Engineering with a Foundation Year

BEng (Hons)

Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 4 Years full-time
UCAS code: H100
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019
September 2019 – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


Our Engineering degree with a foundation year allows you to build a solid foundation of the fundamentals before moving on to your specialist area of study in engineering.

If you’d like to complete an engineering-based degree but your qualifications don’t meet the entry requirements for degree-level study, our Engineering with a Foundation Year programme could provide the perfect solution.

The foundation year will give you a solid introduction to engineering and applied technology. It is ideal if you consider you would benefit from additional knowledge and experience before selecting a specific specialism in engineering. Alternatively, if you're considering a career change and don’t have the necessary background qualifications for a future in engineering, this entry point will help you achieve your ambitions.

During the foundation year, you’ll have the chance to gain basic engineering knowledge and skills, as well as hands-on experience in our electronics, mechanical, automotive, aeronautical and product design labs.

Students who successfully complete the Foundation year may automatically progress onto any of the following programmes: Aeronautical Technology, Automotive Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Medical Engineering Motorsport Technology.

Course content

You will start by working on a short taster project based on some of the modules that you might study on your chosen degree. This will let you develop your specific technology skills, knowledge and experiences with a project based on real-world engineering problems. 

Other modules will let you get to grips with everything from Newton's Laws of Motion to Archimedes’ Principle. 

You will also develop the skills needed to study at degree level including understanding plagiarism, developing presentation, CAD and problem-solving skills and more.

Essential mathematical skills including Numeracy, Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus will also complement your engineering knowledge.


    This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

    Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

    Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

    Foundation Year

    Semester 1
    Module title
    Engineering and Technology Applications Compulsory
    Engineering Science Compulsory
    Design and Communication Compulsory
    Foundation Quantitative Methods Compulsory
    Semester 2
    Module title
    Principles of Materials Compulsory
    Engineering Science Compulsory
    Design and Communication Compulsory
    Foundation Quantitative Methods Compulsory

    Teaching staff

    You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.