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Although there are many type of Pre-university courses available world wide. We try to list here the most common and recognised pre-university programs that are available.

They are


1. STPM in Malaysia

THE MALAYSIAN STPM (Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia) is the equavalent to the Pre-university qualifications of most countries.
It is a 2 year program normally attended by students of the ages of 17 and 18. 

Entry into the STPM is through the SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia - FORM FIVE).


The Australian Year 12 besides being taken by Australian students and PRs, is opened to International Students who would like a more recognised university entry pathway.

Students who are looking at undergraduate programs which have a high entry requirement and/or have limited places, should take this program instead of Foundation courses as Foundation programs may not necessary be recognised for university entry in some of the more prestigious universities world wide.

The Year 12 program is taught in ONE YEAR starting from January till the November exams with the results being released in Mid December so that students are able to start universities studies in February. This is because some courses only have a February intake.

A Senior Certificate of Secondary Education in Australia

This is a formal certificate known by different names as follows:


Australian Capital Territory (ACT) ACT Year 12 Certificate
New South Wales (NSW) Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Northern Territory (NT) Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
Queensland (QLD) Senior Certificate
South Australia (SA) South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Tasmania (TAS) Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Victoria (VIC) Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Western Australia (WA) WA Certificate of Education (WACE)


Students with a Senior Certificate of Secondary Education have more choices, and they may decide to:
  • start work,
  • begin a VTE program,
  • progress directly to university studies.

Some schools offer foundation programs to international students instead of a senior certificate. This normally provides entry to specific universities.

Student Ranking

Students who seek admission to higher education and universities are provided with a tertiary entrance score or rank. A student's rank:

  • is calculated in each State & Territory with its own name and system. For example, in Queensland it is called the Overall Position (OP) Score.
  • is based on the grades achieved through school assessment and the final exam marks.
  • is used by the higher education authorities to determine if the student meets the admission requirements for its courses.



The Foundation Program has been specially designed to meet the of international students. There are three flexible entry dates needs available:-

The Standard Foundation Program is a 10-month course commencing in January and concluding in November. An April Start Foundation Program commences in April and also concludes in November.

A Fast Track Foundation Program commences in August and concludes in December of the same year.
Students undertaking the April Start have extended instruction times and shorter break in order to obtain the same class time as those in the Standard Program. In the April Start and Fast Track Foundation Programs a limited range of subjects will be offered.

To be eligible to enrol in any of the Colleges' programs an international student must meet the following entry requirements.

1. Age - Normally, a student should be at least 16 years of age at the commencement of the program.
2. Academic achievement - The academic achievement criteria used to determine whether a student meets the Colleges' minimum entry requirements are:
the level of English language proficiency, and 

the academic performance in three subjects that are likely to be studied in the Foundation/Year 12. Such subjects include Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Human Biology, Accounting, Computing, Economics, Geography and History. 

Applications from students who are over the age of 19 at the commencement of their program will receive special consideration. Besides performance in public and school examinations, credit will be given for non-formal training, other qualifications and work experience.

UNITED KINGDOM - INTO UK - University Preparation for University Success

In the United Kingdom, there are a number of foundation programs which offer direct pathways into Universities in the United Kingdom. Amongst the most well-known relative to its young age, is INTO. INTO currently has campuses in THREE well known universities namely, EXETER UNIVERSITY, MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY and The University Of East Anglia.

In the year of 2008, INTO shall be in partnership with three more universities to offer students more choices of direct entry into the university programs of their choice.

The Foundation Program starts generally in January and September of each year gearing for entry into the normal university intakes of September each year. The program offers entry into courses like Business and typeering amongst others.


The GCE A-Levels courses are examined by an external approved examination boards as bellow:-
Associated Examining Board (AEB)
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
University of London

There is no difference in quantity (or difficulty) between the various examinations. These courses are normally of one, 
two years or or 18 months duration offering a wide range of subjects. the length of the course duration depends on 
the number and type of subjects being taken. There are FIVE grades at A-Levels: A, B, C, D, and E.

Generally, the entry to A Level courses requires four or more credit passes in O Levels or SPM. GCE A-Levels is accepted 
as the direct entry requirement into universities in UK and other parts of the world. It is also accepted by the external 
professional examination bodies (Local and Overseas).


The Canadian Pre-University (CPU) is a program provides students with the entry requirements into University Levels courses. 
Upon successful of the Canadian Pre University program, students receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma which is 
accepted for university admission worldwide.

The Canadian Pre-University program is a one year course that follows a semester system with two semesters each year. 
Each semester is approximately 20 weeks in length.

The CPU is based on the Ontario Secondary School system where continuous assessment is done throughout the course.

Into UK will be offering a number of scholarships for the January intakes. If you are thinking of studying in the UK after your SPM or UEC, call us.
Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) is offering scholarship for students. Call us for more information
Navitas at UNH is offering US10,000 Academic Excellance Scholarships,
KDU Penang is also offering scholarships for January 2017 intakes

UWA Faculty of Science International Undergraduate Scholarships.

UWAs international undergraduate scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

Eligible students will receive 12.5% off the published Diploma fees (up to 200 credit points) 

Students with a consistent record of high scores and strong academic performance are encouraged to apply for the Deakin University International Scholars Program.

Monash International Scholarship for Excellence

At TAFE NSW, we believe in providing affordable education to international students. We have made over 100 scholarships available to genuine applicants who want to fulfil their education dream in Australia. The scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated academic merit and other achievements.

UOW Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships (UES)
These scholarships offer high achieving students a reduction of the normal annual course tuition fee for the duration of the course, up to a maximum of 4 years. This scholarship is available in some programs.

Murdoch University is once again helping more international students by continuing to offer the International Discoverers Scholarship Scheme.

Murdoch University is offering partial scholarships to international students for the intake to make studying overseas more affordable.

Navitas Academic Merit Scholarships
-Valued of fees for one academic term.
-For Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree
-All Australian Navitas Institutions
-Full Time enrolled students will be eligible.


Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS)
-25% reduction in tuition fees,
-Automatically assessed upon submission of International Student Application Form
-Successful candidate has to maintain satisfactory progress for the duration of the course.
*Only offers for selected courses.


INTO City University, London
With immediate effect, students applying for the INTO City University London, Foundation in Business and Economics with Society and Culture will be eligible for a tuition-fee bursary.

We would share this video that captures a student's typical day at INTO City University London. The video features Scape Living Accommodation, the INTO Centre, City University and some of the social activities that students can engage with via the Students Union. https://into.box.com/s/o8px5awbe69v7vjvqjw5.

Glasgow Caledonian University
The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is the largest and most widely respected professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK. Glasgow Caledonian University's Msc International Banking, Finance and Risk student, Debbie Lim Yee Teng from Malaysia has been awarded the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI) Educational Trust Award



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