Best Foundation Courses or Foundation Programs in Malaysia at Top Universities

The Best Private University or College Internal Foundation Programmes in Malaysia

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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.

Choosing the right Pre-University course that fits you would mean that you have to ask yourself which methods of assessment best suit you? Exams, coursework, practicals, group projects and presentations could all be in the mix in differing quantities. Every Pre-University course in Malaysia will include a percentage of the breakdown of assessment for the subjects. You need to understand yourself and capabilities in order to decide which Pre-University course would best suit you. Students who are not sure of what to study after SPM can contact EduSpiral Consultant Services to help guide you to choose the right course and university.

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List of the Best Private Universities & Colleges Offering First-Rate Foundation Programmes in Malaysia

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Students after SPM or O-Levels can consider taking the Foundation Programmes at top private colleges & universities in Malaysia. The Foundation Programmes are 1 year and is cheaper compared to the external Pre-University Programmes.

Furthermore, Foundation programmes are generally easier than external Pre-University courses. If you do not plan on going overseas for your degree programme, then it is better to go for the Foundation programme at a top private university in Malaysia. Below is a list of the Foundation courses offered at top private universities and colleges for you to consider

  1. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia 
  2. University of Nottingham Malaysia
    • Foundation in Arts and Education
    • Foundation in Business and Management
    • Foundation in Engineering
    • Foundation in Science
  3. Asia Pacific University (APU)
  4. Taylor’s University
  5. Multimedia University (MMU)
  6. UCSI University
  7. KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie
  8. HELP University
  9. First City University College
  10. Berjaya University College of Hospitality
  11. KDU Penang University College 
  12. KDU College Damansara Jaya
  13. IACT College

Study Foundation at Top Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia

Foundation in Science (Engineering) at UCSI University

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After SPM, one of the choices that students have is to take Form 6 and eventually the STPM examination. Most students choose the STPM because of financial difficulties which is a valid reason. However, if your parents can afford or if they can sacrifice, it is better to go for the Foundation programme at private universities in Malaysia. In the article below, we will discuss in detail the advantages and disadvantages of taking the STPM and why you should take the Foundation programme.

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

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You will get the chance to study a variety of subject areas in the Foundation Programme. This will not only give you an idea of what subject you may like to progress on to, but also to develop the valuable learning skills necessary for pursue a degree. A Foundation Programme in Malaysia can be 2 semesters with 6 months each semester or 3 semesters with 4 months each semester.

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 or A-Levels 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

How is the Foundation Course Assessed?

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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.

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

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Gan twins, Foundation in Arts at Taylor’s University

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.

The Foundation programmes at Taylor’s UniversityHELP University and UCSI University are recognised by some top universities in Australia, UK and New Zealand for entry into their degree programmes. Asia Pacific University is the only private university in Malaysia where all students will study the same subjects for the first semester and then when they figure out which course suits them, they choose the stream for their second and final semester.

Students should choose Foundation programmes from prominent and established universities such as the ones listed below:

Best Foundation Programmes in Malaysia at Leading Private Universities & Colleges

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Students after SPM or O-Levels should choose the foundation programme in Malaysia that best fits their career goals and needs. Students will take about 10-12 subjects in 3 semesters (1 year) for the Foundation programme at private universities in Malaysia.

If you are not sure of which degree you plan to take then go for the Foundation in Science where it allows you to enter into any science-related or arts-related degree courses. The Foundation in Arts will allow students to choose from only arts-based degree programmes.

Students who are sure of their degree course may go for the specific Foundation courses where the subjects are tailored towards their degree studies such as Foundation in Computing & Information Technology, Foundation in Business Administration, Foundation in Engineering, Foundation in Design, Foundation in Architecture or Foundation in Communication or Media Studies.

Best Foundation Programmes in Malaysia at Leading Private Universities & Colleges

General Entry Requirements into Foundation Programmes in Malaysia

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EduSpiral advised us that the Foundation in Science going into Pharmacy would be our best choice because our STPM results didn’t meet the requirements.
Leow En Qi and Sin Jie, graduated from Pharmacy at UCSI University

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

How to Choose the Right Foundation Course to Study after SPM or O-Levels?

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I was confused what to study & which university. My cousin introduced me to EduSpiral who helped me to make the right choice.
Ye Lun, Actuarial Science at Asia Pacific University

It can be confusing to choose the right course after SPM or O-Levels. You should carefully think about what are the options available to you. To choose the best course that fits you, you need to consider the following:

  • Look at your results – what are your best & worst subjects, and which subjects are your favourite?
  • What are your interests & hobbies?
  • What is your passion?
  • Job demand for the career of choice. There is no point in choosing a course out of passion and then graduate to find out that you cannot get a job in that field.
  • Salary of the career of choice
  • Discuss the budget for your studies with your parents. There is no point in choosing a course like Pharmacy or Medicine, if you cannot afford it.

How to Choose the Best Foundation Course to Study at the Top Private University in Malaysia

It is important to choose the right course to study – you don’t want to waste your time and money on a

EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students

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course you don’t want to do (or end up dropping out of). To help you decide which course is right for you, make a list of courses that are of interest to you.

Is it a subject you have already studied? For example, maybe you loved the English subject and you read novels for pleasure in your own time. You can consider Teaching English as a Second Language, journalism or Mass Communication. In addition, you don’t have to do a journalism degree to become a journalist – many degrees are considered!

Maybe you’ve always been interested in computers and the internet at home, and enjoyed maths at school, so are considering a degree in computer science, a course subject you probably won’t have studied before. Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration.

Looking at your results in SPM could help you to decide which course you would be good at. If you are good in Maths & Physics then you can consider Engineering courses. Having good results in Chemistry, Biology & Maths, you can think of a career in Food Science, Pharmacy or Medicine. Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.

Many students after SPM make the mistake of just listening to advise without verifying whether the information given is true or not. In addition, just because you have heard or seen a lot of advertisements by a particular university, doesn’t mean that it is the best in that course.

Many of the course counselors at the universities are paid by the universities to get you to register there, so their main motivation is to get you to register, not to help you make the right choice.

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.

The course that you choose should also have a job demand for you after you graduate. Choosing a course that you are passionate about without job demand and you may end up being jobless. Look for statistics and research to support whether there is a job demand for your future career in Malaysia or Singapore. 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.

Now why would you want to talk to EduSpiral Consultant Services when you can contact the private universities directly? Well, 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. We have 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.

 

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  1. Hello, I have done my SPM in 2015 my science subjects such as Math,bio,chem,add math i managed to fulfill the requirements however for physics i did not as i got a D grade. I then took the O level cambridge physics exam on 2016 Nov and got a B grade for it. I have also completed my Foundation in science course and got a 3.55 CGPA. Now i would like to apply for dentistry. My question is do most private institution accept combined results such as my case (SPM+O LEVEL). I have managed to apply to Mahsa and got a seat for it using combined result,

  2. Hi there, How about foundation in science in Lincoln University College ? I am planning to do it there since it is nearby home plus it is recognised by MQA too. Besides, lets say i have completed my 12 months FIS programme, can i apply using the FIS results obtained to universities in another country to do my degree ?

  3. Hi. My daughter is waiting gor her spm results. She is interested to do TESL at USM. What pre-U qualifications can she enrol in?

  4. dear sir, my daughter interested in doing foundation in arts and pursue degree in law. please advise if this is the correct path way and is acceptable. thank you ho

  5. I want to take up Foundation in Science or Engineering. Which university offers the best option. Waiting for my SPM results

  6. If my daughter wants to do diploma or degree in Accountancy what foundation course should she do before going for this??

    Foundation in Arts or Foundation in Accountancy is necessary to proceed to diploma or degree in Accountancy.

  7. May i know which college or uni offer foundation in accountancy? and which college is best to study foundation in accountancy ? lastly ,can i pursue my degree in public universities after doing a foundation in private college?

    waiting for your reply 🙂

  8. Could I have some information about to be a pilot? What programs should be followed? Which institutions provide suitable program for me to be a pilot in the future?

  9. Why is it better to take A levels if u want to study medicine after spm? N do u think medicine is better or food science?

  10. Hello.. Im a spm 2014 candidate.. I’m interested in doing Foundation in Science.. Which private institute is the best for me?

  11. HI. I would like to know if i can study Aircraft Engineering after foundation in Science, Or is there any foundation program to study aircraft engineering. Need help. Thanks

  12. Im interested in accounting. I got 9 credits including maths,add.maths and english.but im not sure whether i have to do foundation or diploma.If diploma then degree it takes about 5 years.if foundation then degree it takes 4 years only. I want to do foundation in accounting.but im not sure about which university or college to countinue.

  13. hai….i am spm 2014 student…i am interest to become a teacher…..i does not get As in spm but i get 6 credit in spm 2014……..what do to now..i totally stuck….

  14. Hi~i am a spm leaver 2014 and i get straight A in my spm…i have interest in the course that related to math and physic,maybe i will take QS or actuarial science…can i know which one is th better choice?

  15. I AM INTERESTED IN TESL COURSE..BUT I GET C+ IN ENGLISH SUBJECT FOR SPM..I APPLIED FOR UTAR BUT THEY REJECTED..I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO..I NEED HELP AND THEY OFFERED ME TO DO PUBLIC RELATION COURSE..IS TAT COURSE WILL HELP ME TO BE A TEACHER IN THE FUTURE? PLEASE LET ME KNOW SOON..

  16. Hi , i want do foundation in banking&finance. but i dont effort too much money , which university provide loans ? Please reply asap

  17. Hi im planning to study for foundations but idk which uni offers the best foundation for students who wants to pursue a degree in finance. Can you suggest a few among the best?

  18. helo,if i choose one of the school to study foundation in sc,if later study degree in other college,will the college accept?if i am not sure about what degree i am going to choose,should i study foundation first or A-level?

  19. Hi, i dont know to continue my diploma in automotive engineering or automotive technology or motorsport technology ?

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