Engineering with Foundation Year

BEng, 4-5 years

This is for you if... you want to study engineering, but don’t have the traditional entry requirements.

Course Description

Our integrated Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM) Foundation Year degrees are aimed at students who wish to study a STEM subject, such as engineering, but don’t have the traditional entry requirements.

  • By completing the STEM Foundation Year you will automatically progress onto the first year of your chosen degree.
  • You will be taught by our expert academic staff from across a number of departments.
  • The course does not require a maths test for entry, but it will cover the A-level maths syllabus and understanding of this will be measured before you progress.
  • The course strongly emphasises the development of essential professional and personal skills, which are necessary throughout your studies and beyond.
  • During your foundation year you will join our student community and be able to enjoy all aspects of the University of Leicester student experience. You will be able to join the Students’ Union, use our academic and leisure facilities, live in our accommodation and access all our support services.
  • You will have a personal tutor to support you.
Key Facts
Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
H199
Start date
September 2018
Department
Engineering
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
seadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries: Dr Paul Howes
0116 252 3587
Paul.Howes@leicester.ac.uk

Department of Engineering website

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Why Leicester?

The Engineering Society organises trips, social events and sporting activities. Our student motor-racing society, Leicester Racing, competes in Formula Student events.

Our degrees feature guest lectures by leading engineers from local/national companies, such as Rolls-Royce.

The University of Leicester hosts ASDEC, the UK’s first laser vibration scanning measurement and modal-analysis centre, serving the automotive, aerospace and space sectors.

Course Structure

Foundation Year

Foundation Year

Modules

  • Maths: Core A-level content, with an emphasis on developing your competence and confidence at applying mathematics to problems in the physical sciences.
  • Science 1: Materials: Phases of matter (solids, liquids and gases), atomic structure and radioactivity, chemical bonds and chemical reactions, properties of solids (engineering materials, elastic properties, strength, toughness, failure and electrical properties).
  • Science 2: Mechanics: Newton's laws, forces, mass, velocity acceleration, projectiles, momentum, angular momentum, circular motion, simple harmonic motion and resonance.
  • Science 3: Heat and energy: Temperature, heat, power, ideal gases and kinetic theory.
  • Science 4: Electricity and magnetism: Light, optics and the quantum world.
  • Methods and Techniques: Core study skills and professional competences necessary for successful university level study. Reading scientific literature, research techniques, report writing skills, presentation skills, computer programming and algorithms.
  • Physical Science Laboratory: Basic experimental techniques, health and safety in the laboratory, recording data, data analysis and report writing.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 1

Year 1

In the first year of the BSc proper (your second year at Leicester) you will cover a number of core topics in engineering.

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

Year 2 of the BSc course is your third year at Leicester. You will study modules from both the mechanical and electrical disciplines and will begin to specialise within these disciplines. You will also take an integrated design project in which you will work in a team with students from other engineering disciplines – vital experience for the modern world of engineering.

Core modules

As a General Engineering student you have a wide choice of optional modules. So that the modules build on each other to support your learning, these are grouped into themes.

First choose one Mechanical module theme:

or

Then choose one Electrical module theme:

or

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad or in Industry (optional)

Year Abroad or in Industry (optional)

If you want to, you can spend the third year of the BSc, which will be your fourth year at Leicester - away from Leicester. You can study abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

NB. A year spent abroad or on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Spend a year abroad

The Department of Engineering at Leicester has links with the University of Stuttgart, Germany, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training. 

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We also have links with several overseas universities. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

While studying in the USA or Australia, you will have a personal tutor there and also a tutor back at Leicester to look after you and answer queries. You will be expected to maintain a good academic performance whilst at the partner institution and will take their exams.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or are self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Spend a year working

If you choose a 'With Industry’ degree you will spend a year on an industrial placement with a sponsoring company between your second and third years at Leicester. You will undertake a programme of training and practical experience that is agreed between the sponsoring company and the University. Recent placements have included: Rolls Royce, Force India F1 Team, Ford Motors, Intel UK, Network Rail, Porsche Engineering Services, Aero Engine Controls, Babcock International, Auto Electrical Services and Jaguar Land Rover.

A member of staff will be individually assigned to you as your industrial placement tutor, who will be in regular contact with you throughout your placement and will visit the sponsoring company. During the year you will return to Leicester to present details of your placement to other students studying for 'With industry' degrees.

A year in industry is a great opportunity which can give you first-hand experience of working in an engineering-related career while also enhancing your employability skills and allowing you to network with people in industry.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

The final year of your course will be either your fourth or fifth year at Leicester, depending on whether you took a year out. 

You again have a wide choice of option modules in which to specialise in your particular interests across the Department. Your individual project is a significant part of this year, giving you the opportunity to investigate a specific engineering concept or challenge.

Modules

Plus four option modules from:

Plus your Individual Project

Please note: There are restrictions on the combinations of option modules you can take, based on what you chose to study in your second year and whether the modules run in the autumn or spring semester. Staff will be happy to give advice on your study choices based on your individual career aspirations and your individual project.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Accreditation

All our General Engineering degrees are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Measurement and Control. The BEng is "accredited in partial fulfilment of the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status" which means that you can become a Chartered Engineer (CEng) by undertaking extra study later in your career.

Major/Minor Degrees

Major/Minor options allow you to create your own degree. You can concentrate on one subject as your Major (75% of your course) while broadening your knowledge with a Minor subject (25% of your course).

Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

Find out more

Teaching and Assessment

You will be assigned a personal tutor for the whole of your degree. After each lecture, you will meet up with your tutor and three other students for a seminar, discussing the points raised and working through question sheets on that particular topic. Your tutor will also be on hand throughout your course to offer advice and support on personal matters, provide guidance on course choices and help you appraise your own work.

For the practical aspects of the course you will work, with a partner or as part of a small team, in our well-equipped engineering labs. On your third year project you will work individually with an academic member of staff.

Continuous assessment of your experimentation, computing, design and project work will contribute about 30-50% of your overall mark, with the rest based on your performance in exams for each module. You will also be expected to give presentations about your work.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for Department of Engineering courses in 2016/17: 

Year 1: 29% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 348 hours
  • Independent learning: 852 hours

Year 2: 35% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 420 hours
  • Independent learning: 780 hours
Optional year abroad or in industry: If you're spending a year abroad or in industry, your contact will vary depending on the institution you're studying at or work placement.

Year 3: 26% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
  • Independent learning: 888 hours

Final year: 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

  • A-levels: BBB or points equivalent from your best three A-levels (non-traditional science A-levels considered). You must have taken Maths or Physics at AS-level or hold GCSEs grade A/A* in Maths and Physics.
  • BTEC Diploma: DDM in appropriate subject area – typically Engineering or a Physical Science discipline (no Maths assessment test required)
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 28 points minimum.
  • Access to HE courses in Science and Engineering: 45 L3 credits, including some at Distinction in relevant science and Maths modules (no Maths assessment test required)

We welcome applicants with other qualifications. Please contact seadmissions@le.ac.uk to find out more.

NB. This course is only open to applicants from the UK and other EU countries. Applicants outside the EU can apply for our International Foundation Year.

Selection process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    • £9,250 in your first year. After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations. (RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)
    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.
    • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year. 

    Starting in 2018

    • TBC

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

     

  • Please note this course is not available to International (non-EU) students.

Career Opportunities

All our engineering degrees are influenced by the needs of industry. Visiting engineers from industry deliver teaching in lectures, seminars and the laboratory. You will learn how to conceive, design and implement solutions, working in teams and presenting your ideas to professors from engineering industries. Our excellent links with industry means your project work may include visits from industrial partners and working with engineers in these companies.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Engineering with Foundation Year BEng 4 years full-time H199 Apply Now
Engineering with Foundation Year with Year Abroad BEng 5 years full-time H199 Apply Now
Engineering with Foundation Year with Year in Industry BEng 5 years full-time H199 Apply Now
Course
Engineering with Foundation Year
Qualification
BEng
Duration
4 years full-time
UCAS Code
H199
Availability
Course
Engineering with Foundation Year with Year Abroad
Qualification
BEng
Duration
5 years full-time
UCAS Code
H199
Availability
Course
Engineering with Foundation Year with Year in Industry
Qualification
BEng
Duration
5 years full-time
UCAS Code
H199
Availability

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