What are the Compulsory Subjects When Homeschooling in Malaysia?

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In Malaysia, when you decide to send your child to a homeschool, it doesn’t mean you or the homeschool tutors can choose to educate the kid(s) on random subjects, to the detriment of the core subjects that would turn out to be useful for the child’s future. Homeschools in Malaysia operates with the IGCSE or O Level syllabus in educating the students. With this syllabus, the student can feel confident in sitting for the IGCSE examinations, knowing he is well-equipped with the required knowledge needed to ace his papers. Some IGCSE offers over 70 subjects, and students can only write a minimum of 5 subjects and a maximum of 14 subjects — including the core subjects. Because of this, homeschools must be able to teach the students the core subjects and any other subjects that are congruent with what they intend to study in college. The same is also true for O Level exams in terms of teaching the core subjects and electives.  

The Compulsory Subjects When Homeschooling in Malaysia

The compulsory subjects include subjects that the student MUST learn in the homeschool. The core subjects are usually based on the national curriculum and the examination the student intends to write. Generally, core subjects include Mathematics, English language and Science. The science subjects would depend on the students’ interests in terms of their professional careers. Science and Art subjects may include Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Sociology, Arts & Technology, commonly Computer Studies, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and the likes.  

Subject Grouping for IGCSE (For general reference only)

Group I
  • English 1st Language
  • Chinese 2nd Language
  • Malay 2nd Language

Group II

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • World History

Group III

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Combine Science
  • Computer Science
  • Coordinated Science

Group IV

  • Cambridge International
  • Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematic

Group V

  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Art and Design
  • Information Technolgy
  • Music
  • Computer Science
Students choose two languages from the first group, one subject from the second, third, fourth and fifth. The seventh subject can be chosen from any of the five groups.  

Private Homeschool: Maplewood Academy

Maplewood Academy is a leading homeschool in Puchong, Malaysia. Over the years, the school has produced well-rounded students, including providing quality education that enhances the character and instils leadership qualities that prepare them for the future. With a combined effort from both the teaching and non-teaching staff, Maplewood Academy aims to continue building children with a hunger for knowledge. We also intend to continue instilling leadership qualities, emotional intelligence, and lifelong learning mindset even after graduating from school.  

Subjects Offered in Maplewood Academy

At Maplewood Academy, kids who are ready for homeschooling will spend around 10 and 11 years in school, depending on what happens during the schooling years. At an early age of six, Maplewood Academy admits kids to begin their schooling journey. Below are the core and elective subjects offered by Maplewood Academy homeschool — for both primary and secondary students.  

1) Lower Primary (Year 1 to 3)

Core subjects: English, Science, and Mathematics Elective subjects: ICT, Geography, and History Second Languages: Malay and Mandarin  

2) Upper Primary (Year 4 to 6)

Core subjects: English, Science, and Mathematics Elective subjects: ICT, Geography, and History Second languages: Malay and Mandarin  

3) Lower Secondary (Year 7 to 8)

Core subjects: English, Science, and Mathematics Elective subjects: ICT, Geography Second Languages: Malay and Mandarin  

4) Upper Secondary (Year 9 to 11)

Core subjects: English and Mathematics Science Elective subjects: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Additional Mathematics Art Electives: Business, Economics, and Accounting Other Subjects: ICT, Geography, Malay and Mandarin As you can see, Maplewood Academy caters to the needs of children at different levels of their primary and secondary schooling years. Our school covers all the core and elective subjects, including other extracurricular programs. For more information, get in touch with us.

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