Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)

Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)

(CAT) ( R/010/3/0304 )

Foundation in Accountancy consists of a suite of awards, including certificates, diplomas and a revised Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) qualification. The Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) is a vocational qualifications designed by ACCA that will allow you to support the work of professional accountants. The final-level examinations are equivalent in standard to the first year of a university degree programme. Consequently, the CAT qualifications could be your stepping stone to the ACCA qualification and membership of the global body for professional accountants.

Progress Reports
A Parents – Lecturer’s Day is held once every semester. On this day, parents are able to discuss with lecturers the progress of the students. To date, the response has been positive, fostering good rapport between parents, students and lecturers.

Time Frame for Completion of Studies
Most students graduate in one year.

The first 7 papers are computer-based exams. Exams for optional papers are paper-based. The students who attempt the computer-based exams are able to obtain their results immediately upon completion of the examinations. Paper-based exam results will be released within 2-3 months.

CAT Graduates
Graduates with one year relevant and supervised practical experience are required to submit their Practical Experience Requirement which may be pre-, during or post-examination / studies to ACCA. Upon approval, CAT graduates may add the prestigious designatory initials ‘CAT’ to their names.

Progression to ACCA
CAT graduates attempting to pursue the ACCA qualification are granted exemption from the Knowledge Module (3 papers) and thus may progress  directly to the Skills Module (6 papers).

Career Prospects
CAT graduates will be able to support Accounting and Finance functions in any type of business, both locally and internationally.

SUNWAY College Kuching has a student population of 1,500 and is the largest tuition provider of professional accounting courses in Easy Malaysia.

The College conducts three prestigious accountancy programmes from the United Kingdom that are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA): ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CAT (Certified Accounting Technician) and LCCI (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry) International Qualifications Diploma in Accounting. Sunway Kuching is a subsidiary of Sunway TES, the financial courses division of Sunway University.

1. Platinum status

We are the first and only tuition provider in East Malaysia, and one of only four tuition providers in the whole of Malaysia, to be awarded the Platinum Approved Learning Partner Status by the ACCA. Worldwide, only 96 tuition providers have been granted this prestigious ranking, which is achieved upon meeting stringent performance indicators such as pass rates which surpass those of the world, effective management and relevant support services. Since achieving Platinum Status in 2011, we have successfully sustained it for the last six consecutive examination sittings.

2. Proven track record

As a Platinum Approved Learning Partner, our pass rates have consistently matched or surpassed that of the world pass rate. In the last examination sitting (December 2012), our pass rates superseded the Malaysian and World Pass Rates for all 12 ACCA papers that we offered. Our college has produced the most number of ACCA and CAT graduates in East Malaysia. To date, we have nurtured a total of 250 ACCA affiliates and 520 CAT finalists. We have also produced more World and Malaysian prize-winners than any other institution in East Malaysia. To date, we have garnered three CAT World Prize Winners and 19 ACCA and CAT Malaysian Prize Winners.

3. Fastest route to becoming a professional accountant, without having to leave home

We offer you the opportunity to read for, and complete, the entire ACCA programme locally at under RM40,000. Furthermore, an SPM school leaver can complete his or her studies at our college in three years and become an ACCA affiliate at the age of 21.

4. Support from Sunway-TES

We are fully supported by our parent company, Sunway-TES. Located in Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Sunway-TES has more than 5000 students and is touted as the single largest CAT/ACCA tuition provider in the World. They are the only tuition provider in Malaysia to have sustained their Platinum Status 10 years in a row since 2003. Our partnership with Sunway-TES allowed us to introduce the “Sunway Success Strategy”, an academic system which emphasizes the close monitoring of performance, attendance and retention. This quality assurance programme is one of the prime reasons why our college has been able to maintain such high pass rates and produce so many prize winning students.

5. Structured learning

Our programmes are structured to fully prepare students for their examinations and consist of lectures, tutorials and effective revision classes. Students are also required to sit for internal progress tests and mock examinations which are set distinctly like the actual examinations.

6. Academic and professional leadership

It is an advantage that our CEO and the majority of our academic staff have had working experience in the accountancy and finance profession, and the corporate sector. This background enriches the content of lectures and discussions, and ensures that students gain valuable learning experience from highly qualified lecturers.

7. Employment placement programme

We have successfully established internship and job placement programmes with a number of international audit and accounting services firms, including the ‘Big Four’ (Deloitte, Ernst and Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers) and medium-sized firms. This means that most of our students are provided with opportunities to kick-start their career at these reputable organizations when or even before they graduate.

8. Holistic development and enriching experience

A student’s life at Sunway College Kuching is not confined to just classrooms and the library. We make sure that our students receive an education that extends beyond books. Our curriculum incorporates applied learning, through activities like site visits, case study competitions, seminars,  and workshops. This makes our students more in tune with the real world and allows them to quickly find their feet in employment.

Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting * *
FA1 Recording Financial Transactions
MA1 Management Information
Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting * *
FA2 Maintaining Financial Records
MA2 Managing Costs and Finance
Diploma in Accounting and Business * *
FAB Accountant in Business
FMA Management Accounting
FFA Financial Accounting
Specialist Papers ( Any 2 Papers )
FAU Foundations in Audit
FTX Foundations in Taxation (MYS)
FFM Foundations in Financial Management

** indicates Additional certificates awarded by ACCA

Kolej Sunway Kuching has a structured approach to imparting knowledge to students. Each paper consists of a minimum number of lessons and tutorials as shown below:

Features Introductory & intermediate Level Advanced Level

No. of lecturers & tutorials

20 28

Duration per lecture (twice weekly)

3 hours 3 hours

MPU (Matapelajaran Umum)

From 2014 onwards, the Malaysian Ministry of Education has officially announced  that the General Education Subjects (GES) or Mata Pelajaran Umum (MPU) will replace the Compulsory Subjects or Mata Pelajaran Wajib (MPW) for all private higher education institutions in Malaysia, including Curtin University Sarawak campus.The new MPU units will only affect new students’ intake that enrolled in 2014 semester. Exception to take the new MPU units is only applicable to students who undertake foundation, Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy. The Private Higher Education Institution Act 1996 (Act 555) provides that every private higher education institutions shall teach the compulsory subjects: These Units are compulsory for both international and Malaysian students to take as it is in compliance with Section 43(3) Act 555 for the students to graduate.

  SIJIL   International Students MPU1133 Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (3 kredit) Malaysian Students MPU1153 Pengajian Malaysia 1 (3 kredit)   MPU 1213 Bahasa Kebangsaan A* (3 kredit)   Atau MPU 1223 Critical Thinking (3 kredit)   MPU 1313 Pendidikan Islam (3 kredit)   Atau MPU 1323 Pendidikan Moral (3 kredit)   Tidak berkenaan   9
  DIPLOMA   International Students MPU2123 Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (3 kredit) Malaysian Students MPU2163 Pengajian Malaysia 2 (3 kredit)   MPU 2213 Bahasa Kebangsaan A* (3 kredit)   Atau MPU 2223 Critical Thinking Skills 2 (3 kredit)   MPU 2313 Malaysian Economy (3 kredit)   Atau MPU 1323 Pendidikan Moral (3 kredit)   MPU2412 Community Services 1 (2 kredit)   11
  IJAZAH SARJANA MUDA   International Students MPU3173 Malaysian Studies 3 (Pengajian Malaysia 3) (3 kredit) Dan MPU3143 Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 (3 kredit) Malaysian Students MPU3113 Hubungan Etnik (3 kredit) Dan MPU3123 Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia (TITAS) (3 kredit)   MPU 3213 Bahasa Kebangsaan A* (3 kredit)   Atau MPU 3223 Critical Thinking Skills 3 (3 kredit)   MPU 3313 Economic: An Islamic Perspective in Malaysia  (3 kredit)   MPU3412 Community Service 2 (2 kredit)   14

*Khas untuk pelajar warganegara tidak kredit Bahasa Melayu SPM dan diambil sekali sahaja bagi mana-mana tahap pengajian sebagai salah satu komponen wajib U2.

CAT & ACCA Qualifications Pathway




Academic Calendar


• January, April, July & September
• CAT is offered as full-time programme only

Examination Periods:

• June & December

Entry Requirement

• SPM/ O-Level – 5 Cs (Including English and Mathematics)
or other equivalent qualifications
• eg: UEC – 5 B6s (Including English and Mathematics)

English Language Requirement:

Fulfill English language proficiency requirements as shown below:
• IELTS – 6.0
• MUET – Band 4
• O-Level English (1119) – Credit


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