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How to begin your search for the right course after SPM (Updated)

by on March 21, 2019 | Top Stories

How to begin your search for the right course after SPM (Updated) -

Now that SPM results are out, you may be wondering how to choose a suitable course to further your studies. There are many things to consider and you should explore all your options before making a decision.

Making Your Decision

If you are a school leaver who has just completed the SPM exam, whether you are from the arts or science stream, you will have four major considerations when making a decision

  • To decide on the level of education (e.g. whether you’d like to study for a certificate; diploma; or a pre-university programme that enables you to pursue year 1 of a bachelor’s degree. You can also consider an American Degree Program; a Teacher Training Programme; a semi-professional or professional qualification; and many more.)
  • To decide on the type of institution (e.g. public universities, private universities, foreign university branch campuses, etc.)
  • To decide on the field of study and qualification (courses can be grouped into arts-based courses, science-based courses, or career-based courses)
  • To decide whether to go directly into the job market

It is of paramount importance for school leavers to choose a right study choice for further education. While some have made up their minds on which education route to take, many are still undecided. For the latter, how should they begin their search?

Among all the considerations stated above, the most important factor is choosing the field of study that matches your interests.

What are fields of study and why do they matter?

Courses offered at universities and colleges can be grouped under some 27 fields of study. A field of study consists of a broad area of academic and skills qualifications or courses that come under a similar branch of subject knowledge. In addition, courses offered under each field of study require similar academic entry requirements.

By finding out which field of study you are interested in, you will be able to determine a good career match for yourself. Your career goal may fit into one field, or you may also find that you're interested in several different fields of study. If that is the case, it is still often possible to bring these fields together to find a career that is a good fit.

To make sure you have made a good choice, the field of study you have chosen should fit with your interests and prepare you for the career you want. Once you have decided on the field of study, find out which higher education institutions offer the courses or qualifications that matches your career goal. There would be different education levels of study – such as certificate or diploma or bachelor’s degree – that you need to complete before you end up with the dream career of your chosen field.

Here’s an overview of the 27 Fields of Study:

  1. Accounting and finance
  2. Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary
  3. Architecture and building
  4. Arts and design
  5. Audio-visual techniques and media production
  6. Business management and administration
  7. Communication and broadcasting
  8. Computing
  9. Education
  10. Engineering and engineering trades
  11. Environmental protection
  12. Hospitality and tourism
  13. Humanities
  14. Languages
  15. Law
  16. Manufacturing and processing
  17. Marketing and sales
  18. Mathematics and statistics
  19. Medicine and healthcare
  20. Medical diagnostic and treatment technology
  21. Occupational health and hygiene services
  22. Personal services
  23. Science (Biological science and physical science)
  24. Security services
  25. Social sciences
  26. Social services
  27. Transport services

To get more details on the 27 fields of study and the courses offered under each field, go to this online resource developed by StudyMalaysia: Part 5: Fields of Study - Find out which one matches your interest

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So what can you find on the website?

Some of the features in the website include:

  1. Course search - This helps you to search for a wide range of courses (public universities, polytechnics and private higher educational institutions) at the click of a mouse
  2. Institution search - Search for institutions of your choice easily
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  5. Latest Scholarship - Equipped with a search function, this section contains information on various types of financial aid
  6. Event Calendar - Check out the latest events happenings around you: college activities, exhibitions, road shows, and others
  7. Articles on Study Opportunities - Useful write-up on study opportunities in Malaysia
  8. Enquiry and Applying for a Course Online – Send your enquiries to the institutions that interest you or apply for admission to a course by submitting your application form and document online
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Sources: Education Guide Malaysia 15th Edition, published by Challenger Concept (M) Sdn Bhd)

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