Interested in entering globally recognised universities locally or abroad? Then A-level is one of the most well-recognised pre-university courses after SPM/IGCSE that you should consider!
The A-level programme is recognised in 78 countries, and there are more scholarships recognising high achievers in A-Level rather than other pathways like Foundation, Matriculation and other international pre-university programmes.
Here’s a guide to what the A-level is about, how to plan for it, popular colleges for studying A-level, and scholarships available for it.
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What is A-level?
The A-Level is a pre-university programme that prepares you for your future degree.
Its 100% exam based system gives you an objective measure of your knowledge as a student.
The A-level comprises of the AS (Advanced Subsidiary) level, where you’ll learn the basics of your chosen subjects and, A2 level where you’ll study your chosen subjects in greater depth.
Your AS exam is taken at the end of your first semester while the A2 exam is taken at the end of your second semester. Each exam counts towards 50% of your final grade.
So unlike the SPM, you get a chance to improve in between semesters.
Edexcel vs Cambridge A-level
There are two variations of the A-level, Edexcel and Cambridge and it is offered by Malaysian universities.
However, the Edexcel A-level is only offered in HELP University & College and Sunway College. Edexcel and Cambridge are both globally recognised.
What Are The Perks Of Taking A-level?
You’ll like the A-level if:
You want access to top universities around the world. The A-level is recognised by prestigious universities such as Oxford, Harvard, and Imperial College London.
Get more time to explore your potential degree choices. The longer duration of the A-level is helpful, if you want more time to decide on committing to a degree or a university.
What’s My A-level Pathway?
A Level entry requirements are not very demanding. You’ll need 5 SPM Credits (including a pass in Bahasa Malaysia, Sejarah and English).
Plan your pathway by choosing 3 or 4 subjects that are relevant to your future degree.
If you’re a Science student, you’ll need to get all Cs in the subjects you’re interested in. So, if you want to take A-level Physics, you’ll need to get a C in your SPM.
If you’re wondering which subjects to take that could benefit your future degree, refer to the handy graphic below.
Pathway-planning pro tips:
Consult your counsellor whether you should take 3 or 4 subjects.
Pick maths since most degree courses need maths as a subject.
Science students can change to Business and Art related degree programmes, though an entrance exam is a possibility.
Which Colleges Are Popular For Their A-level Programme?
The A-level is offered in many institutions. To help ease your decision-making, check out our list of popular colleges that offer A-level. We’ve also included links to these courses so that you can easily compare them on our site.
Also, take note of intake dates that suit you. That way you can take a 6 months break or get a headstart in college.
Intake: January, March, August
HELP University & Colleges
Intake: January, March, July
Intake: January, March, July and September
INTI Colleges & Universities
Intake: January, July
Brickfields Asia College (BAC)
Intake: January, April, June, September
Save Money On Your A-Level With Scholarships
Most private universities offer a range of scholarships depending on your SPM results. Not all of them require 9As or 8As to qualify.
Use Pathway Match to check for scholarships and exclusive deals that you’re eligible for and explore more A-level programmes.