Foundation in Arts and Education


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Fees: Malaysian – RM7,750 per semester, Non-Malaysian – RM8,950 per semester
Intake: 3-semester programme: April and July / 2-semester programme: September
Campus: Malaysia

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Course overview

The Foundation in Arts and Education programme is designed to provide you with the level of academic literacy, skills and confidence to pursue an undergraduate degree in the arts and social sciences. It is offered by the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), housed in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The programme provides an entry route for degree courses offered by the Faculty, especially international communications studies, international relations and education. A substantial amount of the content is devoted to oral and written communication, IT and study skills, and certain modules will also give a general grounding in subject-specific content.

What is the Foundation in Arts and Education?

The foundation programme runs full-time for either three semesters or two semesters. The three semester programme is ideal if you have completed a minimum of 11 years of formal education. The two semester programme is suitable if you have completed at least 12 years of formal education but need to enhance your skills in order to undertake an undergraduate degree.

After you have successfully completed the foundation programme you can go on to study one of our undergraduate degree programmes.

How you are taught

The course is taught in small groups, with much of the course taught in groups of 16 or fewer. You will be taught in innovative ways, designed to help you learn to think issues through for yourself instead of reciting facts. You will benefit from an emphasis on discussion, exploration and evaluation of issues, as well as presenting ideas in the style and format expected at university level. This interactive and student-focused teaching style will help you to become an independent and active learner.

You will take part in lectures, seminars and workshops, and follow a similar timetable to a typical undergraduate. Assessment is through exams, coursework essays, portfolios,and oral presentations.

Course structure

Each semester consists of 15 weeks, with 10-12 weeks of teaching and two weeks of examinations. If you study for the three-semester programme, you would take all modules. If you opt for the two-semester programme you would take the modules for the second and third semesters.

The Foundation programme has three annual intakes.  The three-semester programme commences in April and July; the two-semester programmes starts in September.

Progressing to degree level

On successful completion of the Foundation programme, you can choose from the following undergraduate courses depending on your academic performance and interest.

If you come to the course with a strong level of mathematics,you may also apply to other degrees.  Please check the entry requirements on the course.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
3 Semester Programme (Intakes in April and July)
SPM A minimum of 6 Bs (excluding Islamic studies and moral studies). At least grade C in mathematics, which may be included in the 6 Bs.
GCSE/IGCSE A minimum of 6 subjects, including 4 Bs and 2 Cs with grade C in mathematics, excluding religion and National language
UEC A minimum of 6 subjects, including 5 B3s and a C, with grade C in mathematics, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language
2 Semester Programme (Intake in September)
Applicants who have successfully completed 12 years of schooling at an appropriate standard (definitions will vary according to school system) maybe accepted into the two-semester programme
English language requirements
IELTS:  6.0 (no element below 5.5)
TOEFL (iBT):  79 (no element below 19)
PTE (Academic): 55 (minimum 51)
SPM:  grade B+
1119 (GCE-O): grade C
GCSE/IGCSE:  grade C
UEC:  grade B3
IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test
Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.




First semester

Introduction to Social Science
This module introduces students to the key theories of the Social Sciences. They are introduced to the main areas of study in the area of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. They are also introduced to  basic theories and research methodology. Main areas of study include theories of society, culture, politics and economics.

Information Technology and Design

This module provides an understanding of the basic computer concepts, diversity of peripheral devices available for computer systems and basic software application skills.

 Writing for Academic Purposes
This module acts as an introduction to writing in a university context. Focusing both on short and long essays, it introduces students to the style and organisation they need, which is very different to how they may write at school. Furthermore, there is a strong element of critical thinking ensuring that students start to learn how to evaluate an argument before they start to write.
Foundations in Perspectives on Learning
This module introduces students to psychological and sociological aspects of learning. By introducing basic beliefs, values and theories in relation to learning, students gain insight into the social and cultural contexts in which learning occurs. By examining topics such as individual learning styles and strategies, problem solving and motivation, students are given the opportunity to reflect on how these relate to and may be applied to their own learning.


Foundations in Global Issues
This module introduces students to the basic issues facing the world as a global community. It will give students some historical background on how the issues developed and where they came from, and then explain the challenges facing society as we move through the 21st century. Issues covered will be as varied as population, security and the environment.

Speaking for Academic Purposes
This module introduces students to the key oral/aural skills needed for university study. Students examine issues of key importance globally, and are invited to discuss them in a principled and disciplined manner. Students learn how to structure spoken arguments, and also to listen and understand complex points of view. This is a key skill at a university where a great deal of learning comes from interactive, guided discussion.

Second semester:

Written Communication and Study Skills
This module aims to develop students’ competence in writing in the style required for university study. Students examine the type of writing expected, how it is structured and the styles needed to express complex ideas in clear concise academic English. In addition, students develop the study skills needed for academic study in an International university, such as time management, research skills and effective group work. An integral part of the course is the formal study of issues of pressing importance in today’s world, for example, population and food supplies. By shadowing the format of undergraduate assessment, the course fully prepares students for their Undergraduate years.
Oral Communication and Study Skills
Running in parallel to Written Communication and Study, this module aims to help develop the core skills for speaking and listening needed for university study. Taking the same themes and content, it focuses on developing students’ ability to interact in academic discussions, develop and synthesise concepts in a group context, and to present these ideas clearly and concisely. By shadowing the format of undergraduate assessment, the course fully prepares students for their Undergraduate years.

You will also choose four optional modules from a range of subjects, including communications, media, politics, education,  applied psychology, IT, business and English language.

Third semester:

Introduction to critical thought

Thanks to advances in communications technology, one characteristic of the modern world is the high volume of information coming from various sources at great speeds. While this is superficially positive, problems can become more complex especially when information can often be conflicting and as such, the ability to make informed and disciplined decisions is imperative for students and professionals alike.

Introduction to Critical Thought is a module that introduces students to the mental processes underpinning analytical thought and aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and components of analytical thought across various academic disciplines and the ability to apply them. In particular it focuses on the abilities to problem solve and to present, evaluate, support and defend an academic argument or viewpoint. Students will study the concepts of logic, reason, belief and truth; develop an awareness of thought and problem solving; learn the techniques of persuasion; and investigate academic argumentation across disciplines.

You will also choose five optional modules from a range of subjects, including communications, media, film, politics,  education, IT, digital media, business and English language  and literature.



For those progressing to a degree in Education:

Careers in education are available in four main areas: public and private schools, colleges, and universities; supplementary and alternative education providers; education products industry including multimedia and conventional material development, ICT, and publishing; and education services including consultancy, research, investment services, and technology service.




For those progressing to a degree in English:

The creative, analytical and communication skills developed during an English degree will equip you for the changing demands of the 21st-century workplace.

English graduates have a wide range of career choices open to them. Just a few include broadcasting, journalism, communications, the creative industries, research, publishing, teaching, lecturing, advertising, marketing, management, business, banking, law, government service, human resources and public relations.


Modern Languages & Cultures:


For those progressing to a degree in Modern Languages & Cultures:

An international communications degree is your passport to a wide variety of rewarding professions. Likely career paths include: TV, film, radio and print – producers, reporters, journalists, editors, researchers; advertising, marketing and PR – copywriters, creatives, account executives; teaching and research; publishing, translation and interpreting; government service, civil service, diplomacy, embassy work; politics, think tanks, non-governmental organisations (NGOs); international business; management, HR, recruitment and consultancy; and arts or heritage administration and management.


Politics, History & International Relations:


For those progressing to a degree in Politics, History & International Relations:

Our degrees will equip you for a career in a wide variety of fields including foreign ministries, international organisations, international businesses and finance, non-governmental and aid sectors, international media and journalism, local and national government, think-tanks, policy advice and lobbying.


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8005

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

telephone: +6 03 8924 8000
fax: +6 03 8924 8001 (Malaysia)/8005 (International)

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