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MODULES YOU STUDY

The modules studied help develop your study skills, introduce you to what you can expect on your degree and also allow you to discover what you can study depending on whether you choose a degree in Accounting, Banking, Finance, Actuarial Studies, Psychology, Business & Management, Computing & Technology, Engineering, Industrial Design, Animation and Visual Effects.

FLEXIBILITY OF CHOICE

Our 12-month Foundation Programme is designed to prepare those with SPM, ‘O’ Levels or similar qualifications with the knowledge and skills to progress into the first year of a degree of their choice.

On completion of the Foundation Programme, you will be able to make an informed decision about your interest and pursue your degree of choice.

During the Foundation Programme, you are able to choose different routes depending on your area of interest. This will allow you to progress onto a specific degree programme at APU, related to this area or other relevant areas based on your foundation experience.

ENRICHING EXPERIENCES - MORE THAN JUST A FOUNDATION

The APU Foundation Programme lays the pathway towards professional tertiary education. It is a vital transformation point for students; soft skills, general knowledge and preparatory subject fundamentals acquired at the Foundation lead to excellence in a student’s education performance, as well as career-readiness as they move on as global professionals eventually. This is achieved through 4 key areas:

  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Social Skills & Responsibilities
  • Practical Skills

The unique support system at APU Foundation Programme consist of helpful academic mentors who are committed in ensuring academic achievements, providing pastoral care, advising, mentoring, motivating students’ potential and performance, to ensure that they undergo a smooth transition from secondary education to tertiary learning.

This programme is designed to help those with SPM, IGCSE, O-Levels or similar qualifications to develop the skills and knowledge to progress into the first year of a degree of their choice.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completing your study in this programme, you will be able to:

  • Enter Level 1 of degree study.
  • Make an informed choice about what degree you want to study.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the concepts which underpin the study of Accounting, Banking, Finance, Actuarial Studies, Business & Management, Computing & Technology, Engineering, Design Innovation & Brand Management, Animation and Visual Effects, International Studies or Psychology.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to a given audience.
  • Work effectively in a team.
  • Demonstrate English and other study skills appropriate to undergraduate learning.
  • Apply skills in numeracy, technology and communications.
  • Explain the essential elements of technology.
  • Use appropriate application software and the Internet.

1 year (3 Semesters)

Malaysian Fees:
RM 24, 800.00

International Fees:
RM 25, 600.00

Total: Malaysian - RM 24,800 | International - RM 25,600

• 22 Nov 2021

APU Foundation

Areas of Study Requirements
Business, Management, Marketing, Digital Marketing & Tourism

Media & International Relations

Industrial Design, Animation & Visual Effects


• 5 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 5 subjects at SPM level with a minimum of a pass in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah (History);

• 5 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 5 subjects at IGCSE/O-Levels;

• 3 Credits (Grade B & above) in at least 3 subjects in UEC;

• A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.
Psychology • 5 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 5 subjects at SPM level including Mathematics and Science OR Physics OR Chemistry OR Biology with a minimum of a pass in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah (History);

• 5 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 5 subjects including Mathematics, Science OR Physics OR Chemistry OR Biology with a minimum of a pass in English at IGCSE/O-Levels;

• 3 Credits (Grade B & above) in at least 3 subjects in UEC;

• A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.
Computing, Technology & Games Development

Accounting, Banking, Finance & Actuarial

• 5 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 5 subjects at SPM level including Mathematics with a minimum of a pass in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah (History);

• 5 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 5 subjects at IGCSE/O-Levels including Mathematics;

• 3 Credits (Grade B & above) in at least 3 subjects in UEC including Mathematics;

• A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.


Malaysian Students who do not possess a Pass in English at SPM/IGCSE/UEC; will be required to sit for the APU English Placement Test, and based on the outcome of the test may be required to attend the APU Intensive English Programme (IEP) prior to commencement of the Foundation/Diploma/Certificate programme.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

International Students

Programmes General Requirements
Foundation Programme
• IELTS : 4.0
• TOEFL IBT : 30-31
• Pearson (PTE) : 30
• MUET : Band 2

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment. 

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents.

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

 

COMMON MODULES SEMESTER 1 (12 weeks)

Business & Finance, Computing & Technology and Design
  • English for Academic Purpose
  • Communication Skills
  • Personal Development & Study Methods
  • Essentials of Web Applications
  • Mathematics


SPECIALISED MODULES SEMESTER 2  (12 weeks)

Business & Finance
  • Introduction to Business
  • Fundamental of Finance
  • Global Business Trends
  • Public Speaking in English


Computing & Technology
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Computer Architecture & Networking
  • Introduction to Visual & Interactive Programming
  • Public Speaking in English


Design
  • Imaging/Production Skills for Design
  • Major Project 1
  • Design Theory and Practice 1
  • Public Speaking in English


SPECIALISED MODULES SEMESTER 3  (12 weeks)

Business & Finance
  • Academic Research Skills
  • Principles of Accounts
  • Economics for Business
  • Perspectives in Technology / Further Mathematics**
  • Co-Curricular


Computing & Technology
  • Academic Research Skills
  • Further Mathematics
  • Introduction to Multimedia Applications
  • Perspectives in Technology
  • Co-Curricular


Design
  • Academic Research Skills
  • History of Design and Media
  • Major Project 2
  • Design Theory and Practice 2
  • Co-Curricular

** Further Mathematics module or subject is Compulsory for students who choose to progress to Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Actuarial Studies


Upon completion of your Foundation, you may then proceed to Level 1 of a Degree of your choice in the following pathways

BUSINESS & FINANCE PATHWAY
PRIMARY PATHWAYS - Business & Management

- Accounting, Finance, Banking & Actuarial Studies

- Media & Communications

- Psychology
SECONDARY PATHWAYS
Students may also choose the following:
 - Computing & Technology

- Industrial Design, Visual Effects, Animation & Digital Advertising

- International Relations

COMPUTING & TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY
PRIMARY PATHWAYS - Computing & Technology
SECONDARY PATHWAYS
Students may also choose the following:
 - Business & Management

- Accounting, Finance, Banking & Actuarial Studies

- Industrial Design, Visual Effects, Animation & Digital Advertising

- International Relations

- Media & Communications

- Psychology

DESIGN PATHWAY
PRIMARY PATHWAYS - Industrial Design, Visual Effects, Animation & Digital Advertising
SECONDARY PATHWAYS
Students may also choose the following:
 - Computing & Technology

- Accounting, Finance, Banking & Actuarial Studies

- Business & Management

- International Relations

- Media & Communications

- Psychology

Business, Management, Marketing, Media, Tourism, International Relations & Psychology Programmes

  • BA (Hons) in Business Management
  • BA (Hons) in Business Management with a specialism in E-Business
  • BA (Hons) in Business Management with a specialism in Digital Leadership
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) in International Business Management
  • BA (Hons) in Marketing Management
  • BA (Hons) in Marketing Management with a specialism in Digital Marketing
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Media and Communication Studies
  • BA (Hons) in International Relations
  • BA(Hons) in Tourism Management

Leading from APU Foundation to your Choice of Degree Studies; please note that a Credit Pass in Mathematics and Science OR Physics OR Chemistry OR Biology and a Pass in English at SPM / O-Level / IGCSE is required for the following programme:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology

Computing, Technology & Games Development Programmes

Leading from APU Foundation to your Choice of Degree Studies; please note that a Credit Pass in Mathematics at SPM / O-Level / IGCSE is required for the following programmes:

  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Information System Security
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Cloud Computing
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Network Computing
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Mobile Technology
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Internet of Things (IoT)
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Digital Transformation
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Financial Technology (FinTech)
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Business Information Systems
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science*
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in Data Analytics*
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in Digital Forensics*
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (Cyber Security)*
  • BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering*
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) (Intelligent Systems)*
  • BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Technology
  • BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Technology with a specialism in VR/AR
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Development​

Students who choose to progress to Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Analytics, Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Intelligent Systems programmes will be required to undertake Foundation Pathways from the Computing & Technology route or Engineering route if the student does not have a credit in Additional Mathematics at SPM / O-Level / IGCSE or equivalent.

Students who have completed Foundation from other routes apart from the above are required to do a Pre-Requisite module in Further Mathematics or equivalent in the first semester of the Degree Programme, provided they also still have Credit in Maths and Science or ICT subject at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent.


Accounting, Banking, Finance & Actuarial Programmes

Leading from APU Foundation to your Choice of Degree Studies; please note that a Credit Pass in Mathematics at SPM / O-Level / IGCSE is required for the following programmes:

  • BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with a specialism in Forensic Accounting
  • BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with a specialism in Taxation
  • BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with a specialism in Forex and Investments
  • BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with a specialism in Internal Audit
  • Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons)
  • Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons) with a specialism in Investment and Risk Management
  • Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons) with a specialism in Financial Technology
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Actuarial Studies

Design, Advertising & Animation Programmes

  • BA (Hons) in Industrial Design
  • BA (Hons) in Visual Effects
  • BA (Hons) in Animation
  • BA (Hons) in Digital Advertising

Note: Portfolio Required