University of Nottingham Malaysia

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Education (TESOL)


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Qualification: BA (Hons)
Fees: Malaysian – RM28,200 per year, Non-Malaysian – RM34,500 per year
Mode: Full time, 3 years
Intake: September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

The BA Education programme is studied full-time over three years. Modules offered in years one, two and three are similar for BA and BEd programmes.

Your first year modules will introduce you to the foundation of education within different contexts. This knowledge andunderstanding will be developed further in your second year. In your third year you will take specialised modules relating to your pathway. You will also pursue your own independent research throughout the third year. 

Entry requirements

Our Foundation course route

Our Foundation courses give you another way to study for an undergraduate degree. 

Entry requirements
A Level BBC, excluding critical thinking and general studies
IB Diploma  28 points with 5,5,4 at Higher Level
STPM  B+B+B, excluding Pengajian Am 
UEC  1 A and 4 B3s, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language 

ATAR 82 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects) 

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

77% average based on 6 subjects (consideration to be based on relevant subjects)  

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University's requirements.

Advance Placement (AP) 4,4,3 in relevant subjects. Applicants taking non-preffered subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.
Diploma - Other Institutions  Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.3 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme
Foundation - Other Institutions  Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 65% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme
University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation  Successful completion of the Foundation in Arts and Education programme

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.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements
IELTS (Academic):  6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT):  87 (minimum 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements)
GCE A Level English Language or English Literature: grade C
GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature: grade C
PTE (Academic): 71 (with no less than 65 in each element)
SPM:  grade A-
1119 (GCE-O Level): grade B
GCSE O Level:  grade C
IGCSE (first language): grade C
IGCSE (second language): grade B
MUET: Band 4
UEC:  grade A2
IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher Level): 4 points 
IB English B (Higher Level) 4 points 
IB English B (Standard Level):  5 points 
IELTS ,TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.


The Foundation in Arts and Education is a 1+3 year programme that results in direct progression to the undergraduate degrees offered within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This rigorous programme provides students with a strong academic background that will result in enhanced language, communication, critical thinking and study skills. 

Students on this programme also chose from a range of elective modules that provide the opportunity to sample topics related to their chosen undergraduate pathway such as politics, the world economy, media and education.


Year one 

Typical core modules 

Behaviour and Classroom Management
This module explores essential skills necessary for teachers to manage effective learning and teaching environments to maximise learning. Emphasis will be placed on how teachers can create motivating learning environments, develop self-regulation in learners, prevent and address behaviours that impede learning, and enhance behaviours that maximise learning. This module also introduces students to effective strategies for planning and implementing instruction, building healthy and sustainable relationships with stakeholders as well as organising time and the classroom. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • An understanding of theories and approaches related to the management of teaching and learning.
  • An understanding of the impact of classroom management on  children’s learning, motivation, social-emotional development and behaviours.
  • Knowledge of the current debates about effective measures for classroom management. 
Education and Society
The module aims to provide an introduction to the role of a teacher and the influences that affect teacher identity as well as the influence teachers have on the learner. It considers what it means to be a professional and the social and ethical responsibilities of being a teacher. The module also aims to introduce students to the skills of portraying a school. It is like painting a picture of a high quality school and considering the leadership, physical environment, social atmosphere, academic programme, and the holistic development of students. Finally, the module aims to inform ways of how the school as an institution impacts the society and how all factors surrounding the society influences the school. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Broad understanding of current policy debates and issues related to teaching and learning in schools. 
  • Knowledge and understanding about the social, cultural, historical and political contexts of education.
Identifying and Understanding Special Education Needs
The module provides an introduction to understanding and identifying the issues around working with pupils with special educational needs within the school context.  It considers the ways in which these special needs can act as barriers to learning and examines how we identify and diagnose special needs and how different countries and systems deal with special needs in developing educational policy.         
Literacy in School and Society
The module provides an introduction to understanding the role literacy plays in school and society.  It considers the ways in which new developments about the teaching of literacy can transform lives.       
Understanding Learners and Learning
This module provides an introduction to the economic, legal, social, and cultural factors that influence the relationships of individuals with children and young people.                

Year two

Typical core modules 

Curriculum Studies
This module provides an introduction to curriculum development, transferring knowledge, and skills and how theories help to explain how children and young people learn. Taking an historical perspective, the module provides insight and practice into subject development and the role textbooks and learning materials play in determining what students are taught.          
Literature in the Language Classroom
The module provides an introduction to understanding issues in the teaching of literature. It considers the ways in which new developments about the teaching of literature can transform thinking. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • A broad understanding of the nature of literature and teaching of literature. 
  • A basic understanding of how the use of literary texts effectively to achieve various educational goals.
  • An appreciation of the changing environments in which the teaching of literature has developed. 
Materials for Language Learning
This module introduces issues pertaining to digital and non-digital language learning materials and process in developing language learning materials. Taking a backward design perspective, this module provides practice and insight in developing digital and non-digital materials for different learners and mixed ability classes.                 
Teaching and Learning Strategies
This module introduces theories and practices that help us understand teacher effectiveness. It examines different teaching and learning strategies and how these can be implemented effectively. It addresses the implications of these for effective classroom planning, implementation, and assessment.                     
Teaching Language Across the Curriculum
This module introduces how language is used in different subjects in the school curriculum. It addresses how language is taught in different subjects and examines effective ways language is taught in different subjects.             

Year three

Typical core modules  

Assessment and Evaluation in TESOL/Special Educational Needs (SEN) 
  • The students will understand the theoretical framework and purpose of different type of assessment.
  • The students will be able to apply class content to practical use.
  • Critically thinking about the issue related to assessment in both TESOL and SEN.  

Learning outcomes: 

  • Broad understanding of current debate and issue related to assessment and the practice in TESOL and/or SEN.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge about assessment and evaluation methods in TESOL and Special educational needs.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of a chosen specialism in relation to assessment/evaluation. 
Educational Inquiry
  • To conduct an extended research inquiry, collecting school-based data, analysing the results and writing-up the project with particular attention to the implications for students’ professional practice.
  • To explore a particular topic in substantial depth within the student’s chosen specialism, either TESOL or Special Educational Needs.
  • To develop the skills needed to become a reflexive practitioner-researcher.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge about learning, curriculum and pedagogies.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of a chosen topic within their stated specialism. 
Educational Research Methods 
This course provides an introduction to the design of research studies in applied educational settings. The design and implementation of research studies is contextualised in current educational issues and takes into account the practical constraints of the real world. Topics covered include the formulation of research questions/hypotheses, operational definitions of research constructs, sampling methods, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, threats to internal and external validity, psychometric and statistical methods, quantitative and qualitative inquiry, data analysis and research report writing. It focuses on specific aspects of research design and methodology and the critical analysis of journal articles and research reports that employ these methods to investigate major issues in education.               
Teaching Listening and Speaking
This module builds on the principles of communicative teaching with particular focus on oral language. The structure of spoken language is examined. The underlying theories of oral communication are explored including communication theories, ritual and social events, schema theory, and speech acts. It reinforces the concept of setting criteria for successful language learning. It emphasises that teaching of listening and speaking is central to good language teaching since these are important for both classroom exposure and lifelong language needs.        
Teaching Reading and Writing
The teaching of reading and writing skills is an important academic skill in situations where exposure to a language may be limited. An effective teacher needs to be able to critically consider the principles, theoretical issues, and how they affect teaching of reading & writing on the whole. In addition, student teachers need to be aware of importance of extensive reading/writing, selecting the choice of materials and the way courses and lesson are planned, taught, and assessed. This course enables student teachers to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to be competent in teaching reading and writing skills.                 
TESOL Methodology
The objectives of this module are to enable students to know the brief history of language teaching methodology understand theories underpinned different methodologyapply and assess the effect of different methods in their teaching context. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • Have broad understanding of current debate and issue related to TESOL methodology. 
  • Connect theoretical and practical knowledge in TESOL methodology. 
  • Develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of TESOL methodology.


Education is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career. Careers in education are available in four main areas:

  • public and private schools, colleges and universities;
  • supplementary and alternative education providers; 
  • the education products industry, including ICT, multimediaand conventional material development and publishing;
  • and education services, including consultancy, investment services, research and technology services. 


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Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000
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