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.
AUSTRALIAN YEAR 12
(SAM, HSC, VCE, AUSMAT + others)
AUSTRALIAN & UK FOUNDATION PROGRAMS
UNITED KINGDOM A LEVELS
CANADIAN PRE UNIVERSITY
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 -
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
This is a formal certificate known by
different names as follows:
STATE / TERRITORY
SENIOR SECONDARY CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION
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)
South Australia (SA)
South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
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:
begin a VTE program,
progress directly to university studies.
schools offer foundation programs to international
students instead of a senior certificate. This normally
provides entry to specific universities.
Students who seek admission to higher education and
universities are provided with a tertiary entrance score
or rank. A student's rank:
calculated in each State & Territory with its own
name and system. For example, in Queensland it is
called the Overall Position (OP) Score.
based on the grades achieved through school
assessment and the final exam marks.
used by the higher education authorities to
determine if the student meets the admission
requirements for its courses.
& UK FOUNDATION PROGRAMS
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
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
UNITED KINGDOM - INTO UK - University Preparation for University
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.
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.
4. UNITED KINGDOM A LEVELS
The GCE A-Levels
courses are examined by an external approved examination boards as
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).
5. CANADIAN PRE UNIVERSITY (CPU)
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.