Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)

If you are considering what's your next step after secondary school, here's what you need to know about Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)!
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Introduction

The Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) pre-university course is offered in Malaysia by several private colleges. It is largely identical to the Year 12curriculum utilised in Western Australian secondary schools and is one of the most popular pre-university courses.

Students who complete the AUSMAT are awarded the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). The AUSMAT qualification is equivalent to the Malaysian STPM and A Levels qualifications.

Duration

AUSMAT typically takes anywhere between 8 months to 11 months to complete.

Intakes

There is are several intakes for the AUSMAT each year, depending on the institution offering the course and the length of the course. Most private universities in Malaysia typically offer 2 to 3 intakes for AUSMAT courses, which generally fall in January, March, August and/or September.

Structure & assessment

The AUSMAT is administered by the Western Australian government. That may sound scary at first, but you can take comfort in the fact that the course has a well-balanced emphasis on 50% exams and 50% coursework which takes away the scary big exam at the end of your studies.

Another interesting aspect of the AUSMAT is that it is a holistic approach to a pre-university qualification. Expect to learn independently and at your own pace, while being assessed continuously throughout the duration of the course via homework such as:

  • research-based assignments

  • lab reports

  • topic tests

  • short essays 

  • weekly quizzes

As an AUSMAT course student, you will also earn an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). The ATAR is calculated based on students’ results when they complete their respective courses.

Australian universities use the ATAR as one criterion when selecting applicants for admission. However, a high ATAR is not a guarantee of admission into your university of choice.

Subjects

You will be required to take 5 subjects.

Expert tips

  • Think hard about which 5 subjects to take because they will need to meet the entry requirements for your degree course in the near future!

  • Talk to university representatives if they offer pre-set combinations of subjects based on your interest!

  • Ask yourself if you can be consistent with your academic output throughout the duration of the course!

It is RIGHT for you if…

  • You want to keep your study options open to both local and overseas institutions

  • You like to have a mixture of exams and coursework as part of your assessment

  • You thrive by working on different types of projects and assignments

It is WRONG for you if…

  • You find studying 5 subjects a little difficult to manage

  • You plan to take up a very competitive degree in the near future 

  • You are not consistent with your study routine