BEng (Hons) Engineering with a Foundation Year
- Full Time
- Degree of Bachelor of Engineering
- UCAS Course Code
- Entry Requirements
- Course Length
- 4 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2024
Why you should choose us
UEA is ranked 23rd in the UK
Engineering is the pursuit of solutions – finding the answers to complex global problems through innovation, imagination, and ingenuity. Engineers create, design, and manufacture, playing a crucial role in shaping the future of society.
At UEA, we foster versatility in engineering through a multidisciplinary approach to your academic development. You won’t just work within the traditional boundaries of engineering; you will be encouraged to explore a range of disciplines and develop a systems approach to problem solving.
This degree includes a foundation year that will enhance your academic skills and provide the knowledge base you need to progress onto your course with confidence.
The foundation year will prepare you as an engineering undergraduate at UEA. It combines a broad introduction to the key science underpinning the first year of the main degree with a tailored module developing your engineering skills and knowledge.
Each of our engineering courses follows an integrated programme structure for the first year. This is designed to provide you with a broad insight into the unlimited potential of engineering as a discipline. After the second year of your undergraduate course, you can tailor your studies to your interests, either keeping the broad-based approach or focusing more closely on mechanical, energy, or electrical and electronic engineering for your remaining years of study. You’ll have access to resources from other UEA Schools like Environmental Sciences, Computing Sciences and Mathematics, so that your learning is limitless. You’ll also benefit from our state-of-the-art engineering facilities in Productivity East, including universal collaborative robots, 3D printers, and CNC manufacturing equipment. Our courses are accredited by professional bodies including the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
The addition of a foundation year provides a solid grounding on which to build your career in engineering. The main BEng course will develop your capacity to tackle society’s biggest challenges and provide you with the tools for integrated learning.
As well as focusing on the mathematical and scientific principles that will support your engineering studies, your foundation year will present opportunities to develop a wider range of study skills. In this way, you’ll gain the confidence you need to complete the year successfully and progress through your engineering degree.
Upon completion of your Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto the undergraduate Engineering course of your choice. If you’re interested in spending a year on an industrial placement, we also offer a BEng Engineering with a Year In Industry degree.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It fully meets the academic requirements for the award of Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status, which may be achieved following a period of experiential learning in employment (also known as initial professional development or IPD). Further Master’s level study will be required to register for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
Completing an accredited course enables you to demonstrate to employers your knowledge, abilities, skills, and competencies as specified in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC4.0.
Professionally recognised engineers can benefit from improved career prospects and higher earning potential. This accreditation is an international recognition and can also pave the way to further career opportunities abroad.
Study and Modules
This Foundation Year programme develops your knowledge of the key science and skills underpinning modern engineering before you commence our full degree. This will enable you to feel confident of your academic foundations and excel at the higher-level learning you need to fulfil your future aspirations.
As well as the underpinning scientific modules, you’ll benefit from an introductory engineering module, giving you a grounding in the professional skills an aspiring engineer needs.
You’ll be assigned an adviser from the School of Engineering, who will guide you in your course choices and ensure that you are progressing towards your degree course of choice.
You’ll gain credits for each of your Foundation Year modules, based on a mixture of coursework and examination results. Obtain sufficient credits and you’ll be able to join any of our BEng courses in the School of Engineering. There is also the potential to transfer onto the MEng range of courses, subject to your academic performance. Throughout your degree, our modules will help you develop transferable skills in areas like communication, team working and problem solving. Such skills are vital to all engineers and in high demand from employers.
For the years of study after the Foundation Year, please see the full BEng Engineering course.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 40)
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
Your Engineering degree course will combine lectures, workshops and tutorials. You’ll be asked to apply the knowledge you’ve gained to a research problem or a series of questions, or to solve a design problem. This application of knowledge will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of the material and help you to retain what you have learnt.
Throughout your studies, you’ll develop skill sets in line with the guidance provided by the Engineering Council. That means you’ll graduate with the capabilities you need to get your career off to a flying start, including being an effective communicator, digitally literate, and capable of dealing with problems even where you have insufficient data.
You’ll hone your communication skills through written reports, oral presentations, and workshop discussions. Workshops will also give you time to develop digital skillsets in computer analysis and design.
What’s more, we’ll provide you with multiple opportunities to connect with industry, thanks to our broad network of industry partners. From the first year of the undergraduate course, you’ll be encouraged to develop your networking abilities through our annual Select partnership scheme, where you’ll meet with industry professionals for a day of informal speed-interviews. By combining excellence in teaching with wide-ranging industrial connections, we aim to secure your success as you progress through your course and beyond.
Independent study will be guided by the requirements of your research projects, design work and problem-solving exercises. You can expect to explore your module content widely, through which you will develop the independent learning skills so highly valued by employers.
Your foundation year assessments focus on the acquisition of skills and knowledge to support your entry into the first year of the degree. Assessment, designed to support your learning, will enable you to track your progress through the year.
- A Levels
- T Levels
- Obtain an overall Pass including a B on the core of the T Level and a Distinction in the Occupational Specialism. Accepted subjects are: Design, surveying and planning for construction, Digital production, design and development, Education and childcare , Building Services for Engineering for Construction, Digital Business Services, Digital Support Services, Health, Healthcare Science, Onsite Construction, Science.
- Scottish Highers
- Scottish Advanced Highers
- Irish Leaving Certificate
- 6 subjects at H4
- Access to HE Diploma
- Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3
- International Baccalaureate
- 28 points
- You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.
- English Foreign Language
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
- IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of example qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.
- Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.
- Deferred Entry
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.
- This course is open to UK applicants. The annual intake is in September each year.
Additional Information or Requirements
UEA are committed to ensuring that Higher Education is accessible to all, regardless of their background or experiences. One of the ways we do this is through our contextual admissions schemes.
We welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications. If you have a qualification which is not listed here, please contact us via Admissions Enquiries.
A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
We welcome applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you have been out of study for the last three years and you do not have the entry grades for our three year degree, we will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference to gain a holistic view of your suitability for the course. You will still need to meet our GCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements.
Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled.
Fees and Funding
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Scholarships and Bursaries
We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. View our range of Scholarships for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.
How to Apply
Apply for this course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), using UCAS Hub.
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The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.
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After the Course
Following your Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto one of our Engineering degree courses. These are accredited by a range of professional engineering institutes such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Qualified engineers are highly sought after. As a UEA engineering graduate, you’ll have excellent career prospects in a thriving industry. Employability and transferable skills are embedded into our courses from the start, so you’ll graduate with a skill-set advantage that will help you succeed in the workplace.
The STEM capital you’ll have gained could support a successful career in engineering, accountancy, consultancy, law, teaching, and finance.
You’ll also be well positioned to study for a Master’s degree or a PhD.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of careers that you could enter include:
Public or private sector engineering
Energy and manufacturing
Discover more on our Careers webpages.