You may need to make some serious decisions after O Level. Locally in Singapore, you can choose from five Polytechnics or ITEs. You may also wish to study a Foundation Year abroad and graduate to a university within eight months 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 salary differences and the level of a job position. 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 a better chance of earning more and has a better chance of promotion.
Every year, hundreds of O Level graduates choose to study overseas. A majority of them have chosen the Foundation Year Program, which provides a fast-track pathway to reputable universities. 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.
Study Options after O level
These are options for O Level graduates who choose to study abroad:
Good University within 8 months with Foundation Year Program
Foundation Year Program is a Pre-University Qualification Program that is equivalent to A Level. Combining academic modules, study skills and English language training, the Foundation Year Program qualifies students to meet the requirements of degree-level study at universities. The Foundation Year Program can be completed within one year so that you enter university one year earlier.
You will progress to the first year of a Bachelor’s Degree Program upon successful completion of the Foundation Year Program. Your place is guaranteed when you complete the Foundation Year Program and achieve the grades stipulated in your offer letter.
With a Foundation Year Program, you can graduate to university in just one year after O Level upon successful completion. You are advised to apply with your last year O Level results so that you are able to start the Foundation Year Program in the coming September and progress to university in September the next year. If you are sitting O level exams this year, you can apply with your O level Preliminary Result in September/October, so that you are able to start the Foundation Year Program in January the next year.
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A level or IB in the UK aiming for Oxford, Cambridge & Medical school
‘Advanced Levels’ are UK public university entrance examinations and are recognised worldwide. A Level gives you the in-depth preparation you need to excel in the most demanding and competitive degree courses.
Success at A Level allows you to choose the right university and degree from every UK university. If you have exceptional academic ability, your ambition might be to graduate to either Oxford or Cambridge University or a UK medical school. These institutions are some of the most competitive in the world. You will need specialised preparation in addition to your excellent academic qualifications.
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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
Many O level graduates has chosen these programs:
Bellerbys’ students have won places at every university in Britain. The Bellerbys LAW Foundation Year program is a three-term course that provides an intensive, fast-track route to a university place. You can graduate to university in just one year.
The Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK) is owned by 11 leading UK universities, and has offered widely recognized university pathway programs to international students for more than 20 years.
Meet Mr. David Few
Are you comparing Foundation Program to A level program? Are you confused? Are you unsure about which foundation program is good? Come and have a chat with Mr. David Few. It’s exclusively available in Singapore.
Mr. Few is formerly the Principal of Bellerbys College (Cambridge), the Global Admission Director and the Global Recruitment Director for Bellerbys College. He is now the Business Development director of JACK StudyAbroad and would be more than happy to advise students and parents from Singapore. The topics covers comparison of Foundation program and A level program, different foundation programs in the UK and career planning for O level graduates. Read more and make appointment here: Meet Mr. Few in Singapore.
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