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Failed Your SPM? Here is What’s Next

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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. 

What are MQA Accredited Programs?

MQA Accredited Programs are programs offered by both public and private universities in Malaysia that are accredited academic programs provided by educational institutions by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). MQA programs are practices to ensure the quality of Malaysia’s higher education. Generally to get into MQA accredited programs; you would need to meet a minimum requirement of 3C’s for Diploma Programs and 5C’s for Pre-University programs such as A-Levels, Foundation, AUSMAT, SACE and many more. 

If you have failed your SPM, you will NOT meet the minimum requirement to gain entry into any public or private universities for MQA Accredited Programs. If you wish to, you would have to retake SPMto fulfill the minimum requirements of either 3C’s or 5Cs. 

Don’t want to retake your SPM? Well, we have another option for you to consider!

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

What are BTEC programs?

BTEC Programs are known as the “Business and Technology Education Council”. It is an internationally recognized specialized work-related qualification. BTEC Programs have increasingly become popular among students as an alternative to A-Level programs. In comparison to typical tertiary education course structures – BTEC programs 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 programs are assessed mainly via coursework and practical projects.  BTEC Programs are a UK based learning system where you will be provided with two options upon completing the 2 year program: i) you can directly enter the workforce with your diploma OR ii) you can proceed to study abroad for a degree from a recognized university! However, do keep in mind that BTEC Programs are not MQA Accredited!

Benefits of BTEC Programs

1. Vocationally focused 

In comparison to typical diploma programs, BTEC programs’ 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 labour markets are looking for. 

2. Fast track to employment

BTEC programs 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 programs are also known to be cheaper than most degree courses. With a BTEC you can become a professional worker, entrepreneur or go to a top university in the United Kingdom to further pursue your Bachelor’s Degree.

Where can you get a BTEC qualification in Malaysia?

YES Academy

YES Academy is a private college (IPTS) registered with 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 programs such as Business, Computing and Design. 

General Entry Requirements for BTEC Programs

To gain entry into a BTEC Program, you will need to fulfill these requirements; 

  • 16 years and above 
  • Have completed at least 10 years of past education
  • English Language Requirements: IELTS Min. 4.5 

What Courses are offered in BTEC Programs?

#1 HN Diploma in Business

What Will You Study 

Subjects Offered: 

i) Financial Accounting 

ii) Human Resource Management 

iii) Business Systems 

iv) Organizational Behaviour 

Program Duration

1.5 to 2 years (Full time) 


January, July and September

Indicative Fees 

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#2 HN Diploma in Computing

What Will You Study 

Subjects Offered: 

i) Systems Analysis & Design

ii) Programming in Java

iii) Website Design

iv) Business SKills for E-Commerce Database

Program Duration

1.5 to 2 years (Full time) 


January, July and September

Indicative Fees 

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#3 HN Diploma in Art & Design-Digital Media Designer

What Will You Study 

Subjects Offered: 

i) Web Page Design 

ii) Corporate Identity in Graphic Design

iii) Advertising Photography 

iv) Typographic Ideas

Program Duration

1.5 to 2 years (Full time) 


January, July and September

Indicative Fees 

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How to Retake SPM Guide

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The most awaited day for many Malaysian students and parents every year is the day SPM results are released. Your SPM results determine everything from what your education pathway may look like in the future, meaning which tertiary educational pathway you can opt to go for, along with the scholarship options you have. 

If your SPM results are good, your options are endless. But wait, what if it does not turn out as well as you expected? One of the recommended ways to deal with such a challenging situation is to simply retake it, but with much more determination than before. 

In this guide, you will find out everything you need to know about retaking your SPM, including the reasons why you should consider it, followed by a step-by-step guide on how to retake SPM and things that you need to keep in mind. 

Should You Retake SPM?

Here’s a list of reasons why you could consider retaking SPM if the result was not as well as you expected:

  • You are considering studying a competitive course such as medical courses (medicine, pharmacy or dentistry)
  • You want to meet the minimum requirements for a pre-university program or a Diploma course
  • You are absolutely sure you can do better if you retake SPM 


Step by Step Guide on How to Apply for a Retake

The first thing you need to do to start your journey on giving SPM and your dreams, a second chance, is to apply for a retake. 

Here, we have provided for you a detailed step-by-step guide you can follow to apply for a retake by yourself, successfully.

1. Register as a repeat candidate

The first thing you need to do is register yourself as a repeat candidate by visiting the Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia website. In order to do this, you will be required to fill in your IC number, SPM year, and your exam registration number. After re-checking whether all information you entered is correct, proceed to the next step of the application process to fill in your personal details such as your name, address, etc. Please remember to verify if all the details are correct before moving on to the second step.

2. Select your subjects

The next thing you need to do is select the subjects that you would like to retake. Your fees for the retake depend on the subjects you decide to retake. Once you have selected the subjects, the website will show your total amount of fees to be paid.

3. Select your location to retake your papers

The next step of the process is to choose which examination centre you would like to retake your papers at. Examination centres are based on your district and area and the vacancies are based on the number of quotas.

4. Verify your information

The next step of the process is to re-check all the information you have entered and verify if everything is accurate. After you have done that, tick the agreement field and send the application.

5. Complete online payment

After the registration information is sent, the next step is to complete the online payment process. Please keep in mind that only paid applications will be processed by the Ministry of Education. 

For a detailed  guide on how to complete the online payment process click here.

Once the payment is complete, a payment receipt will be displayed, which you will need to download and print out, for the next step of the process. 

6. Submit documents

The last step of your registration process is to submit the required documents to your nearest Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri (JPN)

Following are the required documents to be submitted;

  • 1 copy of Senarai Semak Pendaftaran (Registration Checklist)
  • 3 copies of Kenyataan Semakan (Revision Statement)
  • 1 copy of verified identity card/passport
  • 1 Copy of Payment Receipt 
  • 4 pieces of Prepaid Poslaju envelope or A5 Express Post envelopes 

7. Check your application online

You can search and check your application online through the Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia website

What You Need to Keep in Mind

1. Deadline for Registration

When applying for a retake, the first thing you need to be mindful about is the deadline for registration. The deadline for registration to retake SPM is usually 2-3 weeks after the release of results. So you need to be fast in deciding whether you want to retake it or go for another option. 

2. Save the date of your exam papers

After registration, make a timetable and a countdown of the days you have left until your examination date, so that you can start preparing early and be smart about it. 

3. You will have to study harder, by yourself

When you are retaking SPM, your school teachers are not going to be there to help you or remind you to study, so you have to take it upon yourself and work hard in order to get better results this time. 

It is recommended to take tuition classes to get guidance from teachers, if you need extra understanding in subjects you are weak in. 

4. You education pathway might take longer than your friends’

Something you really need to think about and accept before deciding to retake SPM is that you will be behind your friends who have already moved forward with the journey after SPM. This, however, is nothing to be sad about because it is completely okay for you to take your own time on your own journey. Education is not a race after all! 

If you’re still not sure whether you want to retake SPM or explore other pathways, you can contact Excel Education for personalized guidance to help you make up your mind! 

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What to Study After SPM? After-SPM Guide

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The journey up until SPM itself is daunting, but what comes after can be often even more confusing and difficult for many students. In order to get entry into a Bachelor’s Degree, students are required to have a Year 12 qualification. 

Since SPM is only equivalent to a Year 10/11 qualification, you are required to complete a pre-university program or Year 12 program, to fill the gap between SPM and getting a degree.

However, choosing the right program from the various different pre-university programs can be exhaustive without the much needed research.

We are here to help you get started with your research, with a detailed list of the most common pre-university programs offered in Malaysia that you could consider as a route to your Bachelor’s Degree. 

1. Foundation Courses/ Programs

A foundation program is a study course, originated from the UK, designed to fill the gap between SPM and the level needed to gain entry into a bachelor’s degree program at a university. Foundation programs typically take one year to complete. It is a quicker pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree than other pre-university programs such as A-levels and Diploma. 

The most important thing to keep in mind is that, in a foundation program you will be studying subjects that are specific to your interested course. Hence, a foundation program might be the right choice for you if you have an idea about the career you want to pursue. 

It can be quite difficult to switch between courses if you opt for a more specialized foundation course such as IT, Business or Architecture.  However, for students who want to keep their career choices more open, there are also broad foundation courses such as science or arts that usually take upto one year to complete. 

The assessment style of foundation programs are a mix of quizzes, assignments, and continual assessments on top of final exams. 

One of the setbacks of a foundation program is that other colleges may not recognize the foundation program if you decide to continue your degree overseas. So having a clear plan of where you want to study and which course you prefer is crucial. 

For more information regarding foundation programs, please contact Excel Education

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2. A-Levels

Advanced Level Qualifications (A-Levels) is a pre-university program that follows the UK education system. These are subject based qualifications that can lead you to either university, training or work. A-levels can be completed within 1.5 to 2 years. A-levels are completely assessed based on a series of examinations. 

A-levels are now accepted globally as an eligible qualification to enter numerous universities, within and outside of the UK. In A-levels, students usually study three to four subjects of their choice. In Malaysia there are two represented examination boards, University of Cambridge International Examinations and Edexcel Limited. Even though the two examination boards have different assessment styles, both are recognized equally worldwide. 

A-level is often a good choice for students who want to keep their study options open. When choosing A-Level subjects consider subjects you are likely to be good at, since having an ability in it will make the experience easier. Also, if you have a specific career you want to pursue you might want to look into the subjects needed for the course of your interest in order to meet the entry requirements. If you are planning to go into university after A-Levels, keep in mind that universities require specific A-levels or a combination of A-levels (usually 3 subjects).

In short, you should consider A-levels if you want more flexible study options, if you’re up for a challenging syllabus, and you are interested in continuing your studies overseas. 

For more information regarding A-level subjects and colleges offering A-levels, please contact Excel Education

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3. Australian Matriculation

Australian Matriculation, is a globally recognized pre-university program offered in different institutions around the world. There are two types of Australian Matriculation in Malaysia, South Australian Matriculation (SAM) or SACE International and AUSMAT, also known as, Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). 

Australian Matriculation is recognized in almost all universities of Australia, and most universities in Malaysia and other parts of the world as well. All three of these programs are graded by a balanced combination of coursework and external examination. However, they do vary in terms of structure, syllabus, and coursework to examination grading percentage. Students are usually required to take 5 subjects of their choice for successful completion of the program.

Upon completion, students are awarded an Australian Tertiary Education (ATAR) rank, based on the students’ results. ATAR score is one of the entry requirements to be eligible for application into certain universities. 

Australian Matriculation is highly recommended for students looking to continue their studies in an overseas university or a private university in Malaysia. 

For more inquiries regarding Australian Matriculation, contact Excel Education

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4. American Degree Program (ADTP/ADP)

American Degree Transfer Program is a program that allows students to pursue the first part of their degree in a private university in Malaysia, and the final part in an American University. Students typically either spend the first one or two years in Malaysia and the other two in America. 

Another program, much like ADTP, is American Degree Program (ADP),  where  you complete your degree locally without transferring to a university in the United States. With this program you have the same academic experience of an American university without having to deal with the expensive tuition fees. Upon completion of the program you will be awarded the Degree Certificate of an American intuition. 

ADTP and ADP are usually 3- 4 year programs that you can directly enter after SPM. They are typically 70% coursework and 30% final exam and provide you with a flexible and broad based curriculum.

American Degree Programs are all about flexibility as it allows you the option to change your major during the first two years, giving you extra flexibility in choosing majors. In addition to this, you are able to take fewer or more subjects per semester to complete your degree at your own pace. You also get a broad range of subjects to choose from. 

If you prefer a program with fewer exams and more exciting assignments, projects and presentations American Degree Programs are the right choice for you. This is also a good option for students who want to study abroad, but have difficulty affording their whole course of study as an international student.  

With more flexibility, however comes more responsibility. Hence, before choosing your subjects it is very important for you to do your research. 

You can contact Excel Education for more assistance in choosing your ADTP course.

5. Canadian Pre-University Program

As the name suggests, Canadian Pre-University Program is a Canadian based pre-university program offered to students who have finished O-levels  as a pathway to their bachelor’s degree. It shares the same level of qualification as STPM. 

The Canadian pre-university programs offered in Malaysian private university and colleges, International Canadian Pre-U (ICPU) and Canadian International Matriculation Programme (CIMP), all lead to Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), which is recognized by universities in Canada, United States and selected universities in the UK and other countries as well. 

Your course will usually be 12-15 months long and you will be taking 5 subjects and an English course which will be divided across semesters. 

Similar to ADP, Canadadian Pre-U also comprises 70% coursework and 30% external examinations. Therefore, it is a good choice for students looking for a more interactive form of learning, with your assessment and grading spread out throughout the course of study. 

You are also required to take up a minimum 10 hours of community service in order to complete this program. Hence, it is also a good choice for students who want extra curricular activities to be a bigger part of your study and prepare for your studies overseas. 

For more information regarding Canadian Pre-University Programs, contact Excel Education.


STPM is a qualification equal to GCE A-levels in the UK. It is a Year 12 for students who wish to experience school life a bit longer after completing SPM. STPM can usually be completed within 18 months and takes a holistic approach to learning with an emphasis on critical thinking, communication skills and leadership. 

STPM is widely accepted across the most reputable universities in the world. In STPM, students are offered to choose from a range of 23 subjects, including a compulsory General Paper. This program consists of two types of assessment, 20-40% school based assessment and a 60-80% final examination. 

Please note that before entering a public university students are also required to take Malaysian University English Test (MUET). 

STPM has always been a great option for ambitious students who are cost-conscious but want to enter into competitive degrees at university.  It is also a good option for students who want to keep their study options open. 

For more information regarding STPM, contact Excel Education..

7. Malaysian Matriculation

Malaysian Matriculation, also known as Malaysian Matriculation or Matrikulasi is a pre-university program that serves to fill the gap between SPM and Bachelor’s Degree programs at local universities. Malaysian Matriculation can be completed within 1-2 years. Even though Malaysian Matriculation is widely recognized within local universities, it is also accepted in some universities in New Zealand and the UK. 

The study choices are however very limited, where you get to choose from only two streams of study, namely, Science and Accounting. 

This is a very cost-effective option for students planning to enter local public universities. For Successful completion of this program you are required to complete 2-4 semesters. Local Matriculation offers students to choose from 4 streams, namely, Science, Accounting, Professional Accounting and Engineering. In each stream a wide variety of subjects are offered, running from medicine to IT.  The grading is based on 10-20% classroom assignments, 10% mid semester exams, and 70-80% final examinations. 

This is a preferred route to tertiary education among Malaysians as it is extremely cost-effective to pursue a degree with a local university. In addition to local universities, it is also accepted in some foreign universities in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the UK. This pre-university program is also a great option for students who want to keep their study options open.

For more information regarding Local Matriculation, contact Excel Education

8. Diploma

Diploma is one level below an undergraduate degree and can be considered equivalent to the first year of a degree. In a diploma program, there will be high emphasis on industry specific skills to prepare you for the working world. After the completion of a diploma you can either get entry into the second year of a related degree or join the workforce early. 

Diploma usually takes 24-36 months for successful completion. The courses offered in a Diploma are very specific and it is very important for you to have decided on what you want to do in the future. A diploma comprises a combination of coursework and final examinations. Most universities also require students to undertake an internship in the final year, for you to get first hand industry experience. 

Diploma is a preferred option among students who have a set plan for their future, and want to enter the workforce early. It is also a preferred pathway for students who are looking for a route with lower entry requirements. Malaysian students will also be able to apply for a PTPN loan with a Diploma, unlike most other pre-university programs such as A-level, Australian Matriculation, and most Foundation courses. 

For more information regarding Diploma courses, contact Excel Education.

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Study Abroad After SPM

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It’s out! You finally got your SPM result! No matter the result, be proud of yourself and give yourself some credit for it because starting today, you will get the chance to study abroad after your SPM!

So, you’re out of high school. Automatically you will think of colleges and universities. Books, friends, meetings, hanging out, having fun, etc. It is so exciting and nerve-racking to think about it!

But– but what if you add the word abroad to it? It definitely makes you dream even better, isn’t it?

Every student has a dream of studying abroad at one point in their lives because the idea of studying overseas is always satisfying and thrilling. Can you live that dream after your SPM?

Yes, yes, and why not?

Here we will list the simple steps for students on how to study abroad right after SPM:

How To Study Abroad After SPM?

1. Decide On The University and Pre-University Program

Since you only have your SPM, the route for you to study abroad right away is limited to pre-university programs in the respective university. Make sure that you visit the university’s website, read on the different types of pre-university program available and decide which suits you best. 
  • Think of what you are interested in
  • Think of your career path
  • Think of your budget
  • Think of the duration
  • Think of it together with your friends and families

You might be interested in: Top 5 Colleges in Australia, Aspire Institute

Unless you are willing to wait a little longer, you can do the following programs here in Malaysia and then get your Bachelor Degree abroad:

STPM/ Foundation/ GCE A-levels/ Diploma/ Australian Matriculation/ Canadian Matriculation/ American Degree Transfer Programme/ International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

Learn more about it here:  List of Pre-University Programs in Malaysia, Which Pre-Uni Should I Choose

Having a hard time deciding? Come consult with us for FREE!

2. Check The University Entry Requirements


Each university overseas has different entry requirements. Once you have decided on which university and program to enroll in, take a closer look at the requirements and check whether you are qualified for the university. Most of the universities will require you to fulfill the English requirement, such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc. It’s best for you to register and sit for the test as soon as possible to get a faster result before applying to the university.

  • Check the academic requirements
  • Check the English requirements
  • Check any additional requirements

Take a look at: IELTS or TOEFL, How to score in IELTS?

For more detailed information, contact us now!

3. Submit Your Application Form and Documents


Moving on, the next thing you want to do is send your application to your chosen university.

General list of important documents:

  • Filled Application Form (application form can be filled in the respective university’s website).
  • TOEFL/IELTS Test Score (depending on the respective university requirement).
  • Academic Certificates (SPM, etc *includes certificates that are related to your academic performance).
  • A statement of purpose.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume.
  • Academic references/ Letters of recommendation.
  • Photocopies of first and last pages of your passport.

*Documents required are depending on the university

Sounds like a hassle for you? We’re here to assist you! Contact us now.

4. Wait For The Offer Letter


After you have successfully sent your application to the university, you will have to wait for the university to come back to you. This is where the students will have to bear the pain of waiting for the letter from the university to inform whether your application is successful or declined.

It’s fine to not think about it for awhile since it will be a pain in the neck for you to check your email everyday and wonder if the university will accept you.

However, make sure to keep track of the application process and check your email occasionally to avoid missing the update from the university. The last thing you would want is to end up missing the deadline to accept the offer from the university.

You can visit our website to read more about studying abroad!

5. Apply For Scholarship


Scholarship is important for students that are studying abroad, unless you are fine with working part-time while studying. Even if that’s the case, the majority of students find scholarships to be really helpful for them.

Most of the students have worries about the cost of living and studying abroad. Due to that, it is highly recommended for students to apply for scholarship for studying abroad to ensure there will be no financial problem for them later on.

There are plenty of scholarships for students to study abroad. Take your time, dig into it and find the most suitable scholarship for you.

*It is recommended to apply for more than one particular scholarship.

Find the information here: International scholarship 2020 (Australian University), Scholarship in Malaysia (Malaysian University)

Too much work? Get in touch with us now and we can apply it for you!

6. Apply For Student Visa


Other than the university application and the scholarship application, it is important to confirm that you are eligible to fly overseas before anything else.  Remember to have your passport and student visa prepared to study abroad. You don’t want any trouble getting on the plane.

Good to know: Process of getting a student visa

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7. Fly!


You’re all set! Pack your bags and your excitement then you’re ready to go!

*Double, triple check everything!

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What To Do If You Have Poor SPM Results?

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The SPM results will be out soon in just a couple of weeks. 

If your result turns out to be unsatisfying (let’s hope not), it’s okay to let yourself drown in emotions for a while. But when it’s time to get back up, wipe your tears, hold your head up, and take a look at some of the options that you can consider if you have poor SPM results.

If you score 3/less credits in SPM.

#1 Diploma


A diploma is one of a pre-university program that offers a direct pathway to getting a degree. Most diploma in Malaysia requires only a minimum of 3 credits, compared to other pre-university like foundation program that requires a minimum of 5 credits. Upon the completion of the diploma, you can directly enter the second year of your bachelor’s degree.

Track to a degree: Diploma -> 2nd year Bachelor

Recommended Universities for Diploma:

1. Taylor's University

Taylor's Lakeside Campus III

Study Area & the requirement

  • Communication
  • Business
  • Interior design
  • Culinary Art
  • Tourism Management
  • Information Technology


March, August

Campus Location

Subang Jaya

2. INTI University


Study Area & the requirement

  • Interactive Multimedia with Animation Design
  • Mass Communication
  • Civil Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Quantity surveying
  • Business
  • Culinary Arts
  • Tourism Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Information technology


Jan, Apr, May, August (depending on the campus location)

Campus Location

  • Nilai
  • Subang 
  • Sabah
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Penang

3. Asia Pacific University (APU)


Study Area & the requirement

  • Design and Media
  • Business Administration
  • Accounting
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • International Studies


Apr, May, Sep, Nov (depending on the study area)

Campus Location

Kuala Lumpur

#2 Vocational education and training (VET)


There’s always hope for everyone! Even if you score only 0-2 credits and pass BM&Sejarah, vocational education training (VET) can be one of your options to pursue your degree. Vocational training is a program that prepares students with the skills and knowledge needed for entering the world of work. Upon the completion of VET, you will receive a certificate that can be applied for a diploma degree.

Berjaya University offers a TVET (Technical and vocational education and training) on Berjaya TVET College. It offers various areas, such as Pastry Production, Web Development, Digital Marketing, and many more.

Track to a degree: VET -> Diploma -> 2nd year Bachelor

If you need more recommendations for a vocational training schools in Malaysia or overseas, get in touch with one of our education consultants at Excel Education.

#3 Get a certificate


A certificate program acts as a bridge for students to a diploma degree at the same institute. It’s a 16-18 month program. Here are some of the certificate program in Malaysia:


– Certificate in Administrative Skills
– Certificate in Information & Communication Technology

After you got your certificate, you are able to pursue your diploma in either APU/APIIT.

  • IACT

– Certificate in Communication Studies

After you got your certificate, you are able to pursue your diploma in IACT college.

Track to a degree: Certificate -> Diploma -> 2nd year Bachelor

If you failed the SPM

There are 2 types of failing SPM:

  • Fail in certain subjects asked by a university

Every university has its own requirements regarding its programs/courses. Certain study area requires more subjects than others. For instance, the course Pharmacy usually requires students to not only got credit in both BM and Sejarah, but also an additional credit in Science/Math. And if you did not meet even one of the requirements, they cannot accept your SPM scores.  

So one of the moves that we can recommend is to choose another university/course that suits the scores that you got. There are surely plenty of universities/courses out there that have different requirements.

  • Fail BM/Sejarah

Sadly, there is no direct alternative for those who fail either Bahasa Melayu (BM) or Sejarah. Since 2014, you must pass Sejarah and get a minimum of credit in BM. Here we provide some alternatives if you fail BM/Sejarah: 

1. Retake the subjects

With a one year gap, you can allow yourself to prepare more and study harder to be able to ace the test next year. It also allows you to learn from your previous mistakes. The gap year also helps you to give yourself a break before directly dive into the university world.

2. Work

If you don’t feel like pursuing higher education, working can be one of the alternatives. There are plenty of jobs that can suit your skills. If you’re more of a creative person, you can work as a graphic designer freelancer or video editor.

On the other hand, if you’re more of a business-mind person, you can work as a salesperson, customer service, or maybe create your own business! 

3. Contact us

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6 Things You Can Do While Waiting for Your SPM Result

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You have finished your SPM! Congratulations! In just less than a month, you will receive the aftermath of your hard work. Now, rather than anxiously waiting for how you did and what’s your final result, take a look at 6 things you can do in your spare time

1. Watch movies/TV Show related to your future course


Put on your PJs, grab some popcorn, tuck yourself in a comfortable blanket, and turn on your laptop because you need to relax by watching some fun movies or tv shows. Whichever your preference is, watching in your spare time can really be a fun activity to do it alone or together. 

Here, we recommend  movies that relate to your future course so you can get entertained, educated, and get inspired by these movies at the same time.


  • Wall Street
  • Jobs
  • The founder


  • Legally Blonde
  • Suits (TV Show)
  • Law & Order (TV Show)


  • I am Sam
  • Still Alice
  • Good Will Hunting


  • Grey’s Anatomy (TV Show)
  • The Good Doctor (TV Show)
  • Scrubs (TV Show)


  • Mr.Robot (TV Show)
  • The IT Crowd (TV Show)
  • Black Mirror (TV Show)

Culinary Arts

  • Chef
  • Master Chef (TV Show)
  • The Mind of a Chef (TV Show)

2. Travel


What’s the best activity to do in your leisure time? Travel! Spare some of your time to travel and wandering around the city, enjoying the calmness of the beach, or even get a thrilling experience by going to an amusement park. It is known that travel could reduce stress levels and thus, increase happiness and productivity. 

3. Volunteer


If you want to gain some meaningful experience and meeting new people, you can volunteer There are numerous non-profit organizations (NGOs) out there that need the hand of the youth to help them. You can choose on which NGO field you want work in. It can be women empowerment, refugees, nature, education, and many more. Here, we provide some websites that you can look up to find some volunteer job that suits you best

4. Join short online course


With the help of technology, you can easily find short courses and classes that match your interests online. For example, you’re interested to join a 3-month course of coding in Python, or a 10 weeks of graphic design class. Not only this will fill in your leisure time, but also gain more knowledge. Below are websites for you to easily find online classes or courses.

5. Go to education fair/expo


While waiting for your results to come out, you can explore tons of courses/university programs that are available. Visiting an education fair can be a perfect occasion for you to discover and learn more about education inside or outside the country. You can also visit our Study in Australia Education Fair on March 11 at Palm Seremban Hotel.  

6. Consult with our best consultant


Lastly, if you still don’t know what to take after your results are out, you can consult with us to know which programs, course, and university suits you the best. It can help you prepare better for the future and, fill in your gap time. Whether it’s Australia, Malaysia, UK, we can surely get you there. We’ll help you 100% and we provide best consultancy services for FREE.

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After SPM: What’s Next?

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One of your biggest exams, Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, also known as SPM is done! There are so many things to plan now and might become overwhelming & confusing. 2 essential things that need to be considered thoroughly are the course and the college/university. Here, we provide a handy list of things that hopefully can simplify your options and can find the one that suits you the best!

Finding the right course

There are several aspects that might influence your course choice. Different people may be influenced by different things. So let’s get deeper into it one by one.

1. Know your hobby(ies)

Spent some time to observe what you enjoy to do the most in your spare time. You might find what area you’re interested in better. For instance, if you like to read books related to entrepreneurship and some man’s successful stories, you might be inspired to follow their steps by pursuing a degree in business first. 

Another example, if you like to watch law-related tv-shows/movies like Suits, Law and Order, or binge-watching Legally Blonde, you might be interested in pursuing a law degree On the other if you’re more excited with tv-shows related to medicine such as Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, or Chicago Med, you might probably have an interest into the medical world.

2. Career opportunities

If you are the type of person that likes to plan everything ahead and clearly, you might want to dig in more research on what courses lead to a more rewarding career in the future. In 2020, the Australian Government released the official data for top employing industries which include Healthcare and social assistance, Professional and Scientific Services, and Education and Training.

3. Find something you’re good at

Different than hobbies, which is something that you like to do, other things that can be your consideration is by looking at something that you’re actually good at. Other than being realistic, it can be easier for you to follow the things that you already know the basics beforehand. For example, you’re good at math and dealing with money, maybe accounting can be your course options. Another example, you’re good at listening to other’s problems and can give a really helpful solution, a degree in psychology might be perfect for you.

Finding the right program & university

After you are down with several options of study areas, you are now entitled to choose the perfect programs out of plenty of programs available out there. Knowing the one that suits you the best might be a challenge. That’s why we’re here to give you a rough idea of some of the most popular pre-university programs in Malaysia.



Indicative Fee (2020)

Taylor’s University

Local: RM 35,690

International: RM 48,533

Sunway University

Local: RM 34,900

International: RM 37,170

HELP University 

3 Subjects: RM 28,000

4 Subjects: RM 35,000

Read also: Which Pre-Uni Should You Choose: Foundation, A-Level, SAM, or AUSMAT?



Indicative Fee (2020)

Sunway University

RM 28,880


RM 14,000

SAM (1)


Indicative Fee (2020)

INTI College & University (SAM)

RM 24,000

Taylor’s University (SACE)

RM 36,806



Indicative Fee (2020)

Monash University

RM 31,580

University of Nottingham Malaysia


  • Local: RM 27,000
  • International: RM 31,800


  • Local: RM 15,600
  • International: RM 19,000

Curtin University

Local: RM 17,100

International: RM 25,768



Indicative Fee (2020)

Asia Pacific University


  • Local: RM 41,500
  • International: RM 46,000


  • Local: RM 36,500
  • International: RM 45,000

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Local: RM 36,500
  • International: RM 46,000

Information Technology

  • Local: RM 44,900
  • International: RM 46,000

SEGi University & College

Mass Communication: RM 38,300

Business/Computing: RM 36,000

Early Childhood: RM 14,600

Culinary Art: RM 41,900

Tourism Management: RM 35,650

Taylor’s University

Communication / Interior Design / IT:

  • Local: RM 48,400
  • International: RM 66,098


  • Local: RM 48,000
  • International: RM 66098

Culinary Art:

  • Local: RM 55,000
  • International: RM 68,869

Tourism Management

  • Local: RM 48,000
  • International: RM 75,061

We hope by now you might have an idea for your plan after receiving your SPM results! If you need more information regarding the programs and universities mentioned above, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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