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ELP Col­lege of Arts and Tech­nol­ogy (HELP CAT) has launched its pre-univer­sity pro­grammes, com­pris­ing of A-Lev­els and Foun­da­tion Stud­ies un­der one um­brella for easy ac­cess at its city cam­pus at Fraser Busi­ness Park in Kuala Lumpur.

Due to the suc­cess of the A-level pro­gramme at HELP Univer­sity, it de­cided to launch the A-level pro­gramme at HELP CAT due to its lo­ca­tion and value for money in terms of the qual­ity of its pro­gramme and teach­ing staff.

HELP CAT Pre-Univer­sity pro­grammes head Sa­muel Lock said the A-level pro­gramme oc­cu­pied a spe­cial place in the HELP Ed­u­ca­tion Group due to its track record for out­stand­ing results and also its des­ig­na­tion as a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence awarded by Pear­son Edex­cel, the world’s lead­ing A-level ex­am­in­ing board.

The A-level qual­i­fi­ca­tion is cer­ti­fied gold stan­dard due to its recog­ni­tion for en­try to top uni­ver­si­ties and pro­grammes in­ter­na­tion­ally, in­clud­ing Ox­ford, Cam­bridge and the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in the United States.

The ex­am­in­ing body for the HELP CAT A-lev­els, Edex­cel In­ter­na­tional Ad­vanced Level (IAL) has a flex­i­ble mod­u­lar struc­ture and Physics, Bi­ol­ogy, Chem­istry and Math­e­mat­ics are of­fered in the Jan­uary in­take.

The IAL mod­u­lar sys­tem al­lows stu­dents to re­take any mod­ule to im­prove the sub­ject grade with­out re­peat­ing the en­tire level.

The 1½ year pro­gramme will cover three in­takes in one year in Jan­uary, March and July.

In 2014, HELP’s sta­tus as a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence was reaf­firmed by Pear­son Edex­cel as five of its top A-level stu­dents were given the Pear­son High Achiever Awards for their ex­cep­tional results.

“At HELP CAT, this qual­ity, con­sis­tency and stan­dards will be fol­lowed closely to achieve high per­for­mance results for those en­rolling in the Jan­uary in­take,” said Sa­muel, who was a Math­e­mat­ics lec­turer at HELP Univer­sity for 10 years be­fore be­ing ap­pointed to his cur­rent po­si­tion.

HELP Univer­sity A-level top achiev­ers last year — Leow Tjun Wei, Yeow Yen Ting and Ce­leste Chew — were ac­cepted into Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin in Ire­land to pur­sue medicine.

Un­der the same um­brella of the Pre-Univer­sity pro­gramme, the HELP Foun­da­tion pro­vides an­other path­way for stu­dents to pur­sue Foun­da­tion stud­ies in Sci­ence (FSIS) or Foun­da­tion stud­ies in Arts (FSIA).

Un­like A-lev­els, the HELP Foun­da­tion has been around for a num­ber of years.

With a pro­gramme struc­ture that in­cludes 11 sub­jects, the 12-month course is con­ducted over three semesters and is fully ac­cred­ited by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency.

HELP Foun­da­tion is recog­nised as an en­try qual­i­fi­ca­tion to the world­class Univer­sity of Lon­don In­ter­na­tional Pro­gramme and also by more than 40 uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing those in the United King­dom, Aus­tralia, Canada, the United States and Rus­sia for med­i­cal stud­ies.

FSIS sub­jects in­clude English Lan­guage & Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Math­e­mat­ics 101, Crit­i­cal Think­ing, Chem­istry, Physics Bi­ol­ogy and other sci­ence sub­jects. FSIA sub­jects in­clude Eco­nom­ics, Ac­count­ing, In­tro­duc­tion to In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems and Sta­tis­tics.

The mode of as­sess­ment is var­ied. It is not only aca­demic- and ex­am­based but also in­cludes as­sign­ments, re­search projects, tests and group projects. Crit­i­cal think­ing is a com­pul­sory sub­ject in the pro­gramme to en­sure stu­dents are pre­pared for un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies.

HELP CAT Foun­da­tion has an ex­cel­lent track record as five of its stu­dents ob­tained First Class Hon­ours at the Univer­sity of Lon­don In­ter­na­tional Pro­grammes ex­am­i­na­tions last year.

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