A Level results day is a day of mixed emotions. For those who have achieved their desired results, there is jubilation. For those who haven’t, there is the prospect of having to re-evaluate their next steps. Locally in Singapore, you could choose from five polytechnics and four universities. You may also wish to study abroad with reputable overseas universities in the UK, Australia, New Zealand or the States.
Polytechnic Diplomas and Bachelor’s Degrees represent two different levels of education. The difference is not just limited to the time spent at the institution, but can also include the salary differences and the level of a job position. This is not to say that Bachelor’s Degree graduates will earn more than Polytechnic Diploma graduates but, in the job scene, a Bachelor’s Degree is usually more valued than a Polytechnic Diploma Certificate. A candidate with a Bachelor’s Degree has better a chance of earning more and has a better chance of promotion.
We are seeing more A level graduates consider studying overseas. The excellent higher-education system and hundreds of world-class universities overseas promises a rich experience for international students. The degrees and qualifications from UK, Australian and New Zealand universities are known around the world as high quality and world-class. There is a wider selection of majors, too.
These are options for A Level Graduates who choose to study overseas:
Direct Entry to the First Year of a Bachelor’s Degree
With good grades from GCE A level, you are eligible for direct entry to year one of a Bachelor’s Degree Program. A Bachelor’s Degree Program usually lasts for three to four years and you will gain Bachelor’s Degree qualification upon completion. Some university Bachelor’s Degree Programs give you the option to undertake a one-year paid work placement in your third year of study.
Some overseas universities are among the best in the world. Many provide degrees with a strong vocational foundation and enjoy good connections with businesses and industries.
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Diploma Pathway leading to 2nd Year of a Bachelor’s Degree
If you are not qualified for direct entry into the first year of a Bachelor’s Degree Program, you may wish to consider a Diploma Pathway Program. A Diploma Pathway Program is a full-time academic program equivalent to studying the first year of a Bachelor’s Degree Program. The program enables you to improve your English and study skills, and to develop necessary academic knowledge. Successful completion of the Diploma Pathway Program guarantees you direct entry into the second year of a range of Undergraduate Degrees with top universities.
A Diploma Pathway Program is a carefully designed course for students who are overqualified for a Foundation Year Program, but under qualified for direct entry into the first year of a Bachelor’s Degree Program. A Diploma Pathway Program provides you with the relevant academic knowledge, study skills and English language proficiency to succeed as a second-year degree student.
Foundation Year Programs for Top Universities
If you are not qualified for direct entry into the first year of a Bachelor’s Degree Program, you may wish to consider the Diploma Pathway Program mentioned above. If the major doesn’t suit you or you wish to have more options, consider a Foundation Program.
A typical Foundation Program is a three-term course that provides an intensive, fast-track route to the first year of a Bachelor’s Degree Program. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Program, you will progress to the first year of a Bachelor’s Degree. Your place is guaranteed when you complete the Foundation Program and achieve the grades stipulated in your offer letter.
Which Subject? – Guide to Study Abroad by Subject Areas
Selecting major is very important and difficult. If you are not sure what you should study in the University, please read our Guide to Study Abroad by Subject Areas
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