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Engineering Foundation Year

Entry requirements: CCD / 88 UCAS points
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: Other
UCAS code: H101
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Overview

The Bradford Engineering Foundation Year gives you the skills you need to start an Engineering degree if you do not currently have the necessary mathematics or science qualifications.

Successful completion enables you to go onto the first year of any of the following BEng courses:

If you achieve a grade of 70% or above you are able to progress directly to our four or five-year integrated Master’s programmes (MEng).

The Foundation Year gives you with a strong grounding in Engineering fundamentals of mathematics, physics and materials.

You’ll get an overview of each Engineering area, enabling you to choose the right discipline for you. You’ll learn theory and apply this knowledge in varied practical work.

The curriculum is aligned with year one of our BEng programmes, ensuring a smooth transition to your degree level studies.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

If you proceed onto one of our BEng (Hons) or MEng courses from the Foundation Year, these courses are accredited by the relevant professional institution.

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“I arrived at Bradford through Clearing on a foundation year to study Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. I secured a 12-month placement at Nissan Technical Centre (Europe). With the support of my lecturers and the excellent careers staff, I achieved first class honours and secured a graduate role at Horiba MIRA as an Automotive Development Engineer.”

MEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Why Bradford?

Our programme is:

  • flexible: enabling you to choose the right discipline for you as you progress
  • integrated: you’ll study in the same facilities, and with the same staff, as our BEng / Meng first year student
  • strongly focused on maths: 40 credits, a third of the programme
  • practical: with plenty of lab-based study and group work
  • taught by a multidisciplinary team of engineering and researchers

It’s an excellent way to top-up your skills and take the first step into an engineering career

We find degree students who have taken the foundation year excel in their studies because of their strong grounding in engineering principles, and the additional time to settle into studies and University life.

We offer outstanding Engineering facilities, a curriculum shaped by industry requirements and a highly-experienced teaching and support staff, committed to helping you achieve your study and career aspirations.

Rankings

Entry requirements

Typical offer: CCD / 88 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

To include AS-level Maths or Physics.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

MMM in Engineering to include the unit Mathematics for Engineering Technicians at Merit.

MMM in Construction and the Built Environment to include the unit Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment at Merit.

MMM in Applied Science - the following units must be taken:

  • Mathematical Calculations for Science
  • Using Statistics in Science
  • Energy changes, sources and applications
  • Electrical circuits and their applications

Plus at least one from:

  • Chemical periodicity and its applications
  • Chemical laboratory techniques
  • Industrial chemical reactions

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Not accepted.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

For non-native English speakers, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, or IELTS 5.5 for the International programme.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Typical offer: CCD / 88 UCAS points

A levels:

To include AS-level Maths or Physics.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

MMM in Engineering to include the unit Mathematics for Engineering Technicians at Merit.

MMM in Construction and the Built Environment to include the unit Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment at Merit.

MMM in Applied Science - the following units must be taken:

  • Mathematical Calculations for Science
  • Using Statistics in Science
  • Energy changes, sources and applications
  • Electrical circuits and their applications

Plus at least one from:

  • Chemical periodicity and its applications
  • Chemical laboratory techniques
  • Industrial chemical reactions

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Not accepted.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

For non-native English speakers, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, or IELTS 5.5 for the International programme.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

 

Modules

Module name Type
Foundation Year
Foundation Mathematics 1core
Foundation Mathematics 2core
Foundation Mechanicscore
Foundation Physicscore
Fundamentals of Materialscore
Information and Communication Technologycore

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

The programme is taught in a traditional format: lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

We foster an active learning environment, especially in laboratory classes. Academic theory is presented though lectures, and knowledge and understanding is strengthened through the application of tutorials and example classes.

We have a mixed portfolio of assessments:

  • classroom tests
  • examinations
  • computer based tests
  • coursework
  • individual and group presentations

Many of our modules are linked, spanning two semesters.

We have specifically designed our assessment strategy to ensure that students are not heavily weighted with assessments in semester 2.

Typically for all modules there is least 15-30% given towards course work or some practical element of the module and 70% summative examination assessment.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

90% of our 2015 School of Engineering graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Engineers are always in demand and you will find graduates in various roles across many sectors (e.g. Banking, Finance, Tech companies).

Engineers are excellent logical thinkers, have strong critical analysis skills and can make calculated decisions. This makes them versatile professionals with a strong varied skill set in high demand from employers.

An Engineering degree is a great starting point for a varied, flexible career path.

Our graduates pursue careers in all areas of engineering, automotive and manufacturing industry, but also in wider fields such as marketing, business management and public service work.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for employers such as Ford, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, and Toyota, in roles including graduate engineer, design engineer, process engineer, and CAD engineer.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 graduates from the School of Engineering was £23,737.

Research

Several prominent researchers are involved with the programme, including:

  • Dr Ben Whiteside of the Centre for Polymer Micro and Nano Technology
  • Dr Elaine Brown of the Centre for Advanced Materials Engineering
  • Professor Tahir Khan - 50th Anniversary Chair in Materials Engineering

Facilities

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £6,165
  • International: £11,320

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.