Cambridge A Levels (CAL)
FAQ
Quick Facts on the Cambridge A Level (CAL) programme
Duration
1.5 years of 3 semesters
Intakes
January, March (accelerated) and July
Entry Requirements
SPM, O Levels or equivalent 5 credits including English and Mathematics/Science Subject pre-requisites apply
No. of Subjects / English Language Requirements
A minimum of 3 or a maximum of 4 A Level subjects
Assessment Style
100% external examinations in 2 phases: Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) and A2 Level
Awarding Body
University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
Scholarship and Financial Aid
Principal's Awards
Tan Sri Dato' (Dr) Loy Hean Heong Merit Scholarship
Top Achievers' Award
Sibling & Alumni Discount
Developing Towns Study Grant
International Students' Study Grant
Taylor’s Education Group (TEG) Students Bursary 

 

Here, we have the answers to the most common questions regarding the Cambridge A Level programme. Click on a question for the answer.

1. Why is Cambridge A Levels at Taylor's a good choice?
2. What is meant by Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) and Advanced Two (A2) Level and when do I sit for the exams?
3. How is Taylor's Cambridge A Levels different from the Edexcel system (otherwise known as London Board)?
4. Is Taylor's Cambridge A Levels recognised by foreign universities?
5. How well does Taylor’s College send its students to prestigious universities?
6. What are the subject combinations offered by Taylor's College?
7. How is the study load like from week to week?
8. How much are the final exam fees and when is it due?
9. Is assistance provided to students in their admissions and applications to universities?

 

1.
Why is Cambridge A Levels at Taylor's a good choice?
 
  • Taylor's has an excellent track record. Year after year, new records are set. Click here to view the latest CAL academic achievements.
  • Taylor's students gain entry to top universities worldwide, such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, London School of Economics, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Stanford, MIT Carnegie-Mellon, Wharton Business School, Melbourne, Sydney, National University of Singapore, Toronto and McGill.
  • Many excellent students choose to join Taylor's, including scholars sent from the government – Public Services Department (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA)), Council of Trust for Bumiputera (Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA)) – and corporate bodies like PETRONAS, Telekom, Bank Negara and Sime Darby, thus creating a competitive and challenging learning environment.
  • All teachers at Taylor's are full-time subject specialists. Our academics work in harmonious teams in preparing quality teaching resources and materials to bring out the best in our students. A wide range of teaching methodologies is used to meet the students' learning needs e.g. Student-Centered Learning, Problem-Based Learning, Blended Learning, Lecture/Tutorial system, Interactive & Innovative teaching strategies.
  • As part of a holistic education, students at Taylor's are exposed to guest lecturers from universities, seminars and workshops on choices of courses and careers, hospital attachment programmes and community service, among others.
  • Pastoral care and academic support are provided to prepare our students well for the final examinations, as well as assistance in testimonials, information on top universities and in their university applications.

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What is meant by Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) and Advanced Two (A2) Level and when do I sit for the exams?
 
Students take the A Level examinations conducted by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in two phases: Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level and Advanced Two (A2) Level. Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level will account for 50% of the marks while Advanced Two (A2) Level the other 50%. With this new structure, students are given more opportunities to phase their learning to perform well and to master skills appropriate to university needs.

Students sit for Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) after 1 year with the programme and Advanced Two (A2) Level after another half a year.

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3.
How is Taylor's Cambridge A Levels different from the Edexcel system (otherwise known as London Board)?
 
  • Academic system. The Cambridge A Level programme is a linear system where there is continuity from the start to the end of the course. Students sit for Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) in the first year, and knowledge in AS Level is needed for the Advanced Two (A2) Level assessment. From their AS Level preparation, students will be able to think more maturely, and apply and synthesise knowledge at a higher level.
    The Edexcel A Level programme follows a modular system. For each subject, students are required to sit for a number of modules that can be done in any order. Prior knowledge of any module is not required for the other.
  • Examination board. The Cambridge A Levels examination is conducted by the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), which is a department of the University of Cambridge. Edexcel is not attached to any university.
  • Cambridge centres. In Malaysia, 50 out of 55 centres providing the A Levels qualification offer the Cambridge A Level programme, while in Singapore, all public schools run the Cambridge A Level programme while only small private tuition centres run the Edexcel programme. 

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4.
Is Taylor's Cambridge A Levels recognised by foreign universities?
 
The Cambridge A Levels offered by Taylor's College is an internationally-recognised ‘gold-standard' qualification which prepares students to enter demanding undergraduate degree courses in all top universities worldwide. The Cambridge A Level curriculum provides rigorous programmes that encourage high academic standards, and good grades in the Cambridge A Levels can result in credit exemptions at universities in USA and Canada.

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5.
How well does Taylor’s College send its students to prestigious universities?
 
It is true that every student with good A Levels results can pursue the opportunity of an education overseas, with some at very prestigious universities. Our students are accepted into top universities around the world like Cambridge, Oxford, UCL, LSE, KCL, Imperial, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Warwick, City, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Cornell, Brown, Wharton Business School, Toronto, McGill, British Columbia, Melbourne, ANU, Sydney, UWA, Adelaide, New South Wales, Newcastle, NUS, NTU, SMU, Otago, Auckland, University of Hong Kong etc. Taylor's reputation is particularly well-known, and these universities often speak highly of our students. Students not only attend the top universities but pursue demanding courses such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Actuarial Science and Accounting & Finance.

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6.
What are the subject combinations offered by Taylor's College?
 
Within the Taylor's Cambridge A Level programme, there are packages of subject combinations for students keen to pursue a career in Law, Business (or Accounting), Medical Science and Engineering. (View our Subjects section for further details.) These combinations will provide students with a balanced mixture of subjects to meet the entry requirements at university level. Our counselors and staff will assist students in choosing the best subjects to prepare them for their university studies. Please take note of these requirements while choosing your subjects:
  • Students need to choose a minimum of 3 A Level subjects
  • For Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics, subject pre-requisites apply (Minimum Credit)
  • Further Mathematics can only be taken as the 4th subject


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7.
How is the study load like from week to week?
 
For the January and June intakes, students will have 6 hours per subject (inclusive of the 2 hours for practicals/lab work in the science subjects) and the MQA (Malaysian Qualifications Agency) compulsory subjects per week. For the March intake, it will be 7 hours per week for all subjects and 3 hours for the MQA compulsory subjects. After that, it reverts to the same schedule as the January and June intake.

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8.
How much are the final exam fees and when is it due?
 
The final exam fees vary each year according to the fees set by CIE as well as the exchange rate. The exam fee for Cambridge A Level programme is approximately:
  • AS Level
    • 3 Subjects from RM600 to RM1000
    • 4 Subjects from RM800 to RM1200
  • A2 Level
    • 3 Subjects from RM600 to RM800
    • 4 Subjects from RM800 to RM1000
   
9.
Is assistance provided to students in their admissions and applications to universities?
 
Taylor's has a Placement Centre with a dedicated team to help students in their university applications. We work very closely with the Malaysian British Educational Cooperation Services (MABECS) and the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) in conducting career talks, Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) briefings, mock interviews, helping in writing personal statements, and even arranging talks by university academicians and ex-students alike.

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