Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science

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Entry requirements

A-Levels at grade CCC or equivalent (full criteria below)

Enter the challenging world of science and engineering with progression onto an undergraduate programme.

Develop your understanding of mathematics and physics to further your studies and kick start your career
Opportunity to progress onto an Aston undergraduate programme
Enjoy taster classes in a range of engineering disciplines
An excellent introduction to studying your chosen subject

1 year course.

UCAS code: H100

Typical offer level

A level: CCC for Engineering and Applied Science degrees. 

(Please note, higher entry requirements exist for Life and Health Science degrees, please contact ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk for more information.)

We accept well-motivated and able students with a wide range of qualifications, including BTEC National Diplomas, Access Course Certificates and A Levels. Offers are made on an individual basis and may require that you attend an interview. We also consider mature applicants who have industrial experience but do not have relevant academic qualifications.

For any queries, please contact our Admissions Team on 0121 204 3400.

The Peter N Roberts Endowed Bursary is available for Foundation Year students and is a non-refundable bursary to help support students. Please click here to find out more.

Fees (per annum)

£9,250 (Home/EU) for 2018/19

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

The Foundation Programme provides a thorough grounding in the fundamental subjects necessary for you to become a respected and successful engineer or applied scientist.  You will study mathematics, physics and learn how to get the most out of your studies.  Engineering covers a wide range of disciplines and a unique feature of this programme is the opportunity for you to have a ‘taste’ of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electronic engineering and computer science.  These ‘tasters’ will enable you to make an informed decision as to which career in engineering or applied science you would like to follow.  In the second semester, you will study the discipline you chose at the end of the first semester in greater depth to prepare you for your degree studies.

Many students who come to the Foundation Programme lack confidence in their abilities to be successful at Mathematics and Physics.  Aston University provides a very supportive environment to all students, but in particular our Learning Development Centre provides additional help to Foundation Programme students in terms of extra sessions in mathematics and physics led by experienced tutors.

Overview of Foundation Year compulsory modules:

Introduction to Engineering and Applied Science
To enable you to make an informed choice concerning the career you wish to follow.  This module will give you a ‘taste’ of the following disciplines:  Electronic Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. 

Mathematics 1
To provide a foundation of basic mathematics to support the engineering & science modules within the Foundation programme.  This module will build your confidence and competence in fundamental mathematics.  You will study such topics as numbers, algebra, equations, geometry, trigonometry and graphs.

Mathematics 2
To build upon the basic mathematics of Mathematics 1 to provide a level of mathematics required for progression to the first year of engineering & science degree programmes.  In this module you will study: differential calculus, integral calculus, vectors, and complex numbers.

Professional Skills
To develop the skills and attributes required by a professional engineer and applied scientist and to help you to be a successful learner. You will develop skills in note taking, academic writing, working in a team, self-management, how to communicate effectively, creativity and how to collect evaluate and analyse data from different information sources.

Overview of Foundation Year optional modules:

Electronic Engineering Foundations
This module provides the necessary fundamental knowledge and skills required by an electronic engineer.  You will investigate direct current electrical circuits, capacitors, inductors, alternating current circuits, alternating and direct current generators and motors and digital electronics.

Chemistry and Chemical Foundations
To provide a general background to the fundamentals of the electronic structure of atoms and molecules and an introduction to the physical properties of elements and substances. You will study atoms and molecules, metals, organic and bio-organic materials, inorganic materials, organic chemistry.

Mechanical Engineering Foundations
To provide an introduction to mechanical engineering. To introduce experimental and design work involving mechanical engineering principles.  You will study such topics as applied mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Fundamentals of Computing
This module is aimed at introducing some basic and essential computer programming skills that engineers or scientists may need and the fundamentals of computer systems.  You will study such topics basic components of a computer program, basic GUI components, program testing and documentation.

You will be taught at Aston University by Aston University staff. As for a University degree, you are expected to attend lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.  You are also expected to study in your own time and make use of resources, such as the Library and the Learning Development Centre, where experienced and knowledgeable staff are available to assist you with your studies. You will be assessed by a variety of methods including written coursework, practical work, exams and presentations.

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