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Part 4: Choosing the Best Study Route

by StudyMalaysia.com on June 1, 2024 | Career Guide, Top Stories

Part 4: Choosing the Best Study Route - StudyMalaysia.com

When you have decided on your career choice, the next important step is to find out what educational qualifications you need, the education route to take, and how to gain these qualifications.

This topic is about exploring the education route. To begin, here are some questions to help you consider the education pathway that would be most suitable for acquiring your desired qualification.

It is absolutely necessary for you to consider an appropriate study pathway after high school to acquire the desired qualification.
There are various study pathways available to acquire one qualification, and it's essential to select one that aligns with your interests, needs and budget. These pathways encompass different education levels, such as certificates, diplomas, and bachelor’s degrees. The certificates or diplomas pathways can offer a quicker route to gaining practical skills and entering the workforce sooner. Meanwhile, bachelor's degrees provide a more comprehensive education and potentially broader career opportunities. (read more at https://studymalaysia.com/education/top-stories/how-to-begin-your-search-for-the-right-course-after-spm-updated)

Study Options after SPM

If you have just completed your secondary schooling with an SPM qualification, you may be thinking of furthering your education. Before you decide on which institution to apply to, first consider all the study options available to you in Malaysia:

Pre-university programmes

  • Form 6 STPM
  • Matrikulasi offered by Matriculation college under the Ministry of Education Malaysia
  • Matriculation (or Asasi) programmes offered by public universities
  • UK 'A' Level, and Australian and Canadian pre-university programmes
  • Pre-university and university foundation programmes offered by private higher educational institutions

Tertiary level qualifications

Study Options after STPM/Matriculation/UEC

If you have completed your STPM or an equivalent pre-university programme, you can pursue:

  • A diploma level programme
  • A semi professional qualification programme
  • Year 1 of a bachelor degree programme
  • A professional qualification such as ACCA, CIMA, etc.

Skills Qualifications

If you have completed your SPM or are over 16, pursuing skills qualifications can be an appealing option:

Besides considering your career interests, skills and personality, choosing the best education pathway for yourself also depends on whether you have the necessary entry requirements, your financial ability, and the availability of study opportunities for a particular course you would like to pursue.

  • Do you have questions about what you can study in Malaysia after SPM/STPM/A-Levels/UEC?
  • Worried that your grades might not be good enough?
  • Need more information on scholarships?
  • We have compiled a list of FAQs for students just like you.

Read it in : What to do after getting your SPMM or STPM results

To find out more about what and where to study in Malaysia, search our institution list and course list on this StudyMalaysia.com website.

Grouping of Tertiary Courses

Do you want to pursue an academic based programme or would you prefer a vocational based programme which requires more hands-on work? Your answer may lie somewhere in between the two choices but having an idea of what type of programme you prefer will help point you to courses that are more fitting to your nature.

The list below provides a general guide to areas of study grouped according to individual’s education background (arts/science/skills stream). That being said, it is often possible for students from one stream to switch to an area of study of a different stream provided he/she meets the admission requirements of the institution.

Table 1: A list of disciplines at tertiary education level available to students from the arts or science streams, or both

Courses available to Arts Stream candidates Courses available to Science Stream candidates Courses available to both the Arts and Science streams candidates
  • Literature**
  • Religious Studies**
  • Performing Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Others
  • Applied Sciences
  • Life/Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Medicine</li
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Engineering
  • Health Science
  • Others
  • Accounting
  • Art & Design
  • Architecture
  • Business Administration
  • Banking & Finance
  • Communication Studies
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Humanities
  • History
  • ICT
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design & Multimedia Production
  • Language & Literature
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Social Sciences
  • Sports Science


Source: Studymalaysia Research Team

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