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 provides an entry route for degree courses offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, including Creative Writing, English Language and Literature, Education, International Communication Studies, International Relations, and Asian and International Studies. This programme, which is offered by the Centre for English Language Education, not only develops our students into effective communicators, critical thinkers and lifelong learners, but also provides students with the key advantage of a grounding in their target degree via modules taught by academics from those courses.

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.

Entry requirements

Applicants who have successfully completed 12 years of schooling at an appropriate standard (definitions will vary according to the school system) may be accepted into the two-semester programme.

Arts and Education


A minimum of 5 Bs in relevant academic subjects and a C in mathematics, excluding English for science and technology, religious studies and moral studies 
GCSE/IGCSE A minimum of 4 Bs and 2 Cs in relevant academic subjects, with at least grade C in Mathematics, excluding religion and national language
UEC A minimum of 5 B3s in relevant academic subjects and a C in mathematics, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language

English language requirements
IELTS:  6.0 (no element below 5.5)
TOEFL (iBT):  79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking) 
PTE (Academic): 55 (minimum 51)
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 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

Typical core modules:  

  • 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:

Typical core modules:  

  • Oral Communication and Study Skills
  • Written Communication and Study Skills 

Typical optional modules:  

You can choose three of the following optional modules

  • Foundations in Communications Politics and Media
  • Foundations in Education A
  • Foundations in Language and Literature A
  • LEAP
  • Optional Business Modules
  • The Making of the Modern World  

Third semester:

Typical core modules:  

  • Introduction to Critical Thought

Typical optional modules:  

You can choose five of the following optional modules

  • Foundations in Communications Politics and Media B
  • Foundations in Education B
  • Foundations in Educational Technology
  • Group and Interpersonal Dynamics
  • Foundations in Language and Literature B
  • Introduction to Philosophy Through Popular Culture
  • Politics on Film
  • Optional business modules
  • LEAP Forward
  • Foundations in Language and Literature B



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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The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

telephone: +6 03 8924 8000
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