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.