A. Internal Awards at Diploma Level
Either full-time or part-time, students can earn their diploma qualifications from the study programmes awarded by private colleges which are recognised by a majority of local universities and many foreign universities for admission into year two of the first degree programmes.
B. Preparing Students for External Professional Examinations
These colleges undertake to provide classes with tutorial support for students and prepare them for the external examinations set by the local or foreign examination boards which will award students with the qualifications upon their examination success. Some of the qualifications are from:
• Professional Associations (MICPA, MIA, ACCA-UK, IEM, Legal Professional Quality Board Malaysia)
• Semi-Professional Examination Bodies (IBBM, LCCIEB-UK, NCC-UK)
• External Academic Programmes at post-secondary level (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia, GCE ‘A’ Level – UK)
• External English Programmes (University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate)
C. Bachelor’s Degree Programmes from Universities in UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany and France
Students can do their foreign bachelor degree programmes at these colleges in Malaysia, which have an inter-institutional collaborative arrangement with host-universities from overseas. The common collaborative arrangement that these Colleges have with host universities leading to a foreign degree qualification is either the Split Degree or the Entire Degree (3+0) arrangement.
(i) Split Degree Arrangement:
This comes under the Twinning Degree, Credit Transfer Degree or the Advanced Standing (Validated) Programmes.
Twinning Degree Programmes allow students to partially complete the first or second year bachelor degree programme at the local colleges with the remaining years to be completed at the specified foreign partner-university, which will then award the degree qualification.
Credit Transfer Programmes mean the colleges have links with foreign universities and students having met the required credit hours of the subject studied locally, can transfer the credit hours to the foreign university of their choice. This flexible arrangement is most popular among USA university system.
Advanced Standing Programmes mean the private colleges’ Internal Diploma programmes are validated and moderated with ‘Advanced Standing’ entry status by a group of overseas universities for direct entry into the second or third year of their degree programmes overseas. Therefore, upon completion of the ‘recognised’ Diploma course in Malaysia, the student will be awarded with the foreign degree qualification upon successful completion of the remaining portion of the degree programme in the host university overseas.
(ii) Entire Degree Arrangement
The following manners of operation allow the entire foreign bachelor degree programmes to be done in colleges.
‘3 + 0’ Foreign University Degree Programme
3 + 0’ Foreign University Degree Programmes
Under this arrangement, some colleges are permitted by the foreign partner university to conduct the entire degree programme in Malaysia for this foreign-partner university, which will then award the degree qualification.