Sunway Australian Matriculation
• Australian Matriculation
The Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) is an internationally recognized pre-university programme. The Curriculum Council of Western Australia, on behalf of the Government of Western Australia, oversees the quality implementation of the curriculum.
The Australian Matriculation is
the Year 12 curriculum of Western Australia. It is internationally accepted for
its high standards and quality of the curriculum. It prepares students to sit
for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), which allows
students to gain admissions into all Australian universities and a range of
other universities throughout the world, including those in New Zealand, UK,
USA, Canada, Russia, Germany, Singapore and private universities in Malaysia.
In offering the Australian Matriculation in Malaysia, Sunway University College works with the Curriculum Council to build the required academic foundation for students vying for admission into universities with competitive entry requirements throughout Australia and the world. AUSMAT focuses on holistic development in individuals and promotes the value of feedback through continuous assessments. It balances internal and external examinations to best position students for admission into many disciplines of study at the university level.
Key benefits of pursuing Australian Matriculation Programme :
Established Australian qualification with global recognition
When you successfully complete the AUSMAT programme, measured through the scores you achieve via the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), you can gain admission into universities across all states of Australia and New Zealand, or other countries if you wish. The broad learning pedagogies prepare you well for university level studies and research, and allow you to branch out to many disciplines and specializations.
The credibility, standards and successful transition of students into university studies are some of the reasons why sponsors and scholarship bodies, both public and private, choose this pre-university programme.
The AUSMAT has a unique score-counting advantage which allows students to optimize their marks through calculating the score of either the 'Best - 4' or 'Best - 5' subjects. The higher score is used to determine the Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER), which is required for university entrance.
This sets the WACE apart from other Australian Year 12 programmes, where calculations are based on Best - 5 subjects.
Assurance of quality & track record
The Curriculum Council adopts highly rigorous quality assurance practices. External examinations are conducted, supervised and assessed by examiners from the Curriculum Council. Quality is also maintained through measures on students' transition to university studies, and yearly moderation exercises and academic staff development programmes.
Today, Sunway University College is the largest and longest provider of the AUSMAT programme in Malaysia. We prepare the largest Year 12 population for this internationally recognized pre-university qualification, when compared with all other Western Australian schools.
Since inception in 1988, students and lecturers in the AUSMAT programme at Sunway University College have continually received awards from the Curriculum Council for achieving top grades in examinations that span across cohorts within and outside of Australia. The annual examiners' reports by the Curriculum Council of Western Australia have repeatedly highlighted the excellent standards in teaching and assessments (95%-100% confidence) practiced at Sunway University College. This assurance of quality and academic excellence will augur well with your decision to make application to universities in the Group-of-Eight (Go8) in Australia.
Noted for its unique pastoral component, the AUSMAT programme pays particular attention to the development of wholesome individuals. It addresses your individual learning needs and personal growth and prepares you for studies and life at university.
Your lecturers will challenge you to take multiple approaches to problem solving and critical thinking, and through these means, they nurture your cognitive development. Parents, guardians and sponsors can be assured that you will be kept informed through regular forums and meetings on students' academic performance and progress.
Choice of subjects
Students are required to take five (5) subjects from the list below, including either English or EALD*. You will be advised on suitable subject combinations, to best prepare you in making applications to universities and according to your choice of studies or specializations.
The AUSMAT programme is delivered over two semesters.
Assessment & examinations
The Curriculum Council conducts yearly moderation exercise to validate that the assessment standards applied at Sunway University College are consistent with that of Western Australian schools.
The internal-external coursework component removes the pressure associated with the single end-of- year examination, and provides opportunities to use multiple assessment techniques to help students progress - continuous assessment may include topic tests, quizzes, assignments, investigations, research and examinations. This also prepares students for the learning and assessment methods practiced in many universities today.
Officers appointed by the Curriculum Council directly supervise and conduct examinations, and all external examination scripts are sent to Western Australia for marking.
Calculation of numerical score
AUSMAT provides the flexibility of calculating a student's score based on Best-4 or Best-5 subjects, and EALD is included as a scoring subject. You can use the higher score in making applications to universities.
Global recognition by top tiered universities
Every year, our high achievers are offered places to study in world-class universities like Cambridge and Oxford in the UK, Harvard and Princeton in the USA, ANU and Melbourne in Australia, just to name a few. In 2006 and 2007, our students gained admission into Cambridge University (for Medicine, Economics and Biochemistry), and to Oxford University (for Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Biotechnology). We also successfully prepared a student for entrance with scholarship to Harvard University, USA, in 2007.
Our students transfer successfully to many other prestigious universities in the United Kingdom like Lancaster, Imperial, LSE, Bristol, Queen Mary, UCL, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Cardiff, Kent, Liverpool, Reading, Warwick and Herriot-Watt, as well as top tiered US universities like Stanford, Princeton, MIT and Caltech, not to mention the Group-of-8 universities in Australia, and NUS, SMU and NTU in Singapore.
If you are aiming to pursue your university studies at well reputed and highly competitive universities, and you are willing to trust and follow our A Level programme diligently, we can prepare you along similar paths.
Academic depth & rigor
The A Level curriculum offers comprehensive coverage in the breadth and depth of a subject. Students are assessed for their mastery of content, and the ability to think critically and apply knowledge to solve problems. Students taking science subjects will also be assessed in their practical or laboratory skills. Our lecturers are highly experienced. They have taught the A Level programme for many years, and they provide valuable resource and advice when guiding students through the programme, to achieve good grades and secure admission into prestigious universities.
Every student in our A Level programme is under the mentorship of an experienced lecturer. Students can ask for academic guidance and seek after-class consultation through our well developed mentoring system. You will receive feedback on how to improve in your studies, and counseling advice can cover professional and career guidance and university placements.
With regular feedback and mentoring, we help you stay on track to achieve your academic goals. Parents and sponsors alike will receive similar feedback on students' performance in academic and co-curricular matters. Our Parents' Day, hosted every semester, is a time when our students, parents and lecturers meet to discuss progress made by a student, and to plan ahead for university and professional studies.
Choice of subjects
Students are advised to choose a minimum of three (3), or a maximum of four (4), A Level subjects from the list below:
• Further Mathematics
• Law • Physics
The A Level subject syllabi are divided into two levels: AS and A2, each contributing 50% towards the final A Level grade.
AS Level refers to the first half of the subject syllabus, and forms the foundation of the A Level programme.
A2 Level refers to the second part of the subject syllabus, and covers the more challenging topics and higher level cognitive skills.
Assessment & examinations
The A Level programme is assessed totally through external examinations.
Internal assessments through class tests, assignments and semester exams are given to monitor students' progress and to provide students with feedback for continuous improvement.
Students follow staged assessment, from .the AS Level in one examination to the A2 Level in the final examination.
The examination papers are set and marked by examiners from the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).