Education services agency Findlay (B) Sdn Bhd will be hosting its 11th International Study Fair on January 20, at The Rizqun International Hotel.
Providing support to Findlay will be representatives from 20 institutions in the United Kingdom (UK), Australia, Singapore and Malaysia to discuss study options with students contemplating university entry later this year, or even beyond.
According to Managing Director of Findlay Sdn Bhd Sunita Martin, students should take advantage of the opportunity to look at options based on predicted grades, as well as prepare options in case their results are different to what was expected.
Students who do not get the grades they had expected and who still wish to study at well-ranked universities can consider applying to pathway providers such as INTO, ONCampus and Oxford International Education Group.
Pathway programmes are alternatives, such as foundations and parallel first-year degree programmes, to prepare students for entry to the universities of their choice. The three pathway providers attending the fair will offer programmes leading to over 40 well-known universities in the UK.
Sunita Martin said, “Pathways are very popular these days. The studies are usually located on the campus of their partner university, making it easy to move from the college to the university. ‘A’level students who do not meet the entry requirement for their university may be able to take up a parallel first-year degree programme at the pathway provider, progressing smoothly to the second year of the degree at the university.
“In other words, there is no additional time required for the duration of studies, and the student will graduate at the same time as their classmates. Students holding ‘O’ Level results can take a one-year pre-university foundation, saving them a year of studies, compared to doing A-Levels.”
Many of the universities attending the fair have attractive scholarships to offer students. Some will be offered automatically, while others will require a separate application.
Among the universities attending the fair will be new partners: The University of Law offering 13 campuses across the UK and the University of Southampton, Malaysia campus.
The UK universities include Coventry, De Montfort, Lancaster, London South Bank, Northumbria, Queens Belfast, Edinburgh, University College Birmingham, Dundee, Portsmouth, South Wales, and Surrey.
University of Tasmania in Australia; James Cook University, Singapore campus; and Curtin University, Malaysia campus will also be present at the fair.
Findlay will also showcase Morrisby Career Profiling psychometric assessments for students who are unsure of which educational or career directions to take. Morrisby assesses a student’s aptitudes, interests and personality to identify the best matching careers for them, as well as the best degrees to study.
Officers from the Ministry of Education (MoE)’s Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council and the Scholarship Section will be available for enquiries related to their respective areas.
Also present at the fair will be representatives from Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) to discuss financing studies, Plus-EXP with their internship product, and CfBT to answer questions on IELTS English language tests.
Sunita Martin added, “We assist (students) with applications and visas, pre-departure information sessions and stay in touch throughout their studies, even visiting them in their universities or colleges. When they graduate, they have free access to CV Writing and Interview Skills workshops.”