Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year BEng (Hons)

Overview

This foundation year course sets you up for success if you don’t yet meet the entry requirements for one of our Bachelor's degrees in computing, engineering, surveying, maths or physics.

There’s more than one route to a degree, and missing out on the right grades first time round or beginning your studies as a mature student shouldn’t stop you realising your potential. On this BEng (Hons) Engineering and Technology degree with foundation year, you’ll develop the maths, science and technology skills vital for studying at degree level.

You’ll then move onto the first year of one of our Bachelor’s degrees.

What you’ll experience

  • Develop the knowledge to go onto your Bachelor's degree course with confidence
  • Study alongside other students working towards achieving a full degree, just like you
  • Experience hands-on practical work in our technology laboratories such as the Microcontroller and Digital lab, Energy Lab and the Future Technology Centre Computing Lab
  • Benefit from remote access to our simulation software, including Google App Scripting and LTSpice – supporting your studies even when you're off campus
  • Discover how to learn engineering concepts using everyday materials at home
  • Get student membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), paid for by the University

Work experience and career planning

Between your third and fourth year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Taking an optional placement year will give you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation.

We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.

Module Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Foundation year

  • Computing for Engineers – 20 credits
  • Electrical Engineering – 20 credits
  • Engineering Materials and Design – 20 credits
  • Engineering Mathematics – 20 credits
  • Engineering Principles – 20 credits
  • Sustainability and Energy Studies – 20 credits

Years 2, 3 and 4

The modules you study in years 2, 3 and 4 will depend on which degree you move onto at the end of year 1.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work
  • project work
  • Computed aided design and simulation activity
  • open access study

There's an emphasis on building practical skills, working with the latest technology and learning practices.

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • coursework
  • practical tests
  • project work
  • presentations

The way you’re assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • Year 1 students: 60% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 17% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 54% by written exams, 6% by practical exams and 40% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 42% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 56% by coursework
  • Year 4 students: 45% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 50% by coursework

Student Destinations

Studying engineering, technology, maths or physics gives you in-depth knowledge of the parts that make the modern world work.

This foundation year, and the Bachelor's degree you move onto, will give you the skills employers need to implement innovative technologies and designs that could influence our healthcare system, aviation, transport, communication and so much more.

Depending on the degree you move onto after your foundation year, it's likely there will be a high demand for your profession in the industry sector you graduate into. And you'll get ongoing careers support from our Careers and Employability Service for up to 5 years after you graduate from your full Bachelor's degree.

BEng (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

  • 48-56 points to include 1 A level, or equivalent. Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE), BTECs and Access courses will also be considered.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5.

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