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Should I study Form 6 or continue with Form Six and take the STPM exam or stop?


Should I choose to Study Form 6 or other Pre-University Course in Malaysia?

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Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) is Malaysia’s version of the UK’s GCE A-Levels and is a Pre-University course recognised for entry into public universities in Malaysia. The STPM is also accepted for entry into private universities in Malaysia and overseas universities.

The STPM is acknowledged as one of the toughest exams in the world to study. The other way is the Matriculation course where only 10% of the seats are set aside for Non-bumis therefore the competition will be extremely high for the spots. A better choice, if you have the finances is to go for the Foundation course at top private universities in Malaysia. The Foundation course is 1 year which will save you time compared to the STPM and when you continue on to the degree course, you get to choose what you want to study.

Students with high distinctions have the advantage of scholarships for Foundation Programmes at the private universities. Since the Foundation programme is much easier than the STPM, you would probably get a high score in the Foundation programme and get a scholarship for the Degree course. However, if you choose the STPM which is extremely tough, although you may pass but you may not get 3As or 4As in STPM to apply for scholarships at Private Universities in Malaysia.

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.

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Taking Form 6 STPM vs Foundation Course at Private University in Malaysia

Advantages of the STPM

The STPM is set and run by the Malaysian Examinations Council since 1982, which also runs the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) since 1999. All students who have passed the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) are eligible to enter into Form 6 to take the STPM, and will be automatically assigned a place in a government secondary school after the release of the SPM results.

The examination body, Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia (www.mpm.edu.my), allows students to enroll for the examination with a minimum of one (1) subject and a maximum of five (5) subjects (including General Studies). The intake for Form 6 is in May of each year.

Most students take STPM after attending two years of Form 6 (Lower 6 and Upper 6) at a government or private secondary school.

With School Based Assessment, teaching and learning are integrated with assessment. SBA humanises assessment making schooling a cooperative enterprise between teachers and students.

Through the new examination system, students will also have more opportunities to obtain better results. Students are allowed to improve on their first term and second term results by retaking these term examinations at the end of the third term. Students who do not obtain satisfactory results for the third term may also re-sit it.

Disadvantages of the STPM

Lower 6 used to be called the honeymoon year, but now, as soon as you enter Lower 6 you will have to hit the books because

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your first exam will be in December and you will have not much time to study and the teachers do no have enough time to cover the material as well. There is no rest as you will need to keep studying  the exams every 6 months.

To enter into most private universities, students must achieve at least a CGPA of 2.00 or at least 2 Principal Cs in the relevant subjects. A C- is not a principal and some universities do not accept the Pengajian Am as entry into the university.

STPM requires you to take in too much information in 1.5 years. That in itself shows the inadequacies of a system which doesn’t give enough time for students to consume the information required. Furthermore, STPM needs a lot of study time in order to score well. If you are not ready to commit the time and effort, you should consider other options.

From the time you enter Form 6 till the exam and getting into IPTA would be 2 years. If you had taken a diploma, you would have already completed it. There are 180,000 graduates each year and competition for jobs are high therefore the faster you graduate, the faster you get a job and start your savings.

English is very important to secure a job as well as getting a higher salary and faster promotions. This is reported in the Star and from research conducted by the Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia.

The medium of instruction in IPTA is in BM and most of the Chinese there communicate in Mandarin. In 2011, 70,000 IPTA graduates were unemployed. Personally, I only recommend the STPM if students do not have the finances to study in private universities but with the

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PTPN Loan, studying in the private colleges or universities are more accessible.

A lot students and parents want to save money by going for the STPM but do not realise that for some, in the end, they are wasting time and eventually have to spend more money.

When you pay for the A-Levels, you get good lecturers who will guide you to score so that you can apply for more scholarships. A-Level graduates from HELP University, UCSI University, KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie, KDU University College Penang and First City University College have obtained scholarships into top ranking universities worldwide.

The STPM is extremely tough and if you do not do well, you would have wasted 2 years of your life and time is money. The earlier you graduate and join the work force, the more work experience you can gain and add this to your resume where it translates into higher salary.

If you take a diploma, you would have finished it at the same time you would have taken to complete Form 6. Furthermore, even if you do well in the STPM, you may not get the course of your choice at the Public University.

If you plan to study Medicine, Pharmacy or Law, you can go into the A-Levels while for the other courses, you can choose an easier way through the 1-year Foundation offered at the Private Universities or the Pre-University programmes offered at the Private Colleges.

You need a lot of discipline and good teachers in order to do well in the STPM. If you have alright results for your SPM, don’t expect a miracle in the STPM as it is 20 times tougher than the SPM.

Another disadvantage for the STPM is when you want to choose the course for your university studies in IPTA. Although you can list down your preferences but the government chooses which course for you to study. Sometimes it is totally unrelated and the university that they have selected for you could be very far in a rural area. Popular courses such as medicine, pharmacy, engineering and others would need very high scores in order to be selected.

Advantage Disadvantage
Free The toughest Pre-University course around
Modular system Take 1.5 years but if you include the 6 months taken to enter Form 6 and the 6 months waiting to enter Public university, it will be 2.5 years
 Cheaper university education at Public Universities if you get the course you want If you fail, then you would have wasted 2.5 years.
English language not emphasized so you do not gain the all important language and communication skills needed to succeed in the workforce
You do not get to choose the course you want to enter Public University

Should I study Form Six?

In order to consider studying Form 6, students should take the time to understand the system and how Form 6 works.

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Kuo Qiat, Marketing degree at UCSI University

Let’s look at the statistics below to help you decide whether you should take Form 6 or not.

There were 58,355 students who took STPM in 2013 and in 2014 it dropped to 48,615 students. It is a drop of 16.69% (9,740 candidates)

48,615 candidates registered for the STPM examinations in 2014 but only 42,854 sat for it. Only 390 out of 48,615 STPM 2014 obtained a 4.0 CGPA. 57 candidates failed the exam.

The national CGPA was 2.62 but for non-bumis to get their courses of choice, you will need higher CGPA. Ten students scored 5As, and a total of 398 students scored 4As. To obtain scholarships from private universities or overseas, you need to score 4As or 5As, so based on this, you can calculate the chances of you scoring in the STPM and obtaining a scholarship.

27,342 (63.80%), passed in four subjects, 7,130 in three subjects, 3,563 in two subjects and 2,410 passed just one subject. Pass here includes D and E. You need at least 2 Cs to join a degree course in private universities.

The number of candidates achieving 4 Principals (C) in STPM 2014 is 60.14 per cent. You need at least 2 Principals to join a degree course in private universities.

Studying the Foundation Course at Private Universities in Malaysia

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

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.

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.

Top Private Universities Offering First-Rate Foundation Programmes in Malaysia

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  1. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia 
  2. Asia Pacific University 
  3. Taylor’s University
  4. Curtin University Sarawak
  5. UCSI University
    Asia Pacific University new campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur

    Asia Pacific University new campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur

  6. KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie
  7. HELP University
  8. First City University College
  9. Berjaya University College of Hospitality
    Taylors University offers a conducive environment for students to excel in their studies

    Taylors University offers a conducive environment for students to excel in their studies

  10. KDU Penang University College 
    • Foundation in Business
  11. HELP College of Arts & Technology
    • Foundation in Arts
    • Foundation in Science
  12. KDU College Damansara Jaya
    • Foundation in Arts
    • Foundation Studies (Science)
  13. Nilai University
    • Foundation in Business
    • Foundation in Science

Study Foundation at Top Private Universities in Malaysia

UCSI University is ranked Tier 5 or Excellent in the SETARA 2013 offers state-of-the-art facilities at their strategically located campus in Cheras, KL

UCSI University is ranked Tier 5 or Excellent in the SETARA 2013 offers state-of-the-art facilities at their strategically located campus in Cheras, KL

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.

If you are still not sure of what to study for your degree, the Foundation programme is a good choice and is

Curtin is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). In 2014, Curtin’s position increased by more than 100 places to equal 303rd in the world and equal 10th in Australia.

Curtin is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). In 2014, Curtin’s position increased by more than 100 places to equal 303rd in the world and equal 10th in Australia.

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 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 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 HELP 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:

Premier Foundation Programmes in Malaysia at Top Ranked Private Universities & Colleges

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STPM Education System

Duration of Form 6 studies

In the new system, the duration of form six studies is similar to the previous system which is based on one-and-a half years of form six studies comprising the lower and upper six form.

The allocation of teaching periods remains the same: eight periods per week for each subject (one period = 40 minutes). 

Subjects for STPM

There are two streams, which are the Arts Stream and the Science Stream.

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    900 General Studies

  2. 910 Malay Language
  3. 911 Chinese Language
  4. 912 Tamil Language
  5. 913 Arabic Languange
  6. 920 Literature in English
  7. 922 Communicative Malay Literature
  8. 930 Syariah
  9. 931 Usuluddin
  10. 940 History
  11. 942 Geography
  12. 944 Economics
  13. 946 Business Studies
  14. 948 Accounting
  15. 950 Mathematics (M)
  16. 954 Mathematics (T)
  17. 956 Further Mathematics
  18. 958 Information and Communications Technology
  19. 960 Physics
  20. 962 Chemistry
  21. 964 Biology
  22. 966 Sports Science
  23. 970 Visual Arts

Modular System for the STPM

The new modular STPM format began in 2012, will combine two forms of assessments, and will be similar to the A levels

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format except that it will be in BM.

Students will go through a school-based assessment with a weighting of 20-40% of the final score and a centralised examination with a weighting of 60-80% of the final score (The weighting varies according to subjects).

Nevertheless, School Based Assessment (SBA) cannot be repeated and repeaters are required to sit for an alternative written paper in place with SBA.

The curriculum is divided into three parts based on topic areas. Each part will be taught and studied in either the first, second or third term.

You will take the examinations at the end of each term (3 in total). One term is 6 months. Students who are not satisfied with their

results for the first two terms can retake the examinations at the end of the third term.

Students’ assessment will be carried out each term with the results being released at the end of each respective term. The overall STPM results will be based on the best combined results of the three terms.

Soft skill such as communication skills, teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving,information management and ethics are included in the new curriculum.

School-Based Assessment (SBA) for the STPM

The introduction of SBA in this system is in line with the aspiration of the Education Ministry to develop human capital who

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embrace intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and physical values in line with the National Educational Philosophy.

The SBA consists of project work, field study and practical work. The coursework question/task is prepared by the Council and will be conducted either over three terms or as determined by the individual subject requirements.

Examination

A centralised written examination is administered at the end of each term. Question

types consist of multiple choice, structed and essay questions. Question papers are prepared and provided by the Council, and the marking of answer scripts will be carried out by Council-appointed examiners.

STPM Grading System

The grading system in the new STPM assessment system is similar to that of the previous STPM system. The score

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(question paper level) acquired by students for each term will be aggregated to determine the overall subject grade.

There is no prerequisite minimum pass grade in each term for students to qualify to continue their studies in the following term.

STPM uses a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system. There are 11 grades, which are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+ and D, with F as the failing grade. The grade points for each of these grades are between 4.0 and 1.0, A being 4.0 and D- being 1.0.

The F grade gives a grade point of 0. From year 2012 onwards, CGPA point for each subject is known as Subject Grade Point (SGP) meanwhile the overall CGPA point for all subjects will be known as “Overall Subject Grade Point”.

In accordance with the implementation of modular system in STPM from year 2012 onwards, MEC will implement a new assessment system for each STPM subjects.

Cumulative and subject GPA at 2.0 and above is considered a pass with credit or principal pass.

GPA below 2.0 is considered a sub-fail, and a 0 is considered a fail. Admissions to local public universities requires at least a CGPA of 2.0 and above.

Paper Grade Subject Grade SGP* Status
A A 4.00 Full Pass
A- A- 3.67 Full Pass
B+ B+ 3.33 Full Pass
B B 3.00 Full Pass
B- B- 2.67 Full Pass
C+ C+ 2.33 Full Pass
C C 2.00 Full Pass
C- C- 1.67 Partial Pass
D+ D+ 1.33 Partial Pass
D D 1.00 Partial Pass
F F 0.00 Fail

*Subject Grade Point (SGP)

Entry Requirements into Form 6 in Malaysia

SYARAT-SYARAT KELAYAKAN MASUK KE TINGKATAN ENAM BAWAH 

Murid-murid dari sekolah kerajaan yang layak ditawarkan masuk ke Tingkatan Enam Bawah 2013 hendaklah memenuhi tiga-

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tiga syarat berikut:

1. Memperoleh kepujian bagi mata pelajaran Bahasa Melayu dalam peperiksaan SPM 2012.

2. (A) Untuk kemasukan ke jurusan KEMANUSIAAN, calon mesti memperolehi TIGA kepujian dan jumlah mata gred tidak melebihi 8 unit bagi TIGA mata pelajaran terbaik . Tiap-tiap satunya hendaklah daripada kumpulan yang berlainan dari kumpulan-kumpulan berikut:

KUMPULAN        MATA PELAJARAN
I                              Bahasa Melayu
II                             Bahasa Inggeris
III                            Kesusasteraan Melayu / Kesusasteraan Inggeris
IV                            Sejarah
V                             Geografi / Pendidikan Seni Visual
VI                            Pendidikan Islam / Pendidikan Moral
VII                           Matematik / Matematik Tambahan
VIII                         Sains / Sains Tambahan / Applied Science
IX                            Salah Satu Mata Pelajaran Teknik/Vokasional/Mata Pelajaran Vokasional (MPV)
X                             Tasawwur Islam/Pendidikan Al Quran Dan Al Sunnah/Syariah Islamiah
XI                            Bahasa Arab Tinggi / Bahasa Arab (Komunikasi) / Bahasa Cina / Bahasa Tamil
XII                           Sains Pertanian / Perdagangan / Prinsip Perakaunan / Ekonomi Asas / Ekonomi
Rumah Tangga / Pengetahuan Sains   Sukan

Calon-calon yang memperolehi jumlah mata gred 9 hingga 12 unit bagi TIGA mata pelajaran terbaik daripada TIGA kumpulan yang berlainan seperti tercatat dalam 2(A), layak ditawarkan ke Tingkatan Enam Bawah dengan syarat terdapat kekosongan tempat di sekolah berkenaan.

ATAU

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  1. (B) Untuk kemasukan ke jurusan SAINS, calon mesti memperoleh sekurang- kurangnya TIGA kepujian dengan jumlah mata gred yang tidak melebihi 14 unit. Tiap-tiap satunya hendaklah dalam kumpulan yang berlainan dari kumpulan-kumpulan berikut:

KUMPULAN          MATA PELAJARAN
I                                Matematik / Matematik Tambahan
II                               Fizik
III                             Kimia
IV                             Biologi

V                       Lukisan Kejuruteraan / Kejuruteraan Mekanikal / Kejuruteraan Awam / Kejuruteraan Elektrik & Elektronik/ Rekacipta Teknologi Kejuruteraan / Teknologi Maklumat / Pengajian  Agroteknologi   / Pengurusan Makanan / Pengajian Pakaian.

Calon-calon yang memperolehi jumlah mata gred 15 hingga 18 unit bagi TIGA mata pelajaran terbaik daripada TIGA kumpulan yang berlainan seperti tercatat dalam 2(B), layak ditawarkan ke Tingkatan Enam Bawah dengan syarat terdapat kekosongan tempat di sekolah berkenaan.

What to Study After SPM in IPTS or Private Universities?

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. There are many Pre-University or Diploma programmes that you can go for after SPM so it can be confusing for you to choose the right one.

Choosing the right university can be confusing and depends on a lot of factors like your budget, results, passion, skills and career goals.

Students interested on how to choose the best universities in Malaysia for the particular courses like the ones below can contact me for more information:

Best Education Pathway After SPM

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There are basically 2 pathways after SPM or O-Levels. You can either go for a Diploma course or Pre-University Course in Malaysia or Singapore. “Pre” means before, therefore, “Pre-University” means the course that you take before entering into a university bachelors degree programme. The common courses under Pre-University are STPM, A-Levels, Foundation, AUSMAT, etc.

Students after SPM or O-Levels who are not sure what to study at degree level can go for the Pre-University course in Malaysia like A-Levels, AUSMAT or Foundation and then proceed on to the degree in Malaysia.

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 will include a % breakdown of assessment. You need to understand yourself and capabilities in order to decide which Pre-University course would best suit you.

Students who are sure of what they want to study after SPM or O-Levels can enter the Diploma course first. The Diploma pathway in Malaysia for students after SPM is 2 or 2.5 years and then enter into Year 2 of the Degree programme.

There are many types of diploma and Pre-University courses in Malaysia as well as hundreds of undergraduate majors to choose from. But knowing the right one for you is the most difficult decision. If you read this guide from start to finish, you’ll know the best courses in Malaysia that would suit you.

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.

You can contact us for a free career test to help you understand yourself better so that you are able to make the right decision.

Choosing the best possible course to study is a very important decision to make, and often a challenging one.  For some people, choosing the course is simple as they have always wanted to be a brain surgeon or a dentist or an engineer.

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.

When choosing a course students need to choose based on your personal strengths and your career

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goals. Let the experienced counselors at EduSpiral Consultant Services take you step-by-step through the choices.

Most importantly, the right course will help you to develop skills for the long term, for your career and personal development. The skills for a successful future include, communication, English-language proficiency, problem-solving, strategic and analytical skills, creative thinking, innovation, team-work, leadership and assimilating new ideas.

There are so many courses out there and it can be confusing to choose the right course to study after SPM, UEC, STPM, O-Levels or A-LevelsChoosing the right course is a big decision and it is important to get it right as it can impact your future success.

So how should you go about choosing the best course that fits you?

Step 1: Look at your Interests, Skills & Personality 

I was confused about what to study & concerned about Mass Comm. EduSpiral answered my questions with facts to show that mass comm is in demand in Malaysia. Jacob Lean, Mass Comm at KDU University College

I was confused about what to study & concerned about Mass Comm. EduSpiral answered my questions with facts to show that mass comm is in demand in Malaysia.
Jacob Lean, Mass Comm at KDU University College

This requires the individual to develop a certain degree of self-awareness. This require you to ask:

  1. What kind of person am I?
  2. What do I like?
  3. What are my hobbies?
  4. What is my personality?

This process of self-assessment consists of using several instruments in order to uncover your interests, personality type, work related values and skills. It is looking at these things in combination that can help you figure out what courses will be good matches for you, and you could learn something that will surprise you. The greater the overlap between an individual’s interests, aptitudes and personal characteristics and those required by the area of study, the greater the degree of satisfaction when engaged in that area of study. This process will help you decide which course best fits you. If you find the right course at the right college you will be inspired to succeed.

Match what you have come to know about yourself (self-assessment) to a course. During this phase of the career planning process you will decide which course is the best fit for you based on what you now know about yourself and the courses you have researched. This will entail looking at the jigsaw pieces of your life to date and putting them together. Considering your interests, hobbies, skills, aptitudes and achievements, both academic and personal, and identifying certain personality traits combined with appropriate course exploration will hold the key to successful course choice.

Step 2: Look at your Actual Results

Your results in SPM, UEC, or O-Levels will act as a guide in what you are actually good at. For example, if you are good in Physics & Add Maths, then you can consider engineering courses. If you fail in any of these subjects and want to study engineering, then you are being unrealistic.

Step 3: Research the courses and offer at top colleges or universities

EduSpiral explained the courses in detail and took us around the campus to view the Pharmacy facilities to help me make a good decision about my future career. Ka Jun, Pharmacy at UCSI University

EduSpiral explained the courses in detail and took us around the campus to view the Pharmacy facilities to help me make a good decision about my future career.
Ka Jun, Pharmacy at UCSI University

Make a list of courses to explore that are of interest to you and then research each course. The internet, college prospectuses, family and friends are your best sources of information and support. Someone who is already studying the course can give you great insight from a student’s perspective.

It is important to attend college open days or other career events and make every effort to speak to lecturers, tutors or admissions staff in the colleges you are interested in, as they will facilitate your decision-making.

Many students drop out or change course, so something is going wrong with students initial decisions. A lot of heartache can be avoided if you take the time to look at the college websites to find out not just which subjects you will be studying on your course but also to find out the content of the individual modules of each subject.

In this way you will know exactly what lies ahead of you. Discovering that you have made the wrong choice can be upsetting, and expensive.

Check out the duration of the course, accreditation, and additional costs such as accommodation, books, travel etc.

Step 4: Talk to the Right People

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I received a lot of in-depth information about the course & university from EduSpiral. He took us around for a campus tour as well as the hostel in Cyberjaya.
Wen Hang, Actuarial Science at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

If your car needs to be repaired, you would ask advise from a mechanic and not from a Doctor. So, when asking about your future career, ask from people who are experienced and knowledgeable. Many Malaysians tend to listen to their parents and relatives without checking the facts to see if it is true. An uncle would tell them to study a certain course and the student would just go for it without doing any research or consideration to see if it fits them.

EduSpiral Consultant Services has more than 15 years experience in helping students choose the right course based on facts and evidence. Students who are still confused and need advise can contact us for a free consultation at 01111408838.

Some of the Best Pre-University & Degree Programmes to Study in Malaysia

Best Pre-University Programmes in Malaysia

Top Engineering and Built Environment Courses in Malaysia

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After explaining in detail, EduSpiral took me & my parents to tour the campus & helped with the scholarship application.
Darren Fong, Engineering at Asia Pacific University

Outstanding Computing and Information Technology Courses in Malaysia

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First Rate Applied and Health Sciences in Malaysia

The Best Business & Accounting Courses in Malaysia

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EduSpiral explained the pathway to become an actuaries & gave facts on why Heriot-Watt is the best for actuarial science. We also toured the campus and hostel.
Weng Hang, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Excellent Social Science Courses in Malaysia

Top Design Courses in Malaysia

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I was confused about what to study and talking to EduSpiral gave me a sense of direction.
Hoh Ching, Diploma in Creative Media at KDU Penang University College

First Rate Hospitality and Culinary Arts Courses in Malaysia

Education and Music Courses in Malaysia

Top Scholarships Available from the Best Private Universities in Malaysia

Study at the Best Private Universities and Colleges in Malaysia

EduSpiral helped me to find the right college for A-Levels, & now they have helped me to choose what to study after my A-Levels. Chee Kin, Actuarial & Finance degree at UCSI University

EduSpiral helped me to find the right college for A-Levels, & now they have helped me to choose what to study after my A-Levels.
Chee Kin, Actuarial & Finance degree at UCSI University

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Malaysia

  1. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
  2. Curtin University, Sarawak campus
  3. Asia Pacific University (APU) 
  4. APIIT
  5. UCSI University
  6. Taylor’s University
  7. UCSI University Sarawak Campus
  8. First City University College
  9. HELP University
  10. HELP Academy
  11. HELP College of Arts & Technology
  12. KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie
  13. KDU College Damansara Jaya
  14. KDU University College Penang
  15. YTL International College of Hotel Management
  16. IACT College
  17. Point College
  18. Saito College
  19. Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)
  20. Nilai University
  21. Reliance College

EduSpiral Consultant Services- Your Personal Online Education Advisor

Established since 2009, EduSpiral Consultant Services helps provide information and counselling on courses and universities in Malaysia.

EduSpiral gets to know our students personally in order to be able to advise on which course & university is the best such as these 2 students after a visit of Asia Pacific University

EduSpiral gets to know our students personally in order to be able to advise on which course & university is the best such as these 2 students after a visit of Asia Pacific University

EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get. These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable.

EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get.

These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable. EduSpiral provides in-depth information and counseling on their courses so that students are able to make the right choice.

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What is the A-Level programme and the top A-Levels colleges in Malaysia


Studying the A-Levels in Malaysia at the Best Colleges and Universities

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After SPM or O-Levels, students in Malaysia can choose the popular A-Levels before going on to university studies overseas or at top private universities in Malaysia. The A-Levels is short form for Advanced Level which the higher level General Certificate of Examinations taken by students in the UK. It is recognised worldwide for entry into universities. The A-Levels is a rigorous programme and prepares students well for studies such as medicine, pharmacy, engineering, law and more.

Generally, the A-Level Programme is 15 or 18 months in duration depending on which college and intake. There are two types of A-Levels offered by the colleges, one is the Cambridge A-Levels and the other is the Edexcel International Advanced Levels A-Levels.

Students generally take 3-4 subjects for the A-Levels and it is important to take the right combination of subjects depending on what you want to take up for your degree studies. If you choose the wrong combination of subjects, you may not be able to enter into the degree course of your choice. Please talk to the college counselor and choose carefully.

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How to choose the Best College or University for the A-Levels in Malaysia?

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Ban Moon (Left), Scored 3As in the A-Levels at HELP Academy

To succeed in the A-Levels, it is important to choose the best college or university in Malaysia that fits you. A-Levels is a tough programme and if you just choose the cheapest or nearest to your house, you may well just not do well in the exams. To choose the best college or university for A-Levels in Malaysia you should consider the following:

  1. Experience of the lecturers. A-Levels is about the lecturers and not the college. The lecturers are the ones who will help you to succeed. The more experienced they are, the better they are at helping you to understand the concepts and principles of the course, so that you are able to answer properly.
  2. Length of time the lecturers have been with the college. How long the lecturers have been with the college is also important. the longer they have been with the college, the better because they would be familiar with the systems in the college, scholarship and university applications to top overseas universities. They will know how to prepare you from the beginning to make sure you fulfil the requirements for the scholarships and the applications.
  3. Personal attention. If the classes are too big, you would not have personal attention from the lecturers to help you in your studies. Just like a Tae Kwon Do class, if the class has 100 students, do you think you would be able to improve your skills?
  4. Facilities. Top colleges and universities for A-Levels in Malaysia will have good facilities so that you can perform the experiments well and gain in-depth understanding of the course.
  5. Student culture. If you join a university or college where there is too much distraction, you may not be able to focus. A-Levels is a tough course and if you join a college where most students are partying or playing around, your dream of being a doctor or dentist may just fly away.
  6. Award-winners. Awards won by students are an indication of the quality of the course at the college.
  7. Student support. The university should have student support in place to help you to study and to focus on your studies. The student support will also help you in your university applications and scholarship applications.

Entry Requirements into the A-Levels in Malaysia

Generally you will need at least 5 Credits in SPM to enter into the A-Levels. However, if you plan to study Pharmacy or Dentistry, you will need at least 5Bs in the science subjects while the entry requirements for Medicine could be raised to 5As in the science subjects.

Why take the A-Levels in Malaysia?

EduSpiral takes student to tour HELP Academy to find out more about their A-Level Programme

EduSpiral takes student to tour HELP Academy to find out more about their A-Level Programme

  • Not sure yet of what to study for your degree
  • Score and get scholarships to top universities in the world
  • A challenging course to prepare you well to take on degree studies sucessfully
  • Good A-Level grades are key to admission into the world’s leading universities and institutions of higher learning.
  • Good A-Level grades can also result in one full year of advanced standing at universities in the USA and Canada.

Cambridge A-Levels

Fact Details
Duration and Intakes 1.5 years of 3 semesters:
January
March
July
Entry Requirements SPM, O Levels or equivalent 5 credits including English and Mathematics/Science Subject pre-requisites apply
No. of Subjects A minimum of 3 or a maximum of 4 A Level subjects
Subjects Offered Mathematics
Further Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Biology
Economics
English Literature
Law
Accounting
Examination Sessions May / June
October / November
Assessment Style 100% external examinations in 2 phases: Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) and A2 Level
Awarding Body University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) GCE A-Levels in Malaysia

World-class chemistry lab at HELP University to produce top achievers in the A-Levels

World-class chemistry lab at HELP University to produce top achievers in the A-Levels

Cambridge GCE A-Levels is the ‘gold standard’ qualification, which is based on rigorous, academic syllabus that optimises the abilities of talented students with a wide range of abilities and stretches the full potential of the most able students.

The GCE A Level qualification places emphasis on in-depth knowledge, deep understanding, strong reasoning abilities and critical thinking.

It is arguably the most widely recognised pre-university qualification in the world, readily accepted as proof of superior academic ability for entry into world-class universities around the world.

The Cambridge A-Level curriculum provides a firm bedrock of fundamental knowledge by guaranteeing comprehensive coverage in the breadth and depth of each subject offered.

Students are assessed for their mastery of subject matter, their application of knowledge and understanding to everyday scenarios and their ability to think critically in unfamiliar situations. In the Sciences, a fair part of the assessment involves the demonstration of lab-based skills.

The Cambridge International AS and A-Levels courses are viewed as equivalent to the AS and A-Levels in the UK, and are accepted for entrance to all UK universities.

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) A-Level Assessment

State-of-the-art science labs at HELP Academy for the ALevel programme

State-of-the-art science labs at HELP Academy for the ALevel programme

The Cambridge GCE A-Level programme follows a ‘staged’ assessment, in contrast to the traditional linear A-Levels where all subjects are assessed in a single examination session at the end of the course.

The Cambridge A Level consists of two stages, namely the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level and the Advanced 2 (A2) Level. Its flexibility enables students to sit for the AS level in one examination and complete the final Cambridge International A-Levels at a subsequent session.

The A-Level subject syllabi are divided into the AS Level, which is the first half of the programme and form the foundations of A-Level, and the A2 Level, which is the second part of the syllabus and covers more difficult topics, with each level contributing 50% towards the final A-Level grade.

Students take the A-Level examinations conducted by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in two phases: AS Level and A2 Level.

AS Level will account for 50% of the marks while Advanced Two (A2) Level the other 50%.

Students who complete the correct pattern of AS level units (usually 2 or 3 units at this level, depending on the subject) will be awarded an AS level certificate.

A2 refers to the final stage of A-Levels. Students who have successfully completed AS units in a subject move on to do A2, which are of a higher standard.

Completing the correct sequence of subjects at both AS and A2 level means students have finished a full A level in a subject.

I needed help to decide which university suited me for A-Levels and EduSpiral took time to bring us around for campus tours and gave useful insights. Khalis Khalid, A-Levels at UCSI University

I needed help to decide which university suited me for A-Levels and EduSpiral took time to bring us around for campus tours and gave useful insights.
Khalis Khalid, A-Levels at UCSI University

University places often need a number of grades at A-Level (so both AS + A2 in a subject) but completed AS awards also attract UCAS points and are often counted towards university entrance.

There is also a performance feedback session where students who have completed the AS level will receive valuable feedback on their performance, thus identifying their own strengths and weaknesses that will help them set learning goals for the A2 level.

To score an A* in the Cambridge A-Levels in Malaysia, you require an average of 90% in your both AS and A2 units to qualify for an A*. If a student scored very highly in AS and only got grade A in A2, but overall uniform mark scale (UMS) is 90% or above, it’s an A*

The examination papers at both the AS and A2 Levels are set and marked by examiners from Cambridge International Examinations.

18-month programme AS examinations End of Semester 2
3 semesters (1 semester = 6 months) A2 examinations End of Semester 3

The Cambridge AS and A2 Level examinations are conducted in May/June and October/November. Results are released in

Lee Hau Sen, UCSI University student, who scored 4A*s – including 600/600 in Physics – in the A-Level exam.

Lee Hau Sen, UCSI University student, who scored 4A*s – including 600/600 in Physics – in the A-Level exam.

August for the May/June examination and in January for the October/November examination. Students receive a certificate after completing the AS Level examination, and the A Level certificate after completing both the AS Level and A2 Level examinations.

Are Cambridge A-Level Students able to retake an exam if they are dissatisfied with the results?

  • You can discuss your options with your subject lecturer. It is possible to retake subjects.
  • However, students unsatisfied with any of their individual units must re-sit the entire level.
  • Also, some university courses, such as medicine, sometimes require students to have taken all their AS or A2 units in a single sitting without any re-sits.
  • It might be worth considering having the paper remarked.

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Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) GCE A-Levels at UCSI University

UCSI University offers the Cambridge GCE A-Levels that has a well-established reputation for being excellent preparation for

UCSI University's Ling Chen Jiet, Yong Sue Wen and Lee Chia Choon wrote a piece of history for themselves when they bagged Top 10 Achiever Awards in the GCE A-Level June 2012 examinations. By outscoring prodigious students from around the world, the trio effectively proved that Malaysians are more than capable of being the best.

UCSI University’s Ling Chen Jiet, Yong Sue Wen and Lee Chia Choon wrote a piece of history for themselves when they bagged Top 10 Achiever Awards in the GCE A-Level June 2012 examinations. By outscoring prodigious students from around the world, the trio effectively proved that Malaysians are more than capable of being the best.

university, employment and life. It develops in-depth subject knowledge and understanding for students – which universities and employers heavily emphasise on – and help students gain places at leading universities worldwide.

All universities in the United Kingdom and over 450 universities in the United States recognize the Cambridge International AS and A-Levels, including Harvard, Yale, MIT and Stanford.

UCSI University offers the 18-month Cambridge GCE A-Level programme, with examinations scheduled in June and November. Focus is placed on personalised student attention by the A-Levels team of dedicated lecturers.

UCSI University has an excellent track record of students with a high percentage of A*s and As achieved for each examination.

Over the years, the A-Level Academy has seen many batches of students through with excellent A-Level results. Some have chosen to pursue their degree programmes in top-notch universities worldwide like Imperial College London and Kings College London in the UK, University of Melbourne in Australia and National University of Singapore.

Jeshaiah Khor Zhen Syuen, 13-year old top A-Levels student from UCSI University

Jeshaiah Khor Zhen Syuen, 13-year old top A-Levels student from UCSI University

Many have also elected to further their studies through the various home-grown degree programmes offered by UCSI University, ranging from Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biotechnology, Food Science, Engineering, Psychology and IT, to name a few.

Countless numbers of UCSI students have obtained full or partial scholarships; for example, the Singapore ASEAN Undergraduate Scholarship, the Wesleyan Asian Freeman Scholarship and JPA scholarships.

Our best students have been awarded the Top A-Level Student Award for consecutive years. The fact that UCSI University’s A-Level Academy produced more Top 10 Achiever Awards than any other institution in the world in 2010- clinching six awards for physics, five for biology and three for chemistry

 

Edexcel International Advanced Levels A-Levels in Malaysia

After talking to the A-Level lecturers at HELP Academy, our student was assured of the quality & experience that would help him to score

After talking to the A-Level lecturers at HELP Academy, our student was assured of the quality & experience that would help him to score

Why Edexcel A-Levels?

  • Widest options & opportunities
  • Knowledge & strong preparation for further studies
  • Students sit for the exams in the same time as UK students
  • Worldwide recognition
  • Modular System (curriculum 2008) allows student to retake any modules to improve subject grade
  • Professional Recognition: recognised by Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), UK and fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualifi cations Agency (MQA)
  • Top ranked examination board

 

 

Edexcel International Advanced Levels at HELP Academy

HELP Academy is one of the best A-Level institutions in Malaysia with a strong reputation for producing top scorers. Their record

Experienced A-Level lecturers use creative teaching methods in the top of the line Physics Lab at HELP Academy to produce top scoring students

Experienced A-Level lecturers use creative teaching methods in the top of the line Physics Lab at HELP Academy to produce top scoring students

is as below:

  • Record 70 World Top Awards in Accounting (23), Law (15), Chemistry (10), Physics (8), Biology (6), Maths (2), Further Maths (5), English Literature (1). (Most recently, 37 Top Awards in Malaysia)
  • Toray Science Foundation Awards for 7 years running Declared “Best & Largest A-Levels Centre in the World” (Edexcel World Conference in Hong Kong, 16 March 2011)
  • 47% straight As in one year alone.
  • Increasing list of scholarship recipients for admission to top universities in the UK, USA and Australia.
  • In 2013, HELP Academy was awarded by Pearson Edexcel in recognition as Top Performing Registered Training Centre.

 

In the January 2014 A-Level results, 27 students from HELP University obtained straight A’s.

Chang Ruo Lin, who is a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Year 1 student at HELP University has been awarded The Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS)

Chang Ruo Lin, who is a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Year 1 student at HELP University has been awarded The Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS)

HELP University students constantly achieve excellent results to obtain scholarships from top universities in the world.

Chang Ruo Lin, who is a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Year 1 student at HELP University has been awarded The Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS).

This Scholarship will cover part of her tuition fee at the University of Melbourne for the duration of her studies at the university. A point to note is that Ms. Chang Ruo Lin also scored 4 As in her A-Levels at HELP University.

In the June 2013 A-Level exam results, there was a dramatic increase in the number of straight A’s from 40% last year to 46.5% this year was announced: a total of 135 students scored straight A’s.

Many of HELP Academy’s A-Levels students have received scholarships from prestigious bodies such as:

  • Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA)

    After chatting with EduSpiral on Facebook, I knew which course and university to join. They even picked me up from KL Sentral to drop me off at my hostel. Dexter Leung, A-Levels at HELP University

    After chatting with EduSpiral on Facebook, I knew which course and university to join. They even picked me up from KL Sentral to drop me off at my hostel.
    Dexter Leung, A-Levels at HELP University

  • Singapore Government Investment Corporation (GIC)
  • Bank Negara Scholarship
  • Maybank Scholarship
  • CIMB Corporate Scholarship
  • Yayasan Sime Darby Scholarship
  • Maxis Scholarship for Excellence
  • Khazanah Nasional Global Scholarship
  • ASEAN Scholarship
  • SHELL Scholarship
  • Securities Commission of Malaysia Scholarship
  • University Scholarship and many more…

Edexcel International Advanced Levels A-Levels Subjects Offered at HELP Academy

Minimum 3 or maximum 4 from different rows:

  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Law
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Cambridge Board A-Levels Subjects Offered at HELP Academy

27 students from HELP University obtained straight A's in the January 2014 results.

27 students from HELP University obtained straight A’s in the January 2014 results.

  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Law
  • Accounting

Why Study the  Cambridge Board A-Levels and the Edexcel International Advanced Levels A-Levels at HELP Academy

HELP University's Ang Chee Chyuan (right) scored 4 A* in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths; he will study Engineering at Monash University Calvin Yeoh Kai Yuan (left) was offered admission to 4 top universities: Imperial College London, University College London, Oxford University and Stanford University. He has chosen Stanford, where he will study Economics on a Bank Negara scholarship. Calvin scored A* in Physics

HELP University’s Ang Chee Chyuan (right) scored 4 A* in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths; he will study Engineering at Monash University
Calvin Yeoh Kai Yuan (left) was offered admission to 4 top universities: Imperial College London, University College London, Oxford University and Stanford University. He has chosen Stanford, where he will study Economics on a Bank Negara scholarship. Calvin scored A* in Physics

  • Getting The Edge (GTE) for Personal & Leadership Development: In order to cultivate leadership and organisational skills, students are encouraged to participate in the prestigious GTE program. Under this program, students get to work closely with our most experienced lecturers on various winning science projects, participate in creative writing and drama workshops, challenging yet fun mathematic workshops and to develop the technological skills through the multimedia workshops.
  • Centre of Excellence: The Department of A-Levels at HELP University was accorded the Centre of Excellence award by Edexcel International, UK for exceptional delivery of the London Examinations GCE A-Levels, in recognition of HELP’s superior facilities, outstanding quality of teaching by qualified and experienced lecturers, and for the excellent pastoral support available to their students.
  • The A-team: HELP A-Level lecturers are not only experienced, but also dedicated. We have an indisputable great team of lecturers to guide and motivate our students to strive for excellence
  • Superior Facilities: HELP offers state-of-the-art facilities, especially the Curie Science labs, which are equipped with top quality apparatus and safety features. These labs are acclaimed to be among the best in the world by the A-Levels Biology Chief Examiner from the UK.
  • Outstanding Track Record: 39% of our students scored outstanding straight As and attained an impressive passing rate of more than 90%. Many are also admitted to prestigious universities worldwide with scholarships.
  • University Placement Service Centre: Dedicated staff from this centre to assist A-Level students in their application for admission to universities worldwide and in their bid to secure scholarships.
  • Unique Pastoral Care: Each A-Level student at HELP is assigned to a mentor, usually a lecturer, who serves to
    Mr Steven McGill, Head of Pearson’s Asia Partner Markets, chats with 3 of the 5 High Achiever Award winners from HELP Academy and congratulates Melissa Chee (center) on having gained admission to Cambridge.

    Mr Steven McGill, Head of Pearson’s Asia Partner Markets, chats with 3 of the 5 High Achiever Award winners from HELP Academy and congratulates Melissa Chee (center) on having gained admission to Cambridge.

    monitor and guide the student on academic performance and also advise on application for university admission. A team of counsellors from the Center of Psychology also provides a range of mental health and leadership programs and personal counselling services for A-Level students at HELP.

Why isn’t Critical Thinking Skills offered at HELP?

  • Critical Thinking Skills or Social Skills are basically subsidiary papers and non-traditional subject – not an entry requirement into universities.
  • Some colleges impose this subject to have their lecturers fulfil their annual workload hours.
  • At HELP, our A-Level lecturers have been trained to infuse the Critical Thinking Skills in each subject offered. This exposes you to real life scenarios via “stretch and challenge” approach adopted in the teaching and learning effort. Learning becomes much more interesting as you are able to relate to the knowledge acquired to real life application of it.

What’s the difference between the Cambridge A-Levels and the Edexcel A-Levels in Malaysia?

Academic system: The Cambridge A-Level programme follows a staged assessment route to A Level by taking the AS Level in

I scored 10As in my SPM and needed scholarships to help me continue my studies. EduSpiral gave me the information online and took me around to the campuses to help me make the best choice. Lay Hoe, HELP University

I scored 10As in my SPM and needed scholarships to help me continue my studies. EduSpiral gave me the information online and took me around to the campuses to help me make the best choice.
Lay Hoe, HELP University

one examination session and completing the final A Level assessments at a subsequent session. Some papers are actually practical papers, in which you have to do experiments and answer related questions.

The Edexcel A- Level programme follows a modular system. Most Edexcel A-Level students would sit for 1-2 papers per subject at the end of every 5 to 6-month period.

Examination board: Edexcel and CIE are both examples of UK examination boards which provide a range of exams and qualifications. All exam boards operate under the guidelines produced by the JCQ (Joint Committee for Qualifications).

There is no difference in the level or degree of difficulty between the examination offered by Edexcel and CIE. The specifications of syllabuses might differ but both of them are recognized by colleges, universities and employers all around the world.

The Edexcel International Advanced Levels A-Levels modular system aims to test you on the application of each unit, and hence a student can choose to repeat a single unit on its own, without having to repeat an entire level.

Only the highest mark scored in any attempt will automatically be taken into account.

The Cambridge Board, on the other hand, is linear-based. Students attempt to take the examinations in two stages, AS & A2 Level.

Students unsatisfied with any of their individual units must re-sit the entire level, i.e. either AS or A2, and only the last score will automatically be taken into account.

The best A-Levels Pre-Law course at KDU University College

KDU College  Damansara Jaya and KDU University College Penang has been offering the A-Levels for more than 20 years.

The A-Level programme at KDU College Damansara Jaya is internationally recognised as the gateway to degree courses in various fields. KDU Damansara Jaya has

KDU's Wong Jin Eu, winner of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award, being the Top in Malaysia for History (A-Level) studying History at Oxford University, UK

KDU’s Wong Jin Eu, winner of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award, being the Top in Malaysia for History (A-Level) studying History at Oxford University, UK

long maintained an impressive track record of a high percentage of its students scoring straight A’s, since 1983.

In the June 2012 Examination Session saw 40% of students scoring straight A’s in the Advanced Subsidiary exam.

Since 1983, KDU College  Damansara Jaya A-Level students have readily gained acceptance into prestigious universities in the UK, US, Australia, and Singapore, based on their excellent results.

KDU students once again have done the university proud by winning top honours at the recent Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards ceremony for June 2012.

Heading the list is KDU’s Best Overall Student, Jolyn Tan Lay Shian (Arts), a JPA-sponsored student, who garnered two awards in the June 2012 examinations.

She won the Top in the World award for Accounting (A-Level) as well as the First Place in Malaysia – Best Across 3 A-Level Subjects award. Jolyn is currently pursuing her Degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Warwick, Coventry

Another notable high achiever is Wong Jian Eu, a home schooled student through O-Levels who won the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award – Top in Malaysia forHistory (A-Level).

After much hard work and diligence, Wong Jin Eu is now living hisdreams after being accepted to read History at the University of Oxford.

Two others who made into KDU UC’s roll of honour are Yvonne Ng Ee Lyn, a JPA sponsored student and Song Cai Li, a Petronas sponsored student, who both won theOutstanding Cambridge Learner Awards-Top in the World for Mathematics (A-Level).

The best A-Levels Pre-Law course at KDU University College Penang

KDU University College Penang proves once again that it is the best college in Penang for the A-Levels with Cheah Chung Yin, scoring 8 A’s in the GCE A-Level examination is an “unbelievable

Cheah Chung Yin, KDU College Penang, creates history by scoring 8As in the GCE A-Levels

Cheah Chung Yin, KDU College Penang, creates history by scoring 8As in the GCE A-Levels

achievement” as it is considered one of the toughest pre-university examinations in the world, possibly creating history in the World GCE A-Level Examination.

Chung Yin who is an ex-SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth student, scored distinctions for his
Accounting, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Economics, Further Mathematics,
Mathematics, Physics papers, as well as A stars in two of them.

KDU Penang takes pride in producing students with outstanding A-level results since its
establishment in 1996. Inter alia, the Centre for Pre-University Studies (CPUS) has amongst its records Top in Malaysia/Top in the World awards, 45% of straight-A’s.

“A lot of people advised me against taking so many papers but I always knew what I wanted to do,” said Cheah, who obtained distinctions in Accounting, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Economics, Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics, obtaining the coveted A star in two of the subjects.

With this stellar achievement which was a pleasant surprise for his lecturers at KDU University College Penang, Cheah is considering pursuing his education in one of the prestigious higher learning institutions, either in Europe or Australia.

Other notable mentions for academic excellence in the examinations include Chua Ping Chan, Ho Shou Hao, Law JunHui, and Lee Zhui Shin, who all scored 4 A stars in the examination.

Dr. Chong Beng Keok, the CEO & Principal of KDU University College Penang, who was clearly elated by the success of the students commented, “We have always been known for our students’ fantastic A-Levels results but this year’s achievement is extra special considering that we have managed to further increase our collective average percentage of A’s for all subjects in the recent examination. Overall, more than 45% of our A-Level students scored 3 A’s and above. I would like to commend the students’

The academic achievements of the students at KDU University College Penang proves that KDU is the best college for A-Levels in Penang.

One year A-Levels Pre-Law Programme at KDU University College Penang

KDU College Penang campus

KDU College Penang campus

One-year programme is available at KDU Penang. Even with the short duration, its well-planned and evenly-spaced programme across two semesters enables students to have ample time to
absorb the lessons well.

Thirteen years of past A-Levels examination paper compilation at KDU University College Penang

All CPUS students are given complete compilations of course syllabi and past–year examination papers as from October/November 2002. Through practises and discussions among classmates and with lecturers, students at KDU Penang are well-prepared for the real scrutiny.

Superb laboratories and facilities at KDU University College Penang

KDU University Penang is a purpose-built campus equipped with the latest science laboratories and personalised workstations to facilitate its students’ learning needs.

The school insists on letting the students using individual apparatuses, running their own experiments during class.

Largest pool of full-time A-level academic staff in Penang at KDU University College

KDU University Penang A-level students are being taught by committed, caring, full-time academic staff with around 12 years of teaching experience.

Each student is assigned a class advisor as the school understands that sound advice and good pastoral care is of paramount

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importance throughout the studies.

There will also be parent-teacher meeting which is held every semester to communicate students’ tracked progress.

Dynamic learning experience at KDU University College Penang

In CPUS, the students are not confined to the four walls of classrooms, they are given the opportunities to gain valuable

experiences and learn new things which are not taught in textbooks.

The extra curriculum activities help to enhance their soft-skills and build their portfolios.

KDU University College Penang offers scholarships to deserving students who have done well in the SPM exams. Hostel accommodation is also provided for outstation students.

Student interested to register at KDU University College Penang may go to this link.

KDU University College Centre for Pre-University Studies ensures that besides the dissemination of theoretical knowledge, hands-on experiences are also introduced via projects.

In the 2013 A-Levels exams, the following KDU Penang students have achieved excellent results:

OCT / NOV 2013

No. Name Result
1 Lim Chun Jiat 4A’s*
2 Chan Zi Xin 2A’s* + 1A’s
3 Goh Song Jia 1A’s* + 3A’s

MAY / JUNE 2013

No. Name Result
1 Cheah Chung Yin 2A’s* + 6A’s
2 Chua Ping Chan 4A’s*
3 Ho Shou Hao 4A’s*
4 Law Junhui 4A’s*
5 Lee Zhi Sin 4A’s*
6 Ho Ching Khai 3A’s* + 1A
7 Teoh Sheng Qi 3A’s* + 1A
8 Hoo Yu Heng 2A’s* + 2A’s
9 Cassandra Tan Yee Ling 2A’s* + 2A’s
10 Poh Wei Church 3A’s*
11 Chan Chun Sam 2A’s* + 1A
12 Choo Jia Hui 1A* + 3A’s
13 Lee Zhi Zhen 1A* + 3A’s
14 Yoon Tien Ming 1A* + 3A’s
15 Teh Xue Kai 1A* + 2A’s
16 Chan Hsu-Lynn 3A’s + 1B
17 Yip Swee Yan 3A’s + 1B
18 Leong Ven Han 3A’s + 1C +1b
19 Chong Yu Shen 3A’s
20 Gan Quan Hong 3A’s
21 Hooi Zi Yang 3A’s
22 Low Jia Jun 3A’s

 

In the 2012 A-Levels exams, the following KDU Penang students have achieved excellent results:

1 Lee Chun Sian A*, A*, A*, A*
2 Justin Looi Su Min A*, A*, A, a
3 Chew Li Ean A*, A*, A
4 Bernard Yap Zhe Yang A*, A, A, A
5 Cheah Xing Yi A*, A, A
6 Quek Chia Ying A*, A, A
7 Ahmad Fikri b. Anwar Fadzil A, A, A, A
8 Loh Wan Jian A, A, A, A, b
9 Seah Jo Ling A*, A, B
10 Lim Ai Lynn A*, A, B
11 Tan Wei Ming A*, B, C
12 Yeoh Ann Jill A*, B, C
13 Lee Shaun Rui A, A, A, B
14 Loh Jing Ping A, A, B, B
15 Tay Shiek Lin A, A, B
16 Ching Ching Ming A, A, B, D

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Undergraduate Focus: Pre-U – Revitalised exam system (The new STPM format)


The article below is taken from NST yesterday.

THE Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia has been around for 30 years. In that time, depending on who you ask, it has been a blessing, a nuisance, or the torment of thousands of Malaysian students.

But no matter which, there is no doubt that the STPM, known as Form 6, is one of the toughest and most prestigious pre-university exams a hopeful young person can take. The STPM is recognised by international universities, especially within the Commonwealth, and even in the US, and is considered by many to be equivalent to GCE A-Levels.

Besides advancing the curriculum with the times, not much has changed with the STPM, until now. Just this year, the STPM examination policy was changed from the accustomed terminal system (a final exam at the end of the year) to a new modular examination system — exams at the end of every semester.

The new system: Starting this year, students will sit for a centralised assessment and a school-based assessment. Students already in Upper Sixth will continue with the old examination system, the last group to do so. Students currently in Lower Sixth will be the first to undertake the new system.

The centralised assessment, which will be administered at the end of each term, consists of written examinations comprising essays, and both structured and multiple-choice questions. The school-based assessment is coursework consisting of project work, field work and practical work. The coursework will be conducted either over three terms or in a specific term, depending on the subject.

A special feature of this system is that students will be allowed to retake the first, second and third term written examinations if their performance is not satisfactory the first time around. The best result obtained will be the one taken
into account, and the overall STPM results will be based on the best combined results of the three terms.

Looking to the future: The examination system was changed from the single high-stakes pen-and-paper examination system in line with the Economic Transformation Programme’s objective of moulding

a more all-rounded graduate.

The less examination-oriented approach means that the teaching and learning pedagogy caters to a range of learning approaches. It endeavours to prepare students for their further education and work life, and to encourage higher-order thinking skills, problem-solving skills, independence, team work and maturity.

Form Six teachers have been briefed on the new modular system; another expected result of the new system is that it will empower teachers, enabling them greater creativity and innovation in teaching.

Long time coming: The new system took about six years to develop and implement. The Ministry of Higher Education together with the Malaysian Examinations Council (MEC) studied various syllabi of different examination bodies – University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, International Baccalaureate Organisation, Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, and Singapore Examination and Assessment Board to name a few — and used what they learned to formulate a system that works in the Malaysian context.

Prestigious qualification: While the new system makes the STPM more manageable for students — the fact that students can re-sit modules will increase the passing rate — the standards and quality of the STPM will be maintained.

While the system certainly needed an overhaul, it was vital that its quality and international recognition not be compromised. To ensure these standards continue to be met, a representative of Cambridge Assessment sits as advisor to the Standards Setting and Certification Committee to provide advice and opinion on the analysis of the results of each STPM paper before a collective decision is made.

Only time will tell how much more
effective these examinations are as the first step to creating a thinking, innovative, whole
person. Meanwhile, continuous improvements will be carried out, and the system will be closely monitored by the MOHE and the MEC to ensure it runs without a hitch.

Quick facts

The new examination system combines two assessments:

School-based assessment with a weighting of 20-40 per cent of the final score

Centralised examination with a weighing of 60-80 per cent of the final score

The new grading system is similar to that of old sytem. Scores for each term will be aggregated to determine the overall subject
grade. There is no prerequisite minimum pass grade in each term.

Students are allowed to retake first and second term exams at the end of the third term if they are unsatisfied with their results.

The standards and recognition of the new STPM examination system is similar to the old system.

Fees

Basic fee                         RM120

Fee per subject              RM90

Re-sit                               RM50

For more information about the new STPM examination system,  visit http://www.mpm.com.my

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New STPM Modular Format


The STPM will be going modular with the first batch of students going in this year in May 2012. For those who missed the article on the new format in Star Newspaper on April 1, 2012, I have copied below for you. I have also added some other details on STPM as well.

Mixed feelings over new STPM format

By AMINUDDIN MOHSIN
educate@thestar.com.my

Students have differing views about the recent changes to the STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia) format. Some find it appealing while others think otherwise. What was once very much like the A-Levels, a course based around an externally assessed final examination, the STPM is now more akin to pre-university programmes such as the South Australian Matriculation (SAM).

The STPM’s new assessment system revolves around continuous school-based assessments and centralised examinations which can be re-taken to improve grades.

Even though the ratio between school-based assessments and examinations is between 20 to 40% and 60 to 80% unlike SAM’s 70% college-based assessments and 30% external examinations, it is still seen as a welcome change by many students and teachers.

“As someone who is thinking about sitting for the STPM, this is good news for me. At least now I won’t be ‘pigeon-holed’ into studying for one huge exam.

“Instead of cramming whole text books into my head for final exams, I will be able to focus and score on the tests spread across the one and a half years,” said Neda Nejim Al-Asedi, 16, from SMK Assunta on Stuff@school’s Facebook page.

She added that the changes were a great move that would help reduce and spread out the stress levels of STPM students a little bit.

Another student who thinks the changes to the STPM are for the better is Tan Hui Jin, 19, from SMK Taman Connaught who said she never considered Form Six as a pre-university option.

“I never thought about it, but the new format is definitely better for the students, as it is no longer entirely exam oriented.

“The assignments and projects under the school-based assessments will help them develop much needed soft skills through presentations and group discussions,” she said explaining that students need to be all rounders and well balanced.

Hui Jin elaborated that the new format will help students with their communication and interpersonal skills which are essential in the working world.

“What is the point of acquiring deep knowledge in any field if you can’t communicate, express and apply what you learn?” she added.

But to many students, the new format is untested and there are already many longstanding reasons why they are not keen on taking the exam. “New format, new challenges, sounds tempting to me. Seems a whole lot easier than the previous format. However, I’m not jumping on the bandwagon just yet.

“I want to see the learning outcomes of this new format. If it produces better students and results, perhaps I’ll take up STPM,” posted Syasya Aqilah Abu Bakar, 16, from SMK (P) Methodist Ipoh who has a year to go before deciding whether or not the STPM is for her.

SMJK (C) Yu Hua student Darren Koh, 16, said in his post that he finds the STPM changes really convincing, but he would like some solid evidence first before he decides to take it up.

“Lets see the results of the STPM with the new format, hopefully it will be better. Lenient assessments equals less stress which means healthier students,” he said adding that the changes to the STPM did make it more appealing.

Darren continued in his post that he would definitely consider it as an option after he is done with his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

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For SMK (P) Sri Aman student B. Jeetha, who cried tears of joy after scoring 10 straight A’s in her SPM, the STPM is a risky option she is not willing to take.

“I’m afraid I can’t cope with it, even with the changes. I want to take up accountancy and if I take the STPM I will have to enter the Arts stream.

“I am a Science stream student and I would be treading on unfamiliar ground if I go into the Arts stream just to pursue accountancy,” she said.

She described that it would be easier to pursue a diploma or other accountancy courses than to sit for all the STPM papers. “Plus the time it takes to finish programmes or courses other than the STPM tend to be faster, which is much more convenient for me,” she explained.

B. Jeetha added that she is currently busy looking for a scholarship to further her studies as her mother is a single parent.

Catherine Yee, also a Sri Aman alumni, now a Sunway University A-levels student said she would not consider taking the STPM even after the changes because she believes the syllabus would still be as hard as it used to be.

“I think even with the change in assessment systems and structure, the syllabus will still be harder than most other pre-university courses out there.

“Unless they change the syllabus itself, I believe it is still harder than the A-levels,” she said.

After celebrating her straight A’s success in the SPM, Siti Diyana also disclosed the fact that she did not want to pursue the STPM, but for simpler reasons.

“I don’t want to go back to school. I don’t want to put on a uniform anymore, I think I’m quite done with that,” she quipped.

She added that she did not think the STPM is too much to handle and with the new format it would definitely relieve the burden of students.

Naysayers and skeptics aside, STPM students who sat or are sitting for the old the exam in its old format think the changes are a boon. Shakthswary Raja, 19, from SMK Cochrane explains.

“I’m jealous of my juniors who will be sitting for the new STPM. My teacher gave me a glimpse of what it’s like, and I love it.

“It lightens the burden of the student and spreads it out across the STPM’s study duration. This in turn reduces the amount stress students go through,” she said.

Perhaps the most colourful comment on the Stuff@school’s facebook STPM thread comes from Celine Wu.

The 17-year-old from SMJK (C) P.Pinang who like Syasya Aqilah, found STPM to be a tempting option with the new format, said that she also had her doubts.

“I get the feeling that the first batch of STPM students using the new format will be viewed as an experimental batch to see if the format works.

“So even if I do decide to take the STPM, it will be in the second batch of students after the quality of the certificate under the new format has been confirmed,” she said.

STPM

STPM uses a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system. There are 11 grades, which are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+ and D, with F as the failing grade. The grade points for each of these grades are between 4.0 and 1.0, A being 4.0 and D- being 1.0. The F grade gives a grade point of 0.

Grade Grade Points
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
F 0.00

In order to pass a paper, candidate must at least score a C (2.00) or above. Having a grade between D to C- is a principal pass (lulus separa). But certain private institutes, UTAR for instance, refers to principal pass as C.

Each paper’s grade appears on the result slip and the certificate. The subject’s grade and grade point is determined by the weighted average results of all papers in that subject, where all papers must be passed, otherwise the grade and grade point would be, respectively, F and 0. The cumulative grade point average is the average of the top four subjects taken and usually rounded up to 2 decimal points. Therefore, if a student scores A in four subjects and fail in the fifth, his CGPA would be 4.0.

The actual range of scores within each grade is undisclosed and changes annually, depending on the performance of the candidates. Usually, the range of marks of science subjects is higher than non-science subjects.

Cumulative and subject GPA at 2.0 and above is considered a pass with credit or principal pass. GPA below 2.0 is considered a sub-fail, and a 0 is considered a fail. Admissions to local public universities requires at least a CGPA of 2.0 and above, though private universities, university colleges and colleges generally may accept student with CGPA less than 2.0.

To enter into local private colleges or universities for most courses, students need at least 2 Principal Passes or 2Cs. It does not include the Pengajian Am paper.

STPM candidates sit for no more than five subjects, all within the same examination season. All Science- and Mathematics-related subjects (Mathematics S, Mathematics T, Further Mathematics T, Computing, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) are offered bilingually in English and Malay. All other exams, other than languages, are still offered only in Malay and are likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

STPM is an open-list examination; that means any combination of subjects may be taken. However, to be considered for Malaysian public university admission, students must take Pengajian Am (General Studies) and at least three other subjects. Most, if not all, schools and colleges offering STPM, however, do stream their students into science and arts (humanities).

A list of all subjects available for STPM students are:

  • Pengajian Am (General Studies)
  • Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language)
  • Bahasa Cina (Chinese Language)
  • Bahasa Tamil (Tamil Language)
  • Bahasa Arab (Arabic Language)
  • Literature in English
  • Kesusasteraan Melayu (Malay Literature)
  • Syariah (Islamic Law)
  • Usuluddin (Usuluddin)
  • Sejarah (History)
  • Geografi (Geography)
  • Ekonomi (Economics)
  • Pengajian Perniagaan (Business Studies)
  • Perakaunan (Accounting)
  • Mathematics S (may not be taken with Mathematics T)
  • Mathematics T (may not be taken with Mathematics S)
  • Further Mathematics T (may only be taken with Mathematics T)
  • Computing (may only be taken at certain schools)
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Sains Sukan (Sports Science)
  • Seni Visual (Visual Art)

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