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 September / 2-semester programme: September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

The Arts and Education Foundation Programme is run by the Centre for English Language & Foundation Education (CELFE), and aimed at International and Malaysian students who would like a solid preparation for Undergraduate study.

The course is a combination of academic skills and content specific modules, providing an introductory grounding in social sciences as well as challenging work on critical thinking, academic literacy and communication skills.  The emphasis on English for Academic Purposes will enable you to express complex ideas in a concise and appropriate way.

How you are taught

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, often in groups of 20 or fewer, will help you to become an independent and active learner, and prepare you for your undergraduate studies at a British university. 

You will participate 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

Your foundation route depends on your skills and the amount of formal education you have undertaken. The three-semester programme is ideal if you have completed a minimum of 11 years of formal education, whereas the two-semester programme is suitable if you have completed at least 12 years of formal education, but need to enhance your skills and knowledge in order to be better prepared for an undergraduate degree. Each semester consists of ten to twelve weeks of classes and an additional one to three weeks of assessment.

Progressing to degree level

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

Note: Past students have also joined the Division of Organisational and Applied Psychology (DOAP), a division within the Nottingham University Business School, and the School of Psychology (within the Faculty of Science). If you wish to enter any of these Schools, please contact the Course Director to find out if you have met the entry requirements. 

Entry requirements

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Applicants come to us with a diverse range of English language qualifications (as shown below) and with 12 years of formal education. 

Arts and Education



A minimum of 5 Bs in relevant academic subjects and a C in mathematics, excluding moral studies and religious studies. Languages may be considered as relevant academic subjects but should not exceed two subjects
IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) 5,5,5,5,5 in relevant academic subjects and a 4 in mathematics, excluding general studies. Languages may be considered as relevant academic subjects but should not exceed two subjects
STPM BBB, excluding Pengajian Am

UEC A minimum of 5 Bs in relevant academic subjects and a C in mathematics, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language
IB Diploma 24 points with 4,4,4 at Higher Level
SAM or other Australian Matriculations ATAR 74 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)
Canadian (CIMP/ICPU) 82% average based on 6 subjects (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)
High School Diploma plus College Admissions Tests (US Style Curriculum) Minimum final GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) in High School Diploma with grade C in mathematics plus, 610 in evidence-based reading & writing and 570 in mathematics in SATr. Applicants who have slightly missed the individual mathematics score but have met the overall score of 1180 will be considered on a case-by-case basis

In addition to the  entry requirements listed above, those who have taken SPM/GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent must have grade C in mathematics.

Applicants who have successfully completed 12 years of education (definitions will vary according to school system) and meet the entry requirements for the programme, may be eligible to apply for the two semester programme.

English language requirements
IELTS:  6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT):  79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)
PTE (Academic): 55 (with no less than 51 in each element)
SPM:  grade B+
1119 (GCE-O): grade C
GCSE O Level:  grade C
IGCSE (first language): grade C
IGCSE (second language): grade B
UEC: grade B3
IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test.
We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.




First semester

  • Foundation in Global Issues
  • Fundamentals in Computing
  • Introduction to Perspectives on Learning
  • Introduction to Social Sciences
  • Speaking for Academic Purposes
  • Writing for Academic Purposes 

Second semester:

  • Oral Communication and Study Skills
  • Written Communication and Study Skills  
  • Foundations in Communications Politics and Media A
  • Foundations in Education A
  • Foundations in Language and Literature A
  • Foundation of Management
  • Person and Society
  • LEAP (restricted)
  • The Making of the Modern World  

Third semester:


  • Writing for Academic Purposes
  • Foundations in Global Issues
  • Speaking for Academic Purposes
  • Introduction to Perspectives in Learning
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Fundamentals of Computing 



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
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Selangor Darul Ehsan

telephone: +6 03 8924 8000
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