What if I Fail SPM?

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Getting your SPM results is one of the most nerve-wracking moments in your teenage years. If your results turn out to be unsatisfying, you may feel like your dreams of pursuing your tertiary education are ruined. Well, no it isn’t. 

Don’t want to retake the SPM? We’ve got a few suggestions for you to think about! 

1. BTEC programmes

Have you heard of BTEC programmes? Read more to find out everything there is to know about pursuing a BTEC programme locally. 

BTEC programmes are known as the “Business and Technology Education Council”. It is an internationally recognised, specialised work-related qualification. BTEC programmes have increasingly become popular among students as an alternative to A-Level programmes. In comparison to typical tertiary education course structures, BTEC programmes are designed in a way where practical learning is incorporated into theoretical learning. 

BTEC at Levels 1 and 2 are equivalent to GCSEs and Level 3 equivalents to A-Levels, whilst Level 4 -7 hold the same levels as a typical Bachelor’s Degree. BTEC programmes are assessed mainly through coursework and practical projects.  BTEC Programmes are a UK based learning system where you will be provided with two options upon completing the 2 year programme:  

  • you can directly enter the workforce with your diploma, OR
  • you can proceed to study abroad for a degree from a recognised university! 

Note: Do keep in mind that BTEC Programmes are not MQA Accredited! 

Benefits of BTEC Programmes

  • Vocationally focused 

In comparison to typical diploma programmes, BTEC programmes’ course structure is built in a way where it focuses on vocational training. Hands-on experience and learning from industry leaders increase your chances of employability upon graduation, as this form of education can ensure that students develop the skills that the industry is looking for.

  • Fast track to employment

BTEC programmes are way shorter than most degree courses, which will enable students to dive into employment right after graduation. Besides a short time to graduate, BTEC programmes are also known to be cheaper than most degree courses. With a BTEC, you can become a professional worker, an entrepreneur, or go to a university in the United Kingdom to further pursue your Bachelor’s Degree.

Where can you get a BTEC qualification in Malaysia?

YES International College

YES Academy is a private college (IPTS) registered with the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, located in Kuala Lumpur since 1997. YES Academy is located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur specifically Megan Avenue II, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, YES Professional Advancement Center specifically focuses on offering BTEC programmes such as Business, computing, and Art and Design.

General Entry Requirements for BTEC Programmes

You must meet these requirements in order to be enrolled in a BTEC programme:

  • 16 years and above 
  • Possessing at least or equivalent to 11 years of UEC/SPM/O-Level education

What Courses are offered in BTEC Programmes?

HN Diploma in Business

You have the option of pursuing either;

  • Business
  • Procurement and Supply Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Management 

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HN Diploma in Computing

You have the option of pursuing either;

  • Computing
  • Software Engineering
  • Network Engineering
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analytics
  • Applications Development and Testing 

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HN Diploma in Art & Design

You have the option of pursuing either;

  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Design
  • Interior Design
  • Photography

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2. SKM Programme

What is a SKM programme? A recognised, official skill-based certification is Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM). It is given out by Jambatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK) to students who have proven they have what it takes to perform the duties and functions necessary for employment in the more practical and technical domains of work. 

Benefits of SKM Programme

  • Recognised by industry in Malaysia
  • It is similar to a career choice based on academic qualifications and offers participants an attractive career path and chance for personal advancement
  • Able to create trained and competently skilled individuals who will increase the competitiveness of regional industries in the global market

Where is the SKM programme offered?

Future Edge College

The SKM programmes at Future Edge College provide priority to training for specific careers in high-demand industries, including manufacturing and technology. Through on-site learning opportunities, students will obtain a hands-on education that will provide them with useful information and skills. Many students can get jobs using a “train-and-place” strategy before even completing their programme.

General Entry Requirement for SKM Programmes

You must meet these requirements in order to be enrolled in the SKM programme:

  • 16 years old and above
  • Ability to speak and write in both Bahasa Melayu and English
  • Must have passed a lower SKM level before signing up for a higher SKM level in the same field

What Programmes are offered for SKM?

Following are the programmes that you can consider enrolling in for SKM:

  • Computer Network Administration 
  • Information System Administration 
  • Installation Maintenance of Single/Three Phase Electricity
  • Metal Arc Welding Process
  • Office Administration 

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3. Study abroad in Australasia Technology Institute (ATI)

Did you know that even with bad grades at SPM, IGCSE or other high school qualifications, you can still pursue your education abroad? There are private institutions in Australia that can accept students who did not do well in high school, and the Australasia Technology Institute (ATI) is one of them. However, you will be taught the basics at the foundation level to prepare you for tertiary education later on. 

After completing the Diploma with ATI, you can use the qualification acquired from ATI to apply to various universities in Australia. The fees at ATI are equivalent to some college fees you pay back, but you will get to enjoy life studying abroad and gain new experience through culture and lifestyle!

Benefits of studying with Australasia Technology Institute (ATI)

  • Located in Sydney’s CBD, with an extensive public transport network
  • Has much to offer in terms of shopping, entertainment, public spaces like parks, and famous harborside attractions
  • Travel to any of the many beaches, national parks, and BBQ areas, and you can also easily travel out of Sydney and explore the northern or southern attractions

Who is the Australasia Technology Institute (ATI)?

Located in Sydney, ATI prides itself in being a modern and well-resourced campus for you to be able to learn as much as you can. ATI offers tailored support to its students in a variety of ways especially for academic struggling students. There is no need to stress or to be worried. When it comes to learning ATI trainers can contextualise in a way that you can understand the subject matter whether it be in a hospitality, retail or sales environment. 

General Entry Requirement to study in ATI

You must meet these requirements in order to be enrolled in ATI:

  • be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • have completed Year 11 or equivalent
  • have an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent

What Programme can you enrol in ATI?

You can consider studying either:

  • Business
  • Information Technology (IT)

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