Virtual education fair spotlights alternative academic routes

Pathway centres are found all over the world, often located on the campus of their partner university, and have become increasingly popular over the years as an alternative to the more traditional academic routes of ‘A’ Levels or the IB Diploma which take two years.

Students who have ‘O’ Levels or IGCSEs can apply to study a one-year Foundation programme before starting their degree studies. This not only saves them a year of high school studies but also has the big advantage that the student is already in a smaller, highly supported environment on the campus of their chosen university. They have the advantage that when they actually start their degree studies, they are already familiar with the university environment and expectations. Students can also begin at a lower level of English than needed for direct entry to the degree, and strengthen both their subject-specific academic and study skills before proceeding to the degree programme. There are pathway centres to suit students with all kinds of results from passes without credits to top grades.

Pathway centres can also help ‘A’ Level or IB students who do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry to the university. These students can often study the first year of the degree at the pathway college located on the campus of the partner university. Upon successful completion, the student progresses to the second year of studies at the university and eventually graduates at the same time as if they had entered the university directly in the first place.

The pathway offer letter often includes a conditional offer from the partner university, which is very assuring to the parents and students. The letter may indicate that if the student passes their pathway programme according to the stated requirements, they will be guaranteed to progress to the university.

Even students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree but who may not have done well enough to take a Master’s degree can use a pathway provider to do a short pre-Masters programme to bring them to the level required to enter the Master’s degree.

Findlay is organising a virtual education fair to give students and parents an opportunity to speak to a number of pathway providers and explore their options on February 5 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

INTO, Navitas, Cambridge Education Group and Oxford International Education Group will participate. They provide pathways to around 50 partner universities mainly in the United Kingdom (UK) but also Europe and the United States (US). In addition, the University of St Andrews in Scotland, which is ranked top three in the UK with Cambridge and Oxford, will be representing their Foundation programmes for academically strong students who are expected to complete their ‘O’ Levels or IGCSEs with mainly A and A*/7-9 results.

They offer Foundation programmes for Medicine, Science, Business and Social Sciences and Humanities.

Interested applicants can register at

Findlay will arrange one-on-one appointments and provide details to log on and speak to the representatives. If the student is not available during the scheduled fair, their parents can join the session instead.

If the student is not sure about what they would like to study or have as a career, Findlay offers the Morrisby career profiling assessment. This assessment will look at the student’s natural abilities, interests and personality to show what careers and degree studies will suit them.

Findlay education services agency is accredited by the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council under the Ministry of Education.