Congratulations on finishing your SPM! Have you been thinking about enrolling yourself into a Foundation course before pursuing your degree but still unsure if it really is the right course for you? Don’t fret because here are some aspects that you can think through that may help you make a better decision.

The first thing you might want to look into is the syllabus of the specific foundation programme you have in mind. Since the syllabus for foundation programmes varies among institutions, you won’t be able to find any reference books or practice questions specifically for your syllabus. Most of your study materials will come from lecture notes and tutorials given by your lecturers. 

Foundation programmes usually have a certain percentage allocated to continuous assessments (usually 50%), so although you won’t have to worry about your exams as much as you did for your SPM and IGCSEs,  you won’t have much time to relax either. You’ll  have to constantly keep up with your assignments and projects in order to get a good grade as you will be graded continuously throughout the programme. 

An important aspect you should keep in mind in foundation programmes would be the academic calendars for each intake. Ask counsellors about exam dates, practical sessions and break periods as they vary for each institute, some having breaks lasting for 2 months while some only have 2 to 3 weeks. 

Most importantly, ask yourself if you have a (or some) specific degree(s) that you hope to pursue in a particular institution. For example, if you specifically want to pursue a career in medicine, but you’re not sure which university you want to do your degree in, then it’d be wise to sign up for other programmes such as STPM, AUSMAT, CIMP or A-Levels as you will still have a chance to sign up for other universities. For foundation programmes, you will only have degree options offered by the institution, and if you are unable to enroll into your target programme, it will be much more difficult to change to other institutions as their offers may be on a case-by-case basis.

However, no matter what you choose or where you go, the most important thing is to have a good mindset as you venture into a new journey. Best of luck!

Rome was not built in one day. – John Heywood

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