Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year BEng (Hons)
BEng Hons Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year
If you’ve got ambitions for a career in engineering, but don’t meet the entry requirements for one of our Bachelor's degree programmes, then this BEng (Hons) Engineering and Technology degree course with foundation year is ideal.
In your first year, you’ll develop your skills in maths, science and technology. You can then take your skills and knowledge onto one of our engineering and technology degree courses.
With a degree in engineering, you can start a career as a professional engineer in areas such as a manufacturing engineering, product design and aerospace.
What you'll experience
On this course you’ll:
- Get a grounding in the maths, science and technology skills that are vital for studying engineering at degree level
- Choose the degree route to follow after your foundation year – subjects we offer include civil, mechanical and electronic engineering
- Apply your engineering skills in practical settings, working with our local charity and business partners on projects
- Spend time in our tech labs, such as the Analogue Electronics Laboratory
- Have the opportunity to get the ‘International Computer Driving Licence’ to show evidence of your IT skills
- Get student membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), paid for by the University.
Careers and opportunities
When you finish your degree course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
What jobs can you do with an Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year degree?
Previous engineering graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers in roles such as manufacturing engineer, product design engineer, aerospace engineer and project manager.
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
I enjoyed my course, particularly the project based learning, which allowed practical work to be carried out alongside the theory.
What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Modules currently being studied
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Materials and Design
- Engineering Mathematics
- Engineering Principles
- Introduction to the use of Computers
The modules you study in years 2, 3 and 4 will depend on which degree you choose at the end of year 1.
After your third year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have secured placements at organisations such as:
- Airbus Defence
- Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
- GE Aviation
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- laboratory work
- project work
- Computed aided design and simulation activity
- open access study
There's an emphasis on building practical skills, working with the latest technology and learning practices.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written examinations
- practical tests
- project work
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 60% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 17% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 54% by written exams, 6% by practical exams and 40% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 42% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 56% by coursework
- Year 4 students: 45% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 50% by coursework
BEng (Hons) Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 32-48 points to include 1 A level, or equivalent. Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE), BTECs and Access courses will also be considered.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Tuition fees (2020 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £16,400 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You’ll need to pay additional costs of £50–£1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence if you take a placement abroad. The amount you’ll pay will vary, depending on the location and length of your stay.
How to apply
To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – H108
- our institution code – P80
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- speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.