As a result of the MQA decision to reduce the length of study of Diploma programmes by six months, HELP University is able to highlight a few programmes featuring substantial benefits for SPM and O-Level students in the form of four fast-track diploma to degree programmes aimed at saving cost and time.
These are the Diploma in Business, Diploma in IT, Diploma in Business Management, Diploma in Accounting, and the Diploma in Communication. Where the conventional route would take five years from diploma to degree, these courses can now be completed in four years or less. The benefits are substantial: apart from savings in fees and living expenses, graduates are able to enter the job market sooner and have a head-start in gaining experience to improve their promotion prospects.
The Diploma in Business offered by the HELP Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting (FBEA) prepares students to enter business-related degree programmes at HELP. The curriculum provides a strong background for degree specialisation in accounting, finance, economics, entrepreneurship, business psychology, human resource management, international business, hospitality and tourism management, or marketing.
Moreover, the accounting programme is granted maximum exemptions by professional bodies such as ACCA, ICAEW, and MAICSA.
The Diploma is also accepted by universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand for credit transfer into year two studies. And HELP’s business programmes have the distinction of being the only one in Malaysia whose credits are accepted into final year study by the top-rated University of Queensland.
The HELP Diploma in IT offered by the Faculty of Computing and Digital Technology provides a thorough grounding in fundamental skills as well as theoretical understanding for a career in IT, Computer Science, and Data Analytics.
The other significant cost and time saving fast-track programme at HELP University is that offered by the Department of Management Studies (DOMS). DOMS offers the Diploma in Business Management and the Diploma in Accounting which stream into three 3+0 degree programmes that the department offers in collaboration with the University of Derby (UoD), UK: the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, BA (Hons) Business Management, and the BA (Hons) Business Management (International Business).
The University of Derby is a highly rated university: it is ranked among the top 30 by the Guardian University Guide 2020 and among the top 10 for Business, Management, Marketing and Accounting and Finance by the same guide.
UoD students receive an additional qualification upon graduation: an Advanced Diploma in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the UK’s chartered body for management and leadership.
Students with the DOMS Diploma are able to complete the UoD degree in three and a half years instead of the usual four. This represents a real benefit: they acquire an internationally recognised UK degree at a significant saving of cost and time. They also enjoy an additional value in the form of a subsidised 10-day study trip to the UoD campus in Derby, UK.
DOMS also provides a convenient route for SPM (or equivalent) holders with just one credit to obtain a UoD degree in four and a half years via entry into its Certificate in Business Management and subsequently into its Diploma in Business Management, Diploma in Accounting, or Diploma in Marketing before being admitted into year two of a UoD degree programme.
The Faculty of Arts and Communication of HELP University is acknowledged as a hub of academic excellence and creativity in three majors: Media Studies, Marketing Communication, and Public Relations.
Its Diploma in Communication (Dip Com) provides an ideal foundation for students to stream into any one of the degree majors, supported by a state-of-the-art production studio, editing suite and a graphic design lab. The Dip Com permits entry into Year 2 of the BCom, thus enabling SPM (or equivalent) students to graduate in four years.
Modules taught in Dip Com include social and business communication, data analytics, filmmaking for YouYube and social media, video production, advertising, and digital marketing.
“The emphasis is on the courses is practical, interactive, fun and immersive. They are taught by industry experts, academics and professionals who take you on amazing physical and imaginative journeys that will take you to places and teach you things you never thought possible”, said Faculty Dean Prof Andy Hickson.
Diploma students entering HELP degree programmes also enjoy many other distinct benefits.
They are eligible for the Diploma Distinction Award which carries a 100% tuition fee waiver if they attain eight distinctions in the SPM exam and continue into HELP degree programmes in the same majors.
This is in addition to other scholarships like the HELP Excellence Scholarship (worth about RM70,000), Student Achiever Scholarship Award, Sports Scholarship, scholarships from university partners (e.g. University of Queensland, Australian National University), and Merit and Distinction awards.
Students in the FBEA Diploma-Degree programmes are also eligible for a subsidised study trip to Australia or China.
Other special value benefits to enhance their learning experience are: a free certificate course in Data and Business Analytics; certification in Bloomberg Market Concepts and acquisition of stock-trading skills on Bloomberg terminals in one of the largest Bloomberg Finance Labs among private higher education providers in Malaysia; and mentorship in e-commerce and e-entrepreneurship with the Alibaba Business School.
For further enquiries on the diploma to degree fast track programmes, please email [email protected], or call 03-2716200. You may visit our website https://university.help.edu.my for more information.