need at least 5 credits to enter a Pre-University or Foundation programme while diploma programmes require only 3 credits. The requirements vary from course to course so you should check with the university or an experienced education counselor for advise. For example, entry requirements for Diploma in Engineering courses need at least 3Cs including Maths & Science, Diploma in IT require 3Cs including Maths, Diploma in Business need 3Cs in any subjects, etc.

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 for all the subjects taken
  3. Letter of completion or Diploma Certificate
  4. Copy of SPM Certificate

Common Factors in Choosing the Best Private University or College in Malaysia to Study Diploma

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Harold, Diploma in Business IT at Asia Pacific University (APU)

The best private universities and colleges in Malaysia have excellent facilities, years of experience running the programme, strong student support services, internships and experienced lecturers. In addition, they will focus on quality, have award winners for the particular courses, years of experience offering the particular course, highly experienced lecturers, a good study environment (not a party university), internships, good mix of international & local students, extra-curricular activities and good facilities. The SETARA ranking is a guide for students to assess the quality of a private university in Malaysia.

When choosing a university and college in Malaysia, it is important for students to visit the campus and see the facilities and feel the culture of the students to see if it fits you.

Talk to the lecturers and find out from the counselors there about the courses and check if the courses have been accredited by MQA

Here’s a list of common criteria in choosing a top private university in Malaysia:

  • Diploma and degrees offered
  • Subjects offered in the diploma (Are they relevant, up-to-date, and help you to achieve your career goals)
  • Accreditation by MQA and other relevant professional bodies in Malaysia
  • Entry requirements
  • Location of the university
  • Size of the student population
  • Student culture (English-speaking environment, ambitious, serious about studies, lifestyle or party university, etc)
  • Public vs. Private (STPM is tougher and choice of course & university is determined by the government)
  • Costs (tuition, hostel, food, transportation, etc.)
  • Financial assistance (Scholarships, PTPN Loan, EPF withdrawal, MARA Loan, etc)
  • Campus resources (labs, libraries, wifi, computer access, sports facilities, etc.)
  • Internship and co-op programs
  • Class size (Small class size for personal attention)
  • Faculty contact/classes taught by full-time qualified & experienced faculty
  • Quality/reputation/ranking of the private university in Malaysia
  • Safety (campus, community)
  • Make up of the student body (diversity, international students, gender, etc.)
  • Extra-curricular activities (Student organisations, clubs, sports, etc.)
  • Housing options (on-campus, off-campus apartments)
  • Student support services
  • Intake dates

 

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