Higher education helps Malaysian students acquire relevant skills and qualify for successful entry into a job market with lucrative perks. But in certain cases, bridging or foundation courses in Malaysia are a necessary step for a student to take before they can join an undergraduate university program.

Here’s a quick review of the benefits you can get from foundation studies as an aspiring undergraduate student:

1. Assistance Fulfilling Entry Prerequisites for Undergraduate Studies
There are specific academic entry-score prerequisites for each undergraduate course in Malaysia. Foundation studies come to the rescue for students who wish to join a particular undergraduate course but have not met its academic entry requirements. Consider a case where you’re required to have five credits in specific subjects (including mathematics, physics, and English) for your SPM (or O-levels) to qualify for a university degree course. If your grade for one or several of the subjects falls short of the given academic requirement, you can take up a foundation course to make the necessary score improvements.

2. An Easy and Early Introduction to the University Experience
Most universities offer foundation courses at their campuses. As a foundation course student, you’re exposed to life on campus but have the benefit of a slow and comfortable introduction to university life. This gives you an edge in terms of your university experience, unlike other students who go to university fresh from their STPM. You’re allowed unrestricted access to recreational clubs, campus facilities, student services, and other perks. The glimpse into the character of the campus life gives you some needed and rare breathing space. In the end, you’re able to transition more seamlessly into your undergraduate studies upon successful completion of the Foundation course.

3. Learning How to Complete Assessment Tests
Besides studying subjects you’re familiar with from your high school education, you’ll be introduced to new essential skills that you will use in your future undergraduate studies. For example, learning how to complete assessment tasks is majorly beneficial for your undergraduate studies. Lecturers or instructors will teach you how to apply specialized knowledge and complete assessment tasks to a high standard.

4. Acquisition of Communication, Academic, and Critical Thinking Skills
If you aspire to pursue a bachelor of arts degree, a blend of academic skills and content-specific modules impart introductory groundwork applicable in social sciences. You’ll go through course work and lessons on communication skills and critical thinking. With such a solid foundation program, coping with the forthcoming academic pressures of your first-year of undergraduate studies becomes easier. Academic literacy is also a skill you’ll be happy to possess prior to joining your undergrad. In the foundational course, English will be taught for academic objectives. The acquired skills will give you an academic advantage over fellow undergrads who have not completed the foundation course.

5. A New Way of Studying and Learning
At this level, teaching methodologies attempt to tap into a student’s ability to think through an issue rather than try to memorize its solution. Discussions, exploration, and scrutiny of problems will become an important approach to finding academic solutions. Before you join a degree course, you’ll have learned how to present concepts in the style and format that befits university scholarship.

6. Individualized Training
Universities are not necessarily the same when it comes to the flexibility of their foundation course calendar. But it may be possible to find a program that’s tailored to the needs of specific students. For example, a university may extend the duration of a program to provide more time for a learner with special needs or shorten the course calendar for learners who wish to complete the course faster. And for those whose availability is not consistent, some programs may allow participation at different times of the year. However, the majority of foundation studies run for 12 months.

A foundation course can provide a second chance for those with inadequate grades, or it can provide an introduction which helps with adjusting to university life. It imparts knowledge of relevant course subjects and encourages the skills necessary to succeed academically. But mostly, a foundation course will give you an advantageous academic edge.

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