Engineering Foundation Year 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

The Foundation Year has been designed to provide an excellent route into studying engineering, particularly if you do not hold the usual academic qualifications required or if you're looking for a career change or enhancement.

The Foundation Year is not a stand-alone course but it is the first year of your studies leading to a BEng or MEng degree in our Electronic or Mechanical Engineering subject areas at Huddersfield. To progress on to the degree you must gain an average mark of 50% and have passed each component of the Foundation Year.

The Foundation Year has been designed to help you develop the academic knowledge and study skills to be successful on your degree course. You'll study mathematics and engineering science and we'll also introduce you to electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering, to help you decide which degree is right for you. Alongside this you'll be supported in developing a range of transferable skills in areas including research, report writing and presentations.

You might like to hear what students on our engineering courses have to say about studying at the University of Huddersfield. Jaimin is studying Electronic Engineering and Computer Systems BEng(Hons) and Ryan is studying Mechanical Engineering MEng.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


Year 0 of a 4 or 5 year full-time degree

Course type:

Full Time

Course content

You'll be supported in gaining a sound foundation in mathematics and engineering science. We will introduce you to principles of electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering, helping you to decide which degree course may be suitable to your career aspirations. You will also develop a range of transferable skills in such areas as research, report writing and presentations.

Core modules:

Foundation Mathematics

This module provides you with an introduction to the mathematics necessary for entry to undergraduate engineering courses at the University. A broad experience of school mathematics up to GCSE level is expected on entry. Topics covered include algebra, graphs and sets, followed by trigonometry and calculus. These topics are approached from a practical point of view, and numerous applications are discussed.

Foundations of Engineering

This module has been designed to help to develop your intellectual, analytical and experimental skills and to introduce you to the scientific method of enquiry, which you'll need to employ throughout your studies. You'll be supported in using these methods in the study of mechanics and electrical engineering fundamentals and during experimental testing of mechanical and electrical systems. The combination of lectures and tutorials supported by laboratory work aims to help you gain confidence with this essential engineering science.

Communication and Research

This module aims to provide a useful introduction to degree level research. It covers many aspects of research, including using the University's library and electronic resources, and evaluating other online sources. Also, you will be given the chance to explore the structure of reports for a science-based topic. This module aims to hone your academic writing skills, and to help you produce well researched, and well written assignments throughout your university career.

Engineering Investigative Studies

This module aims to provide you with a broad overview of basic electrical and mechanical approaches to engineering investigations. The material is quite varied so that you have the opportunity to acquire a good understanding of the nature of engineering. The electrical syllabus involves a programme of laboratory work, where you are expected to keep complete and accurate records of experimental work. The mechanical syllabus comprises of investigating how to convey design information to others, interpreting engineering drawings and undertaking some basic computer aided design (CAD) work. You also have the chance to study engineering investigations and how, as engineers, we can learn from engineering failures and how these can lead to design improvements.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of the Foundation Year* course allows you to progress onto Year 1 of your chosen Engineering degree.

Students from this course have gone on to successes including graduating with an MEng or first class BEng(Hons) degree. Our previous engineering graduates have been employed by companies such as Airbus, Iveco, Ryanair, Caterpillar, and Atkins Highways and Transportation.

*Successful completion means you must pass all 4 modules and attain an average mark of 50% or over, you can then progress onto one of the undergraduate courses in either of our Electronic Engineering or Mechanical and Automotive Engineering subject areas.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions.

Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and projects, with a focus on practical work. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on skills and knowledge in our comprehensive engineering and technology teaching facilities. You will have access to an excellent range of industry standard equipment including:

•  An open plan Design Studio equipped with areas for group discussions, relaxation and computing resources with specialist engineering software

•  Well equipped computing laboratories.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

This course is the first year of a 4 or 5 year programme of study (5 years if you undertake a placement in Year 4). If you complete the course (pass all 4 modules) and attain an average of 50% or over, you can progress onto one of the undergraduate courses in either of our Electronic Engineering or Mechanical and Automotive Engineering subject areas.


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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