Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pre-university Programme: Foundation

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Posted by Erlina

Pre-university Programmes Overview: Form Six, Matriculation, A-level, AUSMAT, SAM, ICPU, IB, Foundation

Foundation


Foundation programs are developed by colleges and universities for students who wish to progress to a diploma or degree course at the same institutions.

Some programs prepare students for specific course ie a business foundation program leads to a business degree program. There also general foundation programs such as a foundation in arts or a foundation in science, which prepares students for a variety o courses at university.

Foundation programs are one of a few pre-university courses which enable students to complete degree programs in a shorter time period compare to conventional routes.

Entry Requirements
SPM / O level / UEC or equilvalent: 5 credits incluiding English, mathematics and science subjects will be needed for more technical programs such as health sciences and engineering.

Duration
9 months to a year

Intake
These vary among institutions but they are usually in January, March, May, July/ August.

Fee
RM 3,750 – RM 9.000 (private colleges and universities) and RM10,000 – RM 19,500 (foreign university with a local campus).

Subjects and Assessment
These vary according to the type of foundation course pursued.
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  1. Hai there Erlina! PLZ help me.I am a SPM 2008 candidate.For now i am still waiting for my spm result.Can you tell me,what is the best thing to do? Foundation studies , A-level,STPM or Diploma.I would like to study for biotech.And can you plz recommend me any good university for me to continue my studies? How about foundation in science in UNISEL~

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  2. can i know which college in kl have foundation course, ausmat and sam please?

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  3. Many colleges offer foundation program.
    ausmat : sunway
    sam : taylor

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  4. Do you know how much exactly the cost for taylors business foundation?? seems like they didn't include it in their official web page

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  5. Anonymous,
    If you are sure that you are going for Bio-tech, i would suggest you A-level or STPM. depends whether you want to go for oversea or local.If you can afford oversea university, you should take A-level over STPM.If you are still not sure whether you want to go local or oversea,you should give STPM a try. Foundation in science in UNISEL will limit your choices of university after you finish the foundation program. Because not many university recognise UNISEL foundation in science program because different university offers different syllabus in their foundation program so think twice about it.

    Anonymous,
    you can google it.

    Elle,
    I dont know about the exact cost but why don't you just go there and visit them? I think it's around RM16k for the whole course.

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  6. Is Asasi the same thing as Foundation?

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  7. My daughter is a SPM holder 2008.She want to be a doctor.She also a epilepsy(sawan) patient for past 4 years.Now she is almost recovering .Which one is easy for her,STPM or A Level?

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  8. Cheers bro, I'm currently studying TESL in Auckland University under Ministry of Education's scholarship, which I applied after SPM (2004). I did not go through A-level like the MARA's folks did. Just two years of foundation in local teachers college and another four in overseas. Really giffy considering that I'm studying in the same year (3rd yeard) with MARA TESL students who are a year older than most of my cohorts. I would suggest that more students applies for MoE TESL scholarship, especially guys, because we need more male teacher. There's another benefit too that we are bounded by contract to serve the ministry in teaching position after we finished our studies.

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  9. Anonymous,
    Based on your daughter's situation, I would suggest those include assignments marks courses for her instead of 100% academically course because it would be hard for her to rush the syllabus within 1.5 years.

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  10. Hi there.I am a Malaysian schooling in Singapore secondary school, and i am taking O level this year. I would like to apply for pre-u dentistry courses in Malaysia. And after completed the course I planned to go to the university in Australia. Any good suggestion for the pre-u course? I hope the course can be completed within one year or less.

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  11. IS FOUNDATION THE SAME AS FAST-TRACK?

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  12. helo there. im new here. please anyone here reading my post please help me on this matter. im a candidate for SPM 2009. im planning to do medicine after my SPM. the problem is that i donts know which path should i take such as A-levels, matriculation and etc and also how do i apply MARA or JPA scholarships. please, im really lost and lack of experience. im not really familiar to this site so please kindly send your advice or comments to my email 'dassbrahma@gmail.com' as soon as possible. i really appreciate your sincere advice.

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  13. Jing Ting,
    Yea,it's faster if compared to a-lvl & stpm which wil consume u 1 n half yrs or 2 yrs to completed.

    Anonymous,
    med? u mean pharmacy or doc?if doc,i suggests to study abroad in nsu.or else u can try to apply for further studies in indonesia.act study in gov uni oso nt bad,i mean if u wan to study in m'sia(matriculation).n if it's pharmacy,i would suggested to go um.

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  14. hey... I did my O level 2 yrs ago.. and i want to study medicine.. i mean i want to become a doctor.. I heard that we can study medicine after completing a foundation program... i have been searching for a university where they offer foundation courses....can anyone tell me a university where they offer foundation courses? i was wondering if i could proceed with studying med after doing foundation in science? Asian institute of medicine, science and technology offers foundation in science.... please help me... and ya i didnt do physics, n some physics is compulsory in some universities.. so can u please tell me university where i could get admission...

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  15. Hi, i am currently facing a problem.
    I'm a 2006 SPM graduate, currently studying a 3 years Industrial Design course in a private college.
    For a degree program, would it be possible to enroll into a local University.
    Will they recognize my diploma,or do i have to go through another 3 years program under the local University to obtain a Degree.

    Thank you.

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  16. im told that for medicine its better to do foundation since its faster. there are some foundations that cater specifically to pre medical programmes but for those who are going to uk or aust a levels is better recognised there. for me its too expensive to do my degree there close to 1 mil im told! i might go for my masters or specialization

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  17. can anybody tell me where in m'sia can i find a place to study foundation in science? im interested in studying dentistry and was told that i can only take the degree course if i had studied foundation in scnce. im only an spm graduate.

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  18. hey, i arief.
    i am a 2009 spm candidate. i would like to do A levels. where should i do? after a levels, i want to continue to business studies. help me? thank you.

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  19. I'm currently waiting for my SPM 2009 result.
    Im planning to do Degree Physiotherapy in MAHSA. But I have to either take diploma, A-level, Foundation, STPM first before taking Degree. Diploma is definitely too long for me if to cont with Degree. Im an Art student btw. Do you knw is it possible if I can take any foundation or A-levels in science? Im really looking forward to it! :(

    Thanks.

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  20. can anyone please tell me about a foundation prog.in IT with a duration of less than 1 year....

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  21. how much is it to do a levels?

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  22. Hi there, I'm a SPM 2009 leaver. Still waiting for my result though. I want to take foundation in science after I received my results. Do anyone has any suggestion where should I take my foundation. Kindly need your info. Thanks ;]

    Faris Fikri.

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  23. hi guys..im 2008 spm candidate. can i apply for the foundation in this year?

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  24. anonymous : yeah anyone leaving spm at any age can apply for foundation programmes, theres no age limits i guess.

    dear erlina, i have a question here..we have to continue the degree at the same college we did foundation right ? no choice ?


    mmm..
    the only good thing is we finish faster , but the money we have to spent on it, 10000 for foundation and then another 20000 for degree.my god.

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  25. Myrss: not necessarily hav to continue at the same college v did foundation on..HElp's have alot of choices for where u wan to hav ur degree on...its perfect!!


    Faris Fikri: HELP's foundation in science is perfect for those of u who wants meds degree...goin there this march/april intake!! haha

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  26. which one is better? A level or Foundation of science?? I applied Foundation of Science in CUCMS..if i take the foundation course can I still further my study in overc in Medicne field?

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  27. which college that offer tiz course for low cost

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  28. Hi,I am new here. I just completed my Business & administration Diploma course at Sunway college. I planning to continue my Business degree course in Singapore U . Can anyone tell me which U is good and can accept my diploma cert. for continue degree course.I am looking for course major in Banking & Finance,course fee around S$20,000.I also wish to know is any M'sia scholarship can apply for study in Singapore?
    I am really lost and lack of experience, kindly send your advice or comments to email firefly882009@hotmail.com ASAP. I really appreciate your sincere advice.

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  29. Hi. I sorta have a dillema. I got a JPA scholarship for local studies in Medicine - foundation recently. But reading the previous comments saying that foundation is not recognised overseas I having second thoughts. I'm planning to apply for overseas for the degree program so is STPM better? Because I'm actually in Form 6 also before JPA offered me this scholarship. What do you guys think??

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  30. Hi all,
    Im looking to further studies in medicine, but need to take a science foundation 1st. Anyone study in UNISEL for foundation in science? After finish the foundation in UNISEL,can we apply other universities in Malaysia to continue Medicine? Please help guys..

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  31. Hey there. I'm confused with my study now. I wish to pursue my degree in dentistry. My parents want me to continue my degree in Indonesia since it is much cheaper there compare to Malaysia. So, now I have to look for foundation in science course, but I can't find a suitable college to study in. Any suggestions? Please send in an email for the solutions to my problem. (valentine4eva@gmail.com)

    Thanks.

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  32. hi..im sitting for spm this year (2010)..im planning to do forensic science after this..i checked out this university in india-AMITY UNIVERSITY..its offering an excellent forensic science course..they dont hv pre-u programmes-they only hv degree programmes. their entry qualification is according to CBSE and i dont know what is equivalent to that! what should i do? and apparently the JPA scholarship doesnt recognise forensic science..anyone pls help me..thanks a million!

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  33. hello there. im arts stream spm graduate. I would like to do my degree in animal psychology or animal behaviour in Australia. When i enquired every college or university college to do my pre-u in science, they don't want to offer me a place. Its really mades me sad. Any other way that i can do my pre u in science stream? kindly email me.. demetriusaa@gmail.com

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  34. hi..i'm planning to my foundation in msu ... i just want to know if i can get any kind of study loan or not. thnx

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  35. i wanted to go into the business field..i should take diploma or pre-u??

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  36. "Foundation programs are developed by colleges and universities for students who wish to progress to a diploma or degree course at the same institutions." by Erlina --- This is true


    Students/parents need not to worry choosing any institutions to do foundation. It is a matter of money, time, convenience, facility or education quality provided. Plese choose foundation program that will enable you to take relevant degree courses.

    "... Foundation in science in UNISEL will limit your choices of university after you finish the foundation program. Because not many university recognise UNISEL foundation in science program because different university offers different syllabus in their foundation program so think twice about it." by Erlina --- This is not true!!!

    Foundation in Science at UNISEL already got life-time accreditation from MQA in 2009. It has been already recognized even before that year too.

    Due the fact that colleges and universities are trying to increase the number of students, most of them will accept foundation graduates from any other colleges/universities to do bachelor degree in relevant fields. Some of these colleges/universities also allow credit transfer or exemption eventhough this breaks the rule set up by MQA.

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  37. hi i'm farcella,
    i'm a 2010 spm candidate i'm curently waiting for my result this coming march... i'm currently staying some where in cahaya spk, shah alam region... as u know they are quite far from the city. i want to take a pre-u programme how ever i have some transport dilemma is there any closer uni or collage that offer pre-u programme any where closser to home? ausmat, a-level or mufy is my option... pls reply a.s.a.p..

    regards,
    farcella L.

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  38. Hi there,
    Is there anybody interested to do foundation in science right after their SPM. Foundation in Science is not tough by the way. It is actually one year programme consisting 3 semesters. It doesnt cost much.The most interesting part is their assessment which is carried out end of each semester not after one or two years of study.Assessment basically depends only 40% on final examination.The other 60% is class assessment including presentation and practricals. Recognised and approved by MOHE and MQA. Can pursue medicine,pharmacy, dentistry or other applied sciences upon completion. I heard Nighitngale International College, Seremban(Nirwana Group of academies) is providing this course. Give a try. I am going to give my shot there

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  39. hi , i`m 2010 spm candidates . i`m currently waiting for my result . i`m hoping to further my studies in medicine field . i`m confused whether to do foundation or A LEVEL . is it the same ? i also hope 2 do my degree overc .can u suggest me any college (hav cheaper price )? cause most of college website that i open didnt giv much info . by the tanx :)

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  40. Hi , i'm 16 this year . want to apply for O level next year . can i know how and where to apply for O level in Selangor area ? if possible , in Subang Jaya . and also the benefits of taking O level . hope receive your reply soon . thanks . =]

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  41. hi there..
    can you tell me which foundation programme recognised by IIUM to be admitted to their economic/english faculty

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  42. hi,i want 2 ask it is ok 2 persue foundation intesl in unisel...n can u find 4 me foundation in tesl in singapore?10q

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  43. Hye i'm eZy ..
    are pre-u prog need a scholarships ? Exs like MUFY SAM ect ..thx .

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  44. foundation in science do they give loan?
    which college give loan for foundation in science?

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  45. im 2010 spm candidate. i would like to study foundation in science.but the problem is i not have 2 credits in science subject. so i would like to take return spm.after that i want to continue foundation studies at 2013.will i be accept in universities?or is that got other way to study foundation?please kindly reply me as soon as possible.

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  46. "im 2010 spm candidate. i would like to study foundation in science.but the problem is i not have 2 credits in science subject. so i would like to take return spm.after that i want to continue foundation ........."

    i personally think in ur case, u better check with the university that you want to enroll and check the requirements.. if possible, u can just repeat the 2 science subjects and make sure u score.. do foundation for a year and then try to obtain good grades... after that u can apply for degree using your foundation results.. i hope this will help.. :) good luck!

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  47. hi, can anyone tell me , what is the minimum requirement to become a dentist in malaysia. i'm 17, a spm student . what should i take or do after getting my result, and i'm interested to become a dentist. how many A should i get in spm to become a dentist. or it doesnt really depends on my spm result??

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  48. If I take the SAT, would I still need to take a Foundation course?

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  49. Hi, so I'm entering Form 5 and I'm really puzzled with this after-SPM thing, there's much that I'm still bewildered about. First thing first, I've already set my path on going to the U.S. to pursue higher education,probably in finance or economics. So, what's next after SPM, do I enter pre-U? Which program is preferable (SAT or Cambridge A-Levels or anything else)? When is the right time to submit application and apply for for scholarship? During the admission process, do they prior SPM result or results in the program you take?
    Need an answer urgently cause this thing is driving my mind crazy.....

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  50. To O-level taker: This is only valid if u wish to join an overseas Uni/College. But you may want to take A-level after that because STPM and local Uni's do not actually recognize O-level.

    Loan asker: Depend on the course and the college... PTPTN is the best choice but u must adhere to certain terms and conditions. It also depends on whether the course is approved by the government.

    Accreditation asker: Only courses approved by the MQA are recognized. If you want to take an English program, be sure u have an STPM qualification because most local Uni's offer limited chances to diploma holders. They do not recognize foundation/certificates. STPM is equivalent to diploma.

    Alicia: SAT has limited opportunities. Please make sure this certificate is recognized by the target college/Uni. Local Uni's do not recognize.

    Chan: If u think u can do it (going to the US), please take A-level. Or contact the target Uni and ask if they offer a foundation program instead of A-level. Spare about a few months before application to take an English exam (TOFL). It costs about RM600 or more. It's more like MUET (STPM level) but assessed by the blonde. Types or exam and the results are certainly the 1st criteria for admission. Anyway, US is abit tough. The gov would look into your reasons why u must study in their country...U shd choose UK as an alternative then. UK requires IELTS (same like TOFL). Ask the exam provider to confirm before you choose the right English exam type.

    Thanks. My contact is: stpmsenivisual@yahoo.com

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  51. Dentist: SPM is not enough for dentistry. U must have at least an STPM/A-level qualification. During my time (year 2000), the minimum requirement is 3A's for Chinese because many have obtained 3-4 A's. For indians, 1A or 2A's are all right. In fact, many did not get dentistry even though they have better results than those being offered. Well, it depends on your luck...This phenomenon is applicable to STPM and USM.

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  52. Hi I'm a 2011 SPM candidate. I'm planning to pursue pharmacy.In your opinion which university is the best place to do this course? As for now I'm thinking of doing the course in IMU. But do you think there are other better universities? And I'm also planning to take up a Foundation in Science before I proceed to the Bpharm programe. Please give me views on what I should do to make sure I make the right decision in my education! Thank you.

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  53. i planned to do foundation in arts at msu..is there any financial aid or scholarships given for foundation students?

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  54. hey hai......i am 2011 spm student, so for now(2012)i'm waiting for my result.....aftre much confusions i'm now clear bout furthering my studies on TESL, but the thing is that i have no idea what to do....my question is whether should i take the asasi TESL course? okay 2 make thgz clear 4 u....my plan is to master in my english thru TESL, and start working as a teacher in an international school....and maybe if i'm offered to teach in foreign countries in would definitely grab it....and finally to continue up to phD in TESL....so can u please please please tell me a clear route to fulfill my dream?

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  55. if i take foundation programme in malaysia(foreign university like nottingham), can i pursue my study oversea for undergraduate programme? urgent. thank you.

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  56. can i go to overseas university with my foundation in science results??

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  57. hai...i need help.can any1 help me to suggest the suit and best course 4 me.i'm science stream student but i ony f 3 credits n other subjects pass.

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  58. May Peace be upon all of you,
    I have a Secondary School Certificate equivalent to O'Level.

    I have few choices of careers which are: Telecommunications Manager(network engineer too), Software Engineer, ICT, Network engineer.
    I would like to know of a reasonable amounted foundation course well recognised by other Highly reputed universities like Nottingham, overseas uni too. Which will cover all the subjects above proceeding me to a Degree.

    Kindly, list the best universities (including locals) for Right foundations, degrees, including other subjects regardless of my choice . (sorted by fairness of fees because some charges high despite having same quality, if they provide hands-on-experience skill too).
    Please provide me the right University according to my career choices (preferably telecommunications engineer)

    The generous co-operations would highly be appreciated.

    May He grant success in all the worlds and make the Magnificent Heavens the final destination.

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  59. Hi,can u help me..how can i apply for these a-level,ausmat,sam,icpu,ib and foundation?and do i have to go overseas to study those?really appreciate ur help.. :-)

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  60. hi, can u tell me how many choices do foundation offers? and lets say if i have finished my foundation studies and i want to continue further my studies, will i go on with degree?

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  61. Hi..I am waiting for my spm result..however I am wondering should I choose a level or foundation inscience? I am planning to continue my degree(physiotherapy) in holland..did holland recognize foundation in science....i dun wan to choose a level cause it is really difficult...my bro said....

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  62. Hye.Im currently waiting for my Spm results,, Im having only 3 credit in trials i would like to do teaching course and also want to do foundation program but i don't know which foundation is helpful to do teaching.help me thanx

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  63. hye...is unisel's foundation in science recognised in utp to continue in bachelor in petroleum engineering? tanx..

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