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The University Journey - An Insightful Alumni Sharing The University Journey - An Insightful Alumni Sharing

We welcome guest writer Zhongyi Ho from Year 13 to tell us more about the KLASSics Alumni Sharing event last week.

"It is always exciting for alumni to visit and share their experiences - and this first KLASSics Konfidential sharing session with Zhi Yan, Lee and Valerie Ho is no exception. Zhi Yan, Lee (KLASS 2018-2020) is a third year BA Chemical Engineering via Natural..

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How to Apply to A Levels in Malaysia How to Apply to A Levels in Malaysia

A Levels are an exciting, but challenging, internationally recognised qualification for both university and college entrance. Through this programme, your children will have a qualification highly regarded by top universities world-wide.   

With a lot of hard work, dedication, perseverance and the help of resources available at a Tier 1 school, your children will earn the..

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85% A*-A Grades for our EPQ Students 85% A*-A Grades for our EPQ Students

It is always wonderful to hear of the success of our EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) students and this year is no exception. We are delighted to share that an amazing 61% of students have been awarded an A*, 85% of students achieved A*- A and 90% of students achieved A*- B. We have also just had confirmation from AQA that our results now place us in the top 5% of schools..

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Yale University among the US offers for #KLASSof2022 Yale University among the US offers for #KLASSof2022

Our #KLASSof2022 have reached their final term at Alice Smith and are making decisions on their university offers. Our students, together with our Higher Education Counselling team, put a huge amount of effort into ensuring each student's applications are of the highest quality, giving them the best chance of receiving an offer from their first choice school (last year 95% of..

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The Theory of Happenstance The Theory of Happenstance

Have you heard of the Theory of Happenstance? Our Year 12's have been exploring the Career Decision Theory of Happenstance in their Higher Education lessons and have made some great videos to help us understand more about it.

What is the Theory of Happenstance?

This theory believes the biggest influences on a person's career choice is actually unpredictable social factors,..

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Student Virtual Work Experiences with InvestIn Student Virtual Work Experiences with InvestIn

COVID-19 and the ongoing restrictions in physical work experiences do not hamper our students and their motivation. Alongside our partners like InvestIn, Alice Smith students have the opportunity to still pursue their work experiences from the comfort of their own house. Here is one of our students, Annushka who shares her experiences after she was awarded a school’s bursary..

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10 Surprising Facts about the Irish Medical Degree 10 Surprising Facts about the Irish Medical Degree

Are you contemplating whether you should study Medicine in Ireland? It's a subject and destination many of our students are considering with more and more aspiring doctors choosing Ireland to pursue Medicine. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the University College Dublin (UCD) are known for delivering top-notch higher education that ranked both institutions..

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Planning your Future Pathways with Cialfo Planning your Future Pathways with Cialfo

At Alice Smith School, our Higher Education provision utilizes an external platform called Cialfo. Cialfo is an online college and career planning platform that students and parents can use to help in planning their Future Pathways.

Students are introduced to Cialfo in Year 10, during which they complete career and personality assessments and explore different career..

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Personalised support for competitive STEM applications Personalised support for competitive STEM applications

At Alice Smith School, our students go on to pursue a variety of courses in higher education. Our extensive Higher Education provision supports every student in their pursuits, from Law to Humanities and from Art to STEM. 

Applications to competitive STEM courses such as Maths, Economics, Science, Computer Science, and Engineering typically require skills and knowledge beyond..

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KLASS HE Team shortlisted for the #ISAwards2022 KLASS HE Team shortlisted for the #ISAwards2022

We are delighted that our fantastic Alice Smith Higher Education team have been nominated as one of the finalists for the Pathways to Continued and University Education award in this year’s International School Awards! 👏 Here's the team to tell you more about their Future Pathways initiatives.

"The Alice Smith School Future Pathways initiatives aim is to expand both Higher..

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Personalised support for SAT/ACT and LNAT Personalised support for SAT/ACT and LNAT

At Alice Smith School, we strive to support our students in their higher education aspirations. While the majority of our graduates will be applying to and attending UK universities, the number of students applying to the US has steadily increased, partly based on some excellent placements over the past few years.

To ensure that our students are able to produce a strong and..

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Personalised support for Oxford and Cambridge Personalised support for Oxford and Cambridge

With entrance to elite universities becoming ever more competitive and with increased emphasis on specific entrance examinations and interviews required by certain universities, Alice Smith School aims to ensure that such students have a personalised support programme catered for their needs.As a part of the extensive Higher Education provision given to A-Level students at..

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Applying to... University in the Netherlands 🌷 Applying to... University in the Netherlands 🌷

Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world. The Netherlands is a destination that is growing in popularity and several Alumni have gone to Dutch Universities including:

The University of Applied Sciences Utrecht Maastricht University Rotterdam Business SchoolUniversity of AmsterdamUniversity of GroningenWillem De Kooning Academy

They..

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Applying to ... University in South Korea Applying to ... University in South Korea

We've a growing number of South Korean families in school and we're often asked which curriculum offers the best entry route to top South Korean universities. Would it be better for students to study IB or A Levels? Let's find out some more from Head of Higher Education, Joe Marshall, who works with our students as they make their university applications and speaks directly..
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What is careers guidance? What is careers guidance?

Over the last few years, there has been nothing short of a revolution taking place in the world of careers guidance. This change is mostly being driven by the phenomenon known as the 4th Industrial revolution, a process where technological developments and global developments, are introducing, eroding and changing the workplace at a rate simply unprecedented in previous..

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KLASS MEDS: Applying to Medical School KLASS MEDS: Applying to Medical School

During the MCO our KLASS MEDS team arranged on line sessions for our aspiring doctors and life scientists. Although we are now back on campus the team has continued to connect our would-be medical students with KLASS Alumni who are now studying to be Doctors.

Firstly we welcomed Hong Yau, a year 3 medical student at the University of Leicester, UK.

Hong Yau was able to give..

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InvestIn - Virtual Work Experience to enrich your university applications InvestIn - Virtual Work Experience to enrich your university applications

With all the dramatic changes that have taken place in the world over the last year, the move into unprecedented levels of virtual space and communication has perhaps been the most startling. Existing workers in myriad industries have been finding ways of moving their endeavours online. But how does it work for those seeking work experience and internships? How can they..

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Applying to... University in Ireland ☘️ Applying to... University in Ireland ☘️

Have the St. Patrick's Day ☘️celebrations made you think about the possibility of studying in Ireland? Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world  including Irish Institutions like University College Cork and RCSI. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this blog..

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Careers and Skills for the 21st Century Careers and Skills for the 21st Century

The world is changing rapidly and many jobs of the 20th Century will not exist by 2025 and the remaining industries will see massive changes according to a Gartner Report. New positions, that didn't exist at the turn of the century have taken over as the most lucrative jobs in the world. Such changes have direct impacts on the future jobs of graduates, no matter which industry..

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KLASS MEDS: Do you want to be a Doctor? KLASS MEDS: Do you want to be a Doctor?

During the MCO our KLASS MEDS team has been arranging on line sessions for our aspiring doctors and life scientists. During January they have heard from three great doctors who have talked passionately about their careers in medicine and particular specialties.

In the first week of term we welcomed Dr. Ryan Ponnudurai of Prince Court Hospital (PCH), who spoke to our KS4 and 5..

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Applying to ... University in France Applying to ... University in France

Thinking of studying in France? In this week's blog we talk to Guillaume and Hugo who both picked French institutions for their degree studies.

Hugo Bellemin / KLASS of 2020

Degree: Bachelor in Cinematography

University: ESRA, France

Guillaume Pans / KLASS of 2015

Degree: Masters of European Affairs

University: The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris),..

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Applying to ... University in Japan Applying to ... University in Japan

Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this blog we talk to Francis who chose Japan as her higher education study destination.

Francis Therese Calalang / KLASS of 2015

Degree: B.A. EconomicsUniversity: School of..

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Applying to ... University in New Zealand Applying to ... University in New Zealand

Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this blog we talk to Aaryaman who chose New Zealand as his higher education study destination.

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Aaryaman Desai / KLASS of 2018

Degree: Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering..

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Applying to ... Canadian Universities Applying to ... Canadian Universities

Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this blog we talk to Raphaelle and Ethan who chose Canada as their study higher education study destination.

Raphaelle Tseng, KLASS of 2017

Degree: Mathematics and Computer Science

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Applying to ... Australian Universities Applying to ... Australian Universities

Each year Alice Smith Students progress to Universities and Colleges around the world. They are able to do this with the support and guidance from our dedicated Higher Educated Counselling team. In this new blog series our Alumni reflect on their experience of applying and studying in countries around the world. First to share their experiences are Alan, Maddison and Nikita.

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KLASS Academic Lecture Series KLASS Academic Lecture Series

Virtual Reality: The positive and lasting impact of online learning on University engagement

An important part of the Higher Education programme at Alice Smith School is the connections that we have with various top universities across the globe. In 'normal' times our students are lucky to be able to meet senior academics and other university representatives during their..

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Alumna Jun Yi awarded ISTD membership Alumna Jun Yi awarded ISTD membership

During the summer break Ms Cooper heard from Alumna Jun Yi, who graduated in 2018. Jun Yi progressed to Nottingham Trent University to study Graphic Design and wrote to share her recent success in the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) Student Assessment scheme and how she attributed part of success to her study of A Level Literature.

"A few months ago, I..

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Finding the right pathway: Higher education guidance in a non selective school Finding the right pathway: Higher education guidance in a non selective school

For many students and parents, A Levels can appear to be something of a daunting prospect, yet the truth is they can be a far more flexible and accessible qualification than they may first appear. It may also seem that at a school which produces so many students that get very high grades and go to top universities, that this is where our key support for students is mostly..

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Year 13 Results and Destinations 2020 Year 13 Results and Destinations 2020

UPDATED 24th August: This article has been updated with our latest results following the changes announced by the UK government to allow teachers assessed grades to be awarded where it was higjer than the grade previously achieved.

We are very pleased to share with you the news that 92% of our A Level students have already confirmed offers from their first choice universities..

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The Alice Smith School Foundation Tertiary Study Grant The Alice Smith School Foundation Tertiary Study Grant

The dream of a Malaysian student to pursue Chemical Engineering tertiary studies in the elite Pembroke College, University of Cambridge is now possible! Zhi Yan Lee, a current Alice Smith scholar in Year 13 is the first proud recipient of the Alice Smith School Foundation Tertiary Study Grant.

Launched in November 2018, the Alice Smith School Foundation was established to..

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Virtual EPQ Presentations Virtual EPQ Presentations

UPDATE JANUARY 2021: Our EPQ students have received their results and we're very proud to announce that:

  • 12 students were awarded A* for their projects
  • 54% of students achieved a grade A*-A
  • 100% of students passed their EPQ

These would be fantastic results in any year however this year’s group also had to cope with the additional factors of not being able to access the..

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How Alice Smith Ensures a Quality British Education How Alice Smith Ensures a Quality British Education

Ensuring their children have a quality education is a concern for any parent.

International schools that offer an internationally recognised curriculum bestow your children with the educational foundation they need to succeed in any post secondary institution they choose, preparing them for a future that meets their highest potential. 

At Alice Smith, we ensure your children..

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Four Benefits of Having a Higher Education Programme Four Benefits of Having a Higher Education Programme

Planning for post-secondary education can be a stressful time for students, especially when they have to fit researching and working on their applications into their already full schedules. 

Having a resource that is solely dedicated to helping them reach their post-secondary goals can be a huge relief and a much-needed source of guidance for students. 

At Alice Smith, our..

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Thinking of applying to Cambridge? Thinking of applying to Cambridge?

We were very fortunate to welcome Claire Canning, the Deputy Student Recruitment Manager (International) from the University of Cambridge to Alice Smith this week to talk to our students and parents about applying to, and studying at, this prestigious institution.

What’s so special about Cambridge?

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's leading universities,..

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Women in STEAM Women in STEAM

How many famous scientists can you name? Try it

Maybe your list includes Einstein, Hawking, Newton, Darwin, Fahrenheit, Boyle, Turing, Edison, Bohr, Tesla… but how many in your list were women?

Perhaps you named Ada Lovelace, Rosalind Franklin or Marie Curie? Well done if you did!

It’s a telling point though that most of our most recognised scientists are men and the..

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Music scholarships for Horn player Max Music scholarships for Horn player Max

We talked to Max Howling (Year 13), one of our exceptional musicians, about achieving Grade 8 Merit in 18 months, his aspirations for future study in the UK and how he found his passion for music.

What was your first experience as a musician?

"I think that I played Für Elise in assembly when I was in primary school in Hong Kong after my Mum tried oh so enthusiastically to get..

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Fantastic results for our EPQ students Fantastic results for our EPQ students

Results day is in August right? Mostly, but not for our Year 13 EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) students who have been patiently waiting for their grades since their presentations last June. It was worth the wait though - an amazing 10 students were awarded an A* and overall 82% of students achieved A*-B. Huge congratulations to all the students on their achievements.

The..

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What is the Extended Project Qualification or 'EPQ'? What is the Extended Project Qualification or 'EPQ'?

The Extended Project Qualification, or ‘EPQ’, is an exciting standalone qualification that encourages students to develop vital skills necessary in Higher Education. Taken in year 12 or 13 students choose whatever topic they like as long as it doesn’t overlap with their A Level course content and many use the opportunity to explore a personal passion or interest. Students..

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Finding a University that is the Right Fit | Alice Smith Higher Education Finding a University that is the Right Fit | Alice Smith Higher Education

By Joe Marshall, Head of Higher Education

I work at one of the top international schools in Asia, the Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur, where I am the Head of Higher Education (HE) provision.

Our students are afforded some of the best university opportunities from around the world; should they study in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Asia or Europe?

The options are too..

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Paving the Way to University | Higher Education Programme Paving the Way to University | Higher Education Programme

Part of our mission at Alice Smith is to give students a successful international future. Throughout the school, we strive to nurture, inspire and enrich students so that they can make fully informed decisions about their own futures. 

Whilst students will be making decisions throughout their school lives, these decisions become even more focused when they reach the Sixth..

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Stepping into Higher Education | Alice Smith Sixth Form Stepping into Higher Education | Alice Smith Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form academic curriculum is comprised of linear, two-year A Levels, optional two-year AS Levels and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Within our Pathways programme, students can choose from three key combinations of courses to suit their strengths, needs and aspirations; two-year AS Levels serve as an optional means of providing academic breadth to augment..

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