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Study A-Levels vs AUSMAT in Malaysia.

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Choosing a pre-university program is as important as choosing the degree program a student wants to pursue  as both play a symbiotic role. It determines the students’ study paths and the opportunity for them to enrol into the top universities both abroad and locally. 

However, students are often confused with the wide selection of pre-university courses available, such as A-Levels, Australian Matriculation and Foundation, all of which have different study structures. 

The Australian Matriculation program provides two different pre university  programs under it namely, SACE the South Australian Certificate of Education and AUSMAT, the Western Australia Certificate of Education. 

At the end of the day, the battle narrows down between the best two pre-university programs are A-Levels and the Australian Matriculation, for students who would like to pursue their tertiary studies abroad especially in the UK or Australia. 

This article will be focusing on the differences between A-Levels and the Australian Matriculation. By the end of this article, you should be able to differentiate on both of the programs, A-Levels and AUSMAT.

What is A-Levels & SACE/ AUSMAT?

A-Levels is one of the most recognized pre-university programs that are accepted worldwide, and is mostly taken by students who want to pursue their degree in the UK. Known to be one of the most established pre-university programs and is recognised by top universities worldwide, including Ivy League universities. It’s often used as a benchmark for university placements. 

That doesn’t make the SACE/AUSMAT program any less. It is also a recognized pre-university program accepted worldwide and is mostly taken by students who would want to pursue their higher studies in Australia. 

Although both of the pre-university programs are widely accepted in universities around the world. It depends on the student on where they would like to pursue their degree program. If it’s the UK, then it’s advisable to enrol in the A-Levels program as it is accepted by all the top tier universities in the UK,

But if you have already made up your mind on studying in Australia, then SACE/AUSMAT would be the right choice. 

However both pre-university programs do not restrict students from applying for universities in other countries as most students have also been accepted in universities in New Zealand, Singapore, and even in the States.

Conclusion: If you have already made up your mind of studying in the UK then A-Levels would be a right choice but if you want to study in Australia then SACE/AUSMAT would be a great choice.

Program Duration for A-Levels & SACE/ AUSMAT

A-Levels roughly takes a minimum of 18 months to complete. Most students who have a clear idea of what they would like to pursue usually apply right after completing their SPM. However, the intake dates for A-Levels vary according to the higher institutions. Some might even have two to three intakes per year. Since it’s an 18 month-long program, students who have decided that they want to pursue their studies in the UK would usually enrol in the January intake as the UK’s annual intake is in September. 

SACE/AUSMAT, on the other hand, takes about 10-12 months to complete, which comes to a year when roughly calculated. It makes it the program for students who want to pursue their higher education in Australia as their intakes start in February/ March or June/ July. 

Conclusion: If you want a program with a shorter period and would allow you to get a headstart among your friends then you should opt for SACE/AUSMAT but if you’re not rushing to complete you pre-university and would like to study more in-depth of the subjects that you have chosen then A-Levels should be your choice.

For more information on A-Levels, click here to read our article on it. 

Program Structure of A-Levels & SACE/ AUSMAT

However, although students might only be required to take the minimum of 3 subjects for A-Levels, it does not mean they have got it easy. A-Levels covers the subject that students have chosen in-depth, which means you are not merely covering the subject’s surface. Their exams are challenging as they always test the students’ understanding of the particular topic. A-Levels are usually taken by students who have decided to take up challenging and competitive degrees such as Medicine or Engineering. 

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

  • Advanced Subsidiary (AS Level): This is where students will usually learn the introduction of the subjects they’ve chosen or could be known as the foundation of A-Levels. 
  • A2: The second half of the program, where students will be covering more in-depth of the subjects they’ve chosen. 

On the other hand, under SACE/AUSMAT, there are two different certification programs that students can enrol into SACE/AUSMAT. Students must take 5 subjects, although 5 subjects might seem a lot they would not be going too in-depth on each subject. SACE/AUSMAT provides more flexibility to explore a broader range of subjects as students will pick subjects from different streams. However, although SACE and AUSMAT are Australian pre-university programs, they have their differences when it comes to the grading system.

The main differences between SACE and AUSMAT are:

South Australian Certification of Education (SACE)

  • Governed by the South Australian government 
  • The course would be graded on a 70% coursework and 30% examination

Western Australian Certificate of Education (AUSMAT)

  • Governed by the Western Australian government
  • The course would be graded on 50% coursework and 50% examination

However, both programs would need students to have prerequisite subjects before choosing their subjects, especially if they’re looking to enrol under the science stream. 

Conclusion: If you prefer to study more in-depth for your pre-university subjects, A-Levels would be a great choice but if you like studying more subjects without dwelling into too deep, SACE/AUSMAT it is.

For more information on SACE/AUSMAT, please click here to read our article on it. 

Academic Assessment for A-Levels & SACE/ AUSMAT

A-Levels: Is a 100% exam based program that is split up into 2 parts. AS Level and A2 Level, both parts equally contribute 50% towards the student’s final grade.

SACE/AUSMAT: Students will be graded based on a combination of coursework and exam. However, the ratio differs for both the SACE and AUSMAT program. SACE carries a 70% coursework and 30% exam rate while AUSMAT carries an equal 50% for both coursework and exam. 

The final grade for SACE/AUSMAT is known as ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank). However, ATAR is a rank and not a mark;it provides a measure of a student’s overall academic achievement as compared to his/her coursemates. The score is calculated based on the students results at the end of the program. The score is calculated based on four of the highest scoring subjects and 50% from the 5th highest scoring subject.

This means the students overall percentage from the five subjects will be used to compare his/her ranking to others. For example, an ATAR of 90 means you have performed better than 90% of your coursemates who took the program with you

If you’re comfortable reliving the SPM days and performing better in exams than A-Levels should be a problem for you, however, bear in mind that it’s not similar to SPM where you memorize a whole textbook and sit for an exam. A-Levels test your analytic skills and the mind. Therefore you really need to be prepared for their exams. 

If you’re someone who would strive better by combining coursework and examination, SACE/AUSMAT would be the ideal choice for you. 

Conclusion: If you’re someone who does crack under pressure and can perform well under exams (as A-Levels is a 100% exam based program) A-Levels would be the perfect suit for you but if you do not want your final grade to be depending only one exam and would like to have a combination of both exams and coursework, you should choose SACE/AUSMAT.

Entry Requirement for A-Levels & SACE/ AUSMAT

A-Levels & SACE/AUSMAT 

SPM/IGCSE 

Minimum 5 credits (including English and relevant subjects to course)

O Level

Minimum 5 credits ( relevant subjects to course)

UEC

Minimum 5 credits ( relevant subjects to course)

Conclusion: The entry requirement for both the programs is the same however it depends on the student on which pre university program that they would prefer to enrol in.

For more details on the entry requirement please contact Excel Education

Program Fees for A-Levels & SACE/ AUSMAT

The rough cost estimation for A-Levels is between RM16,000 to RM45,000 while for AUSMAT is between RM14,000 to RM35,000.

A-Levels might be slightly more expensive than SACE/AUSMAT as the course duration is generally longer than SACE/AUSMAT which is about 15 – 25 months compared to SACE/AUSMAT which is about 10 -12 months long. 

 However, plenty of universities are now offering scholarships for pre-university programs that reduce the students and parents’ financial burden. 

Conclusion: If you’re looking for a more affordable program and want to be done with your pre-university program, fast SACE/AUSMAT would be the right choice.

For more details on the program fees, please contact Excel Education

Differences Between A-Levels & AUSMAT

 

A-Levels

SACE/AUSMAT

Syllabus 

UK 

Australia 

Duration 

18 months 

10-12 months 

Subjects 

Min 3 

Min 5

Assessment 

100% Exam 

Coursework and Exams 

Tuition Fees

Higher Cost

Lower Cost 

Program Recognition 

Worldwide 

Worldwide

Well, that’s the end of the comparison between A-Levels and AUSMAT. Hope this article has given you a clearer picture on how both the programs work. If you would like to have more details on either one of the above programs, do not hesitate to contact us at Excel Education for a free consultation.

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Best Colleges to Study Australian Matriculation (SAM/SACE, Ausmat) in Malaysia

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What is Australian Matriculation? What are the major Australian Matriculation programmes offered in Malaysia? This article will give you a more thorough idea of what these programmes are about and some suggestions of colleges in Malaysia which are offering the programme. 

 

If you have just completed your SPM or IGCSE exam and plan to study a bachelor’s degree overseas or even in a private university in Malaysia, the Australian Matriculation programme will be a good choice for you. Australian Matriculation focuses more on the coursework, as compared to A-Level’s 100% exams. There are two different types of Australian Matriculation namely South Australian Matriculation (SAM) or SACE International and AUSMAT which is also known as Western Australian Certification of Education (WACE).

Why Study Australian Matriculation

Ausmat and SAM/SACE are at the same level of qualification as other pre-university programmes such as STPM, A-Level, Canadian Pre-University (CPU).  Ausmat and SAM/SACE are based on the Australian education system and are equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification.The following reasons might help you to gain a better understanding of Australian Matriculation and why you should consider taking it.

1. SAM/SACE and Ausmat offers high flexibility

Both SAM/SACE and Ausmat require students to choose 5 subjects, the students will have the flexibility to take subjects they’re most interested in, it can be purely science or art-related subjects, or even a combination of both. It offers great flexibility for students who want to try out different subjects at the same time and without going too in-depth. SAM/SACE and Ausmat is a great programme to help build a strong foundation in your chosen subject.

2. SAM/SACE and Ausmat leave your options open

One of the benefits of taking pre-university courses is that it doesn’t restrict you to continue your study to specific degrees at specific universities. It is suitable for students who are still uncertain of what degree they want to pursue. Unlike foundation programmes, SAM/SACE and Ausmat leave your options open to pursue a broad range of degrees after completing the programme. 

3. Recognised by different countries oversea

SAM/SACE and Ausmat are not only accepted in Australia, for students who would like to further their studies in other countries such as the UK, USA, New Zealand, Singapore and Canada, SAM/SACE and Ausmat are also internationally recognised. Of course, students can also choose to continue their studies in any private universities in Malaysia if they want.

4. Balanced between exam and assessment

SAM/SACE and Ausmat will be a good option for you if you don’t like exams. Some students do not like the idea of A-Level because of its 100% exam-based system. In SAM/SACE and Ausmat, your coursework performance including quizzes, tests and assignments will be taken into account, so you can master your learning materials and coursework to improve your grades.

Programme Structure & Differences between SAM/SACE and Ausmat

SAM/SACE and Ausmat are unlike A-Level, it is important for you to continuously keep up with your coursework throughout the programme duration by completing the school-based assessment which includes quizzes, tests, assignments, presentations and practical tests.

 

Both SAM/SACE and Ausmat include a combination of school-based assessment and external examination. SAM/SACE covers more coursework than exams compared to Ausmat, while Ausmat has a more even split between coursework and exams. They are pretty similar, however, there are still some slight differences between AUSMAT and SAM/SACE.

 

It is important for you to manage your time wisely and have good self-discipline in order to juggle different assignments and learning materials at the same time.

 

SAM / SACE

Ausmat

Administered by the South Australian Government

Administered by the Western Australian Government

  • 70% coursework 
  • 30% final exams
  • 50% coursework
  • 50% final exams

Entry Requirements for SAM/ SACE/ Ausmat

SPM

Overall credit pass (C and above) in at least 5 subjects, including English

IGCSE

Overall credit pass (C and above) in at least 5 subjects, including English

Please note that some colleges require a higher grade for English and subject prerequisites might apply for students who are planning to pursue a degree in a specific field. 

For more information on the entry requirements, please contact Excel Education. 

Subjects to take for SAM/ SACE/ Ausmat

Majority of the colleges in Malaysia offer a broad range of subjects for both art and science stream. It will be the student’s choice to choose what subject combination to study, and it is an important decision to make as it might affect your choice of degree in the future. The programmes are within the duration of 10 – 12 months and the students are required to take 5 subjects.

The common subjects offered include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Politics and Law
  • Psychology

Top Colleges to study SAM/SACE or Ausmat programme in Malaysia

1. Taylor's University

Qualification

South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)

Intakes

January, April, August

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 credits including English for SPM, IGCSE or other equivalent qualifications

Campus location

Subang Jaya, Selangor

Indicative tuition fee 

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2. Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)

Qualification

Australian Matriculation Programme (AUSMAT)

Intakes

January, August

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of 5 credits for SPM, IGCSE or other equivalent qualifications
  • B in SPM English
  • B in IGCSE English (Second Language) / C in IGCSE English (First Language)

Campus location

Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Indicative tuition fee 

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3. Inti College Nilai

Qualification

South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)

Intake

May

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 credits including English for SPM, IGCSE or other equivalent qualifications

Campus location

Nilai, Negeri Sembilan

Indicative tuition fee 

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4. UCSI College

Qualification

South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)

Intakes

January, April, August

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 credits including Mathematics, English and relevant subjects are required for SPM, IGCSE or other equivalent qualifications

Campus location

Cheras, Kuala Lumpur

Indicative tuition fee 

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5. Sunway College

Qualification

Australian Matriculation Programme (AUSMAT)

Intakes

January, March, April, September

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 credits including English for SPM, IGCSE or other equivalent qualifications

Campus location

Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Indicative tuition fee 

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Both SAM/SACE and Ausmat have their own benefits. It is depending on the students to see if they prefer more coursework over exams or an equal balance between those two. 

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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.

A-LEVEL

University

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?

AUSMAT

University

Indicative Fee (2020)

Sunway University

RM 28,880

MCKL

RM 14,000

SAM (1)

University

Indicative Fee (2020)

INTI College & University (SAM)

RM 24,000

Taylor’s University (SACE)

RM 36,806

FOUNDATION

University

Indicative Fee (2020)

Monash University

RM 31,580

University of Nottingham Malaysia

Engineering:

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

Non-Engineering:

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

Curtin University

Local: RM 17,100

International: RM 25,768

Diploma

University

Indicative Fee (2020)

Asia Pacific University

Business

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

Design: 

  • 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

Business:

  • 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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