Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Development
About the course
If you’ve aspirations to enter engineering, technology or science but are lacking the qualifications you need to start a degree, this conversion course is ideal for gaining a broad understanding of engineering-related subjects.
During your Foundation year, you will complete subject modules and project work, learning practical techniques and study skills. Modules typically include engineering projects, drawings, electronic engineering, plus maths and physics.
On successful completion of the year, you will transfer to one of Brunel’s degree programmes. You will have had a taste of several disciplines so you will be confident that you are choosing a course you will enjoy.
You can register for four, five or even six years in total, depending upon whether you choose a BEng or MEng degree, and whether you take the full-time or sandwich mode*.
Because the foundation year is an integral part of your degree, you are eligible for financial support for the entire extended period. You should therefore apply to Student Finance England for support through to the end of your engineering degree, and not just for the foundation year.
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Qualified, skilled engineers are in demand but in short supply in many countries – presenting fulfilling and lucrative career prospects for graduates.
This foundation year will give you a route into one of our engineering degree programmes (excluding Design and Digital Media programmes), available through Brunel’s College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences.
You will need to be well motivated and prepared to work hard – as your progress depends on you achieving required grades in your chosen course.
Please note that these Foundation programmes are not ‘Foundation Degrees’. They are instead an alternative entry route to the first year of an existing degree programme.
*For funding reasons all applicants apply to the 5 year sandwich programme which includes a professional development year. If you wish to change this to a course without the sandwich year it is possible to do this by contacting Admissions before registering in September or the Student Centre before the end of the first year on your chosen degree programme after the foundation year.
- Mathematical Methods
- Foundations of Physics
- Engineering Science
- Communications, Projects and Electronic Engineering
- Material Science.
There will also be two project breaks, each of one week’s duration, which will require the application of practical knowledge, mathematical and scientific skills, elements of design, graphical ability and intuition and initiative in a series of group projects.
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and what you will learn on the course.
A vibrant, friendly, safe campus
Brunel University offers all of the advantages of affordable living costs, an international community, world-class sports and social facilities and a thriving arts and social scene - in a great location just outside central London.
Innovation and excellence
The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences offers a challenging but supportive environment where excellence and enterprise is at the heart of everything we do. Together, we produce ground-breaking research and educational programmes that tackle and answer issues that affect all of society, such as research into the use of healthcare tools around the world.
See some of our engineering students' recent work at Brunel Engineers and Made in Brunel (design).
This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
Facts and Figures
Brunel introduced the first of our one-year, full-time foundation years in 1988, so we have extensive knowledge and experience of preparing students for entry to degree programmes for which they may not initially have had appropriate qualifications.
Teaching and Assessment
We take pains to maintain our high level of teaching. Lecturers are at the leading edge of their fields and many are internationally and nationally recognised for their research work. They act as consultants for major companies, are often widely published and have good links with industry, so they know exactly what is going on in the commercial world.
How will I be taught?
As well as lectures and seminars, you will have workshops in maths and physics and two weeks devoted entirely to experiential learning. Maths and physics modules are supplemented by tutorials and laboratory classes to reinforce understanding of the theoretical work.
We have a high staff-student ratio so you will receive excellent quality teaching. Student proctoring is also encouraged and makes a particularly important contribution to the progress of those weak in maths or physics.
You will be allocated a personal tutor who is available to help you with any personal or academic problems during your course.
Theoretical subjects such as maths, physics and engineering science are mainly assessed by formal written examinations.
Skills-based subjects such as engineering projects and engineering drawings and communication are assessed by coursework, presentations and lab reports.
This programme is a conversion course for students who wish to study for an honours degree in engineering, technology or science at university.
Throughout your course you can get help with your CV and job applications, sandwich placements and working while you study through Brunel’s Professional Development Centre, or apply for our long standing mentoring scheme, which brings students together with outstanding people from industry to help extend their networks and get invaluable help and advice.
Brunel engineering students have excellent career prospects. This programme provides an introduction to a variety of careers in engineering, not all of which are necessarily suggested at school or college.
On successful completion of the foundation year, you may progress onto one of a range of engineering and design degree programmes, available in three-year full-time or four-year sandwich modes. The sandwich modes include industrial placements, involving up to 12 months of relevant paid employment.
You can also make the most of Brunel’s work-based learning programmes, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much more.
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At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Fees for 2016/17 entry
UK/EU students: £6,000 full-time for Foundation year; £9,000 full-time for subsequent degree programme years
Entry Criteria 2016/17
- GCE A-level CCC to include Maths or Physics at A-Level (General Studies not accepted).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in an Engineering related subject to include Distinction in Further Maths for Technicians
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-Level at grade C in Maths or Physics.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with A-Levels grade CC to include Maths or Physics.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 27 Points, including Higher Level Maths or Physics at Grade 4.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Engineering course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit or higher in all units.
5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade B, English Language at Grade C, and Double Science (or two separate Science subjects) at Grade C or above. Other acceptable GCSEs: English Literature, Geography, History, Languages, others may be considered on an individual basis.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.