18 May 2020

5 Things People Always Get Wrong About Australian Matriculation

If you’ve been researching about the Australian Matriculation programme, you may have come across statements like, “You have to study in Australia” or “Australian Matriculation is super expensive.”

Guess what? Those statements are entirely wrong! 

Let’s take a look at some of the things people always seem to get wrong about Australian Matriculation.

#1. Australian Matriculation, AUSMAT and SACE International all mean the same thing

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While it’s easy to make the mistake, these terms don’t all mean the same thing. 

Australian Matriculation is actually a general term for the programme. In Malaysia, there are two types of popular Australian Matriculation programmes — SACE International and WACE. 

SACE International is a programme administered by the SACE board of South Australia with a 70:30 coursework to exam ratio. On the other hand, WACE, or sometimes known as AUSMAT, is administered by the Western Australian government with a 50:50 coursework to exam ratio.

However, don’t automatically assume that you are looking at a WACE programme when you see the word AUSMAT. Some colleges may use the term as a short form of Australian Matriculation. 

So make sure to do your research before actually applying for the programme. Check with the institutions about the awarding body and the coursework to exam ratio.

#2. It’s not well-recognised

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Are you turning up your nose at the Australian Matriculation programme because you’ve heard people say that it’s not well-recognised outside of Australia? Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth!

SACE International is an internationally recognised pre-university programme, granting you access to renowned universities all over the world including the University of Cambridge in the UK, the University of Toronto in Canada and the National University of Singapore.

Additionally, most, if not all, Malaysian private universities accept the Australian Matriculation as a passport to their degrees.

#3. It’s an easy programme

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There’s a popular misconception that Australian Matriculation is an easy pre-university programme due to the fact that it’s no longer 100% exam-based like what you’re used to for SPM. 

However, that simply isn’t true. Under the programme, you will have to juggle with school-based assessments such as quizzes, tests, assignments and labs, designed to shape you into a wholesome student. What’s more, some of these may show up as early as the first couple of weeks of class, so you really need to be on your toes! 

On the flip side, some people may have the notion this short 1-year programme isn’t a very rigorous qualification. However, it’s actually a well-balanced programme with a healthy mix of coursework and exams, which is not all that different from a university degree. This will keep you engaged and also eases your transition to university. 

#4. You have to do your degree in Australia

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If you have your sights set on pursuing a degree in the land Down Under, then Australian Matriculation is an obvious — and smart — choice. 

But taking Australian Matriculation doesn’t mean you have to study in Australia. 

Take your pick from a wide range of private universities in Malaysia, all of which accept the Australian Matriculation as an entry requirement. Looking to study abroad in another country? Don’t fret — many universities in the UK, New Zealand, Singapore, India and USA recognise the Australian Matriculation programme.

#5. It limits your degree options

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If you’re under the impression that Australian Matriculation isn’t an accepted qualification for certain degrees, then fret not. 

The truth is that the programme is recognised by numerous professional bodies. The Australian Matriculation is an accepted qualification for medicine based on the standards set by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC), dentistry as approved by the Malaysian Dental Council (MDC) and also allows you to pursue the Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP) to become a lawyer. 

Additionally, it’s also a flexible programme that lets you take both Science and Arts subjects, giving you the chance to explore and experiment with your interests. This allows you to make an informed choice when choosing your university degree.

Want to know more? Hear what fellow Taylorians have to say about their SACE International journey.

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