SPM is over. Now what?

University of Cyberjaya offers a slew of foundation programmes to help students navigate their academic pathways.University of Cyberjaya offers a slew of foundation programmes to help students navigate their academic pathways.

University of Cyberjaya's foundation programmes provide a solid start for SPM graduates

FOR any student, choosing a career path after receiving SPM results is one of the most significant decisions they will make in their lives.

This choice shapes their educational journey and future career, making it crucial to approach it with careful consideration and informed guidance.

The journey from high school to university is a significant transition, filled with important decisions about one’s future career.

University of Cyberjaya’s Psychology and Social Sciences faculty dean, Dr Anasuya Jegathevi Jegathesan, offers valuable advice on where to start.

“There are career and personality tests available that students can do to figure out what they are more inclined to such as CareerCompass.my, which was developed at University of Cyberjaya.

“This test will measure what students enjoy and categorise them into a field of career. Sometimes we may enjoy a lot of things, but we don’t know what or how that translates to work so these tests can help with that,” she says.

A practical first step in a students’ education journey is enrolling in a foundation programme. These introductory courses pave the way to a degree of choice, providing a secure pathway to degree-specific subjects.

Students can take advantage of career and personality tests like CareerCompass.my, to discover their strengths and preferences.Students can take advantage of career and personality tests like CareerCompass.my, to discover their strengths and preferences.

The university’s Centre for Foundation, Languages and General Studies director, Assoc Prof Eric Tang Cher Hing, reassures students about entry requirements.

“The University of Cyberjaya offers three foundation programmes. For Foundation in Science, leading to Medicine and Pharmacy, students need a minimum grade of B in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics/Additional Mathematics and one other subject.

“For Foundation in Allied Health Science, five credits in Science, Mathematics and three other subjects from SPM are required. For Foundation in Arts, students need a credit in any five subjects.”

These programmes open doors to various degree courses:

> Foundation in Allied Health Science

Progress to Bachelor in Psychology (Hons), Bachelor in Occupational Safety and Health (Hons), Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering Technology (Hons), Bachelor of Homeopathic Medical Science (Hons) and more.

> Foundation in Science

Progress to Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) and more.

> Foundation in Arts

Progress to Bachelor in Business Administration (Hons), Bachelor in Accounting and Finance (Hons), Bachelor in Information Technology (Hons) and other programmes.

Studying a foundation programme is often a better choice compared to starting with a diploma because it has a shorter duration, allowing students to progress to degree-level studies more quickly.

Additionally, students who complete a foundation programme at the University of Cyberjaya are guaranteed a reserved seat in their desired degree programme, ensuring a smooth transition and continuity in their education.

“The Foundation in Arts and Foundation in Science programmes are also undergoing an upgrade for its October intake.

“We are specialising our programmes so students can choose courses that are more aligned with their interests.

“For instance, our Foundation in Arts programme will lead to three different specialisations, which are Business, Humanities and Design,” says Tang.

University of Cyberjaya’s Open Day on June 29 and 30 is a great opportunity to explore the campus.University of Cyberjaya’s Open Day on June 29 and 30 is a great opportunity to explore the campus.

For those concerned about meeting entry requirements, he offers reassurance.

“Students can also begin their tertiary education through the university’s certificate programmes, which require just one credit in any SPM subject.

“This low barrier to entry ensures that anyone with the desire to learn can eventually progress to diploma and undergraduate programmes,” he adds.

Additionally, the University of Cyberjaya offers 100% scholarships for certificate or foundation programmes for students who continue their studies in the university’s degree programmes.

Aside from that, Muslim students also have the opportunity to pursue a three-year professional Tahfiz programme alongside their studies.

The university’s programme is also recognised by Darul Quran and the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim), which prepares students to memorise the holy Quran in line with the needs of the community and country.

Any potential student is entitled to a quick career personality test at www.careercompass.my/signup to explore future possibilities.

Prospective students are also invited to join University of Cyberjaya’s Open Day on June 29 and 30, to experience the campus firsthand. To register head to cyberjaya.edu.my/openday2024.

For further enquiries, contact the university’s education counsellors via WhatsApp at 011-1112 3344 or email studywithus@cyberjaya.edu.my.

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