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A-Levels Program and Scholarships in Malaysia

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It’s no joke when it comes to pre-university programs, there are plenty of choices out there and most of the time students end up confused on which one to choose. It doesn’t happen often but sometimes students tend to take the wrong path and end up not meeting the entry requirement for their preferred degree program. This leaves the students devastated and the money and time invested in the program are redundant. But fret not, in this article, we will be explaining in detail about one of the most chosen pre-university programs by Malaysian students, that has given them the opportunity to enroll in top universities both abroad and locally. 

What is A-Levels?

Advanced Based Qualifications or widely known as A-Levels, the most chosen pre-university program by young Malaysian students that opens up the gate of opportunities for students to progress into higher education. The program is based on the British education system and the A-Levels program in Malaysia is governed by two main examination bodies: the Cambridge Assessment International Education and Edexcel

Although in Malaysia the two main boards for the A-Level program, there are several other assessment boards for A-Levels too such as:

Types of A-Level Assessment Bodies

  • Council for the Curriculum, Examination and Assessment (CCEA)
  • Assessment and Qualification Alliance (AQA)
  • Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examination (OCR)
  • Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJE)

The program is 100% exam based, similar to SPM. It might be a relief that you would only need to focus on 3 main subjects instead of 9. But don’t get your hopes too high up because it is also known that it’s tough to score straight As for the A-Levels program. However, the good news is that you’ll have full control over the subjects you chose to pursue during your A-Levels. 

Signing up for A-Levels gives you a taste of what university would be as throughout the course you would be gaining in-depth knowledge of the subjects you choose to take. It will definitely be a different experience from school as you’ll not be spoon-fed but being taught how to be independent and think logically which will help you present your ideas better and prepare you for your degree program in the future. 

A-Levels Program Structure

The A-Level program is structured into two parts; the first part being Advanced Subsidiary (AS Level) and the second part known as A2.

  • Advanced Subsidiary (AS Level): Forms the first of the program and is the foundation of A-Levels. In this part, you’ll learn the basics of the subjects you’ve chosen, more like an introduction level to get to know the subjects better.
  • A2: Forms the second half of the program, in which you will be covering the more complex side of the chosen subjects. 

A-Levels Grading System

At the end of each level, students will need to sit for exams to test their knowledge and understanding of the subjects that they have taken. Each level will contribute 50% towards the final grade. 

However, the main difference between the Cambridge A-Levels and Edexcel A-Levels is in the event that a student would want to repeat a subject in order to improve his/her marks.  In the Edexcel A-Levels, you would not need to repeat the entire level but the subject only. Only the highest mark will be taken into account whereas for the Cambridge A-Levels you would need to repeat the entire level both AS and A2

A-Levels Grading Scale

Grade

Percentage 

A*(not applicable in AS Level grading system)

90+ average in A2 unit with 80+ average overall

A

80+

B

70-79

C

60-60

D

50-59

E

40-49

Duration of A-Levels

The entire A-Level course averagely takes 18 months to complete from start to the end. The intake dates and examination dates vary according to the institution. However, the exam period is only once a year both for AS Level and A2. 

For example:

Programs 

Edexcel

Cambridge 

Intakes 

January, March & July 

January, March & July

Exam Dates 

January & June

The exam takes place in two phases: AS and A2: May/June and Oct November 

Intake and exam dates vary according to the institution for more details please contact Excel Education

What Subjects Should You take for A-Levels?

There are over 50 subjects offered by the Cambridge International Advanced Level and around 40 subjects by the Edexcel. You’ll be spoilt for choices and might be even confused about which subject to choose, however, not all the subjects will be offered at colleges/ universities in Malaysia. You must pick the subjects wisely to create an easier path for you to progress into your degree program.

Some of the Subjects Offered in A-Levels are:

  • Physics 
  • Chemistry 
  • Biology
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • English 
  • Accounting 
  • Economic 
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science 
Subject availability depends on colleges/ universities, for more information please contact Excel Education

Example of Recommended A-Levels Subject Combinations

Degree 

Recommended Subject

Engineering or Actuarial Science

Core Subjects: Mathematics & Physics

Recommended subjects:  Economics & Further Mathematics 

Biomedical, Architecture, Business, Computing, Pharmacy, Psychology & Material Science

Core Subjects:  Biology & Chemistry 

Recommended subjects: Physics, Mathematics, Economics & Psychology. 

Law, Education, Finance, Journalism, Management Studies & Mass Communication

Core subjects: Mathematics & Economics

Recommended subjects: Accounting, English Literature, Sociology, Business. Computer Science, Law, Psychology and Further Mathematics. 

Please note that these are just examples of the combination of subjects that can be taken; subject availability depends on the college/ university; for further information please contact Excel Education

There are plenty of art and science subjects that you can choose from, but again it all depends on which type of degree you would like to pursue in the future. If you’re not quite sure yet on which degree program you would like to pursue;

Tips for Choosing the A-Levels Subjects Combination

  • Choose subjects you’ll excel in: It’s no joke when it comes to a 100% exam based course. You’ll be spending most of your time with your nose in books, pulling an all-nighter so why not choose a subject that you might enjoy.
  • Choose subjects that are relevant to your degree: Since A-Levels provides you with the freedom to pick a combination of subjects for your degree program, you must choose the right ones as some subjects might allow you to change courses if you change your mind; therefore, all your hard work would not go to waste.
  • Pick subjects which provide more comprehensive degree options: Being cited as one of the most flexible pre-university programs and widely accepted by universities worldwide, you would not be pressured into choosing a degree program, if you have not made up your mind yet. The rule here is to keep your options broad by taking some of the flexible subjects which are frequently required for admission in top universities

For further information, please contact Excel Education

Why take A-Levels?

Opens a gate of opportunity: Since the program is well known, it is widely accepted by many top universities around the world. It is also known to be the golden ticket for those who would like to pursue their degree in the UK and many other countries such as Australia, Singapore, and Canada

Specialized subjects : Unlike foundation programs where you would be learning new sets of subjects every semester, A-Level only focuses on the subjects that you’ve chosen. 

Resources/Study Materials: There are plenty of resources for A-Levels students ranging from past year papers and lecture notes, which could help you prepare better for the exams.

Who should take up A-Levels?

You should take up A-Levels if:

  • You’re comfortable with 100% exam based courses
  • Aiming to apply for competitive degree programs such as Medicine or Law
  • You have plans to study your degree in the UK 
  • If you like being in a structured program 

You shouldn't take up A-Levels if:

  • You prefer coursework over the examination
  • You don’t want to learn a wide range of subjects 
  • You do not have plans to study abroad.
  • You’re planning to take up more hands-on degrees such as Hospitality, Culinary Arts and so on. 

General Entry Requirement for A-Levels

SPM/ IGCSE

Minimum 5 Credits (including English and relevant subjects to the course)

UEC

Minimum 3Bs including English and relevant subjects to the course)

The requirements may vary among colleges/universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Being similar to other pre-university courses such as Canadian Pre- University (CPU) and STPM, the entry requirement for A-Levels in Malaysia requires at least 5 credits from SPM or IGCSE students. In the event, if you like to pursue subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Further Mathematics, you would need to have a subject prerequisite which means that you would need to achieve the minimum entry grade for the subjects during your SPM/ IGCSE.

Best Universities to Study A-Levels in Malaysia

Taylor’s College & University

Video Credits: Taylor Univeristy 

Taylor’s College & University has continuously produced more than 3000 students scoring 3As, earning the institution 144 awards for Top in the World Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award and 45 awards for the top in Malaysia, outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards.

Cambridge A-Levels

Intake

January, April & August

Duration

1.5 Years (18 months)

Subjects offered

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • English Literature
  • Economics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Business
  • Accounting 
  • Chemistry 
  • Mathematics

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local

3 Subjects: RM 35, 690

4 Subjects: RM 44, 540

 

International:

3 Subjects: USD 12, 302

4 Subjects: USD 14, 515

Scholarships or Bursaries for A-Levels by Taylor’s University

Category 

Academic Requirement 

Awards

Assessment 

Taylor’s Merit Scholarship 

SPM: Minimum 45 points 

IGCSE: Minimum 40 points 

UEC: Minimum 10 points 

50% Tuition Fee Waiver

75% Tuition Fee Waiver

Full Scholarship

Online Assessment 

Taylor’s Excellence Award

5As – 9A

Scholarship starting from RM4,000 

Help University

Video Credit: Help University 

Help University is one of the first to offer both Cambridge and Edexcel A-Levels modules. Help University is currently the holder of the highest record of 101 World Top Awards for best scores worldwide in individual subjects together with another 37 National Awards.

Cambridge A-Levels & Edexcel A-Levels

Intake

January, March & July

Duration

1.5 Years (18 Months) 

Subjects offered

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

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local & International:

3 Subjects: RM28,000 

4 Subjects: RM35,000

Scholarships or Bursaries for A-Levels by Help University

Category 

Requirement 

Scholarship Amount 

Help A-Levels Scholarship 

1A to 8As  and above

Starting from RM13,000 to Full Scholarship 

Distinction Award

6A/A+to 10A/A+

Partial Scholarship starting from RM5, 000 to RM13,000. 

UCSI College

Video Credit: UCSI University

UCSI College continues to repeat its streak of 100% passing rate for its Cambridge A-Levels program throughout the years. Many of its students have been admitted to universities around the world such as Cambridge University, King’s College London. Australia National University and also University of New South Wales.

Cambridge A-Levels

Intake

January, May, July & September

Duration

1.5 Years (18 Months) 

Subjects offered

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Further Mathematics

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local 

3 Subjects: RM25, 020

4 Subjects: RM30, 000

 

International:

3 Subjects: RM27, 000

4 Subjects: RM33, 000

Scholarships or Bursaries for A-Levels by UCSI University

Category 

Requirement 

Scholarship Amount 

UCSI University Trust Principal’s Award 2021

Merit-based scholarship recognises students who demonstrate excellent academic achievements, exemplary leadership, as well as notable accomplishment in sports and extracurricular activities

Tuition Fee Waiver up to 100%

UCSI University Trust A-Level Scholarship 

5A+/A/A- to 9A (minimum 8A+)

Scholarship amount starting from RM 5,000

Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)

Video Credit: MCKL 

MCKL A-Level graduates have gained admission to some of the world’s top universities such as the University of Cambridge, London School of Economics, Yale University and Imperial College upon completing their A-Levels. They have also gotten the award for 14 top in the world outstanding Cambridge Learner Award in the November 2019 series.

Cambridge A-Levels

Cambridge A-Levels

Intake

March & August

Duration

1.5 Years (18 Months) 

Subjects offered

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Law
  • English Literature
  • Accounting
  • Business 
  • Psychology

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local:

3 Subjects: RM 35, 690

4 Subjects: RM 44, 540

 

International:

3 Subjects: RM 30, 300

4 Subjects: RM 33, 000

MCKL provides a German A-Levels pathway for students who are interested in furthering their studies in Germany. There are many advantages of studying in Germany, the first being the low tuition fees and also their affordable living cost compared to the other European countries. MCKL also works with German Educare to ensure that students are proficient in the language.

 

Cambridge A-Levels (German Pathway)

Intake

January & August

Duration

1.5 Years (18 Months) 

Subjects offered

  • German Language
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Law 
  • Economics/Business
  • Psychology 

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local: RM38, 000

 

International: RM48, 000

Scholarships or Bursaries for A-Levels by MCKL

Category 

Requirement 

Scholarship Amount 

Assessment

Merit Scholarship 

9A+ or 10A (minimum 9A+)

100% Scholarship 

Interview 

Other Merit Scholarship 

5As and above 

Starting from RM1,000

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Best Colleges/ Universities to Study Early Childhood Education Courses in Malaysia

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The first several years of a baby is an extremely crucial time in their lives as it’s when they first learn how to interact with others, including peers, teachers, and parents, it’s also the time where their interest will start to develop and stay with them throughout their lives. 

It’s a common misperception that early childhood education is only about learning essential skills. But it is much more than that, it’s a time when children learn crucial social and emotional skills and a partnership is formed between the child, parents and teachers. When this is done successfully, it lays the groundwork for continuing growth throughout the child’s education. 

 

What is Early Childhood Education?

Early childhood, defined as the period from birth to eight years old, is a time of remarkable growth, especially with brain development at its peak. During this stage, children are highly influenced by the environment and the people that surround them.

Early childhood education (ECE) is more than just preparation for primary school. Still, it aims at the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs to build a stable and broad foundation of lifelong learning.

What are the Skills Needed in Early Childhood Education?

CreativityChildren are sponges at this early age, but they are also new to learning. Early childhood educators must be able to communicate with young learners on their level, including being able to break complex subjects into easily digestible pieces. They must be able offer details about classroom progress to parents so they are aware of their child’s performance and achievement level. Communication helps parents identify teachable moments in everyday situations and boost their child’s kindergarten readiness.

Communication Skills: Communication is vital as an early childhood educator. Not only on the basis of communicating the progress of children to their parents but they should also be able to understand and communicate with the children on their level

Organizational Skills: While it might look easy taking care of a bunch of kids, managing a classroom of young kids on sugar rush requires more organizational skills than you require. You’ll need to show up with your lessons planned with your props and always be on the lookout for the kids to in case something happens.

Patience: Children are the epitome of the energizer bunny, they’re full of energy and never seem to run out of it. They could be running even when the class is being conducted therefore being an early childhood educator requires a lot of patience.

 

Why Should You Study Early Childhood Education?

Being around young kids is definitely challenging, as they are not easy to manage. In Early Childhood Education, one has to have the patience as big as a mountain and the dedication and passion of teaching and moulding young minds of the future. 

You have a strong bond among children: If you’re someone who does not get tired of seeing children and you absolutely love to be around them every day even when they drive you up to the wall, then early childhood education might be the right path for you.

You want to be shaping young minds: Early childhood educators have a genuine opportunity to make a difference in young lives and influence the younger generation. They get to ensure that children get off a good start in their lives. 

You enjoy excellent job security: It’s a great time to consider a career in an early childhood education as it has strong growth and is one of the most in-demand professions among the others. 

Career opportunities are endless: There are various professional roles in the industry, so there’s always room for you to grow and challenge yourself in the industry.

What are the Major-Subjects Taught in Early Childhood Education?

Child Development: Refers to the studies of the mental, physical, emotional, social and intellectual development a child goes through from birth till adulthood. Students will learn about effective parenting, teaching and nurturing of children.

Learning and Play: Play-based learning helps a child develop holistically through social-emotional learning, developing confidence and motivation and practising cognitive skills. 

Children safety & Nutritional Skills: Early childhood is when children develop lifestyle habits that can lead to good health. Students would learn the importance of healthy eating and strategies to incorporate acceptable health practices into classroom activities.  

Language & Literacy: Covers literacy theories as well as strategies for encouraging literacy in young children. Students may also become skilled at identifying problems among children who have difficulty reading comprehension. 

Develop Age-Appropriate Curriculum: Learn how to develop lesson plans, activities, and learning objectives relevant to young children. They know methods used by children to organize, retain and recall information.

How Do I Become a Qualified EarlyChildhood Educator?

A degree in Early Childhood Education typically takes 3 years after completing Pre-University (e.g: A- Level, SACE, etc) or Foundation. However, students can choose to go into a Diploma program, which takes about 2 to 2.5 years to complete. Upon completing you can either choose to work or continue with a degree program in Early Childhood Education with a direct entry into Year 2.

General Entry Requirements for Early Childhood Education

Academic Requirement

SPM/ IGCSE

3 Credits for Diploma 

5 Credits for Foundation or other pre-university programs 

STPM

Minimum CGPA of 2.0 

A-Levels 

Minimum of 2 Pass

Diploma 

CGPA 2.0

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Top Universities to Study Early Childhood Education in Malaysia

1. Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)

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Programme 

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Duration

2.5 Years 

Intakes 

January, May & August 

Indicative Fees (2021)  

RM 26, 980

2. University of Wollongong, KDU

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Programme 

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Duration

2.5 Years

Intakes 

January, June & Sept 

Indicative Fees (2021) 

RM 25, 640

3. SEGi University

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Programme 

Diploma in Early Childhood Education 

Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood (Dual Award) 

Duration

2 ½ Years

3 Years

Intakes

Jan, Mar, May, Jun, Sept

Jan, Apr, June, Aug, Sept, Oct

Indicative Fees (2021) 

RM 38, 300

RM 63, 755

The Bachelor of  Education (Dual Award) provides students with two degrees at the end of their studies one from SEGi University and the other from University of Central Lancaster (UCLAN), UK. Throughout the course, students will be able to choose among Early Childhood Education, Special Needs Education, TESL, and Guidance & Counselling as majors for their specialization.

4. Help University

Picture Credits: www.is.vnu.edu.vn/en/help-university

Programme 

Diploma in Early Childhood Education 

Bachelor in Early Childhood Education

Duration

3 Years

3 Years

Intakes

January, May & August 

January, May & August 

Indicative Fees (2021) 

RM 19, 200

RM 59, 900

5. UCSI College

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Programme

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Duration

2 ½ Years 

Intakes

January, May & Sept

Indicative Fees (2021) 

RM 21, 382

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Scholarships for SPM, IGCSE, A-Level and UEC Students in Malaysia 2021

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Cost is a major factor in the student’s decisions when choosing a university. We understand that the cost of education can have a long-term impact on one’s life, therefore it is important to sort out the budget when making the decision. Scholarships can be a good financial aid option for students to get financial support in their studies, and the best part is they don’t have to be repaid! There are different scholarships provided by different private universities and colleges in Malaysia. 

If you have thought of applying for a scholarship but have no idea where to begin or how to apply, this article will give you some ideas and also some recommendations! 

Things to consider before applying for a scholarship

1. Do your research

After you have gotten your results, it is time for you to decide on which university to attend, what course to take, and not to forget to look for scholarships to ease your parents’ financial burden. There are various types of scholarships provided by the public sectors, private companies, and universities with their own specific scholarships. It is important to do your research and find out which type of scholarship suits you the best. Because different institutions have different requirements and offer different courses. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation!

2. Be mindful of the closing date

Just like the semester start date and application closing date, scholarship application also has its own deadlines, and it varies depending on the course and the institution. It is important to always be aware of the deadlines for the scholarships you are applying for. Institutions with a high volume of applications are likely to overlook late applications. Therefore it is important to mark the date, so that you will not miss it.

3. What they are looking for

It is essential to know exactly what the scholarship provider is looking for when considering who they will select as the recipient. Some universities require interviews before choosing the right scholarship holder, therefore it is important for you to showcase yourself and articulate why you think you are the best candidate for the scholarship. 

 

Different institutions might require different qualifications. The common ones would be SPM or IGCSE. This article will also talk about the types of scholarships available for different qualifications.

As mentioned above there are different types of scholarships provided by different sectors. In this article, we are giving you a list of scholarships available mainly provided by private universities/colleges.

List of universities and the scholarships they provide

Taylor’s University

Taylor’s College Merit Scholarship

Applicable for Cambridge A-Level, South Australian Certificate Education International, Foundation programmes.

Category

Requirements

Award

SPM

Minimum 45 points (A+ = 5 points, A = 4 points, A- = 3 points)

  • Full Scholarship
  • 70% Tuition Fee Waiver
  • 50% Tuition Fee Waiver

 (subject to online assessment) 

IGCSE

Minimum 40 points (A* = 5 points, A = 4 points, B = 3 points)

Taylor’s University Merit Scholarship

Applicable for Advance Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree programmes.

Category

Requirements

Award

SPM

Minimum 45 points (A+ = 5 points, A = 4 points, A- = 3 points)











70% Tuition Fee Waiver

50% Tuition Fee Waiver

(subject to interview performance) 

 

IGCSE

Minimum 40 points (A* = 5 points, A = 4 points, B = 3 points)

A-Levels

Minimum 15 points (A*/A = 5 points, B = 4 points, C = 3 points)

STPM

Minimum GPA 3.75 in 3 subjects

UEC

10 points and below in 5 subjects, and must include 5Bs with min. B4 in English or IELTS Band 6.0

Foundation / Diploma / Matriculation

Minimum CGPA 3.80

ATAR for 

Ausmat / SACE

Minimum 90

Ontario / MUFY

90% and above

IB

Minimum 30

Taylor’s Excellence Award Scholarship

Excellence Award is applicable for all Malaysian students or international students that holds the academic results from any institution in Malaysia.

Cambridge A-Level (CAL) & American Degree Transfer Programme (ADP) : Excellence Award

SPM

IGCSE

Ontario (OSSC)

UEC

2021 Quantum

8A+ / 9(A+,A,A-) and above

8A* / 9(A*,A) and above

95% and above

12 points & below

RM15,000

8(A+,A,A-)

8(A*,A)

90% – 94.99%

RM8,000

7(A+,A,A-)

7(A*,A)

88% – 89.99%

13 – 15 points

RM6,000

86% – 87.99%

6(A+,A,A-)

6(A*,A)

84% – 85.99%

RM5,000

5(A+,A,A-)

5(A*,A)

RM4,000

South Australian Certificate Education International (SACEi) & Foundation : Excellence Award

SPM

IGCSE

Ontario (OSSC)

UEC

2021 Quantum

8A+ / 9(A+,A,A-) and above

8A* / 9(A*,A) and above

95% and above

12 points & below

RM12,000

8(A+,A,A-)

8(A*,A)

90% – 94.99%

RM7,000

7(A+,A,A-)

7(A*,A)

88% – 89.99%

13 – 15 points

RM6,000

86% – 87.99%

RM5,000

6(A+,A,A-)

6(A*,A)

84% – 85.99%

RM4,000

5(A+,A,A-)

5(A*,A)

RM2,000

Diploma : Excellence Award

SPM

IGCSE

2021 Quantum

8A+ / 9(A+,A,A-) and above

8A* / 9(A*,A) and above

RM 10,000

8(A+,A,A-)

8(A*,A)

RM 8,000

7(A+,A,A-)

7(A*,A)

RM 7,000

6(A+,A,A-)

6(A*,A)

RM 6,000

5(A+,A,A-)

5(A*,A)

RM 5,000

4(A+,A,A-)

4(A*,A)

RM 4,000

3(A+,A,A-)

3(A*,A)

RM 3,000

Advanced Diploma : Excellence Award

Diploma

2021 Quantum

CGPA3.30

RM 6,000

CGPA3.70

RM 12,000

Degree : Excellence Award

STPM

UEC

Diploma / Foundation

A-Levels

ATAR / Ontario / MUFY

IB

2021 Quantum

CGPA3.00

13 – 20 points

CGPA3.30

BBB/ABC

70 (%)

25

RM6,000 per year

CGPA3.22

10 – 12 points

CGPA3.50

ABB/AAC

80 (%)

29

RM10,000 per year

CGPA3.55

9 points

CGPA3.70

AAA/AAB

90 (%)

33

RM15,000 per year

ACCA : Excellence Award

STPM

CAT

UEC

Diploma / Foundation

A-Levels

ATAR / Ontario / MUFY

IB

2021 Quantum

CGPA3.55

90

9 points

CGPA3.60

AAA/AAB

85 (%)

33

35% (RM8,400)

CGPA3.22

80

10 – 12 points

CGPA3.40

ABB/AAC

80 (%)

29

25% (RM6,000)

CGPA3.00

70

13 – 20 points

CGPA3.20

BBB/ABC

70 (%)

25

15% (RM3,600)

Asia Pacific University (APU)

APU Malaysian Scholarships & Merit Awards 2021

APU provides Merit Scholarships for students with remarkable academic performance and excellent leadership qualities. This scholarship is only available for Malaysian students.

Qualifications

Requirements

Award

Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 


*please note that Grade A, A+, A- are all considered as A’s for scholarships

10 A+

100% Full Tuition Fee Waiver (Interview Required)

 

9 A’s

50% Discount

 

8 A’s

40% Discount

 

7 A’s

30% Discount

 

6 A’s

20% Discount

 

4 – 5 A’s

10% Discount

IGCSE / O-Levels

9 A’s

50% Discount

 

8 A’s

35% Discount

 

7 A’s

20% Discount

 

4 – 6 A’s

10% Discount

UEC

12 points & below in 6 subjects

50% Discount

 

13 – 18 points in 6 subjects

35% Discount

 

19 – 24 points in 6 subjects

20% Discount

A-Levels

AAA

50% Discount

 

AAB

35% Discount

 

ABB / AAC

20% Discount

 

BBC

10% Discount

STPM

3.7 and above in 3 subjects

50% Discount

 

3.4 and above in 3 subjects

35% Discount

 

3.0 and above in 3 subjects

20% Discount

International Baccalaureate (IB)

37 points

30% Discount

 

26 – 36 points

20% Discount

APU International Students Scholarships & Merit Awards

This scholarship is available to new international students from all countries. 

Qualifications

Minimum Score in 2020/2021 Final Results

Entry to:

APU Merit Awards

A-Levels

AAA

Degree Only

30% Discount

AAB

20% Discount

ABB/AAC

10% Discount

O-Levels / IGCSE

9 A’s

Foundation Only

30% Discount

8 A’s

20% Discount

6 – 7 A’s

10% Discount

International Baccalaureate (IB)

37 points

Degree Only

30% Discount

31 – 36 points

20% Discount

26 – 30 points

10% Discount

Curtin University

Curtin Malaysia Merit Scholarship for Domestic Students

Curtin Malaysia Merit Scholarship is applicable for all Malaysian students who hold Curtin Malaysia’s Letter-of-Offer to pursue foundation or Undergraduate.

Qualification

Requirements

Value of Scholarship

SPM 

10As or more

RM 10,000 tuition fee waiver for Foundation Studies

9As

RM 6,000 tuition fee waiver for Foundation Studies

7As – 8As

RM 3,000 tuition fee waiver for Foundation Studies

O-Level / IGCSE

8As or more

RM 10,000 tuition fee waiver for Foundation Studies

7As

RM 6,000 tuition fee waiver for Foundation Studies

6As

RM 3,000 tuition fee waiver for Foundation Studies

STPM 

(not inclusive of Pengajian Am)

3As

RM 10,000 tuition fee waiver for first year

2As

RM 5,000 tuition fee waiver for first year

A-Level

(not inclusive of General Paper)

4As and above

RM10,000 tuition fee waiver for first year

2As – 3As

RM 5,000 tuition fee waiver for first year

UEC

7As and above

RM 10,000 tuition fee waiver for first year

5As – 6As

RM 5,000 tuition fee waiver for first year

Accredited External Foundation 

CGPA 3.75

30% tuition fee waiver for first year

CGPA 3.5

25% tuition fee waiver for first year

Accredited Diploma 

CGPA 4.0

30% tuition fee waiver for first year

CGPA 3.75

25% tuition fee waiver for first year

Malaysian Matriculation 

CGPA 4.0

30% tuition fee waiver for first year

CGPA 3.75

25% tuition fee waiver for first year

IB 

38 points

30% tuition fee waiver for first year

35 points

25% tuition fee waiver for first year

AUSMAT / SACE / SAM

ATAR 90

30% tuition fee waiver for first year

ATAR 85

25% tuition fee waiver for first year

UCSI University

UCSI University Trust Scholarship

This scholarship is open to students who enrolled in any of the foundation programmes leading to a degree programme or any diploma or degree programmes at UCSI College. The scholarship is offered to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievements, leadership attributed and participate actively in extracurricular activities and community involvements.

 

Up to Full Tuition Fee Waiver

Partial Tuition Fee Waiver

SPM

10 A+/A in the relevant subjects, including English Language

7 A+/A in the relevant subjects, including English Language

IGCSE O-Levels

8 A*/As in the relevant subjects, including English Language

6 A*/As in the relevant subjects, including English Language

STPM / Diploma / Foundation

CGPA 3.80, with relevant subjects taken into consideration

CGPA 3.50, with relevant subjects taken into consideration

A-Levels

AAA in the relevant subjects

ABB in the relevant subjects

UEC

8 As in the relevant subjects, including English Language

5 As in the relevant subjects, including English Language

SACE / AUSMAT

ATAR 90 

ATAR 85

IB

40

36

UCSI University Trust Pre-U Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to new intake Malaysian students pursuing the Foundation programme at UCSI College. 

 

Foundation in Science

Foundation in Business

SPM

IGCSE O-Levels

Scholarship Amount (RM)

9 A+/A and above (Min 8A+)

8 A*/A and above (Min 6A*)

13,000

12,920

9 A+/A and above (Min 6A+)

7 A*+/A and above (Min 4A*)

6,500

6,500

9 A+/A/A-

7 A*/A

5,500

5,500

8 A+/A/A-

6 A*/A

4,500

4,500

7 A+/A/A-

5 A*/A

3,500

3,500

6 A+/A/A-

4 A*/A

2,500

2,500

5 A+/A/A-

3 A*/A

1,500

1,500

UCSI University Trust SACE International Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to new intake students pursuing the South Australian Certificate Education International programme conducted by UCSI College.

SPM Achievements

IGCSE O-Levels Achievement

Scholarship Amount (RM)

9 A+/A and above (Min 8A+)

8 A*/A and above (Min 6A*)

16,000

9 A+/A and above (Min 6A+)

7 A*+/A and above (Min 4A*)

7,500

9 A+/A/A-

7 A*/A

6,000

8 A+/A/A-

6 A*/A

5,000

7 A+/A/A-

5 A*/A

4,000

6 A+/A/A-

4 A*/A

3,000

5 A+/A/A-

3 A*/A

2,500

UCSI University Trust A-Level Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to new intake students pursuing Cambridge GCE A-Levels programme conducted by UCSI College. 

SPM Achievements

IGCSE O-Levels Achievement

Scholarship Amount (RM)

9 A+/A and above (Min 8A+)

8 A*/A and above (Min 6A*)

25,020

9 A+/A and above (Min 6A+)

7 A*+/A and above (Min 4A*)

15,000

9 A+/A/A-

7 A*/A

12,500

8 A+/A/A-

6 A*/A

8,000

7 A+/A/A-

5 A*/A

7,000

6 A+/A/A-

4 A*/A

6,000

5 A+/A/A-

3 A*/A

5,000

SEGi University

Category

Requirements

Award

SPM/O-Levels

10 As and above

100%

 

9 As

75%

 

8 As

50%

STPM/A-Levels/

Local Matriculation/Foundation/Diploma

CGPA 4.00/ 4As

100%

 

CGPA 3.75/3As

75%

 

CGPA 3.50/2As

50%

UEC (Points of 5 Best Subjects)

7As or 5 points

100%

 

6As or 7 points

75%

 

5As or 10 points

50%

 

4As or 15 points

25%

Australian Matriculation (SACE, WACE, MUFY, SAM, AUSMAT) / International Baccalaureate (IB)

ATAR 95 – 100 / IB: 40 – 42

100%

 

ATAR 90 – 94 / IB: 36 – 39

75%

 

ATAR 85 – 89 / IB: 34 – 35

50%

Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)

The course fee in MCKL is relatively affordable compared to other colleges offering the same course and they also offer generous scholarship schemes.

100% Merit Scholarship (inclusive of interview)

Qualifications

Requirements

Entry to:

Award

  • SPM

  • IGCSE / O-Level

9A* / 10A (must include 9A+)

  • Cambridge A-Level (CAL)
  • Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
  • Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE)
  • American Degree Transfer Programme (ADTP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

100% 

A-Level

4As

  • American Degree Transfer Programme (ADTP)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

STPM

CGPA 4.00

AUSMAT

ATAR 98

UEC


(based on the top 5 subjects)

5 points

Other Merit Scholarships

Qualifications

Requirements

Amount (RM)

Entry to:

  • American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP)
  • Cambridge A-Level (CAL)
  • Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
  • SPM 
  • IGCSE / O-Level

8A* / 9A & Above (must include 8A+)

12,000

 

9A & Above (must include 7A+ / A*)

9,500

 

8A & Above (must include 6A+ / A*)

7,000

 

8A & Above

4,500

 

6A & Above

3,000

 

5A & Above

1,000

UEC

 

(based on the top 5 subjects)

7 points

12,000

 

9 points

9,500

 

11 points

7,000

 

13 points

4,500

 

15 points

3,000

Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE)

  • SPM 
  • IGCSE / O-Level

8A & Above

12,000

 

7A & Above

9,500

 

6A- / A & Above

7,000

 

5A- / A & Above

4,500

 

3A- / A & Above

3,000

ACCA Foundation in Accountancy (ACCA FIA)

  • SPM
  • IGCSE / O-Level

8A & Above

6,000

 

7A & Above

5,000

 

6A- / A & Above

4,000

 

5A- / A & Above

3,000

 

3A- / A & Above

2,000

American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP)

A-Level

3As

12,000

2As 1B

7,000

1A 1B

3,000

STPM

CGPA 3.75

12,000

CGPA 3.50

7,000

CGPA 3.25

3,000

AUSMAT

ATAR 90

12,000

ATAR 85

7,000

ATAR 80

3,000

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

A-Level

3As

2,250

2As 1B

1,500

1A 1B

750

STPM

CGPA 3.75

2,250

CGPA 3.50

1,500

CGPA 3.25

750

AUSMAT

ATAR 90

2,250

ATAR 85

1,500

ATAR 80

750

UEC

 

(based on the top 5 subjects)

8 points

2,250

12 points

1,500

15 points

750

There you go – a comprehensive list of scholarships provided by private universities/colleges in Malaysia. Hopefully, it will help you to gain more useful insights. If you feel too overwhelmed after reading the article, don’t worry we are here to help! We will help you to look for the right scholarships depending on your situation. Don’t be afraid to reach out to us, feel free to contact us for a free consultation!

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Is ACCA the Right Course for You?

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You are passionate about accounting and numbers and you heard about the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). But you are not sure whether ACCA is the best course for your future. Before you make any decision, let us take a look at what this course is all about and do you have what it takes to pursue it? 

About ACCA

Now, ACCA is a professional accountancy body that is recognised, highly respected and valued around the world. They have 17 joint exam partnerships with national accountancy bodies globally that allows their trainees to qualify using ACCA Qualification structure. You see, not everyone in the accounting world is qualified and allowed to use the designatory letters ACCA behind their name.

Only students that complete ALL of the 13 exams, work for a required number of years and complete the professional ethics module are allowed to use this prestigious title in their business card, provided they keep updating themselves with the ACCA regulations, standards and news every year. With ACCA behind your name, you are a Chartered Certified Accountant and this means you are high calibre, experienced and deserve a higher salary than other people in the industry. This prestigious accountancy body should not be confused with an accounting degree examination.  

Details of ACCA Examination

Passing marks: 50% and above

Total exam papers: 13

Number of resit allowed: Unlimited

Exam Sittings: March, June, September & December every year

Maximum years to finish all papers: 10 years 

Trust me when I say ACCA is known everywhere in the world for its tough and rigorous exams #beentheredonethat. With only one mark difference can change your whole strategy for the next study plan. ACCA regarded 0% to 49% as failed and 50% and above as passed. What you will study is very technical and industry-related on topics such as Law, Tax, Audit, Finance and Performance Management.

There are 3 steps of ACCA exams and you must complete every paper before proceeding to the next step. The steps and papers are:

1. ACCA Applied Knowledge:

AB- Accountant In Business

MA- Management Accounting

FA- Financial Accounting

 

2. ACCA Applied Skills:

LW – Corporate and Business Law

PM – Performance Management

TX – Taxation

FR – Financial Reporting

AA – Audit and Assurance

FM – Financial Management

 

3. ACCA Strategic Professional:

Essential: 

SBL – Strategic Business Leader

SBR – Strategic Business Reporting

Options: Choose 2 only

AFM – Advanced Financial Management

APM – Advanced Performance Management

ATX – Advanced Taxation

AAA – Advanced Audit and Assurance

Once you have completed all these papers, you are not done yet. You need to sit for the Ethics and Professional Skills Module before entering the related working field or known as Practical Experience Requirement (PER). Most graduates choose to work with the Big 4 while some prefer commercial companies.The minimum years of working is 3 years before you become an affiliate. But bear in mind, you need to renew your member fees every year and failure to do so will result in losing the ACCA designatory letter and you are no longer associated with this top accountancy body. 

Quick Self-Assessment: Is ACCA the Right Choice for You?

So now you know the history of ACCA and the exam structure. It is time for you to do some self-reflections and answer the questions below to find out whether this route is for you or against you.

1. Do you love challenges?

You must love challenges and not just ‘like’ them. ACCA exam papers are one of the most difficult exams in the world to complete. You must have the perseverance attitude, not easily give up and be strong in spirit because if you fail one paper, you must re-sit it. But what if you fail that paper for the 5th time? Many ACCA students experienced it.

Therefore, you must have the determination, self-disciplined and persistence to study that particular paper, attend the class, do a lot of practices before attempting the paper for the 6th time. So, if you are the type of student who loves hard and tough exam papers, go check the second questions. 

2. Do you have a strong grasp on English language?

The exam papers are prepared by a board of qualified and expert people from the accounting industry in the United Kingdom. The question style is different compared to local universities whereby the knowledge on and lifestyle of local people is acknowledged.

However, since the exam authors are mostly British, you have to familiarise yourself with British way of professional business settings to understand the exam papers. If you also say yes to this question, go ahead and check the last question.

3. Do you see yourself as a Chartered Certified Accountant in the future?

You see, many people assume that the accountants only deal with numbers. That is not the case because you also need to understand the law of the country you practise, standards used to deal with accounting issues and actively participate in the company’s business future plan. So if you see yourself doing all these in the future, then being an accountant might be the right career for you.

If you answer YES to all these 3 questions, then this course is for you!

Education Pathway to Obtain ACCA Qualification In Malaysia

General Entry Requirements:

A-Level

Minimum 2 credits + 3 credits in O-Level/SPM including English & Mathematics

STPM

Minimum 2 credits + 3 credits in O-Level/SPM including English & Mathematics

UEC

Minimum 5Bs including English & Mathematics

SAM/AUSMAT

Minimum ATAR 70 + 5 credits in O-Level/SPM including English & Mathematics

The requirements may vary among colleges or institutions and contact us to find out more on other requirements than stated above 😃

Before you decide where to study ACCA, bear in mind about the Approved Learning Partner (ALP).

There are 3 status granted by ACCA to ALP around the world: Platinum, Gold and Silver.

Platinum Status

This is the highest and most prestigious level of approval to teach ACCA Qualification. Platinum learning partners are required to meet ACCA global best practices relating to the institution, course management, course delivery and student support. Not only that, Platinum learning partners need to demonstrate student pass rates that exceed global averages for the majority of the exams they teach.

Gold Status

Gold learning partners are required to meet ACCA global best practice relating to the institution, course management, course delivery and student support. To maintain the status, Gold learning partners need to demonstrate student pass rates.

Silver Status

Silver Learning Providers have demonstrated that they meet ACCA criteria for approval and are actively working in partnership with them to meet the remaining criteria for Gold approval.

Where To Study ACCA In Malaysia?

Sunway TES CAE Centre

Sunway University

ALP Status

Platinum

Location

Bandar Sunway, Selangor

Intakes

January, March, April (Knowledge module only)

July & September

Estimated Fees

RM 40,000 (including ACCA Exam Papers)

Benefits of studying in Sunway:

  • International environment

You are able to make long term friendships and connections from all around the world such as Maldives, China and India.

  • Industry connections

The Big 4 in Malaysia prefer to hire graduates from this college. They conduct interviews and give provisional offers to final paper students.

  • High Caliber Lecturers

It is known that their lecturers are on top of their game. Some lecturers are specifically hired from abroad just to teach Sunway students. Not only that, their experiences and skills are second to none.

HELP College of Arts and Technology

ALP Status

Platinum

Location

Kuala Lumpur

Intakes

January & July

Estimated Fees

RM 15,800 (excluding application, admin, MPU & ACCA exam fees)

Benefits of studying in Help:

  • Well Qualified Lecturers

With Platinum status, it is undeniable that their lecturers are highly qualified to teach the students.

  • Convenient

HELP College is located at and linked directly with Chan Sow Lin LRT Station. So, students can opt for public transport and save money on Grabcar or fuel if driving to class.

  • Accommodation

Hostel is directly above the campus of outstation and overseas students. You don’t have to worry about coming late to class because you stay nearby.

UOW Malaysia KDU College

KDU University

ALP Status

Platinum

Location

Damansara Jaya, Selangor

Intakes

January & July

Estimated Fees

RM 24,400

Benefits of studying in KDU:

  • Flexible

For students that take professional level papers that need to juggle between study and work, weekend classes are available.

  • Strong Student Support

This college will assist you in your initial registration with ACCA, academic counselling on study pathways and guidance in attaining your ACCA membership.

  • Effective Teaching and Assessing Style

Your progress will be reviewed through tests and mock exams. This is to ensure you are ready for your real exam days.

Taylor’s College

ALP Status

Gold

Location

Subang Jaya, Selangor

Intakes

January & July

Estimated Fees

RM 31,000 (including ACCA Exam Papers)

Benefits of studying in Taylor’s:

Experienced Lecturers

Their lecturers have been around the industry for a long time and this means they know basically everything about the accounting industry at the tips of their fingers.

International Friends

Many people around the globe study in Taylor’s and you can definitely enlarge your social circles and learn about their culture.

Small-Sized Class

The classes are relatively small and this ensures you a full understanding of the topics that you will learn.

Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)

ALP Status

Gold

Location

Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Intakes

January & July

Estimated Fees

RM 30,000 (including ACCA Exam Papers)

Benefits of studying in MCKL:

  • Close-Knit Community

You will be able to form friendships that last forever. They will help you not just in study but in other areas as well because everyone cares about each other. 

  • Small-Sized Class

MCKL ensures  each class is small to ensure every student is able to focus 100%. 

  • Skilled Lecturers

The lecturers are very friendly and they use various means to teach students such as video recording and video cases.

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