Originally Posted by awesomeming
here's some questions regarding A levels offered by colleges in Malaysia..
As far as I know, Disted Stamford in Penang offers the Cambridge A level Science which lasts for 11 months and the fees are definitely cheaper compared to Taylors College. As for Taylor's College, the duration of the course is 18 months and the fees are far more expensive compared to the latter. My question is: Why does the A level course offered by these two colleges differ substantially? What I'm more concerned is the duration of the course. How will the duration of the course affect the quality of education delivered?
Hope to get some good advice! Thank you!
The Advanced level qualification is actually a two year course. if you go to the UK, you will spend two years studying for this qualification. The same goes for Singapore and Hong Kong. Students in the UK have 4 exam sittings, by the end of the sittings, they are expected to gain this qualification.
In Malaysia, 18 months is just sufficient to cover the entire syllabi in a normal pace. Some of the stuff in A-levels(AS) are already covered in SPM, so there isn't a need to emphasize on parts which the students are familiar wth. However, there are some schools which run a two year A-level program, they are GIS and KTJ.
As you would have already suspected, the course offered by disted stamford is an express course. I have spoken to a guy who studied there and the schooling hours are long. 8 to 4 or 5,like a chinese independent high school.
If you can cope with the pace, do it by all means. The grades and the cert will still be the same.