Foundation in Business in Malaysia is a pre-university programme suitable for students who have decided to further their studies in the field of accounting, business and/or management.

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Course Name & University
Taylor's University

Foundation in Business

  • Taylor's University
  • Selangor
Intakes: Jan, Mar, Aug
Duration: 1 years
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Foundation in Business

  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
  • Putrajaya
Intakes: Apr, Jul
Duration: 1 years
INTI International University

Foundation in Business Information Technology

  • INTI International University
  • Negeri Sembilan Selangor Kuala Lumpur Sabah
Intakes: Jan, Apr, May, Aug
Duration: 1 years
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Foundation in Business & Management

  • University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • Selangor
Intakes: Apr, Sep
Duration: 1 years
Curtin University Sarawak (Malaysia)

Foundation in Commerce

  • Curtin University Sarawak (Malaysia)
  • Sarawak
Intakes: Mar, Aug
Duration: 10 months
Swinburne University Sarawak (Malaysia)

Foundation Studies (Business)

  • Swinburne University Sarawak (Malaysia)
  • Sarawak
Intakes: Jan, Apr, Aug, Oct
Duration: 1 years

Complete Guide to Foundation in Business in Malaysia

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What is Foundation in Business?

Foundation in Business in Malaysia is a pre-university course for post-SPM / O Level students. It is an assesment based program with a combination of examinations and coursework. Each university administers the modules differently. 

This pre-university programme is suitable for students looking to further their studies in the fields of accounting, business and/or management. With its focused approach, this course prepares the students for a Bachelor’s Degree in these fields.

Foundation in Business is usually offered at universities with corresponding business degree programmes ensuring a "guaranteed" entrance. Most local private universities will accept students from other foundation programmes into their degree programmes however, students are advised to study their foundation year in the same institution they would like to pursue their degree.


How is Foundation in Business structured?

Coursework typically accounts for about 50% of a student’s entire grade, while the other 50% is derived from examinations. It may vary slightly, as Foundation in Business modules and examinations are set and moderated by the university itself, rather than an external exam board.


Why study Foundation in Business in Malaysia?

Any student who want to study this programme should be aware that:

  • This programme "guarantees" students entrance into their chosen business degree provided it is in the same university.
  • Foundation in Business is a cheaper and quicker alternative compared to other pre-university courses such as A Level or Australian Matriculation.
  • Course subjects are relevant to field of study, covering accounting, finance, marketing, economics, management and business communication.


Is Foundation in Business your ideal choice?

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You should definitely take this course if ...

  • You are sure about studying business, finance, accounting or marketing.
  • You have decided on the university you will pursue your studies.


You should consider taking this course if ...

  • You dislike / are not good at taking exams.
  • You are looking to get a Bachelor's Degree in the shortest time.

foundation in business maybe not

This programme might not be for you if ...

  • You would like to pursue design related degrees.
  • You would like to study language, teaching or communication related degrees.

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This programme is definitely not for you if ...

  • You are unsure of what to study.
  • You would like to pursue medicine, engineering or mathematical degrees.


Subjects available in Foundation in Business

Foundation in Business subjects in Malaysia generally encompass the fundamental subjects students need to progress into business related degrees, which are:

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Law
  • Introduction to Management
  • Business Mathematics


Is Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum (MPU) subjects required for you?

All students whether local or international students are required to take the MPU subjects as required by the Ministry of Education (MOE) Malaysia. Your academic semester wil include both programme and MPU subjects but MPU subjects will not contribute to your final grade.


Entry requirements of Foundation in Business in Malaysia

  • This programme requires a minimum of 5 C's in SPM / O Level with a mandatory pass in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Sejarah (History).

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