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Published by Afterschool.my on Jun 11, 2021, 05:16 am
With your SPM results, the next immediate thing you need to do is to research about pre-university courses especially f you intend to go on and obtain a Degree. We at afterschool.my, will do comparisons between some of the most popular pre-university courses. Today, we will compare two extremely popular options for students looking to get into public universities & a cost effective method, Matriculation & Foundation.
Now, lets find out.
The requirements of Foundation Programmes are direct but not the same for every university – Image via Pixabay
The requirements for Matriculation slightly more complicated, as they employ a merit based system. You may refer to the official website of the Ministry of Education (MOE) to read about them in detail.
The requirements for Foundation programmes are much more direct, and differ based on which university you apply to. Some have higher requirements, and some have lower ones. You can go to Unit Pusat Universiti (UPU) website for more information.
Matriculation has two programmes with different durations:
•One Year Programme (or, Program Satu Tahun, in short, PST): 12 months• Two Year Programme (Program Dua Tahun, in short, PDT): 24 months
The Foundation programme lasts only one year.
The final grade for Matriculation depends on the student’s assignments and exams – Image via Pixabay
Streams for Matriculation:
Your final grade is a combination of classroom assignments & examinations.
Exams are done on a semester basis. Depending on the IPTA, there may be additional exams. For example, IIUM requires a test in the Arabic language through the Arabic Placement Test (APT).
Grades are based on the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) system. The highest CGPA is 4.0, and students are expected to obtain 2.0 and above to be able to move on to their respective degree programmes.
Both Matriculation and Foundation require you to apply online – Image via Pixabay
May intake (Applications have to be made online on the official website which will be opened around the month of July – November)
Applications for Foundation is made online through Unit Pusat Universiti (UPU) website, and will be open around February each year.
The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system is used to assess your performance – Image via Pixabay
Grading is similar to those of public universities, where the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is used to assess your performance. Your final CGPA grade is computed from all your Grade Point Averages (GPA) which you will obtain every semester. (Grades: CGPA = A- : 3.67, B+: 3.33, B: 3.00, B-: 2.67).
Grades are based on the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) system. The highest CGPA is 4.0, and students are expected to obtain 2.0 and above.
Before you choose, you need to check between the cost and financial benefits – Image via Pixabay
Registration Fee is LESS than RM600. Semester based allowance of RM250.
The tuition fees are subsidised by the government. In addition, students will be given an allowance of RM1, 250 per semester. RM350 per semester for tuition fees and RM360 per semester for accommodation are also awarded. Students stay in hostels that are provided by the universities.
Consider making a checklist for what you want and don’t want when choosing between Matriculation or Foundation – Image via Pixabay
Matriculation provides emphasis on the three cornerstones of a pre-university course, namely examinations, cocurricular activities as well as character/personality development. Students looking for something more than just 100% exams should consider this option.
With the one year option, you potentially have the fastest route to obtaining a Degree as far as pre-university courses go (Only SACE/AUSMAT is shorter). If you want to get a head start by gaining your Degree as fast as possible, Matriculation is a very good option.
Matriculation is actually FREE (With the exception of the registration free you will have to pay, a nominal fee less than RM600).
Foundation leaves little wriggle room to change your chosen course. Like a foundation programme, it’s for those who know exactly what field they want to go into and have next to no doubts about it. Because it is tailor made by some universities as a prep for their degree programme, even switching universities is tough.
Like Matriculation, this is an accelerated programme that will last you only a year.
Like Matriculation as well, the programme is subsidised by to government.
If you still unsure about what you want to study then don’t choose Foundation Programme – Image via Pixabay
Matriculation is meant for students who want to continue studying at public universities. If you DO want to overseas, recognition may be hard to come by as only Indonesia, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand among others do accept it, and even then, at select courses only. Not the ideal choice if you do intend to go overseas, although IT IS possible.
While STPM students are now allowed to use normal civilian clothing to class Matriculation students still need to prep up in formal attire. While this is but a small detail, some may be put off by this.
Foundation Programmes are tailor made to continue on with a degree programme at the chosen university. While going overseas is technically possible, it would be remarkably difficult .
Like While pre-u courses like STPM still give you time to figure out what you like and prefer, a Foundation programme will limit your options. If you aren’t certain about what field to pursue as of yet, it might be best to look elsewhere.
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