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Foundation in Computing (ODL) - 100% Online

Offered by: Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)
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Course Duration1 year (3 Semesters)
Part Time/Full TimeOpen & Distance Learning (ODL)
Fees (International Student)19,800
FacultySchool of Foundation Studies
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Level of StudyPre-University/Foundation Studies
Field of StudyPre-University Programme / University Foundation Studies

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Course Description

This APU Foundation in Computing (ODL) is specifically designed to provide:

The Foundation in Computing (ODL) allows young students the opportunity to gain a solid Pre-University qualification from the comforts of their home or country. Open Distance Learning (ODL) as practiced at APU provides a high-quality and flexible learning experience for students utilising state-of-the-art technological innovations & pioneering teaching and learning practices. This flexibility is also an ideal option for families who wish for their children to obtain an innovative and high quality education yet remain connected to their communities of origin.


The modules studied help develop your study skills, introduce you to what you can expect on your degree and also allow you to discover what you can study depending on whether you choose a degree in Accounting, Banking, Finance, Actuarial Studies, Psychology, Business & Management, Computing & Technology, Engineering, Industrial Design, Animation and Visual Effects.


Our 12-month Foundation Programme is designed to prepare students from SPM, IGCSE, O-Levels or similar qualifications with the knowledge and skills to progress into the first year of a degree of their choice.

On completion of the Foundation Programme, you will be able to make an informed decision about your interest and pursue your degree of choice.

During the Foundation Programme, you are able to choose different routes depending on your area of interest. This will allow you to progress onto a specific degree programme at APU, related to this area or other relevant areas based on your foundation experience.


The APU Foundation Programme lays the pathway towards professional tertiary education. It is a vital transformation point for students; soft skills, general knowledge and preparatory subject fundamentals acquired at the Foundation lead to excellence in a student’s education performance, as well as career-readiness as they move on as global professionals eventually. This is achieved through 4 key areas:

  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Social Skills & Responsibilities
  • Practical Skills

The unique support system at APU Foundation Programme consists of helpful academic mentors who are committed in ensuring academic achievements, providing pastoral care, advising, mentoring, motivating students’ potential and performance, to ensure that they undergo a smooth transition from secondary education to tertiary learning.

Our Foundation Programme is designed to help students with SPM, IGCSE, O-Levels or similar qualifications to develop the skills and knowledge to progress into the degree of their choice.




Upon completing your study in this programme, you will be able to:

  • Enter Level 1 of degree study.
  • Make an informed choice about what degree you want to study.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the concepts which underpin the study of Accounting, Banking, Finance, Actuarial Studies, Business & Management, Computing & Technology, Engineering, Industrial Design, Digital Marketing, Animation and Visual Effects, Media and Communications, International Studies or Psychology.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to a given audience.
  • Work effectively in a team.
  • Demonstrate English and other study skills appropriate to undergraduate learning.
  • Apply skills in numeracy, technology and communications.
  • Explain the essential elements of technology.
  • Use appropriate application software and the Internet.


Semester 1 offers modules where students are introduced to the main skills areas of Language, Communication, Personal Skills, Numerical and IT Skills. Students are able to develop their soft skills that are essential for oral and written presentations of ideas and concepts as well as other skills which are essential for employability and lifelong learning.


  • English for Academic Purpose
  • Communication Skills
  • Personal Development and Study Methods
  • Essentials of Web Applications
  • Mathematics


The second semester exposes students further into the concepts of technology and principles of programming. With this knowledge, students are able to design and implement software solutions irrespective of platforms, language or application domain. Basic concepts of organization and its role will also be introduced, and their interpersonal skills will be further developed through public speaking.


  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Computer Architecture and Networking
  • Introduction to Visual and Interactive Programming
  • Public Speaking in English


The final semester provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in areas of multimedia and technology which helps students to make an informed decision on their pathway in the area of study.

Their mathematical knowledge and skills will be extended in this semester to prepare for degree study. Students will also have an opportunity to explore academic research, equipped with the necessary skills and techniques.


  • Academic Research Skills
  • Perspectives in Technology
  • Introduction to Multimedia Applications
  • Further Mathematics
Entry Requirements


  • 5 Credits in at least 5 subjects at SPM level including Mathematics, with a minimum of a pass in Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah (History);


  • Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 5 subjects, including Mathematics, at IGCSE/O-Levels; or


  • 3 Credits (Grade B & above) in at least 3 subjects, including Mathematics, in UEC.

Foundation in Computing (ODL) - 100% Online requires a Credit Pass in Mathematics

Malaysian Students who do not possess a Pass in English at SPM/IGCSE/UEC will be required to sit for the APU English Placement Test, and based on the outcome of the test, may be required to attend the APU Intensive English Programme (IEP) prior to commencement of the Foundation/Diploma/Certificate programme.


International Students

Programmes      General Requirements

Foundation Programme

  • IELTS: 4.0
  • TOEFL IBT: 30-31
  • Pearson (PTE): 36
  • MUET: Band 3

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on a conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English-speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc.) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents.

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

Intake Months
  • 04 Jul 2024
  • 19 Sep 2024

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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