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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pre-university Programme: A-level

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

A-level (Advanced Level)

The General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level), more commonly known as the A-level, is usually taken by students after the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). One of the most widely recognized qualifications for entry into a degree program at universities worldwide; the GCE A-level is administered through a few examination boards. In Malaysia, most of the A-level programs are administered through the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) and Edexcel International.

In 2001, the A level was split into 2 phases – the AS (Advanced Subsidiary) and A2 examinations. Satisfactory achievement in units at both levels will then result in the award of an A level qualification.

The A level examinations are highly specialized and the minimum number of A levels required for entrance into universities is usually 3. Students should seek advice on the subject combination that they should take in order to pursue undergraduate degree programs after A Level.

Entry Requirements
SPM, O-levels or its equivalent with 5 credits including English, mathematics / science and a pass in Bahasa Melayu.

1 – 2 years (depending on which intake and college)

January, March and July

RM16,000 for 3 subjects and RM18,000 for 4 subjects

The list of subjects offered in the A level programs differs slightly from one institutions to another. It is thus advisable to check with an institution before registering with it.

The more common subjects offered by most institutions are as follows:
  • General paper (compulsory)
  • Mathematics
  • Further mathematics (must be taken with mathematics)
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Accounting
  • Computing
  • Business studies
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • English literature
  • Thinking skills
In addition to these subjects, students will have to study the compulsory MQA subjects which include : Malaysian studies, moral/Islamic studies and Bahasa Malaysia (exempted if a credit in Bahasa Malaysia has been obtained at SPM Level)

With the introduction of the 2 phases, students wishing to obtain their A-level have to take the AS qualification in an examination session and the final part of the assessment (A2) in a subsequent session. These examinations are all set and marked by the CIE examiners.
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  1. Which is the better option for a medical degree, A-level or AUSMAT?

  2. definitely a-level will stand a better chance in getting for medical and scholarships.As for AUSMAT,it's easy to score as it will be 50% coursework & 50% exams.If you want to have a strong foundation,I suggest that you take A-level.

  3. if i want study acca ,A- level better or SAM better for me ?

  4. i dont think you need to have a Pre-U to study ACCA.
    it comes by its own syllabus and you will be able to take it straight away.

  5. Well, many students are discouraged from taking A-levels because they think it is stressful (due to its 100% examination assessment), so they end up taking ICPU or worst, SAM.

    actually the A-levels is actually quite chillexing compared to the both pre-u mentioned above. Both ICPU and SAM need CONSISTENCY. You have to finish your assignments perfectly almost once in a week or 2 weeks. and because the duration of ICPU and SAM are short, plus the number of subjects u're required to take (5 and 6, compared to A-levels max only 4), the stress level is actually higher.

    For a-levels, u can study on your own pace, and do things chillexingly. And u can choose to love yourself more by taking only 3 subjects. Even entrance into Oxford needs only 3A's in A-levels, why punish yourself?

    I'd highly recomment students to consider about the A-levels program because it is a really good foundation and it is prestigious

  6. Is A-Levels that expensive?

  7. which is the best for study tourism management??diploma or foundation and what is foundation in commerce..

  8. Anonymous,
    depends on which college are you going for a-level because it's straightly from Cambridge,UK.

    Anonymous ,
    for tourism management,if you wan to gain more experience,i would suggest you go for diploma. If you want to save time in getting degree,i would suggest you to go for foundation.

  9. Hi, i'm an a-level student. I'm going to further my medical degree in Australia. I'll be sit for ISAT in a week time. Because of the sample test is very limited, can u briefly give some tips on answering the questions and the pattern of the questions?

  10. what is the difference between A-level programs that are administered through the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) and Edexcel International?Where are they lead to?

  11. cau i get into us ivy with a level?

  12. No. You don't. SAT is for US's Ivy.

  13. A-level at most affordable price at NIRWANA COLLEGE- Rm 5100 for two subjects and Rm 5800 for three subject.....Pls call Mr.Jeewa for further info- 012-2745218

  14. guys,
    im doing my a-levels right now.(1st sem nie)
    mmm...and im planning to do marine engineering and my intake is next year july, right after my AS.
    just wanna knw.
    would my AS cert be any value?
    or would it be useless?
    thnks guys.

  15. i m a spm leaver 2009..
    findin my ways OUT..
    i m reali struggling between a level n sam..
    here i would lik 2 share my pathway..
    hopefully some1 lend me his or her hand..
    i reali need it..
    if i were 2 take my sam..
    it takes me 1 yr..
    den i wil probably go imu..as imu intake is jan..
    it is perfect..
    bt if i were 2 take a level which is internationally recognized..
    it takes me 1 n a half year..
    if i were jan intake student..
    i wil end my a level at around june 2011..
    den i hav 2 wait 4 6 months 2 gt myself in imu(cz imu intake is jan)..
    which shall i choose?
    a level or sam??????????
    do help~

  16. hey....
    i just finished my secondary education (Form5) this year and i am contemplating on what i should do

    i am confused about the difference between a levels and a foundation in sciece....which is better???

    whatever it is , i plan to do something science related so which would be better to take

    is a foundation in science recognised worldwide???

  17. erm.. which local univercity accept a level cert??

  18. I am a student who previously did A levels and found it tough to cope with jst memorising from the books.. it was pretty much Spm like kind of education.. i then switched to ICPU and found it really interesting as there are a wide variety subject choices to choose from and the type of teaching there..It was indeed a great decision to make at that time to switch my course before it was too late.. now at Uni it has made life easier cause we practise the same kind of learning there.. =)

  19. Hi,

    is it possible to apply to any local public university with an 'a'level qualification? I'm a bumiputra student, so does that mean my chance to gain an admission won't be affected? Thanks

  20. Which is the best place to study A-Level? Taylor/Inti/Sunway/KDU/KTAR...or others? I wish to have good lectures to guide me in study...Thank you!

    Gabrialle Tancy
    [email protected].

  21. Hi, I am Penny, SPM holder.
    I am planning to taking A-Level.
    I want to ask that between A-Level & STPM, which one is the most recommended to take ?

  22. hye, i'm a malaysian student and currently in UK taking GCSE and i'm 16 and i'm going back to malaysia after i finished my gcse. the probs here is that i'm afraid it would be hard for me to take A level in malaysia beause it is said that i have to take july bm paper to get qualified and mybe there's gonna be problems with the result of my gcse with standard result in malaysia. i've discussed this thing with my dad and my dad have also been asking people he knows about gcse qualification in university/ college in malaysia. what do you think i have to do because it's almost the date that we are going back to malaysia for good and i'm going to be screwed if the problems occur later back in malaysia. really need as much 'actual advice' as possible. my dad says that another choice is taking spm which i'm going to work my socks off to get a splendid result and i don't think that's going to happen because my sejarah and other subjects flew away from my mind. i can't remember anything about it. please someone help me! [email protected]

  23. hi.. if i did an A- Level, can i apply to enter the University in Germany?

  24. Hi,
    I'm Stella, SPM holder
    I am planning to taking A-Levels after my SPM.
    I want to study Medicine.
    But I didn't take Biology in SPM.
    I take physic, chemistry , engineering drawing and other current subjects in my SPM.
    So, can I take A-Levels science? or AUSMAT.
    And which college is better?

  25. hi,
    I am planning to take up medicine but i am not sure whether hsc or gce a level is better? If I do take up HSC is it tougher to get into med school/uni?

  26. Hi,

    I finish my SPM and am currently taking my A-level in Abbey College Cambridge in the UK. I took up Biology,Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Economics. The College has provide a good education for us international students. You should consider coming here for your A-level studies. Many ex-Abbey students have been admitted to top ranked university in the UK and USA.

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  28. Hi,anyone studying A-levels at Inti? Would like to know total course fees for 4 subjects and other fees like application,registration,resource,franchise,exam fees.

  29. i have some question about A-level qualification...

    as above stated 5 credit for the qualification. What if i get credit, on modern math, english, moral, sejarah and bahasa melayu would i be able to apply for the A-level?

  30. May peace be upon all,
    To all: A'Levels can take you in any part of the world with reputation in any prestigious career but it just takes long time and you have to find quality lectures so that you don't fall into the 'memorizing type' standard.

    Now, I am a foreigner, Would any 1 suggest an A'Level takes less then a year. Kindly, name some good institutes to do it, reasonable fees with quality teaching. Or any good tutor's contact for those who plans to do it in British Council.
    (Science stream)
    As for FoundationProgramme: foundation in an affordable (public or private) institute which is recognized in prestigious Uni's like UM, UTM, Nottingham etc. I am into IT, Network Eng., Software Eng., Telecommunication Eng. (mostly technology).

    Undergraduate: Right Universities for my subjects, where they provide good understanding with practical/hands-on-experience skills rather than those 'complicated theory type' teaching.

    I Really really need some useful information & Sincere advice at this old stage of my life with delayed years of education.

    Your Generosity will forever be Honoured and remembered.

  31. If I take A-Levels for Law, what subjects will I learn altogether?

  32. Hi, I'm planning to do a-levels. Cambridge in sunway or ed excel in Methodist college kl? What do you think of Methodist? I need some honest opinions. Please help me.


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