Smooth ac­cess

> Gain an edge with early tran­si­tion from high school to col­lege

The Sun (Malaysia) - - EDUCATION FOCUS - BY BERNARD CHEAH

FIN­ISHED your SPM ex­am­i­na­tion and clue­less about your next move? Make the early tran­si­tion from high school to post­sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion through DISTED Col­lege’s pre­uni­ver­sity prepara­tory pro­grammes, com­menc­ing in Jan­uary 2017.

DISTED’s School of Pre­Uni­ver­sity Stud­ies of­fers two glob­ally-recog­nised pro­grammes in Cam­bridge ALevel and South Aus­tralian Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion (SACE In­ter­na­tional), which would grant stu­dents ac­cess to de­gree pro­grammes from most uni­ver­si­ties lo­cally and world­wide as well.

The Cam­bridge A-Level is a 100% exam-based pro­gramme that is of­fered in both Science and Arts streams. It con­sists of two parts: Ad­vanced Sub­sidiary (or bet­ter known as AS Level) and A2 Level.

SACE In­ter­na­tional pro­gramme, on the other hand, is highly rep­utable for its qual­ity and rel­e­vance to ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion world­wide that re­quires think­ing and re­flec­tion. The pro­gramme is 70% based on col­lege-as­sessed course­work and 30% of the marks are based on fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tions that is set and marked by the South Aus­tralian Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion (SACE) Board.

Stu­dents are able to com­plete their Cam­bridge ALevel or SACE In­ter­na­tional pro­gramme in the fast-track route of 12 months or 18 months, de­pend­ing on their learn­ing pace and needs.

Be­sides pre-univer­sity pro­grammes, DISTED of­fers di­ploma pro­grammes in ac­count­ing, busi­ness, com­put­ing, cre­ative mul­ti­me­dia and hos­pi­tal­ity man­age­ment. These pro­grammes, which com­bine the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge with cur­rent trends and prac­tice to de­velop stu­dents with the rel­e­vant skills and knowl­edge for the in­dus­try, will gen­er­ally take two years for com­ple­tion of stud­ies.

Seven of the di­ploma pro­grammes are du­al­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grammes, where DISTED di­ploma shall be awarded to­gether with UKawarded Busi­ness and Tech­nol­ogy Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil Higher Na­tional Di­ploma (BTEC HND) upon stu­dents’ com­ple­tion of stud­ies. The BTEC HND is recog­nised by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA) and most of the lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties world­wide.

Grad­u­ates of these di­ploma pro­grammes can then ar­tic­u­late into the sec­ond year of the 3+0 Stafford­shire Univer­sity (United King­dom) Bach­e­lor’s de­gree pro­grammes which are con­ducted lo­cally at DISTED as well.

The col­lege also de­liv­ers the widely recog­nised 3+0 Bach­e­lor of Psy­chol­ogy (Hons) pro­gramme in col­lab­o­ra­tion with HELP Univer­sity Malaysia and is a Gold Ap­proved Learn­ing Part­ner for the As­so­ci­a­tion of Char­tered Cer­ti­fied Ac­coun­tants (ACCA) pro­gramme.

DISTED will be hav­ing its Open Day on Dec 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 9am to 5pm. For

edu.my or call 04-229 6579.

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