Foundation in Natural and Built Environments (FNBE), Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, Subang Jaya, Selangor

The Foundation in Natural and Built Environments (FNBE) is a one-year pre-university programme designed for SPM/O-Levels graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in the built environment industry.

The Foundation serves as an excellent alternative to pre-university courses, one that guarantees a smooth transition for those who have completed SPM or an equivalent school certificate to pursue a built environment degree programme. The programme is specially tailored to students who want an opportunity to explore the wide range of opportunities within the natural and built environment disciplines and professions before committing to a particular path or career.

Its primary objective is to introduce students to the various fields of study in the natural and built environments and instill an appreciation that will lead to a degree in Architecture, Construction Management, Interior Design or Quantity Surveying.

Key Programme Highlights

A strong foundation to a built environment degree
All subjects taught in the FNBE programme are designed to be built-environment oriented, laying the groundwork for students to enter a degree programme. FNBE students do not undertake standard subjects in the generalised concept of post-SPM education; instead they are taught subjects relevant to their degree.

FNBE graduates gain applied knowledge and skills relating to the built and natural environments. They are trained in the knowledge of the fine arts, humanities and social sciences as an influence on the quality of architectural design. Graduates are also exposed to introductory knowledge of urban design, planning and the skills involved in the planning process. They will learn various overviews of the design and construction industry and the roles of professionals in their respective fields.

Development of thinking and design communication skills
Throughout the coursework, a wide range of thinking skills and techniques are taught to help students think critically and creatively. By investigating and applying these techniques, they gain an understanding of how to visualise and communicate ideas through different creative ways, primarily through the process of drawing.

Exploration of human behavior and culture
Social psychology is an essential subject and is taught on a detailed level to students. It provides an enhanced understanding of how people think, feel, behave and interact with one another in social settings. They study the development of cultures and civilisations over time and place to comprehend their impact on society and the environment.


We practice continuous assessment in our FNBE programme, where students are graded through a combination of examination, assignments, projects and quizzes. With this method of assessment, students are able to monitor their own performance throughout the programme.

Entry Level & Entry Requirements

Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) – Minimum 5 credits including English and Mathematics
Unified Examination Council (UEC) – Aggregate of not more than 30 points for 5 subjects, including English and Mathematics
Other Qualifications – Students with other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Intakes: January, March & July

Duration: 1 year

Further Studies

Upon successful completion of the Foundation in Natural and Built Environments, students can choose to pursue the Taylor’s Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Architecture) or Taylor’s Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons) degree.

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Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus Contact Details

No. 1 Jalan Taylor’s,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,

Phone: +6(03)5629 5000
Fax: +6(03)5629 5001