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
Undertake professional skills training which will provide you with the transferable skills to succeed at university and in your future career
An excellent introduction to studying your chosen subject
Course duration:
Foundation programme only: 1 year
Foundation + 3 year  BSc : 4 years
Foundation + 4 year  BSc (including placement year) or MSc course : 5 years

UCAS code: H100

Fees (per annum)

£9,250 (Home/EU) for 2018/19 

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.

Typical offer level

A level: CCC, including a science or technical subject.

BTEC National Diploma: DDM

IB: 27 points overall and above with 4, 4, 4 at Higher Level. 

We accept well-motivated and able students with a wide range of qualifications, including Access Course Certificates. 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 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.

Please note that all modules studied during the degree must be passed in order for a student to progress onto a degree programme.

Provided suitable grades are achieved at the end of the course, progression onto a degree programme is guaranteed.

A student can progress to Engineering and Applied Science undergraduate degree programmes through this programme if they meet the appropriate course related criteria. Please see the table indicating the progression criteria and module which need to be studied for progression.

Undergraduate Programme

Modules you MUST study:

BEng Chemical Engineering
BSc Chemistry

BSc Chemistry with Biotechnology

Foundation Chemistry for Engineering + a term 1 module you are interested in.

BSc Computer Science
BSc Computing for Business

BSc Multimedia Computing

Computing Foundations + a term 1 module you are interested in.

BEng Communications Engineering
BEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering
BEng Electronic Engineering & Computer Science

BSc Applied Physics

Electronic Engineering Foundations + a term 1 module you are interested in.

BSc Construction Project Management

There is not a prerequisite module for this programme, however Construction Project Management Foundations would be advised + a term 2 module you are interested in.

BSc Logistics with Supply Chain Management
BSc Logistics with Transport Management

BSc Logistics with Purchasing Management

Transport Foundations OR
System and Logistics Foundations

+ a term 2 module you are interested in.

BSc Mathematics
BSc Mathematics with Computing.
BSc Business and Mathematics.

BSc Mathematics with Economics.

There is not a prerequisite module you should choose for the Maths Programmes as Math 1 and 2 are core modules in your programme. This allows you to choose two modules that you are most interested in.

BEng Mechanical Engineering
BEng Electromechanical Engineering.

BEng Design Engineering.

Mechanical Science + a term 1 module you are interested in.

BSc Transport Product Design
BSc Industrial Product Design.

BSc Product Design & Management.

There are not any prerequisite modules for these programmes, this allows you to choose two modules that you are most interested in. If you are interested in these degree programmes, contact the programme administrator when you start your studies if you are interested in progressing to one of these programmes

BEng Biomedical Engineering – progression criteria apply: 60% overall on the foundation year AND 60% Mathematics 1 and 2, 60% in Physical Sciences

60% in Mechanical Science OR
60 % in Computing Foundations OR
60% in Electronic Engineering Foundations

+ a term 1 module you are interested in.


The Foundation Programme provides a thorough grounding in the fundamental subjects necessary for you to become a respected and successful engineer or scientist. The core modules for progression for engineers are Mathematics, Physics and Professional Skills. Engineering covers a wide range of disciplines and a unique feature of this programme is the opportunity for you to study a subject which will enable you to progress onto the degree of your choice, e.g.  Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Construction Project Management, Logistics with Supply Chain Management or Computer Science.  

The Foundation Programme offers extra support for Mathematics and Physics modules if required by the student. 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 Prorgamme compulsory modules:

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.

Physical Sciences and Engineering Foundations

This module provides a broad-based introduction to the fundamentals of physical science rather than specialised knowledge for a specific engineering discipline. It introduces the nature and practice of experimental work and computer modelling. Concepts such as mechanics, electricity, thermodynamics, ideal gases and optics are included.

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 Programme optional modules:

Construction Project Management Foundations          

This module gives an overview on the largest industry in the world “the construction industry” and its relevant disciplines. It provides the students with an introduction to the knowledge and skills involved in studying three main themes: Civil Engineering, Construction and Project Management. The module involves fundamental theoretical studies and some practical applications which provides a solid basis for those who may wish to study any subject within the construction field.

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.

Engineering a Sustainable Future

This modules has been designed to provide students with a wide overview of the meaning of “Sustainability” and the implications of sustainable development. During the module you will learn concepts related to sustainability and how sustainability principles are translated into the business practice through a series of case studies.

Foundation Chemistry for Engineering

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.

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.

Mechanical Science

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.

Systems and Logistics Foundations

This module provides students with a fundamental knowledge of systems thinking, its role in engineering and the role of logistics in society. Topics such as logistics and supply chains, its management in society and the design and re-engineering of logistics networks will be introduced to the students

Transport Foundations

Provides an introduction to transport, and its place within engineering.  Introduces you to the technology and practice that transport infrastructure and services are built on, and their place in society.  Provides you with the key skills to enter a degree in this area.

You will be taught at Aston University by Aston University staff. You are expected to attend lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. You are also expected to study in your own time and use the resources available to you. These resources include 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.

Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

Darren Campbell, Programme Director
Darren Campbell, Programme Director.

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