Certificate of Higher Education in STEM Cert HE

Course Overview

FACE has a long history of "Reaching Wider" and we appreciate the challenges that students can face, often through no fault of their own. We also appreciate the challenges presented to individuals wishing to change career. This programme is intended to address and resolve any deficiencies in students' skills in order to meet the entry requirements for our degree.

We have a friendly team of academics who are dedicated to the well-being and academic progress of our students and offer excellent support to students on this Foundation Year.

Key Features

'The foundation year really helped me to catch up with the maths and science aspect of the degree and because of the head start that the foundation year gave me, I found time to get involved with extra-curricular projects in my first year.'

Craig Shreeves,
former foundation student.
BEng Motorcycle Engineering graduate 2015


All streams have common core modules offering instruction in skills such as maths, science and academic writing. Each stream also has specialised modules relating to the area of study (see modules below for details).

Common to all streams:
Academic Writing (20 credits)
Integrating Project (20 credits)
Mathematics (10 credits)
Further Mathematics (20 credits)
Science (10 credits)

Foundation in Automotive Engineering:
Further Science for Engineering (20 credits)
Introduction to Automotive Engineering (20 credits)

Foundation in the Built Environment:
Further Science for Construction (20 credits)
Introduction to Construction Technology (20 credits)

Foundation in Computing:
Computer Systems (20 credits)
Introduction to Computer Programming
Analysing and Solving Problems (20 credits) or Further Mathematics (20 credits)

Foundation in Electronics:
Computer Systems (20 credits)
Introduction to Electronics (20 credits)

Foundation in the Environment:
Environmental Science (20 credits)
Fieldwork Studies (20 credits)

Foundation in Mechanical and Manufacturing:
Further Science for Engineering (20 credits)
Manufacturing and Materials (20 credits)

Professional Accreditations

It is Faculty policy to achieve professional recognition of all our programmes. This ranges from the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and the British Computer Society.


Our aim is to generate work that is mainly student-driven, individual, reflective and vocationally-orientated. Feedback to students will occur early in the study period and continue over the whole study session thereby allowing for greater value added to the student's learning.

The Faculty has a principle of purchasing industry standard facilities. Examples include our 5 axis CNC machining centre, Composites Autoclave, Engine dynamometers, Thermographic cameras, GIS mapping systems, and leading software from Solidworks, Siemens NX, ANSYS Fluent, Mapinfo, MATLAB, AutoCad and many other specialist applications.

It is a principle of the Faculty that students have access to all facilities. This principle often generates exciting cross-disciplinary project work.

Our Automotive and Motorsport students have the added benefit of access to our own dedicated facility at the Pembrey Racing Circuit, which allows us to test suspension systems, undertake data acquisition measurements, and test our two-wheel and four-wheel performance vehicles.

The Built and Natural environment students take full advantage of our coastal location for field work, reflecting a particular research strength in that school.

Our computing students have access to state of the art High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities, as well as leading edge development systems for computer games and mobile application development.

Career Opportunities

?40,000 extra graduates in STEM are needed each year to meet demand.'

Nida Broughton, Skills shortages holding back the UK's economic recovery, 2013

'Every single type of engineering is in short supply, from mechanical to software, civil to electrical.'

Matthew Wall, Business reporter, BBC News, 2014

Related Courses

The Certificate of Higer Education in STEM provides you with the correct entry requirements to progress onto any of our BSc and BEng degrees.

The Automotive Engineering Stream could progress onto:

  • BEng Automotive Engineering
  • BEng Motorcycle Engineering
  • BEng Motorsport Engineering

The Built Environments Stream could progress onto:

  • Architectural Technology
  • Architecture
  • Building Surveying
  • Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • Project & Construction Management
  • Quantity Surveying

The Computing Stream could progress onto:

  • Applied Computing
  • BSc Business Information Technology
  • Computer Games Development
  • Computer Networks
  • Computing and Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Web Development

The Electronics Stream could progress onto:

  • BEng Computer Systems and Electronics
  • BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The Environmental Stream could progress onto:

  • Environmental Conservation

The Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Stream could progress onto:

  • Energy and Environmental Engineering - MEng | BEng
  • Extreme Sports Engineering - MEng | BEng
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering - BEng
  • Mechanical Engineering - MEng | BEng
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering - MEng | BEng
Cert HE Award
Full-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Criteria

Our offers are based on 80 UCAS points. We will not specify the subject matter required. We will accept A levels, National Diplomas, Certificates, National Awards or equivalent, including NVQ Level 3, 14-19 Diploma and Access courses. Providing you achieve the points required, one A level would be sufficient. GCSE Maths at grade C or above is also required.

Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We take your skills, achievements and life experience into consideration. In such cases, they must provide evidence of capacity to pursue the course successfully. We like to give such applicants every opportunity to show that they have the motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen programme.

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