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1. What is Pre-University Studies?
The Pre-University Studies at KDU Penang University College focuses on delivering a university preparatory programme to students who wish to pursue their bachelor degrees at university. By enrolling for this programme, students will gain indispensable academic knowledge and essential study skills, such as independent learning skills, critical thinking skills, etc. so that the student is better prepared for admission into the premier universities all over the world. At KDU Penang University College, we are currently offering the Cambridge GCE A-Level programmes, the Foundation in Science programme and the Foundation in Arts programme.

2. What is the advantage of enrolling as a Pre-University Studies student?
Pre-University Studies student will have better education pathways. Basically, students with Cambridge GCE A-level results and Foundation studies results can apply to degree programmes in many universities all over the world as long as the students meet the entry requirements of the degree programmes.

3. What if my grades change before I attend classes at KDU?
Students who wish to enroll in the Cambridge GCE A-Level programmes and Foundation programmes must meet the entry requirements of the programmes with their SPM results or O-Level results.
4. How will I know what courses to take?
Two major streams of study are offered by the CPUS in KDU Penang University College, which are science and humanities. Students are advised to decide their future career and make the correct decision. For students who have problems making their decision, our academic staff is always ready to provide counselling service for them.

5. What is the grading system of the Cambridge A-Level programmes?
The Cambrige GCE A-level Programmes offered by KDU Penang University College does not use GPA or test scores for its grading system. In A-Levels, a student’s academic achievement is reported on a grade scale from A*(highest) to E (minimum required performance). There is no A* grade in Advanced Subsidiary (AS) levels, which run from A to E. Some universities allow students to use their AS results to apply for university admission. However, a student is required to ensure that the later final A-level results meet the entry requirement.

6. How many subjects may I enrol in for the Cambridge A-Level programmes?
Normally, a student will enroll for a minimum of three subjects per semester. We do have students enrolling for more than 3 subjects. All this depends on the student. Every subject will carry 6 credits. There is no compulsory subjects for the A-level programmes.

7. What distinguishes KDU Penang UC’s Pre-U from other Pre-U programmes?
A few key areas which distinguish us from other Pre-U programmes, are:

a. Good track record of student performance - an average of 45% of our students score 2As and above in their A-Level results every year.

b .Largest pool of full time A-Level academic staff - 90% of our full time academic staff have post graduate degrees and extensive teaching experience.

c. Various resources for students to help them achieve good results (notes, exercises, textbooks, past year exam questions, online learning resources, etc.).

d. Conducive learning environment.
  • Regular engagement with students and parents on students’ academic performance and wellbeing via student-lecturer meetings, parent-teacher meetings, quarterly reports and personal appointments.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. 
e. University placement services. 
8. Is assistance provided to students in their admissions and applications to universities?
KDU does provide University Placement Services – students are provided with information that they will need in their applications to degree programmes in local or overseas universities. Students will need to do their own applications, either via online applications or applications through an agent.