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Cambridge Qualifications
in Malaysia


Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education

Most popular subjects are :
1) Mathematics,
2) English
3) Malay


Cambridge International A-Level

Most popular subjects are:
1) Mathematics
2) Business studies
3) Economics.


Cambridge qualifications

The number of students entered for Cambridge qualifications by schools across Malaysia has risen significantly over the past year.

There were over 54,000 entries for the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Cambridge International A-Level, seeing a rise of 10 per cent since 2011.

Cambridge IGCSE subjects which are the most popular among students in Malaysia are Mathematics, English and Malay.

The Cambridge International A-Level subjects which are most popular are Mathematics, Business studies and Economics.

Cambridge programmes and qualifications have a proven reputation for providing students in Malaysia and around the world with excellent preparations for university, employment and life.
Cambridge university supported schools to develop students who were confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged.

The increasing number of students taking Cambridge qualifications in Malaysia shows that schools are aware of the value of this approach and the importance of an international education in today’s global economy.

Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14- to 16-year-olds and the Cambridge International A-Level, for 16- to 19-year-olds, and regarded as a passport to success in education and employment.

There are now over 100 Cambridge schools in Malaysia, while more than 9,000 schools in 160 countries make up the Cambridge learning community worldwide.

Categories of Application
The Bachelor's degree courses offered by public universities are grouped into two categories i.e. Arts Stream courses and Science Stream courses:
- Arts Stream Courses (under Category 'A')
This category of courses is for STPM Arts stream holders to apply.
- Science Stream Courses (under Category 'S')
Likewise, STPM Science Stream holders are allowed to apply for Science Stream courses only.
Applicants are allowed to submit ONE Category of application only (i.e. either applying for Arts Stream courses or Science Stream courses). Some programmes offered in public universities are grouped under both the Arts and Science streams, so both STPM Arts and Science streams students can apply. For example, IT courses in public universities are usually grouped under both the Arts and Science streams.

Selection of Study Fields
- Applicants are allowed to make their submission of eight (8) selected programmes from the programmes offered by public universities. They will be asked if they would accept placing outside of the eight selected programmes. Applicants MUST choose at least four (4) programmes and are not allowed to choose those from the same programme code (from the first to fourth choice).
- However, if the eight selected programmes have been filled up by better qualified applicants, he / she will be offered other programmes deemed suitable according to his / her examination results and availability of place in the selected university. Nevertheless, those who score full marks, which means a CGPA of 4.00 in their STPM results, are most likely to be enrolled inlo their preferred choice of programme.
- Applicants are advised to make the selection according to their priority of programmes.

Co-curricular Activities
- Applicants must also provide information on co-curricular activities and in cases where there are no co-curricular activities, applicants are required to state so in their applications.
- Besides academic result, applicants' co-curricular activities are also included in the calculation of total marks for the ranking of applicants' merit.

Marks Calculation for a degree course in  Public Universities

Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) selection of stidents into public universities is based on the principle of meritocracy.

The merit of candidates (ranking of applicants) is based on 90% academic marks and 10% co-curriculum marks scored by each candidate.

Marks requirement from
STPM holders
for a degree course in
Public Universities


• Academic Marks Calculation - Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

The calculation of Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) by BPKP is 90% based on the STPM candidates' performance in four 4 of the best STPM subjects including Pengajian Am (General Paper).


Co-curriculum Calculation

The remaining 10% of the CGPA is based on co-curricular activities. With effect from the 2007/2008 session, the calculation and submission of co-curricular marks will be coordinated by the Ministry of Education. The marks of co-curricular section are based on STPM candidates' best two out of four areas of co-curricular activities. Subject Grade Value is given to the position held and the level of involvement by the students. The highest mark for each activity is 10.

The accepted co-curricular activities are :

1 - Sports / Games,
2 - Uniformed Teams,
3 - Clubs / Associations and
4 - National Service Programme.

STPM Subject Grading Score

Subject Grade Subject Grade Value
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
F 0.00

Application Requirements
The applicants (Malaysians and non-Malaysians) with STPM qualification applying to public universities at Bachelor's degree level need lo comply with the following requirements:

Application Requirements by UiTM (MARA)

• Programmes of Study for Bumiputras Only
All programmes of study offered by UiTM are for Bumiputra candidates only.


Application Requirements by Government's Public Universities

A - General Requirements
• Applicants must possess STPM qualification or equivalent

- Applicants must pass the STPM examination in just one sitting

B - University's Specific Requirements
Applicants also need to fulfill the respective university's course entry requirements as per details  attached with the application form.

C -  Minimum Qualification
1 - Basic Education Requirements

Candidates must hold an SPM qualification or an equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Malaysian government. SPM holders must have a Credit in Bahasa Malaysia or its equivalent as approved by the Malaysian government. A credit in Bahasa Malaysia in the July paper is acceptable.

2 - STPM Grade Requirements

Candidates must score:
- at least Grade C ('CGPA 2.00) in the General Paper and

- at least a Grade C (CPGA 2.00) in any two other subjects (*CGPA means Cumulative Grade Point Average)

3 - English Language Requirement

- Candidates must obtain a minimum of Band 1 in the Malaysian
University English Test (MUET)


Cambridge A-Level

STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia) is equivalent to GCE A-levels and is one of the qualifications recognized for Year 1 of Bachelor degree programmes at public universities.

All public universities offer Bachelor's Degree programmes for STPM post-secondary school leavers.

MOHE recognizes STPM as entry qualification into universities based on 90% academic marks and 10% co-curriculum marks. The National Service Programme is taken into account as one component of co-curriculum marks calculation.

Application to enter public universities is to be done online.

Generally, there are two categories of STPM holders i.e., Arts Stream and Science Stream and Bachelor's degree courses offered by public universities are grouped as such.

The places for courses at public universities are limited and candidates compet for critical courses.

The most critical courses in the 20 Public Universities are :

1) medicine,
2) pharmacy,
3) dentistry,
4) allied health sciences,
5) electronic engineering,
6) chemical engineering,
7) law and
8) accounting.

The public universities' First Bachelor Degree programmes are still the preferred choice of STPM qualification holders especially for critical courses and for those who cannot afford the high tuition fee at private higher educational institutions (PHEIs). The course fees for undergraduate programmes at public universities are heavily subsidized by the government and therefore, the overall education cost is much cheaper than that at private higher educational institutions.

As compared to PHEIs, public universities offered more places for professional and critical courses such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, engineering, accounting, architecture and law. Public universities also offer wider choices in the areas of humanities and social sciences as well as education.

The 20 Public universities of Malaysia offer Bachelor's degree courses for the holders of the following post-secondary qualifications:
1 STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia)
2 STAM (Sijil Tinggi Agamo Malaysia)
3 Recognized Diplomas
4 Ministry of Education (MOE) Matriculation Certificate
5 Public University's ' Program Asasi'

STPM holders need to apply through the centralized processing agency : BPKP (Bahagian Pengurusan Kemasukan Pelajar)

  ELS Language Centres Malaysia is a franchise of the US-based ELS Language Centres. Established in 1990, ELS Malaysia has since grown to having 5 purpose-built English language training centres

ELS Language Centres Malaysia offer an Intensive English Programme that is widely popular among individuals who want to fast track their English proficiency. The Centres also offer a range of English language training solutions catered to companies, professionals, as well as school children.


  1. Kolej Aman
  2. Institut Bahasa Teikyo
  3. Crescendo International College