Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pre-university Programme: Foundation

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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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Pre-university Programme: International Baccalaureate (IB)

Posted by Erlina

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

International Baccalaureate (IB)


The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is governed by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in Geneva, Switzerland and administered by the International Baccalaureate Curriculum and Assessment Centre in Cardiff, Wales.

The internationally recognized 2-year program originated over 30 years ago in Europe, as an effort by international schools to assure quality educational standards for students, regardless of where they lived.

Entry Requirements
This program is quite tough so you need to have above average grades in your SPM. Some schools may require you to sit for one or more entrance tests.

Intake
August/January, depending on the institution

Fee
RM25,000 - RM51,000

Subjects
Students are required for:
  • Sit for 6 subjects, 3 of which must be at Higher Level (HL) and 3 at Standard Level (SL). Subject choices are categorized into 6 groups and students need to select 1 subject each from Groups 1 to 5, while the sixth subject may be selected from any of the 6 groups.
    • Group 1 Language
    • Group 2 Second Language
    • Group 3 Humanities
    • Group 4 Experimental Science
    • Group 5 Mathematics
    • Group 6 The arts (optional)
  • Write an extended essay based on independent research and under the guidance of a teacher.
  • Complete 150 hours of creative, action and service-oriented activities
  • Participate in a critical thinking course called theory of knowledge.

Assessment
Students are assessed through international examinations, oral language demonstrations, science laboratory notebooks, art portfolios, computer science dossiers, essays and other projects.


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