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Foundation Year Engineering

Course Overview

This course can form the foundation year of a four-year BEng (Hons) Engineering in a range of subjects. It is aimed at those people who do not have the necessary qualifications to directly enter the three-year degree. This course is the common year zero for our four-year BEng (Hons) engineering courses.

This course has been specifically designed for people who do not have the necessary qualifications to directly enter year one of the undergraduate programme.

This course has a strong emphasis on equipping students with transferable, key skills. It aims to provide you with a wide range of skills and knowledge of basic principles in the relevant subject areas to prepare you for the first year of your degree.

Key information

    Course name

    Foundation Year Engineering

    Total academic credits

    120 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    Birmingham City University

    Professional recognition

    The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

    Academic level

    Foundation (QCF_NQF Level 3)

    Study mode

    Full time – Classroom & Laboratory based


    1 year

    Tuition fees

    £12,000 (scholarship available)


    September & January

    Work placement

    Yes, after progressing to degree course

    Course location


Academic entry requirements

GCE A Level/ AS Level or equivalent - CCE at A Level or 200 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels with at least one A Level is from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent.

Progression route

The Foundation Certificate in Engineering provides you with the opportunity to develop key skills in appropriate disciplines. Students who successfully complete the year automatically qualify for a place on our BEng (Hons) in Engineering degree programmes.

Career opportunities

Upon successfully completing the foundation year, students automatically progress to the first year of their chosen degree. These degrees enable students to develop valuable work experience and industry contact while on work placement, and offer graduates excellent employment opportunities.


  • Mathematics for Engineering (45 credits)
  • Mechanical Science (30 credits)
  • Electrical Science (30 credits)
  • Information and Communication Studies  (15 credits)

Assessment methods
A range of assessment methods is used throughout the course including continuous assessment, in-class tests, examinations, laboratory exercises and project work. Using these methods, your all-round ability will be appraised providing you with the best opportunity to excel.


Main learning outcomes

Mathematics for Engineering

  • The purpose of this module is to apply mathematics to the solution of practical problems; to be able to use mathematics to communicate effectively; and to introduce the basic mathematical techniques required to solve practical engineering problems e.g. algebra, functions, matrices, trigonometry, differential calculus and integral calculus.

Mechanical Science

  • The module introduces the fundamentals of mechanics and related science required for you to progress onto an engineering based degree.
  • The module addresses fundamental mechanics but also includes basic coverage of materials structure and properties, energy, thermodynamics, waves and some aspects of engineering related to the environment and sustainability.


Electrical Science

  • The module introduces the fundamental electrical and electronic principles of analogue and digital circuit design and operation.
  • Specifically, to develop an understanding of the principles of analogue and digital circuit design, and to introduce the concepts and techniques related to electrical and electronic systems.


Information and Communication Studies

  • The module introduces a number of software packages, in order to apply these effectively in reports, presentations and project planning.
  • You are introduced to research methods and instructed in the use of the internet and library resources. Instruction and guidance is given on report writing, referencing and how to avoid plagiarism.