Wondering where to start a rewarding career as a Health Science professional? We suggest you start with the Foundation in Science programme from any leading university.
Understanding exactly where to start is hard, even if you are sure of what subject to pursue at the degree level. A Foundation in Science programme will give you the right kick-start.
What is a Foundation in Science programme?
It is a pre-university programme designed specially to equip you with the right knowledge, skills and practice to help you make a smooth transition from school to university. You get a solid fundamental knowledge to pursue higher education in not just Health Sciences but also in other science areas such as Biotechnology, Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and a host of other science subjects. This qualification is specially designed for students with SPM, O-level or equivalent qualifications.
You get to learn all the science-related topics which will be very useful for pursuing higher-level studies. Unlike A-level or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma which is administered by a central international body, Foundation in Science programmes are administered by individual universities. Hence, each university designs its own programme which follows the pattern of the bachelor degree programmes for a smooth transition.
How long is the programme?
Usually, Foundation in Science programmes is 1-year long. You can start a degree programme after completion of the Foundation programme.
Benefits of a Foundation in Science programme
Specific Programme: So, let us answer the most important question – why should you study Foundation in Science. To begin with, this is a more specific programme than A-level or IB. You will be studying specific subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics which will help you make a smooth transition to the degree level. Yes, we know you have studied these 4 subjects in your school, but a Foundation in Science provides you with a higher-standard knowledge of these subjects. Apart from these four, you will also learn other subjects or skills such as public speaking, English,, Information technology, problem-solving skill and others which will help you develop your overall personality.
Helps you Make the Right Choice: More often than not, students who have just completed school are not sure which discipline would suit them at the degree level. This is not a small decision. It affects someone’s life. A Foundation in Science programme is the best way to understand a student’s niche. The one year spent learning different disciplines gives students the extra time to understand their forte and then pursue higher studies in that stream. This makes learning enjoyable and helps them have a career in the chosen line.
Quick Path: A Foundation in Science is a quick path to move towards a bachelor degree. It only takes a year and then after a short break, you can start with a bachelor degree in the same university. How cool is that?
Structure of a Foundation in Science programme
As mentioned earlier, most universities design its own Foundation in Science programme to ensure a smooth transition into the next level. Generally, there are core subjects and there are elective subjects. The core subjects typically include subjects which you have read in schools such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and others. Apart from these, there can be other subjects such as communication, language, engineering, computing and others. Elective subjects or specialisations, as the name suggests, are subjects you want to specialise in. So if you are keen to pursue Health Sciences, then you should take Biology as your specialisation. On the other hand, if you want to pursue an Engineering degree after the foundation programme, you should take Physics as your specialisation.
Benefits of starting university earlier than your friends
- No worries about college admissions
- Get used to the college environment
- Access to awesome university facilities
Unlike IB Diploma or A-level which has to be studied in a school, a Foundation in Science programme is administered by a university. So, if you pursue this programme, you will be starting college earlier than your friends.
So, why is it beneficial?
To start with, you will not have to worry about admissions at the bachelor level. In almost all universities, the Foundation in Science course is designed to absorb the students in a science discipline in the bachelor level. So while your friends will be spending sleepless nights wondering which college to go to, you will relax and enjoy life.
You will be acclimatised to a university environment much earlier than your friends. This will be of immense help to cope up with the challenges of a bachelor degree.
Finally, most universities have excellent facilities, much better than schools. You will have access to well-stocked libraries, co-curricular facilities and learn from reputed professors. Good universities also partner with international colleges to deliver some of their courses and as a student, you will have access to that.
A Foundation in Science programme is definitely a great start to learn what you love. It is a soul-searching course which will help you understand your love for a subject and be an expert in that. SEGi University’s Foundation in Science programme January Intake is now open to all school-leavers. Scholarships are also available for all high achievers. So drop us a line and learn more about kick-starting your degree!