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Foundation Computing (ODL) - 100% Online

1 Year
(3 Semesters)

ODL - Fully Online


Awarded by:
APU, Foundation

26 Jul 2023 | 19 Sep 2023



The Foundation programme gives you an opportunity to sample your future areas of study. This helps you choose which Degree programme to pursue.

SPM• 5 Credits in at least 5 subjects at SPM level with a minimum of a pass in Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah (History);
IGCSE/O-LEVELS• 5 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 5 subjects at IGCSE/O-Levels;
UEC• 3 Credits (Grade B & above) in at least 3 subjects in UEC.
Foundation in Computing (ODL) - 100% Online requires a Credit Pass in Mathematics

A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.
-Some Degree Programmes may require a Credit in Mathematics at SPM/IGCSE/O-Level or equivalent.
-Engineering Degree Programmes require a Credit in Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry at SPM/IGCSE/O-Level or equivalent.
Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


• IELTS : 4.0
• TOEFL IBT : 30-31
• Pearson (PTE) : 36
• MUET : Band 3

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This APU Foundation in Computing (ODL) is specifically designed to provide:

  • Theories and concepts to equip students to be competent and knowledgeable in their field of study.
  • The ability to apply digital and numeracy skills to process information and interpret data in their field of study.
  • Students with positive values and the ability to effectively communicate and function as a good team player.
  • Students the ability to identify self-improvement opportunities and develop social responsibilities.

Semester 1 offers modules where students are introduced to the main skills areas of Language, Communication, Personal Skills, Numerical and IT Skills. Students are able to develop their soft skills that are essential for oral and written presentations of ideas and concepts as well as other skills which are essential for employability and lifelong learning.


  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Communication Skills
  • Personal Development and Study Methods
  • Essentials of Web Applications
  • Mathematics

The second semester exposes students further into the concepts of technology and principles of programming. With this knowledge, students are able to design and implement software solutions irrespective of platforms, language or application domain. Basic concepts of organization and its role will also be introduced, and their interpersonal skills will be further developed through public speaking.


  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Computer Architecture and Networking
  • Introduction to Visual and Interactive Programming
  • Public Speaking in English

The final semester provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in areas of multimedia and technology which helps students to make an informed decision on their pathway in the area of study. Their mathematical knowledge and skills will be extended in this semester to prepare for degree study. Students will also have an opportunity to explore academic research, equipped with the necessary skills and techniques.


  • Academic Research Skills
  • Perspectives in Technology
  • Introduction to Multimedia Applications
  • Further Mathematics
*Please take note that some degree programmes require students to complete the Foundation in Computing (ODL) with CGPA of 2.5 and above.

  • The Foundation in Computing with ODL (Open & Distance Learning) allows students to learn from anywhere - this power of freedom is an ideal option for students who wish to have the freedom of choice in their learning.
  • The delivery will consist of combination of online classes, meetings and consultation through Microsoft Teams, coupled with Asynchronous learning on APU’s Learning Management System.


Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be eligible to progress into any of the following degree pathways offered at APU. Students will also have the option to opt-in for the APU-DMU Dual Degree Scheme.

  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology
  • BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in:
    • Information Systems Security
    • Cloud Engineering
    • Mobile Technology
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Digital Transformation
    • Financial Technology (FinTech)
    • Business Information Systems
  • BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (Cyber Security)
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) (Intelligent Systems)
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in Data Analytics
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in Digital Forensics

Secondary pathways:

  • Business, Management, Marketing & Tourism
  • Accounting, Finance, Banking & Actuarial Studies
  • Industrial Design, Visual Effects, Animation & Digital Advertising
  • International Relations
  • Media, Communication & Psychology


Malaysian Students

International Students

RM 19,800
(Non-Engineering Pathways)

RM 26,300 (USD 6,415)
(Non-Engineering Pathways)

* Fees stated here do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.