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Pathway after SPM: Diploma Courses in Malaysia
After SPM, if you want to continue studying, you have a few options:
- After SPM > STPM > Bachelor's degree
- After SPM > Pre-University course (Foundation, A-Level, Australian or Canadian matriculation) > Bachelor's degree
- After SPM > Diploma > start working or go for Bachelor's degree
- After SPM > Amerian Degree Transfer Program (ADTP)
You can read about the difference between Diploma and Foundation in this article.
There are more than 80 universities & colleges in Malaysia with Diploma courses. A diploma shows that you are capable of study at university level.
One step below an undergraduate degree, in Malaysia Diploma courses are often taken up by students looking to enter the workforce at the earliest possible time, by equipping them with practical skills and knowledge for their specific industry. Entry into a Diploma course only requires students to have completed their high-school education, making it a very popular option amongst students in Malaysia. If students decide to change their mind at a later point, they also have the option to transfer to Year 2 of their chosen Undergraduate Degree as well, since Diploma courses typically range between 24 to 36 months.