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Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Development


General Engineering at Brunel is ranked 2nd in London and 15th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018).

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

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.

View the Brunel Engineers graduate showcase video.


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.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

Typical modules

  • Mathematical Methods
  • Foundations of Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Communications, Projects and Electronic Engineering
  • Material Science.

Project work

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.

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


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.

Careers and your future

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.

Work placements

On successful completion of the foundation year, you may progress onto one of a range of engineering 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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Entry criteria 2019/20

  • GCE A-level CCC to include Maths or Physics (General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) DDD in an Engineering related subject to include Distinction in Further Maths for Engineering Technicians. 
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) DDD in an Engineering related subject to include Distinction in Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF)/BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (RQF) DD in an engineering related subject with an A-Level at grade C in Maths or Physics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (RQF) 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.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are also required, to include Maths and English Language. 

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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Staff expertise

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.

Assessment and feedback

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.

Special features

  • Foundation year students can progress to the first year of an accredited undergraduate engineering degree programme.

A vibrant, friendly, safe campus


Brunel University London 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. Our Foundation year students are guaranteed accommodation on campus.   

Creative, innovative and enterprising

See some of our engineering students' recent work at Brunel Engineers.

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.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time

International students: £18,720 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.